News & Updates

News & Announcements

GSA meetings are held every other Monday in the Price Center 4th Floor Forum unless stated otherwise. Meetings are open to public.

June 1st, 2016

GSA Meetings for the 2015-2016 academic year officially concluded last night! Three special guests joined us: Prof. Gabriele Wienhausen (Director of Teaching & Learning Commons), Dr. Paul Roben (AVC of Innovation & Technology Commercialization), and Sharon Van Bruggen (Director of University Centers). Several resolutions, charges, and Constitutional amendments were then passed during CM #15. First, the second vote on amendments to the Constitution passed with a vote of 38-0-1. The Marketing and Communications Committee Charge was then approved as a special committee with a vote of 25-5-5, while the amendments to the Officer Bylaws (Marketing Coordinator) were tabled indefinitely with a vote of 26-3-2. Cory Stevenson then presented on CR11: Supporting UCSD Student Email Account Preservation, which passed with a vote of 30-1-0. The next resolution was presented by Beatriz Ramirez, CR12: Literature Building Apparent Campus Cluster Petition, and was passed after several amendments with a vote of 24-1-4. CR13: Circulation of DAC State of the Campus EDI Report was presented by Sophia Hirakis and Tara-Lynnne Pixley in conjunction with the State of the Campus EDI Report and passed with a vote of 25-0-1. Finally, the special committee charge for the International Student Workgroup was updated for the '16-'17 academic year, presented by Juan Carmona Zabala and passing with a vote of 26-0-0.

For information about what Council has done this year, please take a look at our Meeting Minutes and Resolutions page. For reports the Executives have produced, check out our GSA Reports section. The agendas for the 2015-2016 academic year can be found at the Meeting Schedule page. We will be back in session on October 3rd, 2016, in the Price Center Forum under the leadership of Garrett Bredell.

May 17th, 2016

GSA held the second to last council meeting of the year last night. The council heard from Prof. William Hodgkiss, the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Planning & Resources, who shared the structure of university administration and answered questions related to grant funding. Council unanimously approved changes to the Election Bylaws which were presented by the Election Committee. Council then heard a presentation on amendments to the Officer Bylaws, with the addition of the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, which will be voted on in CM #15. Council then passed the 2016-2017 Financial Budget with a vote of 39-0-2. The Governing Documents Committee proposed some amendments to the Constitution, which passed the first vote 38-0-3. A second vote is needed to finalize the changes to the Constitution, which will take place in CM #15. Finally, council heard from Whitney Russell on an advising and mentorship resolution that will be voted on in the next council meeting. The final council meeting will take place on May 31st at 6pm in the Price Center Forum.

May 3rd, 2016

GSA had the 13th council meeting of the year last night. GSA was joined by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Juan Gonzalez, for a Q&A. GSA approved changes to the University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) Charge and heard a presentation on amendments to the Election Bylaws by the Election Committee. Troy Kokinis, chair of the C4 committee and the GSA Outreach Coordinator, presented the C4 Spring report and GSA voted and approved CR10: Report from the C4 Committee (19-0-2). GSA then voted to approve the Council Parliamentarian position, sponsored by Nathaniel Wood-Cohan and Cory Stevenson, with a vote of 15-7-2. GSA also decided to vote on the Marketing Coordinator position during CMs #14 and #15 after hearing a presentation by Matt Cohen and Cory Stevenson. Teresa Zimmerman-Liu, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, reported on the follow-up to the TA & GSR Resources report and outlined steps to take if funding is lost. Mukanth Vaidyanathan, Vice President of Financial Affairs, presented the budget for the 2016-2017 academic year which will be voted on during CM #14. Sophia Hirakis presented on faculty mentorship, with a resolution to come during CM #14. With only two council meetings left this year, GSA has a lot left to do!

April 19th, 2016

For the 12th council meeting of the year, GSA had three special guest presentations from Joel Tolson (Grad specialist at Career Services Center), Dr. Christina Lambert (Grad specialist psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services), and Catherine Friedman (Library Administrator). They discussed graduate student specific resources at UC San Diego. We then concluded the 2016-2017 GSA executive elections, welcoming the 6 new elected officers beginning July 1st. GSA Council then voted on an update to the campus pub investment, in which CR09: Update to Campus Pub Investment passed with a vote of 24-0-2. GSA heard presentations on the University Center Advisory Board (UCAB) charge, the creation of a Council Parliamentarian position, and on the conversion of Chief of Staff to Vice President of Internal Affairs. Additionally, GSA approved Chandler Purrity to the VC EDI Diversity Council and approved three funding requests. With only three council meetings remaining, the Graduate Student Association still has a lot of initiatives remaining!

April 18th, 2016

Upon completion of the GSA Executive 2016-2017 elections, the Graduate Student Association is proud to announce the incoming GSA elected executives for the next year!

President: Garrett Bredell

Vice President of Academic Affairs: Tatiana Zavodny

Vice President of External Affairs: Mark Derdzinski

Vice President of Financial Affairs: Sara Rivera

Vice President of Student & Campus Affairs: Betty Ramirez

Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Affairs: Martin Boston

The incoming executive board terms in on July 1st. Until then, contact the current executive board at contact@gsa.ucsd.edu.

March 30th, 2016

The 2016 Winter GSA Executive Report is now available! Read about what GSA was up to during the Winter quarter here. To see a full list of GSA reports, click here.

March 10th, 2016

The last GSA Council Meeting of the quarter began with a presentation on the 2016-2017 GSA Election procedure. The GSA elections will take place on Monday, April 4th at 6pm in the Price Center Forum. For questions about the election process, please contact the Elections Committee at elections@gsa.ucsd.edu. GSA then voted and approved CR07: Campus Pub Investment, in which they approved the use of $100,000 to be invested into the campus pub. GSA then voted and approved CR08: Proposed Changes to the Student Organization Membership Policies, in which GSA clarified their stance on membership rules under the Center for Student Involvement. We then had a presentation on amendments to the Judicial Bylaws, on the Student Regent selection process, on the External Affairs legislative report, and on the Office of Students with Disabilities.

