What We Do

Overview

The GPSA Assembly represents graduate and professional students from colleges and schools across all ASU campuses and online students.

The primary function of the GPSA Assembly is to pass bills that advocate for graduate and professional student interests and values, approve budgets that promote academic and professional success, and distribute funds to support graduate student organizations (GSOs.) Assembly members serve as the primary liaison among their constituents, GPSA executives, and the ASU administration.

Members of the GPSA Assembly also serve on committees that focus on particular graduate and professional student concerns, including advocacy to university administration and government representatives, diversity and inclusion, student grants and awards, professional development resources and opportunities, and funding for GSOs.

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GSO Funding

A key function of GPSA is to fund events for Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs) to foster community and facilitate professional development among graduate and professional students.

GSOs can apply for up to $2,000 per event. Applicants are responsible for contacting an Assembly Member to sponsor their application.

The Assembly Sponsor reviews the application and provides feedback prior to the formal application review by the GSO Funding Committee.

More information about the application process can be found here: https://gpsa.asu.edu/funding/gso-funding/

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Committees

Committees unite Assembly Members, GPSA Executives and Directors, and graduate students to plan events, oversee GPSA operations, administer funds for GSOs, grants, and awards, and advocate for student concerns. 

The Assembly and Executive Branch relies on opinions and recommendations from each committee in its area of expertise. Committee work includes writing and reviewing Assembly bills and resolutions, preparing policy papers and recommendation reports, event planning, and making budgeting decisions.  

GET INVOLVED! Committees are open for interested graduate students to join. Email the chair of the committee to learn more.

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Current 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

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

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

GSO Funding and Outreach

Maintains and interprets the GSO funding policy. Members review GSO funding applications (over $70,000 awarded per year) and prepare GSO funding bills for Assembly vote.

Chair: Nicole Mayberry, 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: Alyssa Sherry, 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: Sarah Geren, Vice President of External Affairs

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

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 

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: TBD