SAC works diligently to remove inequities and enhance quality of life for all DBBS graduate students. With that mission, we have accomplished many positive changes throughout the years. You can check them out below.
Following our DBBS Grad Student COVID-19 Survey and Results, which lead to numerous discussions with DBBS administration and them advancing the concerns to overhead stakeholders, Washington University in St. Louis implemented a one-time re-entry COVID-19 test for all graduate and professional students. While not what we initially aimed for, this shows the value of data in implementing forward progress.
In November of 2020, we informed the new Interim Associate Dean for DBBS that DBBS graduate students had not received a stipend increase since 2018. We showed that this left students with an income lower than the CPI and Standard of Living. On January 13th, 2021, after only 2 months since we brought it to their attention, DBBS has announced the increase in stipends of $2000 for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, increasing stipend from $30,500 to $32,500. SAC is proud to have initiated and collaborated with DBBS admin to accomplish this for DBBS graduate students.