The GPSS Officers provide a critical link between students, administrators, faculty, the community, and the legislature. In the past, GPSS officers have advocated for improved family housing and better childcare on campus. At the state level, our Officers have fought to defeat tuition increases, increase state funding for childcare and mental health services on campus, reduce textbook costs and provide educational debt forgiveness to public interest lawyers.
GPSS Officers set the organization’s goals and implement Senate directives, communicate goals and actions to the University and students, report on progress toward achieving these directives, and account for 19.5 hours per week.
GPSS Officers select graduate student representatives to serve on over 150 University committees. These committees deal with such diverse issues as the quality of academic programs, sexual harassment, campus recycling and ownership of research, to name a few.
GPSS Officers also oversee the running of the Senate and its budget of over $250,000. They attend orientations for new graduate students, fund speakers and departmental programs, and publish a website to keep graduate and professional students informed of issues and events. Most importantly, they hold regular meetings of the Senate, a forum for graduate and professional students to air their concerns and give direction to the officers.
GPSS encourages all graduate and professional students to run for Officer positions. The job will be challenging and unforgettable, and your efforts will forever affect the future of graduate education at this University.
The 2015-2016 GPSS Officers are:
Alex Bolton, President:
Monica Cortes-Viharo, Vice President of Internal Affairs:
Brian Taubeneck, Vice President of External Affairs: