COS (pronounced cuz)...
... is the Bank Street College graduate student organization. Members meet regularly to work on issues pertaining to the quality of student life at Bank Street. One of our goals is to facilitate and participate in productive dialogues: among the student body, within the Bank Street community, and beyond. COS facilitates communication between the graduate student body and the Graduate School leadership team headed by the Dean. COS sponsors and organizes educational and professional development activities for students as well as social events.
What is COS about?
Over the past few years, students who attended COS meetings have brainstormed ways of building more community and supporting students in a variety of ways. Some proposed ideas: panel discussions to build conversations about teachers in society, panel discussions with professors' perspectives, increased alumni connections, and increased social events including coffee or happy hours, and book or film clubs. We're also considering ways to increase access to information about research and job opportunities, tech resources, and more. If you have an interest in helping us work toward these or other goals, your time and energy is welcome and appreciated! Have other suggestions? Send an e-mail.
- Attend a posted COS meeting or other event. Check out our blog for updates.
- Email to share ideas or get involved.
- Talk with one of the COS representatives.
COS was able to use feedback from a number of current Bank Street students to write a simple Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage (coming soon). Topics range from low-cost health insurance to help with graduation requirements.
Each year, COS distributes a survey to students to facilitate input and provide an additional voice for students. This survey is our attempt to better understand and respond to student needs and will be going out in late September. What would you like us to ask about? E-mail us!
The student trustee attends all scheduled meetings of the Bank Street College of Education Board of Trustees. She/he will be expected to provide a student perspective when pertinent issues are in front of the Board. The student trustee also gathers and shares information from and for the graduate student body by reporting to and hearing from students. In addition, she/he will work with the Council of Students (COS); Jon Snyder, Dean of the Graduate School.
The student trustee is elected to a one-year term. Elections are held every spring for the following academic year.
Qualifications: Applicants must be in good standing with a minimum of one year of study remaining at Bank Street. She/he should be interested in issues of governance and in advocacy on behalf of fellow students. Excellent speaking and organizational skills are essential. Applicants cannot be in staff positions at Bank Street.