Acts as the liaison between university administration and faculty, and graduate students of the College, bringing forward graduate student concerns to the attention of university administration and/or faculty. The GSA President also sits in on some GSA Committee meetings and organizes Officer Elections at the end of the academic year.
Social Programming Officer
Organizes social events which are a fun break from work and allow graduate students from different departments to meet and get to know one another. Facilitates social events planned by River Campus graduate students and groups. Past events have included: wine & cheese parties, skiing trips, ice skating, a canal boat cruise, bowling, and salsa dancing lessons.
Academic Programming Officer
Fosters discussion between graduate students concerning topics that cross disciplinary boundaries. The Academic Committee hosts workshops, seminars, discussion panels and invited speakers. An example of past conferences includes the Creating a Career Conference, intended to help graduate students envision non-traditional careers outside of academia. The Academic Programming Officer is responsible for organizing the review process for the conference travel funding applications. The Academic Programming Officer also consults on the conferences and events GSA should fund. In the past, the Academic Committee co-sponsored conferences on women’s studies, epistemology, and film studies.
Student Advocacy Officer
Works for material change that will benefit all graduate students. The Advocacy Officer works to provide a voice for graduate student concerns with University administration and communicate useful information to graduate students in response to those concerns. In the past, the Advocacy Officer has worked to improve the University’s bus service and student health care, attended regular university committee meetings on transportation and health services, gathered information relevant to grad students (e.g. housing, health care & tax preparation) for the GSA website, and sent a student to D.C. to lobby for tax reform at the national level.
The role of treasurer is to oversee the funding of GSA. More specifically, he/she is responsible for approving funding requests from other graduate student groups or organizations and working with accountants to handle all reimbursement or refund processes.
The Communications Officer takes minutes of the GSA Officer and Annual General Meetings and distributes the minutes to the GSA Webmaster and its Officers and/or the graduate student population (as applicable). The Communications Officer also forwards GSA communiques to the College’s graduate student population via the college grads mailing list.
Information Technology Officer
The Information Technology Officer’s role is to maintain the website including all hosted applications (forums, photo gallery, etc.). In addition, he/she solicits information and resources from other officers and UR students for inclusion in the website. The Information Technology Officer also shares GSA promotional responsibilities (i.e. flyer and poster design).