Do you want to get more involved with GSA as a delegate or member of the graduate and professional student body? Do you have specific concerns that could be addressed in a smaller, focused group? Please consider joining one of this year’s committees; standing committees are mandated by our Constitution and Bylaws, while Subcommittees are groups that have been formed for this year. Each are listed below along with the committee’s email address to directly send your thoughts and ideas to a team of peers who can meet and discuss methods to bring your issues to the notice of the entire Graduate Student Assembly!
Standing Committees exist and serve GSA every year. They are essential to the function of our organization which is why they are named within our Constitution and Bylaws.
Committee on Judicial and Electoral Affairs
The charge of this committee is to review, study, and recommend to the GSA Assembly
potential changes to the GSA Constitution and Bylaws with the goal of the effective and efficient
implementation of the mission of the GSA. In addition, they will act as the initial jurisdiction of judicial
affairs including but not limited to the constitutionality of all GSA activities and removal
procedures. Finally, to formulate and oversee procedures of electing the GSA Executive Board
This committee shall together with the President and Vice President as well as the rest of the
Executive Board conduct annual review of the GSA Constitution and Bylaws, and propose
potential amendments for Assembly approval for the betterment of the GSA as an organization.
This committee shall also be responsible for the transparent planning and implementation of the
election procedures for GSA Executive Board members in accordance to the GSA Constitution.
Committee on Finance
The Committee on Finance works to advise, assist, and give initial approval to the Director of
Finance and the rest of the Executive Board on matters related to the budget and finances of
the GSA, including but not limited to the formulation of a Generated Fund budget for approval by
the Assembly as a whole, the preparation of an Annual Budget Request to the Student Budget
Board, and the deliberation on possible financial sponsorship to external organizations.
Committee on Internal Affairs
The charge of this committee is to study, propose, and manage structures, initiatives, and/or
procedures concerning the everyday operation of the GSA with the goal of supporting and
enhancing the mission of the GSA. In addition, to assist the Judicial Committee with reviewing
and modifying the Constitution and Bylaws where appropriate. Finally, to perform such other
tasks concerning the everyday operation of the GSA as deemed appropriate by the General
Assembly and the GSA Executive Board.
Subcommittees are formed to address specific concerns. If delegates feel that they are vital to the function of the organization, they can propose legislation to mandate their existence for future years of GSA (which is how the Internal Affairs Committee became part of GSA’s internal structure in the 2017-2018 year).
Health and Wellness
The Health and Wellness Committee addresses issues ranging from graduate student experiences with Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center, to access to physical fitness facilities, to student health insurance (subsidized, unsubsidized, or lack-thereof), to graduate student loneliness and isolation. Broadly, this committee collects information on and develops responses to address graduate student well-being.
Affordability of Education and Compensation
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The Student Affordability and Campus Resources Committee attends to assistantships, stipend, and funding-related issues. This includes (but is not limited to) student and departmental fees; issues of food security; local, state, and federal policy that affects graduate students financially. Ultimately, this committee will collect information on, and clarify for the broader VT population, the wide variety of financial realities faced by graduate students.
The Campus Development Committee is most concerned with the built environment at Virginia
Tech. Students on this committee will concern themselves with issues related to parking and
transportation, campus accessibility, graduate student office space and departmental facilities,
the Strategic and Master Plan, and the ways in which physical distance between VT campuses affect graduate students. The President and the Representative to the Board of Visitors are ex- officio (non-voting) members on this committee.
International Student Affairs
Nearly one-third of the graduate student population at Virginia Tech is international. Furthermore, international students face a distinct set of financial, academic, and legal situations that require a similarly distinct committee. Therefore, the International Student Issues Committee will attend to issues such as Visa status; international student credit requirements and tuition; international student insurance requirements; ESL (English as a second language) resources with respect to writing and academic materials; local, state, and federal policies that affect international graduate students’ abilities to be successful at Virginia Tech. Ideally, this committee will work closely with Monika Gibson of the Graduate School.
Diversity and Inclusion
In both the 2013 and 2016 Graduate Student Climate Surveys, Diversity & Inclusion emerge as potent issues that affect graduate students’ abilities to thrive a Virginia Tech. Therefore, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee is most concerned with the experiences of the LGBTQ and trans graduate student communities; female graduate students and graduate students of color; graduate students with disabilities; graduate students with families; graduate students over 30; graduate students with Veteran status; additional communities for whom unfair treatment may arise. This committee will work closely with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, building strong lines of communication between these graduate student communities and VT administration.
Academic and Professional Development
The academic infrastructure at Virginia Tech contributes heavily to graduate student success: both personal and professional. Therefore, this committee will be dedicated to all issues pertaining to the graduate academic experience: advisorship, mentorship, departmental climate, academic bullying, graduate student teaching, and career placement. This committee will work closely with Dean DePauw and, potentially, VTGraTE (Academy for Graduate Teaching Excellence), CGS&P (the Commission on Graduate Studies & Policies), and Bryan Hanson, the Graduate School Ombudsman.