The Structure of the GSA
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee comprises the senior leadership of GSA, including the positions specified in the organization's constitution. Chaired by the GSA President, the executives are responsible for executing all operational and programming-related business of GSA, enacting the decisions of Council, and working to promote the interests of graduate students through its interactions with University faculty and staff. During periods when Council is not in session, the Executive Committee functions in its place.
Here you can find the GSA Organizational Chart.
The GSA Council
Council includes representatives from every graduate program at UCSD, and meets on a regular basis throughout the school year. When called into session, Council has the authority to pass resolutions and other documents expressing the official position of GSA on any number of issues. As expressions of the unified voice of the graduate and professional student community, such position statements serve as powerful tools for campus administrators to gauge the practicality and effectiveness of various policies and initiatives.
In addition to its deliberative capacity, Council maintains the power to appoint graduate student representatives to the standing and special committees of the Academic Senate and other University offices. Furthermore, Council oversees the dispersal of funds to campus departments, programs, and organizations.
Council meetings are held every other Monday during the academic year (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) in the Price Center 4th Floor Forum, except during holidays or when otherwise stated. Meetings are open to public. The list of the GSA meetings for the 2017-2018 academic year can be found here.
The Council meeting agendas are generally structured in this way (example agenda):
To place an item on the agenda, email the President (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Chief of Staff (email@example.com) by the Friday before the council meeting with the item. If the agenda item is not received by this time, the agenda must be amended during the approval of the current agenda in order to present or vote on the item.
When presenting an item to council, ensure that the item is shared with all of council. If presenting a Google Doc, ensure that the sharing settings are set to “Anyone with the link can comment”. Additionally, agenda items to be voted on will be locked when the agenda is distributed to prevent changes from being made. Amendments can be made during the council meeting or using the suggesting feature in Google Docs.
The GSA Executive Officers also produce several reports throughout the year which may be presented to the Council. Visit the GSA Reports section for more information.
Full Departmental Representative Responsibilities
Alternate Departmental Representative Responsibilities
Robert’s Rules of Order