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Get Involved in the Graduate Student Community with GAPSA

March 25, 2016


By Kate Shaw

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) is George Mason University’s primary association for graduate student advocacy and for students to come together as part of a graduate community. The central purpose of GAPSA is to create a forum through which graduate students can address issues that affect the graduate student population at the university.

In partnerships with other university units or student groups, GAPSA often takes part in a number of events, including Welcome Week activities such as Gradstravaganza, happy hours near each of the campuses, Mason Lobbies, educational workshops, and other events that allow graduate students to socialize with one another. All graduate and professional students at Mason are eligible to become part of GAPSA.

In the coming weeks, GAPSA will be holding elections for its Executive Board for the 2016-2017 academic year. The positions available are:

  • President (1 position): The president’s role is to oversee all aspects and activities for GAPSA. The president presides over and sets the agenda for all GAPSA meetings, and is responsible for setting meeting times on a regular basis. Additionally, the president works with outside units (i.e., Graduate Student Life), to coordinate GAPSA initiatives. The president also is responsible for visiting Board of Visitor meetings as well as other committee meetings related to Mason graduate and professional student interests.
  • Vice Presidents of the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech campuses (3 positions): The vice presidents of each campus are responsible for meeting with other members of the GAPSA Executive Board, as well as the Director of Graduate Student Life, representatives of University Life, and other university units on a regular basis. The vice presidents also play integral roles in coordinating GAPSA events and initiatives, both on their respective campuses as well as larger initiatives involving all graduate students.
  • Director of Communication (1 position): The Director of Communication is responsible for recording the minutes at GAPSA meetings and for all other communication aspects of the association, including managing the GAPSA email and webpage.

All graduate students in good standing, including part-time and non-degree students, are eligible to run for office. Students interested in running for an officer position should review the Election Packet available here, which includes more detailed descriptions of each position, as well as instructions on how to apply. Applications are now available and are due Friday, April 8, 2016. The election will take place from April 12-14, and results will be announced April 18. For more information on how to apply, contact Julie Choe Kim at ychoekim@gmu.edu.

GAPSA is an excellent channel through which Mason graduate students can become further connected with the campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved and make your voice heard!

Kate Shaw is GAPSA’s director of communication.

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