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Graduate Student Government Elections

The mission of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) is to foster a sense of community among graduate students and to represent that community and its interests before DU’s administration.  As a member of the Executive Board, members of the graduate student community will have the opportunity to collaborate with all of the Graduate Student Associations (GSA) on campus and work to promote change and growth within the University of Denver among our Graduate schools and build collaborative efforts among students and programs. 

Elections for executive board positions take place during the Spring quarter, though interested students are encouraged to email du.gsgs@gmail.com throughout the year with questions. 

Eligibility

Each person seeking to become or remain the Graduate Student Government (GSG) President, Graduate Student Government GTA, or GSG Executive Board member must be enrolled in a graduate academic program at DU, in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or better), and not on academic, disciplinary or administrative probation.

Conflict of interest

Any member of the Executive Board of GSG is considered to have a conflict of interest when he or she, possesses an executive position in a Graduate Student Association, or possesses interest in an activity that involve his or her responsibilities as an executive board member of GSG.

Each Board member must be aware that situations may arise where he or she may be asked by a GSA to participate in a decision that may affect an organization or entity which that executive board member represents in another capacity. In such cases, the executive board member must act in a manner consistent with his or her professional loyalty and fiduciary obligation to the Graduate Student Government. If uncertain a conflict exists, the board member should recuse himself or herself from discussions, deliberations and voting on the matter.

Position descriptions

President

The GSG presidency is equivalent to a half-time GTA position, requiring approximately 10-15 hours per week and receiving four (4) tuition credits per quarter and a stipend as compensation through the Office of Graduate Studies. The annual stipend is $8,000 for students enrolled in a doctoral program and $7,250 for students enrolled in a master’s program.

The role of the GSG President is to represent the council and the graduate student body of the University of Denver through the responsibilities that the GSG constitution allows.  The responsibilities are listed in order of importance to ensure the most effective means of representing the graduate student body and their interests through this position:      

  • Be responsible for at least two events per quarter, one professional and one social, which address the needs of the graduate community
  • Encourage the growth and the University-wide participation of GSG
  • Promote opportunities for interdisciplinary dialogue among all graduate students across divisions
  • Organize GSG representation at incoming graduate student orientations
  • Work with the Office of Graduate Studies to promote graduate students
  • Post meeting agendas three day prior to a GSG meeting
  • Create a quarterly report to be presented at the Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees Student Affairs, and Graduate Council meetings

Vice President and Director of Finance

The role of GSG Vice President is to represent the council and the graduate student body of the University of Denver through the responsibilities that the GSG constitution allows.  The Vice President will work with the President and take the place of the GSG President in his or her absence.  

Additional responsibilities are listed following:

  • Attending University-wide committee meetings, including but not limited to, Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate Student Relations Committee, and Graduate Council
  • Maintaining GSG member contact records
  • Reviewing the constitution and by-laws to ensure GSG is following current guidelines, or present changes in the GSG constitution and by-laws
  • Proposing an annual budget to the GSG Executive Council for approval each academic year
  • Coordinating the budget allocation and approve all expenditures
  • Handling any graduate student activity fee issues
  • Working with the Office of Graduate Studies to lead the Graduate Student Professional Development Fund (GSPDG) review process
  • Collecting funding reports from all GSAs once per quarter and create a quarterly report of graduate student expenditures
  • Chairing one of GSG’s committees

Director of Communications

The role of the Director of Communication is to assist with the marketing, PR, and internal communication of GSG. The responsibilities of the Director of Communications include the following:

  • Keeping the records of the organization, including the creation and distribution of GSG meeting minutes
  • Creating and administering a bi-weekly GSG email
  • Promoting and publicizing GSG to the graduate student population
  • Maintaining and updating the GSG website (training can be provided if unfamiliar with website software)
  • Communicating information from GSG to each individual GSA as well as to the greater graduate student community
  • Collecting information regarding graduate students events to promote through weekly email
  • Working with DU Marketing and Communications to distribute bi-weekly email
  • Chairing one of GSG’s committees

Director of Inclusive Excellence

The Director of Inclusive Excellence will initiate a plethora of actions in order to move GSG further towards DU’s institutional commitment to Inclusive Excellence. The position of Director of Inclusive Excellence will also focus on partnerships and community building with a number of community members including, but not limited to: DU student, faculty, staff, administration, and additional community members. The responsibilities of the Director of Inclusive Excellence include:

  • Perform Assessment on GSG as an organization
    • Recommend using DU’s Center for Multicultural Excellence’s Inclusive Excellence Toolkit or Assessment’s provided by AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities).
    • Main liaison and representative for campus and community wide diversity and inclusivity work with the following, but not limited to:
      • Be responsible for organizing at least one IE program or activity per academic year
      • Sit on the Diversity Summit planning committee, IRISE and the IE Collective
      • Create partnerships with the Center for Multicultural Excellence and USG’s Diversity Committee
      • Represent GSG at DU and community events
      • Assist and support other members of GSG
      • Chairing one of GSG’s committees

If you have any additional questions, please contact du.gsgs@gmail.com.

Application

To apply:

Email du.gsgs@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name
  • Position applying for
  • Year
  • Degree
  • Program
  • Division
  • Email
  • Attach your answers to each question below (one paragraph per answer)
  • Attach your letter(s) of recommendation
  • Include and sign the Statement of Commitment

Executive Board Application Questions:

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a graduate student government executive officer?
  2. How have you been actively involved in campus and/or community organizations?
  3. In what ways do you practice the values of DU?
  4. How have you demonstrated leadership in fostering the goals of DU?
  5. How have you contributed to the values and principles of inclusive excellence campus-wide or in your community?
  6. What skills and strengths do you possess that are specific to carrying out the duties of the position you were nominated?

Questions specific to GSG President/GTA:

  1. Please describe any administrative experience you have had within an academic setting.
  2. This position requires 10-15 hours per week with extended hours occasionally required.  Is there any reason why you would not be able to work these hours?
  3. Please describe your understanding of university policies and governance.  How would you become more familiar with university resources available to graduate students?
  4. Can you give us an example of a difficult interaction or conflict you have had with a supervisor and how you might handle a similar situation differently (or the same)?
  5. What has been your approach for bringing individuals on board who may be resistant to change?

Statement of Commitment

In accepting this nomination I embrace the responsibility and stewardship that comes with the position and fully commit to executing the office to the best of my ability. In doing so I pledge to represent and work on behalf of the diversity of student interests and to build on the legacy of hard work and accomplishments of my predecessors. I promise to maintain and improve the GSG’s relationship with the DU administration so that this body always has a voice in impacting decisions that that are vital to students.

[signature/date] time status while in office or in the service of Senate.