Graduate Student Government (GSG)

The History of GSG

In 1992-1993, a student referendum was introduced because there was a proposed increase for all students, undergraduate and graduate, in a student center fee. Graduate students felt they were being asked to pay an increase without any say or representation. No graduate student entity existed at the time.

The GSA came about because a group of dedicated full-time and part-time graduate students rallied together to address their concerns and to create a forum for graduate students. The graduate students formed the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the referendum was put to a vote and passed, instituting a student center fee.

GSA eventually became the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) to acknowledge the inclusion of the School of Law. In approximately 2011-2012, the GPSA decided to change the title of the organization to the Graduate Student Government (GSG). The inclusion of the word “government” helped to establish that the organization is a government body.

Major Achievements of GSG

  • Lobbied successfully for increased stipends of graduate research assistants and teaching assistants.
  • Helped create a graduate study room and establish a quiet Fourth Floor in Snell Libary.
  • Since 1994, the GSG has actively planed and ran a “Graduate Information Forum” in conjunction with the Office of the Provost (now called “Welcome & Graduate Orientation”).
  • Worked with Career Services to organized series of workshops geared towards graduate students.
  • Continuous lobbying of more graduate student spaces on campus.
  • Helped create Awards specifically for graduate students.
  • Established Graduate Funding Support through Graduate Activity Fee; including individual and organization funding.
  • Established role in recognizing and supporting graduate student organizations.
  • Established annual graduate student survey to solicit student information and find out priorities.
  • Helped to formalize and establish College Councils (coming soon).
  • Support in creation of a centralized Fellowship/Grant/Research Opportunities database (coming soon).

Resolutions & Endorsements by GSG

  • Passed a resolution in support of a Smoke Free Campus (Spring 2013).
  • Passed a resolution in support of adding Recycling Receptacles on campus (Spring 2013).