Assembly Committees

Assembly Operations

Supports the Office of the Assembly President to conduct the Assembly’s business. The committee reviews and maintains Assembly attendance policies, administers Assembly Member Scholarships, organizes Assembly Member orientations, and nominates new member candidates to the Assembly to fill vacant seats.

Chair: Nich Weller, Assembly President, naweller@asu.edu

Diversity and Inclusion

Addresses issues and concerns specific to under-represented groups within the graduate student body. Members liaise between students and the administration on issues of equal opportunity and representation, and recommend initiatives and policy changes to the Assembly to improve the climate of diversity and inclusion within GPSA and the student body.

Chair: Alyssa Henning, Director of Advocacy, alhennin@asu.edu

Government Operations

Supports the Office of the Assembly President to conduct the Assembly’s business, including: managing changes to the GPSA Bylaws, Constitution, and related policy and procedural materials. Members review and update the content of these documents for the Assembly and propose recommendations for policy changes and amendments.

Chair: Sean McAllister, Assembly Secretary & Parliamentarian, smmcalli@asu.edu

Graduate Student Organization Funding and Outreach

Maintains and interprets the GSO funding policy. Members review GSO funding applications (around $70,000 awarded per year), prepare GSO funding bills for Assembly vote, and develop programming to assist ASU’s GSO community.

Chair: Nicole Mayberry, Assembly President Pro Tempore, nkmayber@asu.edu

Internal Affairs

Supports the Office of the Vice President of Internal Affairs in administration of GPSA Travel Grant Programs and Awards Programs.

Chair: Alyssa Sherry, Vice President of Internal Affairs, amsherry@asu.edu

External Affairs

Supports the Office of the Vice President of External Affairs responsible for GPSA’s advocacy initiatives, including lobbying at the national, state, and university level. This committee drafts the language of the annual GPSA Advocacy Agenda that is ultimately approved by the Assembly.

Chair: Sarah Geren, Vice President of External Affairs, sgeren@asu.edu

Professional Development

Supports the Office of the Vice President of Professional Development in administration of Awards Programs, as well promoting and executing numerous events throughout the year.

Chair: Amelia Miholca, Vice President of Professional Development, amelia.miholca@asu.edu

International Student Affairs

Identifies and addresses issues concerning ASU’s large international student community. Members are tasked with guiding and advising the Assembly regarding the interests and concerns of international students in GPSA’s programing, policies, advocacy, and business.

Chair: Fred Agbemade, Director of International Student Affairs, Fred.Agbemade@asu.edu

CLAS

Acts as a liaison between Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Dean’s Office and the graduate students of the College of Liberals Arts and Sciences.

Chair: Sarah Hall, Assembly Member, sahall11@asu.edu

Assembly Committee Work

Committee work is where the Assembly truly takes shape. Assembly members become “experts” on the topic(s) by which their committee is charged. The Assembly and Executive Branch relies on opinions and recommendations from each committee in its area of expertise.

Committee work that can be expected:

  1. writing of Assembly bills
  2. review of Assembly bills
  3. recommendations on existing Assembly bills
  4. preparation of policy papers
  5. preparation of recommendation papers
  6. event planning
  7. budget considerations

Committees should prepare the following documents:

  1. A brief one-page summary of the scope and goals of the committee
  2. A timeline of tasks to be completed
  3. Minutes of every meeting (should be maintained by the chair, and be available upon request)
  4. Monthly reports of committee progress (Should be submitted to the President of the Assembly prior to the Assembly meeting to be included in Assembly packets.  Each committee will give an oral report of committee progress at each Assembly meeting)

Every committee should provide the one page summary, timeline of tasks, and monthly (or as many as is needed) reports to the Assembly President. Depending upon the scope of the committee, your committee may also be asked to send reports to the Vice Presidents and President of GPSA.

 

The Role of Committee Chairs

The goal for the Committee Chair is to provide the Committee with the structure it needs to complete the tasks, including:

  1. Scheduling meeting time, location, and reservations
  2. providing the necessary tools and documents for committee tasks
  3. developing an agenda for each meeting
  4. facilitating communication between members of committee
  5. facilitating communication between committee and other people

The Chair should appropriately schedule tasks to be timely and also take into consideration the time limitations of the various members of that committee.

To this end, the Chair is ultimately responsible for making sure that documents and events produced by the committee are professional and representative of GPSA, as these are ultimately public documents for the entire university.

*GPSA Bylaws call for certain committee chair and member positions to be afforded to the Assembly President, the Assembly President pro tempore, the Vice Presidents, and some directors.