Langdon steps up as leader in Tech's Graduate Student Advisory Council
An animal science doctoral candidate has been elected to the newly formed Texas Tech Graduate Student Advisory Council. Wendee Langdon, who was elected last month, will represent the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for the next year.
"Life as a graduate student isn't easy and there are always issues that need to be addressed, such as funding," Langdon said. "Many issues seem to be actively avoided and I wanted to have a hand in making sure that such issues are brought to light so that graduate students may have a more positive experience here at Texas Tech."
Langdon is one of 20 students from across campus elected to the advisory council, which was formed in response to the growing number of graduate students, achieving Tier 1 status and plans to further increase graduate enrollment to 10,000 graduate students. Originally from San Antonio, Langdon earned her bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M University before attending Texas Tech for her master's and doctoral programs.
According to university officials, the Graduate Student Advisory Council provides representation of graduate student interests to university administration, as well as working with the dean of the graduate school on resolving issues affecting graduate students. The group focuses on specific issues of importance to grad students; including advocacy and representation, improving quality of graduate student life, and events, programming, and social life.
As a former graduate senator in Tech's Student Government Association, Langdon said she can attest that the Graduate Student Advisory Council was not created to compete with Tech's Student Government Association, but rather compliment the organization. Because student government association is primarily comprised of undergraduate students, Langdon said, they may be unfamiliar with the needs of graduate students.
"It means a great deal to me to have been elected as a representative by my peers," Langdon said. "It's reassuring to know that my peers feel that I am qualified for such a position and that they have faith in my leadership skills. We are all students here, and we are all working toward improving upon the academic and social experiences for all Red Raiders."
Written by Kelsey Fletcher
CONTACT: Wendee Langdon, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805, ext. 264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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