Welcome to All Graduate Students

Get involved with the Graduate Student Assembly! Currently, the GSA manages a budget of over $125,000 and administers Professional Development Grants, holds social activities, and puts on other programs for graduate students at UMass Boston.

Call for nominations for its Executive Board for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Nominations will close on Wednesday, April 1 @ 5:00pm. To nominate yourself, send an email to charles.henriques@umb.edu. Please indicate which position you would like to run for.

Elections will be held April 6-9, 2015.

OPEN POSITION DESCRIPTIONS:

President: The President serves as the official spokesperson for the Assembly, communicating GSA actions and positions to the University community, Board of Trustees, Student Affairs Office, and the Graduate Studies Departments. In addition, the President helps with recruitment and presides over GSA meetings.

President Position Responsibilities:
– Coordinate recruitment, Executive Board member policies, GSA policies, and organizational management with the Executive Board and Assembly
– Act as the official alternate representative on behalf of GSA to the Board of Trustees
– Act as a contact for graduate studies and graduate studies program directors
– Meet monthly with Chancellor Motley
– Attend Faculty Council meetings
– Organize and lead the GSA’s Academic Committee
– Attend and preside over all Executive Board and Assembly meetings
– Meet monthly with the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
– Provide monthly reports to the Executive Board and Assembly
– Attend GSA events and social functions
– Periodically attend meetings of College Councils
– Notify other organizations and relevant authorities of Assembly actions through press releases and other media relations, promotional campaigns, and public image development
– Assist Executive Board members with projects as they arise
– Attend GSA events and social functions.
– Attend graduate student orientations

The President will receive a ¼ time Graduate Assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year, including a full tuition waiver and a 25% fee waiver.

Per the GSA bylaws: Nominees running for President must have demonstrated participation in GSA preceding the election. This may be demonstrated by attending 1/3 of GSA meetings for the academic year. ** The Executive Committee reserves the right to waive candidate eligibility requirements on a case-by-case basis.

Vice President: The Vice President coordinates GSA events and manages requests for GSA sponsorship of events on campus and research projects. In addition, the Vice President helps to prepare for GSA meetings by preparing and sending out the agenda and taking the minutes during meetings.

Vice President Position Responsibilities:
– Manage Spayne and Bollinger grants and applications
– Manage requests for event funding and research grants
– Serve as a formal contact for the formal grievance procedure
– Assist Executive Board members with projects as they arise
– Coordinate events, programs, and orientation activities with Executive Board members and staff
– Will look for ways the GSA can offer more value to the Graduate Student Population in the form of grants, professional associations, etc.
– Organize and lead the GSA’s Programs Committee
– Attend graduate student orientations

The Vice-President will receive a ¼ time Graduate Assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year, including a full tuition waiver and a 25% fee waiver.

Per the GSA bylaws: Nominees running for Vice President must have demonstrated participation in GSA preceding the election. This may be demonstrated by attending 1/3 of GSA meetings for the academic year. ** The Executive Committee reserves the right to waive candidate eligibility requirements on a case-by-case basis.

Secretary: The Secretary manages Professional Development Grant (PDG) applications and the GSA website.

Secretary Position Responsibilities:
– Manage primary GSA email account
– Send out agenda and meeting reminders prior to GSA meetings
– Take the GSA meeting minutes
– Manage all social media for GSA
– Will make sure the website is updated with current and useful information
– Assist Executive Board members with projects as they arise
– Attend all Executive Board and Assembly meetings
– Attend GSA events and social functions
– Organize and lead the By-Laws Committee

The Secretary will receive a ¼ time Graduate Assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year, including a full tuition waiver and a 25% fee waiver. Any graduate student can run for the Secretary position.

Treasurer: The Treasurer primarily handles issues related to the budget, including research grants and RPAs, among other responsibilities.

Treasurer Position Responsibilities:
– Manage PDG applications
– Manage GSA budget
– Will keep track of the financial records
– Will have the responsibility for overseeing expenditures in conjunction with the Executive committee
– Coordinate with the Executive committee in order to maintain the GSA’s budget and finances
– Assist Executive Board members with projects as they arise
– Attend all Executive Board and Assembly meetings
– Attend GSA events and social functions

The Treasurer will receive a ¼ time Graduate Assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year, including a full tuition waiver and a 25% fee waiver. Any graduate student can run for the Treasurer position.

If you are interested please send an email with the subject line “GSA nominations” to Chuck at Charles.Henriques@umb.edu
**** Please indicate which position you would like to run for***

 

 

We are now accepting Professional Development Grant applications for fall and spring conferences. Funds are on a first come, first served basis.

Meeting schedule for the 2014-2015

The GSA meets every Thursday, 1:00 p.m -2:00 p.m., in the Campus Center, Room 3115.

Spring 2015 Office Hours:

Monday 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am-12:00 pm   &  2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Check us out on  Facebook:  Facebook.com/graduateassembly

The Graduate Student Assembly, serving as the voice of graduate students at the UMASS Boston campus, is dedicated to enhancing the academic and professional development of graduate students. This includes support for graduate research and skill development. Our intention is to reach the graduate student body with the various programs we offer. Please feel free to make YOUR voice heard through our website. We’d love to hear from you!

Serving as the voice of graduate students at University of Massachusetts Boston

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