Committees

Joining a committee is a great way to get involved with Graduate Student life on campus! While senators are required to be on a committee, any graduate student can join a committee and participate. If you’d like to learn more about what committees do and how to get involved, contact the Internal Vice President at gsointernalvp@syr.edu. Below are the official charges to each of our standing committees.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please fill out this form. The Internal Vice President will get in touch with you regarding your request.


Academic Resources and Affairs

The Academic Resources and Affairs Committee deals with issues regarding graduate coursework and course loads, instructional quality, access to research tools and equipment, library issues, the academic relationship between graduate students and their departments and units, and other issues impacting graduate student academic life on campus.  This committee will make periodic reports to the Senate on these topics, especially making recommendations on action to be taken by the Senate and Executive Board to improve graduate student academic life at the university.  This committee will coordinate with any GSO University Senators serving on University Senate committees related to academic affairs.  This committee will send two representatives to the Graduate Council.  This committee will annually name one person to coordinate with Career Services.


Child Care Task Force

The Child Care Committee is charged with raising awareness about child care needs for graduate students and works to make sure that the child care needs of graduate student parents are met. The Committee identifies and shares information about child care with the graduate student body. It will work with University administration to secure child care resources and support for graduate student parents. The Committee also conducts at least one information meeting with graduate student parents every year to learn about graduate student parents’ needs and share information with the parents.


Diversity

The Diversity Committee works on the important questions of diversity on our campus, including LGBT and women’s concerns.  This committee will make periodic reports to the Senate on these topics, especially making recommendations on action to be taken by the Senate and Executive Board to improve graduate student academic life at the university.  This committee will coordinate with any GSO University Senators serving on University Senate committees related to diversity.


Finance

The Finance Committee advises the Senate and Executive Board on financial matters.  This committee receives all Special Programming requests and constructs the Annual Budget, making recommendations on the disposition of both in accordance with the Fiscal Policy.  This committee is chaired by the Comptroller, and will work with the Comptroller in making periodic reports to the Senate of the state of the GSO’s finances.  This committee makes periodic recommendations to the Senate of updates to the Fiscal Policy.


Graduate Employment Issues

The Graduate Employment Issues Committee is responsible for addressing issues related to graduate student employment such as stipends, benefits, workload, work type, and the work relationship between graduate students and their departments. The committee advises the GSO on employment issues and works to improve the working landscape of SU for graduate students through the study of employment issues and advocacy.  This committee will make periodic reports to the Senate on these topics, especially making recommendations on action to be taken by the Senate and Executive Board to improve graduate student academic life at the university.  This committee will coordinate with any GSO University Senators serving on University Senate committees related to graduate employment.


Grant

The Grant Committee manages the GSO Travel Grant Program. The committee reviews applications, makes awards, and conducts annual reviews of the program for possible improvements in accordance to the Grant Program Policy as approved by the Senate.  This committee makes periodic reports to the Senate of its decisions and recommendations of updates to the Grant Program Policy.


NAGPS

NAGPS stands for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. It is a non-profit, student run advocacy group where the Syracuse University’s Graduate Student Organization is a legacy member. We have held executive board positions on both the National Board and Regional Boards.

The NAGPS Committee will deal with relations for advocacy at the state and federal level. This core group would be responsible for tracking issues like graduate student debt, research funding, among other policies that affect graduate students. It will host the collaborative events on SU campus, and develop advocacy proposals for the senate on issues that fall under the advocacy platform of NAGPS as well as those identified from SU grads. If you are interested Social Justice Issue, Employment Concerns, and International Student Affairs, this is the committee for you.


Outreach

The Outreach Committee is charged with retaining participating members, attracting new graduate students to the GSO, and working to increase graduate student awareness of the GSO as a representative body. The Outreach Committee also advertises graduate student events funded, organized, and supported by the GSO and is responsible for overseeing the GSO’s involvement in the Graduate Student Newsletter, including the regular GSO column. The Outreach Committee also works closely with the staff of the Inn Complete to address graduate student concerns and requests, to conduct promotional outreach for the Inn, and to advise on financial concerns.  The Outreach Committee is chaired by the External Vice President, and will assist the External VP in planning and running events and other activities.  The Committee will assist the External VP in constructing the Outreach budget request each year.


Student Life

The Student Life Committee deals with all student life concerns of graduates, including parking, busing, DPS, student housing, commuter and off-campus affairs, family concerns, and any other student life concerns not falling under the heading of another committee.  This committee will make periodic reports to the Senate on these topics, especially making recommendations on action to be taken by the Senate and Executive Board to improve graduate student academic life at the university.  This committee will coordinate with any GSO University Senators serving on University Senate committees related to student life.  This committee will name two graduate students to the Student Legal Services Board of Directors.  This committee will name one representative to coordinate with Parking and Transit Services and serve on needed appeal boards.