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GSBS Student Affairs

GSBS Student Affairs is here to serve you in expanding the personal and professional skills that will allow you to pursue meaningful leadership in your communities, and the world.

We are here to support you throughout your GSBS experience at UMassMedical School, in close collaboration with our colleagues, in tri-school Student Life/Affairs and across the entire UMMS ecosystem.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Dr. Morgan Thompson, has four primary action areas:

  1. Individual and student group advising
  2. Serving as an advocate for students within the UMMS ecosystem
  3. Supporting individual and institutional training grants and fellowships
  4. Co-creating a campus environment that supports personal and professional well-being

Reach out to us

Make an appointment

Appointments are 30 minutes-1 hour in length and are conducted in accordance with our confidentiality statement*

Email or call Mindy Donovan to schedule an appointment. Please be prepared to:

  • Provide a brief description of the meeting topic, if possible
  • Indicate if it is a time-sensitive request
  • Request if you specifically want a one-hour meeting (most appointments are 30 minutes in length)
  • For student group appointments only, please prepare an agenda (emailing your agenda in-advance is strongly encouraged)

*GSBS Student Affairs Confidentiality Statement

GSBS Student Affairs does not share confidential information without consent or without legal or ethical justification. In addition to making this public statement of our confidentiality, we make every effort in appointments and meetings to:

  • Indicate the level of confidentiality we can provide
  • Provide in-the-moment reminders of our level of confidentiality and its potential limitations
  • Anticipate foreseeable circumstances where confidential information must be disclosed
  • Work with colleagues to maintain the level of confidentiality requested to the extent possible

Important limitations to our confidentiality include:

  • Issues related to Title IX (discrimination, assault, abuse, harrassment) are reported to the Title IX Coordinator
  • Imminent potential threat of serious harm to self or other
  • Dr. Thompson is a Campus Security Authority for UMMS and is required to report potential criminal acts in accordance with the Clery Act

Questions about the level of confidentiality we are able to provide in particular circumstances are welcome.

Drop-in office hours for individuals and groups

Before dropping-in, please email or call Mindy Donovan to find out if and when a slot is available.

  • Individual drop-in hours

Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., 20 minute slots

  • Student group drop-in hours

Wednesdays, 1-1:30 p.m., 15 minute slots

Online Suggestion Box

Submit quick, informal, non-urgent ideas and feedback about your GSBS experience that would benefit the GSBS community.

Online Suggestion Box for GSBS Students

(submissions can be annonymous)

GSBS students, we want to hear your:

  • Ideas
  • Suggestions
  • Concerns
  • Questions
  • Appreciations

and more! to help us improve and better serve you

Dialog hour

What

Hour-long, small group, facilitated dialog to share the challenges of graduate school and science and successful methods for cultivating resilience, in a confidential setting

This opportunity for regular dialog with fellow students and Student Affairs contributes valued feedback to inform how the GSBS community prioritizes and develops resources to serve you.

When & Where

2nd Wednesday of the month (notification via email if rescheduled)
12-1 p.m.
GSBS Office (S1-824) Conference Room

Note: Dialog hours will be canceled one day in advance if there are not at least five participants and you will be given the option to participate in an upcoming session.

How

Email or call Mindy Donovan to find out if a slot is available for the month you wish to attend

Can't make it at the regular time?

Please let us know if you want to attend a Dialog Hour and are not available at the regularly scheduled time. We will maintain a list of interested participants and schedule an alternate time when there are at least five participants.

Services

Students

  • Individual advising
  • Student group advising
  • Support for individual training grants and fellowships
  • Advocacy
  • Suggestion box

Faculty

  • Support for institutional training grants and fellowships
  • Individual or group consultations on student matters
  • Collaboration on promoting student well-being; broadly defined to include academic, career, community, emotional, and physical well-being
  • Consultation/collaboration on leadership and management topics, including:
    • Handling difficult conversations
    • Stress management
    • Conflict management
    • Teaching and facilitation methods
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Promoting a creative and productive research group

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GSBS Student Affairs Confidentiality Statement

GSBS Student Affairs does not share confidential information without consent or without legal or ethical justification. In addition to making this public statement of our confidentiality, we make every effort in appointments and meetings to:

  • Indicate the level of confidentiality we can provide
  • Provide in-the-moment reminders of our level of confidentiality and its potential limitations
  • Anticipate foreseeable circumstances where confidential information must be disclosed
  • Work with colleagues to maintain the level of confidentiality requested to the extent possible

Important limitations to our confidentiality include:

  • Issues related to Title IX (discrimination, assault, abuse, harrassment) are reported to the Title IX Coordinator
  • Imminent potential threat of serious harm to self or other
  • Dr. Thompson is a Campus Security Authority for UMMS and is required to report potential criminal acts in accordance with the Clery Act

Questions about the level of confidentiality we are able to provide in particular circumstances are welcome.

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