What is GPSA?

Mission

To create a supportive educational community that facilitates our personal and professional growth so we can continue making ASU, our community, and the world a better place.

 

Vision Statement:

GPSA gives voice to graduate and professional students across ASU to promote success, inclusion, and vitality among the diverse communities we represent and serve. We seek to foster and empower the next generation of academic and professional leaders through professional development, advocacy, and service opportunities.

For more details about our goals this year, view our GPSA 2019-2020 Strategic Plan.

Accomplishments

GPSA has provided and continues to provide support for ASU graduate and professional students. Through research and travel grants and childcare subsidies, we have provided much needed financial support. Through our contacts with the ASU administration and local and state representatives, we have advocated on behalf of graduate and professional students. Through social media, email newsletters, and surveys we have enabled continuous communication between students and GPSA.

Support

  • Awarded over $135,000 to over 80 graduate students in research grants
  • Awarded over $390,000 to roughly 600 graduate students for travel to conferences and other professional development activities (e.g., workshops, trainings)
  • Recognized 50 outstanding graduate student instructors with the annual Teaching Excellence Award and $25,000 in monetary prizes
  • Recognized 29 outstanding graduate students for their advocacy efforts, mentorship, and research with over $14,000 in monetary prizes
  • Hosted six professional development workshops
  • Offered free printing, water, and other amenities in the Graduate Student Centers on all four campuses
  • Funded over 100 Graduate Student Organization events and initiatives with a combined $60,000

Advocacy

  • Engaged student Assembly Members and Department Representatives across all four ASU campuses
  • Communicated with university administration on graduate students’ concerns
  • Passed student referenda to improve the quality of student governance and advocacy for ASU graduate and professional students
  • Established an independent volunteer judiciary committee to hear out and rule on graduate student grievances
  • In collaboration with the Arizona Students’ Association… saved the universities from being cut an additional $37 million, saved over $14 million of need-based financial aid (AFAT) from permanent repeal, protected investments in education by having TABOR vetoed, won in-state tuition status for all honorably discharged veterans, made it easier for students to vote by establishing voting centers, protected student governments’ ability to advocate on behalf of students, prohibited several other bills that ASA and student government opposed from advancing.
  • Collaborated with the ASU Family Resources Advisory Board regarding childcare and other family policies for ASU graduate and professional students
  • Collaborated with the Graduate College to survey graduate and professional students about their professional development priorities
  • Represented ASU graduate students at events hosted by the ASU Commission on the Status of Women
  • Collaborated with the GPSA Internal Affairs office and the ASU Project for Wellness and Work-Life to develop a tool to assess graduate and professional students’ work-life needs
  • Hosted a voting ballot center on the Tempe campus to encourage voter turn out among students
  • Lobbied for graduate student concerns at the state and federal levels

Unity

  • Informed graduate students of opportunities through the GPSA Newsletter and Forums
  • Hosted four interdisciplinary socials and multiple open house events at the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, and West campuses
  • Organized and hosted the Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week to recognize the interests, talents, and achievements of graduate students from all campuses
  • Partnered with the Dean of Students offices across all four campuses to advocate for campus-specific graduate student needs

For more details about the recent accomplishments of GPSA, check out the 2018-2019 GPSA Annual Report.