I worked with faculty, post docs and graduate students to make structural changes to our department to improve the experience of all grad students. I was also tasked with organizing recruitment events for prospective students with department staff, faculty and fellow grad students. Recruitment events involved coordinating prospective students' schedules, housing, and activities during their visit to our department.
I work with faculty, visiting researchers and post docs associated with FHL to nominate and invite a prominent scientist studying invertebrates to the Friday Harbor Labs for a summer seminar. The invited speaker does a public talk at the town theater as well as a research-focused talk for the Labs community. I also organize meetings with graduate students during the lecturer's visit.
I organized the Biological Responses session and social activities for this graduate student - only conference focused on climate change.
I think 'hanging out' is a critical element of a healthy community. In the busy lives of academics, it is difficult to make time to catch up with colleagues and decompress after a busy week. As social committee chair I worked with other grad students to organize departmental happy hours and an annual grad student weekend retreat. This was a great opportunity to get to know the people in my department.