Please see the expandable topics below for general information regarding meetings (what happens during them? what's up with people saying "motion to approve" and "second" all the time?), voting, a description of the GSA officer roles and duties of program representatives (how to become one and general expectations). You may also reference our Constitution for more in depth information on these and other topics. Thanks for your interest in the GSA!
The GSA meets the first Wednesday of the month (August through June) from 5-6 PM. Meetings are open to all students, regardless of whether or not they are a program representative, though a quorum (1/2 + 1 program representatives) must be present for formal proceedings to occur. Only representativs may vote. If you are interested in attending GSA meetings, please email the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the email list! This will allow you to receive each month's meeting agenda and minutes as well as the meeting Zoom link.
Meetings are presided over by the president and generally proceed in the following manner:
Each program should in some way determine a program representative and an alternate, either through an election, volunteer or appointment by the Program Director or Coordinator if necessary. For a list of current program representatives, please see here. Reach out the Secretary at email@example.com or your program's listed representative if you are interested in getting involved! As a reminder, you can still attend monthly GSA General Body meetings without being a program representative.
Programs must have a representative to be considered active, which is required for students of that program to apply for GSA travel and other awards. Responsibilities of the primary program representative include:
The following section describes the general duties of each member of the Executive Board. Please see our Executive Board page to read more about the current members!
The GSA has six standing subcommittees, along with other special interest subcommittees as needed. Each representative must serve on at least one subcomittee during the academic year and each subcomittee must comprise at least three representatives. Subcommittees and their objectives are:
2021-2022 special interest subcommittees:
The most common things that the GSA votes on are student group funding requests and Executive Board positions. Other examples of motions that require a vote are the formation of a new subcommittee and approving (or modifying) the GSA budget. Each of these requires a simple majority vote of the present representatives (a quorum, or 1/2 + 1 of the total representatives, must be present for any vote). Only one representative per program may vote; typically this is the primary representative. The alternate representative may vote if the primary is absent.
Amendments to the Constitution require a 2/3 majority vote rather than a simple majority.