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: Brandon Favre, Assembly President,

Justice, Equity, 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: Leah Jones, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,

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: Aaron Cromar, Assembly Secretary & Parliamentarian,

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: Jake Garcia, Assembly President Pro Tempore,

Internal Affairs

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

Chair: Kylee Warke, Vice President of Internal Affairs,

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: Nicole Mayberry, Vice President of External

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: Nivedita Mahesh, Vice President of Professional Development,

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: Glory Bantan Mafor, Director of International Student Affairs,

The College

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: Christine Lewis, Assembly Member for The College At-Large,


Acts as a liaison between Administration in The Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean’s Office and the graduate students of the Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Chair: Hadi Ali, Assembly Member for The Fulton Schools of Engineering – At-Large,

Innovation Fellows

Supports the GPSA Director of Special Projects. The committees helps in the advertisement, review, and selection of special projects for funding to support graduate student intiatives.

Chair: Zee Wilson, Innovation Fellowship Director,

Downtown Campus

Acts as a liaison between Administration at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus and the graduate and professional students of the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Chair: Carmen Ortega-Santos, Assembly Member for the College of Health Solutions,

Wellness Committee

Supports the GPSA Director of Wellness in their Wellness agenda, projects, and events.

Chair: Anaissa Ruiz Tejada, Director of Wellness,


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.