Feb. 23rd, 2016

GSA Council Meeting #9 featured a Q&A with the Director of Transportation Services, Charles Kindred. He discussed changes to parking on campus and alternative commuter options. Gabriela Hoffmann from the International Student Center then spoke about the resources offered at the ISC and asked for feedback from GSA. Claire Maniti, the UCAB Chair, gave an updated on the Pub renovation project with blueprints of the new Pub layout in the Old Student Center. Dan Jacobsen (GSA VP Campus) and Mukanth Vaidyanathan (GSA VP Finance) presented a resolution on GSA investment in the Pub, which will be voted on in CM #10. The International Graduate Student Workgroup Charge was then presented by Juan Carmona Zabala, Celia Symons, and Tara-Lynne Pixley (VP Diversity) which will work on solutions for problems international students have faced. GSA council then approved CR06: UC Investment in Fossil Fuel Equities by a vote of 17-6-7. Finally, the Elections Committee asked for nominations for the 2016-2017 GSA Elections. The GSA Elections will be on April 4th at 6pm. Any graduate and professional student can run for an executive position, but they must be nominated by a current GSA representative or executive. For more information, check out the Elections page.

Feb. 10th, 2016

The third GSA council meeting of the quarter was held on February 8th. Cory Stevenson, the Co-Chair of the Associated Residential Community Housing Advisory Committee (ARCHAC) and the graduate student representative of the Building Advisory Committee (BAC) spoke about new housing plans for East Campus. Two different housing projects are underway: Mesa Nueva (~1300 graduate students) and Nueva West (~1000 graduate students). A town hall will be hosted by GSA and Housing soon to discuss the new projects and hear feedback. Additionally, Teresa Zimmerman-Liu, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, made a presentation on UC divestment in fossil fuels. GSA will soon take a stance on fossil fuel divestment by the UC system.

Jan. 29th, 2016

GSA is excited to announce the Winter Quarterly Free For All will be held next Friday, February 5th, from 6-11PM in the Price Center Ballroom.  This year the theme is “On the Boardwalk”, and the event is free for all graduate students and a guest. Check out our events page and our Facebook page for more details.

Jan. 27th, 2016

The second council meeting of the quarter was held on January 25th. The Dean of Graduate Division held a Q&A about various initiatives the campus is currently working on. The Inclusivity Board Charge and amendments to the Financial Bylaws were unanimously approved. Additionally, CR05: Dependent Health Insurance Reform for 2016-'17 was unanimously approved with a vote of 33-0-2. This resolution lowers the dependent health insurance rate to the level of graduate students. Previously, partners and children of graduate students had to pay a higher price to join the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). They will now have the option to pay the same rate as graduate and professional students for the 2016-'17 academic year.

Jan. 12th, 2016

The Graduate Student Association had their first council meeting of Winter quarter on January 11th. The GSA was joined by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor of Resource Management & Planning, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining, and Hospitality, and the Dean of Graduate Division. The Chancellor announced plans for a new graduate student housing complex with a capacity of 1,000 students. This is in addition to Nueva Mesa that is currently underconstruction that will be housing 1,400 graduate and professional students.

Dec. 14th, 2015

The 2015 GSA Executive Fall Report is now available! Check out the report to learn about what GSA Council and Executives did for graduate students this past quarter. Email contact@gsa.ucsd.edu if you have any questions or comments for the GSA Executives.

Dec. 1st, 2015

Amendments to the Election and Officer bylaws were approved at the UCSD GSA council meeting last night. Additionally, the Code of Conduct was passed as a council document (29-7-6). Two resolutions were passed--CR03: The Koala and Media at UC San Diego (32-2-3) and CR04: Campus Climate (17-6-2).

Nov. 17th, 2015

UCSD GSA heard presentations from Ombuds and the University Centers Advisory Board at the council meeting last night. Additionally, the Vice President of Academic Affairs presented the results of the Academic Resources Report. The Election Committee and Governing Documents Committee proposed changes to the election and officer bylaws, respectively, that will be voted on at the next council meeting.

Nov. 3rd, 2015

At the third council meeting of the quarter, UCSD GSA passed CR02: Revised Metrics for the CHE Collective. Additionally, the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) presented on the background of SFAC and the recent Town Hall hosted by the committee.

Oct. 31st, 2015

UCSD GSA hosted its annual Halloween Free for All last night in the Price Center Ballroom East. Over 1,000 graduate students attended the event. Congratulations to costume contest winners Leeloo, Team Rocket, and Adventure Time. Information on upcoming events can be found on our facebook page.

Oct. 20th, 2015

UCSD GSA passed CR01: Continuing Support of Mental Health in the second council meeting of the quarter by a vote of 41-1-0 (Y-N-A). This resolution allocates funds to hiring a full time psychologist who is designated to work exclusively with graduate students. Additionally, the council voted on the charges for the Library Graduate Advisory Committee and the Campus Events Planning Committee.

Oct. 8th, 2015

UC San Diego will be hosting the Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) Fall summit this upcoming weekend! Approximately 30 graduate students from across the country will be visiting UC San Diego to discuss national advocacy! Check out the SAGE website for more details on what SAGE advocates for.

Oct. 6th, 2015

The Graduate Student Association had its first council meeting of the year. The agenda for the meeting can be found here. Lisa Maxwell, director of National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) was a special guest and hosted a diversity advantage workshop. Five funding bills were voted on and approved by council.