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
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)
- Federal tax-exempt status for graduate student stipends (more info)
Here is our complete Federal Legislative Platform.
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.
Related groups on campus
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.