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Applications for the GSG Executive Board for the 2014-2015 academic year are due Friday, May 23, 2014.

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.

To apply:

You must submit your election packet, including application and recommendation form, no later than Friday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m., and you will present your platform in front of GSG during their week nine meeting (date and time to be established). Time-slots for presentations will be assigned after May 23.If you are unable to present during the week nine meeting, your application will be read by the Senate and considered for positions indicated.

Packets must be submitted electronically to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Position applying for
  • Year
  • Degree
  • Program
  • Division
  • Email
  • Attach your answers to each question on the application form
  • Attach your letter(s) of recommendation
  • Statement of commitment with digital signature and date

Application form


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 (GSA), 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.



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 Communications 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


Graduate Student Professional Development Grant

The Graduate Student Professional Development Grant (GSPDG) was established to encourage student participation in scholarly and creative activities that support academic progress and foster professional growth.  The grant is competitive, and funds are subject to availability.  Awards will be allocated by a grant committee appointed by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies.

Visit the GSPDG Website for more information and the application.

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