Elections

GSG's Mission
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 the University of Denver's (DU) 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 to build collaborative efforts among students and programs.

Eligibility
Each person seeking to become or remain the GSG President/GTA, or a 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 the Graduate Student Government 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 involves 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 GSG. If uncertain a conflict exists, the board member should recuse himself or herself from discussions, deliberations, and voting on the matter.

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

Position Descriptions

Applications are due: Monday, May 11th at 12:00 PM 

ALL board members must:

  • Attend a one day retreat each quarter to facilitate:
    • Leadership development
    • Community building
  • Attend all Executive meetings
  • Attend all Senate meetings
  • Be available to represent GSG officially at events across campus

If you have any additional questions, please contact gsg@du.edu

 

  • President/GTA

    The Graduate Student Government presidency is equivalent to a half-time GTA position, requiring approximately 15 – 20 hours per week. The position receives four tuition credits per quarter through the Office of Graduate Education and an annual stipend from the Division of Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence.

    The role of the GSG President is to represent the council and the graduate student body of the University of Denver in line with student needs and the GSG Constitution.

    The responsibilities of the President include:

    • Manage GSG Executive Board functioning by supporting board members' initiatives, communicating initiatives to university stakeholders, and advocating for university support
    • Encourage the growth and university-wide participation of GSG through regular attendance at graduate student-sponsored events
    • Promote opportunities for interdisciplinary dialogue among all graduate students across divisions through campus engagement, event attendance, and serving as a conduit across campus
    • Regularly meet with university-wide divisional representatives to represent graduate students and facilitate integration and collaboration across sectors
    • Serve on the Freedom of Expression Committee, which includes one, two-hour meeting per month and attending subsequent meetings, as required
    • Serve on the Big 4 Committee, which includes one meeting per month with the Faculty Senate President, the Staff Advisory Council President, and the Undergraduate Student Government President
    • Create a quarterly report and present it to the Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee, as well as at Graduate Council meetings
    • Be responsible for at least two events per quarter, one professional and one social, which addresses the needs of the graduate community
    • Represent GSG at orientation and introduce the Council as a course for graduate student engagement and support
    • Work with the Office of Student Engagement to present graduate student voices and opinions
    • Organize and Facilitate GSG general council meetings
  • Vice President & Director of Finance

    The role of the Graduate Student Government Vice President and Director of Finance is to represent the Council and the graduate student body of the University of Denver. This is achieved in part by supporting the president, in accordance with graduate student opinions and needs in line with the GSG constitution. The Vice President will work with the President and serve as an official stand-in for the GSG President in their absence. The Vice President should expect to attend a minimum of four events per quarter in support of the GSG President, per their request and as schedules allow. GSG executive board meetings and GSG senate meetings do not count toward this number.

    The responsibilities of the Vice President include:

    • Work together with the president to support executive board initiatives
    • Serve as chair of a GSG committee and/or serve as a graduate liaison to an external committee
    • Recruit and support GSG liaisons
    • Attend 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
    • Review the Constitution and by-laws to ensure GSG is operating in line with current guidelines and present to the Executive Board suggestions for changes
    • Represent GSG at orientation and introduce the body as source for graduate engagement
    • Work with the Office of Student Engagement to present graduate student voices and opinions
    • Engage in additional responsibilities that arise to better advocate for the graduate student population
    • Create, update and administer the Graduate Student Assessment Survey, if conducted
    • Schedule a meeting place for all GSG meetings
    • Develop a budget framework to include, at minimum: GSG administrative costs, student organizational support, GSG-sponsored campus events
  • Director of Communications

    The role of the Director of Communications is to assist with bridging the gap among graduate students through communications, marketing, outreach, event collaboration, and promoting events geared toward graduate students. This person is GSG's primary point of contact and communicator. Experience using social media for marketing, community outreach, and general communications experience is required.

    The responsibilities of the Director of Communications include:

    • Serve as the general information point of contact for GSA's, delegates, partners, and other graduate students
    • Engage the graduate community through regular email communications, which includes the management of the official GSG email accounts
    • Serve as an information conduit between GSA's, other graduate bodies, and the GSG Executive Board
    • Record, distribute, and archive GSG meeting minutes
    • Manage GSG listservs and contacts, including GSA's, delegates, partners and individual graduate students
    • Work with the Director of Social Engagement to promote GSG's graduate events and initiatives
    • Maintain and utilize GSG's social media accounts for communication and event promotion
    • Work to increase outreach and participation from GSG to the graduate student body, including the promotion of general graduate events, news, and university communications
    • Maintain and update the GSG website (training can be provided if the applicant is unfamiliar with the website software)
    • Develop, promote, and distribute the bi-monthly GSG Newsletter to the graduate student body (if it is running)
  • Director of Inclusive Excellence

    The role of the Director of Inclusive Excellence is to support the Graduate Student Government Executive Board and the graduate student population by working toward the University of Denver's institutional commitment to Inclusive Excellence. The Director of Inclusive Excellence will establish and strengthen community partnerships including, but not limited to: DU students, faculty, staff, administration, and additional community members to better support Inclusive Excellence across campus. This person should have a strong background in Inclusive Excellence, a good sense of campus climate, and be able to cultivate connections with affinity groups and support services on campus.

    The responsibilities of the Director of Inclusive Excellence include:

    • Hold space for the discussion of the current campus climate
    • Report campus climate updates to the GSG Executive Board and general senate
    • Facilitate discussions around supporting initiatives to influence and improve campus climate in relation to student feedback
    • Regularly meet with students to provide support and resources during challenging experiences, including by not limited to, those resulting from racial epithets, macroaggressions, microaggressions, and tokenism
    • Represent Graduate Student Government at events, especially in support of affinity groups and events pertaining to the support and advancement of Inclusive Excellence
    • Help coordinate attendance at events with at least two Inclusive Excellence liaisons
    • Inform the executive board of upcoming events and opportunities for campus engagement

  • Director of Community Engagement

    The role of the Director of Inclusive Excellence is to support the Graduate Student Government Executive Board and the graduate student population in working toward the University of Denver's institutional commitment to Community Engagement.

    The responsibilities of the Director of Community Engagement include:

    • Foster a sense of community and inclusivity through dynamic programming including both professional and social events at least once a quarter
    • Develop collaborative relationships with other student organizations and graduate programs to engage the student population
    • Understand the needs of the graduate student body and implement their needs and wants in order to stimulate holistic growth and development
    • Provide detailed reports on each event to the Executive Board

Application

  • Application

    To apply: Email gsg@du.edu with the following information
    (Applications due Monday, May 11th at 12:00pm)

    • Name
    • Position applying for
    • Year
    • Degree
    • Program
    • Division
    • Email
    • Attached word document with answers to each question below (one paragraph per answer)
    • 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 for which 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 15 – 20 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. Give 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 accomplishment of my predecessors. I promise to maintain and improve GSG's relationship with the DU administration so that this body continuously has a voice in impacting decisions that are vital to students.

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