Elections for 2017-2018 GSA Officers

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Interested in student government? Want to represent and organize the UC Davis graduate students? All of the GSA Officer positions for the 2017-2018 year will be elected at the May 3rd General Assembly Meeting.

To be eligible for an officer position, you must be in a GSA-represented graduate/professional program and be in good standing (e.g., GPA of 3.0 or higher).

  • To nominate a person for a position, please email gsaelections@ucdavis.edu with their name, email, and position to which you are nominating them.
    • The committee will contact the nominee to accept their nomination and provide a brief statement.
  • To self nominate, please email gsaelections@ucdavis.edu with your name, the position you are nominating for, and a brief statement.

You must also be able to serve the entire term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 . Chair, Vice Chair, and External Chair serve an additional 6 months from July to December as ex-officio members of the Executive Council.

Open positions: Chair, Vice Chair, External Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Public Relations Organizing Director.

If you are interested in the positions, there will be an open house where you can come and ask questions and chat with current officers. Come to PES 2005 at 3pm for a GSA Officer forum! It is also recommended that you email the current officer of each position.

Check out the current candidates and their statements!

Explanation of Positions:



  • Manage and lead GSA General Assembly
  • Represent the GSA to various stakeholder groups
  • Work with Campus Administration, Academic Senate on joint issues
  • Participate in campus committees (Graduate Council, Academic Senate Exec, etc.)
  • Manage GSA admin in day-to-day operations
  • Project manage GSA officers
  • Respond to on-demand issues and asks, including significant writing
  • Some Travel required
  • Understand Robert’s Rules

Vice Chair


  • Assist the Chair in any duties that they need
  • Nominate and manage student appointments to Administrative Advisory, Academic Senate, and other Campus-wide committees
  • Committees
    • Chair Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students Committee
    • Chair Administrative Advisory Selection Committee
    • Graduate Council
  • First contact for graduate student grievances and solving them
  • Represent graduate students to the administration
  • Lead and/or participate in initiatives of interest

External Chair


  • Advocate for graduate and professional students at local, state, and federal levels
  • Oversee the Assistant External Chair
  • Serve on the board of the University of California Student Association (UCSA)
  • Represent Davis grads to National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) and Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE)
  • Host events focused on legislation affecting graduate and professional students and increase student involvement (call-to-congress days, NAGPS and SAGE national events, district office visits, etc.)
  • Serve on several boards and committees, and work to develop external relations with other university entities and graduate/professional-focused groups on campus and within the UC system
  • Understand legislation and current events affecting graduate and professional students (loan/debt issues, UC system-wide policy and procedures. tuition, advocacy and awareness, diversity issues, etc.)
  • Able to travel several times throughout the academic year to conferences

Yearly Calendar:

  • NAGPS LADs (Legislative Action Days) – once in September and once in March
  • SAGE DOH (Day on the Hill) – Spring
  • NAGPS Western Regional Conference – Spring, rotating location at a university in the western U.S.
  • UCSA board meetings – occur monthly
  • UCSA Students of Color Conference – usually November
  • UCSA Student Lobby Conference and lead delegation- April
  • UCSA – UC Regents Meetings – quarterly
  • District Office Visits – as needed
  • Others throughout the year (Meetings with UC President, NAGPS and SAGE annual summits, etc.)



  • Prepare and maintain the budget for the year
  • Coordinate judging and granting of travel awards
  • Calculating and disbursing Departmental fund
  • Represent grad students to the Committee on Student Fees, other budgetary-related concerns



  • Record Minutes of all Executive Council (EC) meetings and General Assembly (GA) meetings
  • Distribute minutes to Representatives prior to each Assembly meeting
  • Make public and readily available all minutes and agendas on GSA website
  • Prepare and send out the weekly announcements
  • Serve as custodian and publisher of all Assembly documents
  • Correspond with representatives and EC about meetings, announcements, etc.
  • Chair the By-Laws committee

Public Relations Organizing Director


  • Organize events to facilitate graduate student engagement, organization, and activism
  • Coordinate and conduct social and volunteer events throughout the year (e.g., Pub Night, Art Therapy, Graduate Student Mixers, etc.)
  • Maintain contact with Davis branch of UAW 2865
  • Advocate for student wellness and organize events like Grad Yoga
  • Help maintain social media presence on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram