Student Leaders Call on Senate to Pass DREAM Act, Applaud Assembly’s Initiative

February 13, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tyler McNeil,

The SUNY Student Assembly applauds the State Assembly for passing the “DREAM Act” early last week. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, this legislation will benefit the thousands of SUNY students who are undocumented, many of whom were brought to the United States as infants with no say in the matter.

The DREAM Act will allow undocumented New York students the promise of an affordable education, and greater legal protections as they pursue a future in the only country most of them have ever known as home.

This is the fifth time the Assembly has passed a version of the DREAM Act. Each time the Senate has taken no action to move the initiative forward.

We strongly urge the State Senate to finally take up and approve this Act so that all SUNY students can feel safe and secure on their campuses, knowing that they have equal access to all benefits provided to New Yorkers. The Student Assembly stands with our students, and the Senate should too. Top of Form


About the SUNY Student Assembly

The Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNY SA) is the recognized student government organization representing the nearly 600,000 students of the State University of New York. Comprised of student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses, SUNY SA is committed to empowering students throughout the state, and ensuring the representation of its members on the state and national level, as well as throughout the SUNY system.

Buffalo March for Science ~ April 22nd

As many of you know – there is a national “March for Science” being hosted in Washington, DC on April 22, 2017 (Earth Day!) According to the organizers, there are marches in solidarity being planned all over the world. This is a march for fellow scientists, citizens, and those concerned about the welfare of our world.

In support of this national (and non-partisan) march – we have started a local group to host a “sister” march in conjunction with the march in DC. And your help is needed to join, support and spread the word so that OUR voice is heard around the world. To add a twist to our march, an Educational Outreach component is being planned. To assist in this aspect, the organizing committee is looking for those who have educational programs already in place that may benefit from this joining of minds and connection to volunteers or would like to help create such programs. Our hope is that this portion will lead to an exchange of ideas, knowledge and learning that will extend beyond just a one day march. We are also looking to highlight local scientists and research going on here in Buffalo on our websites in a language that is understandable to the public. If you have research that could be featured – please reach out!

Check out our official website:

Please consider joining our official Facebook page ( our private Facebook group (, follow our twitter page (@march4scibuff), and as always you can reach the local organizers via email (

See you on April 22nd!

Fellowships & Scholarships for Graduate Students


Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Students

This workshop will introduce graduate students to fellowships and scholarships for graduate-level work
as well as research and dissertation funding. The session will provide information and strategies to
maximize your success in pursuing these opportunities.

Open to all graduate students.


  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at 3 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall
  • Friday, March 3, 2017, at 3 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall

UB NEAR Initiative

Hey UB Graduate Students!

My name is Lisa Kulka, I am a graduate student in the Learning and Instruction Department in the Graduate School of Education.  I have been working with Dr. Laina Bay-Cheng on a student/faculty project that recently launched.  It’s called the UB Network for Enriched Academic Relationships (UB NEAR), and it’s essentially a network of faculty members from across many different departments at UB who volunteer their time to serve as mentors to graduate students.

Within my friends’ and my own graduate school experiences, there have definitely been challenges that we haven’t felt totally comfortable talking with our own advisors about.  I know that some of them were overwhelmed or couldn’t cope with their workloads, or were struggling with assimilation as international students, etc.  For me, since I’ll be the first in my family to earn a PhD, I’ve struggled with not knowing exactly how to navigate the culture of academia.  I think that there are a lot of graduate students who can sympathize, and it’s challenges like these that are commonly felt but not commonly talked about.  UB NEAR, in my opinion, can help alleviate this problem, because graduate students now have the opportunity to connect with a faculty member in any area, who can provide guidance and support based on the challenge a student is experiencing.  The UB NEAR faculty members are genuinely looking to help graduate students be successful in and outside of the classroom.  You can choose one or more faculty members to talk with, and it doesn’t have to be on a frequent basis, you both can decide what works for you.

I really recommend taking advantage of this, not only because the UB NEAR mentors are great, but because mentorship can have a marked impact on your life path.  I was drawn to this opportunity because mentors have had such a positive effect on my own life and the career choices I made, and I may not have even gone to graduate school if it weren’t for them.  I’m reaching out to you today because the second half of the spring semester is well underway, and it’s a stressful time for us.  If you are graduating, not sure about continuing your program, or if you just feel like you would benefit from mentorship, I truly believe that this resource can be of help to you!

If you’re interested, I encourage you to check out the directory at , where you can look through the faculty mentors’ profiles and see what interest areas they prefer to talk with students about.  If you have already used the site, and have met with a mentor already/would like to provide feedback, please reach out to us via email at

I’m also excited to announce that during your first mentor meet-up, coffee will be provided free of charge to you and your faculty mentor, courtesy of Starbucks!  To claim the credit, please email to say which faculty member you are meeting and when.

Please feel free to email us with any questions, and I hope you connect with us!


Lisa Kulka