Legislative Action Subcommittee
The GSC Legislative Action Subcommittee (LASC) was established in October 2009. We are charged with the following mission:
- To act as the representative body to local, state, and federal governments;
- To maintain awareness of legislative and regulatory developments affecting graduate students and disseminate information through the GSC;
- To encourage graduate student participation and activism in the political and legislative process.
2013-2014 Co-chairs: Arolyn Conwill (G4, Physics) and Daniel Day (G5, HST)
Advocacy on Capitol Hill
Here is our complete GSC Legislative Platform, last updated in December 2013.
Currently, the LASC is focusing on the following issues:
- Open access to federally funded research (more info);
- Immigration reform resulting in more green cards and H-1B visas available to foreign advanced-degree holders educated in the United States (more info);
- Increases in federal funding for education and research in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields (more info);
- Promoting science and strengthening ties between policy makers and experts in science in order to take full advantage of the investments by the federal government in scientific research by using scientific findings to inform policy decision making.
December 2013: Our updated GSC Legislative Platform passed at the December General Council Meeting. Some of the highlights are a stronger statement on open access policy and a new section dedicated to promoting science as a means to making more informed policy decisions.
October 2013: We’re in the process of updating the GSC Legislative Platform. Please get in touch (gsc-lasc [at] mit [dot] edu) if you’d like to participate.
April 2013: Check out our opinion piece on open access published in MIT’s newspaper, The Tech.
March 2013: The LASC joined forces with fellow graduate student members of NAGPS in Washington DC. Dan and Arolyn spent two days meeting with our representatives in Congress and lobbying for open access, immigration reform, and science funding.
We meet biweekly on Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner provided! For the most up to date information, please see the GSC Meetings Calendar.
Interested in joining?
We are always looking for motivated individuals to join our cause. If you are interested, please contact gsc-lasc [at] mit [dot] edu.
You may also be interested in the Science Policy Initiative (SPI), another student-run group on campus that focuses on the interactions between science and policy.
Our lobbying efforts are done in collaboration with the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.