Graduate Social Club (GSC)

UC Berkeley is home to more than 10,000 graduate students pursuing an astounding variety of academic studies. The Graduate Social Club is a project funded by the Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley’s graduate student government, that was founded in 1998. Our purpose is to facilitate social interactions between graduate students from all departments on campus and thereby establish an environment at Cal that embodies collaboration, open mindedness, professional collaboration, mutual support, camaraderie, and friendship. We organize and sponsor a wide variety of events in addition to partnering with other Graduate Assembly projects and student groups on campus to bring graduate students together to promote social interaction and realize our potential for great personal and professional ties here at Cal!

What do we do?

Huge all-out events
Attended by 300-1000 graduate students, these events have some combination of beer, food, music and a theme:
Welcome Back Party
Mid-semester: Oktoberfest, Halloween, Throwback Parties
End-of-the-semester Parties

Bar Nights
These events rotate through various bars in Berkeley and happen approximately every two weeks. First rounds of beer or drinks always on the GSC, and depending on the venue there may be snacks, pool, shuffleboard, or dancing! Often held after Graduate Assembly delegate meetings, this is a great way to meet your graduate student government.

Game Nights
A new event for meeting people in a low-key setting. Game Nights allow graduate students to play board games while partaking of donuts, coffee and beer! Play one of the many board games provided by the GSC, or bring your own.

The Bay Cruise
This is our most formal event of the year – a three hour cruise around the San Francisco Bay on a four-deck former casino boat with unlimited drinks, food and dancing! Get dressed up in your finest with all your friends and sip champagne while passing under the Bay Bridge or circling Alcatraz. Or you might just dance the night away.

Networking events
(Let’s Enable Weak Ties) is a collaboration with the MBA for Executives program at Haas, this social networking mixer facilitates cross-disciplinary exchange by allowing graduate students to share and advance ideas with business professionals.

Various other events
Happy hours
Speed dating
Movie screenings

Collaborative events
Launch parties and socials for GA projects and student groups

Current examples of campus advocacy committees/groups
CERC (Compliance and Enterprise Risk Committee)
UCPD event security policies
Dance policy
Campus hiring committees

To broaden and utilize existing resources, we wish to provide support (publicity, logistics,) and encouragement to any student groups interested in organizing events that facilitate diverse graduate student interaction.
We also help the Graduate Assembly to establish visibility in the entire graduate student community and we help the other Graduate Assembly projects in acquiring visibility through GSC events.





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