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 10th 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 and a stipend through the Office of Graduate Education. 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 in line with graduate 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 and participation in 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 

    • Cultivate a network of relationships with the Vice-Chancellors and Vice-Provosts across campus as needed to promote the needs of graduate students 

    • Serve on the Freedom of Expression Committee and attending meetings and events, 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, and other Board of Trustees sub-committees, as needed 

    • Attend quarterly Graduate Council meetings and present updates from GSG and the graduate student body 

    • Represent GSG at orientation and introduce the Council as a course for graduate student engagement and support 

    • Meet with the university Chancellor a minimum of once per quarter to provide updates on the progress of GSG business and to engage the university in GSG’s productivity 

    • Work with the Office of Student Engagement to present graduate student voices and opinions, including regular meetings with the Associate Provost for Graduate Education 

    • Work with the Office of Student Affairs to present graduate student voices and opinions, including regular meetings with the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs 

    • Serve on the Colorado Federation of Graduate Students and attend meetings and participate in projects, as needed 

    • Participate in ongoing research regarding the graduate student body in tandem with the Vice President and the university 

    • Collaborate as needed with the Undergraduate Student Government President and Council on matters affecting the global student body 

    • Organize and Facilitate GSG Executive Board and general council (Senate) meetings, as well as elections 

  • Vice President

    The role of the Graduate Student Government Vice President 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. 

    Responsibilities: 

    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 

  • Director of Communication

    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. 
     
    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 Community Engagement to promote GSG's graduate events and initiatives 

    • Maintain and update the GSG website (training can be provided if the applicant is unfamiliar with the website software) 

  • 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 individual should have a strong background with diversity and inclusion efforts, a good sense of the 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 (but are not limited to): 

    • Working with schools, colleges, and departments’ representatives in implementing and/or strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in their specific departments 

    • Regularly meeting and collaborating with DU’s central DEI units – the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence; and Human Resources and Inclusive Communities 

    • Having an active role in the university’s annual Diversity Summit event  

    • Supporting initiatives (i.e., conversations, workshops, events) to influence and improve the state of Inclusive Excellence on campus based on student feedback 

    • Participating in the creation of resolutions and/or bylaws that could be beneficial in the advancement of the University’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence  

    • Regularly meeting with students to provide support and resources during challenging experiences, including by not limited to those resulting from racial epithets, macroaggressions, microaggressions, and tokenism 

    • Developing, implementing, and representing GSG at events – especially those pertaining to the advancement of Inclusive Excellence at DU  

    • Informing the Executive Board of upcoming events and opportunities for campus engagement related to diversity and inclusion matters  

    • Reporting the campus climate on matters of diversity and inclusion to the GSG Executive Board and the Senate

  • Director of Community Engagement

    The role of the Director of Community Engagement is to support Graduate Student Government 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, virtual or in-person, at least once a quarter.  

    • Support Director of Student Groups and Director of Inclusive Excellence to foster collaborative relationships with other student organizations to support and engage graduate student body. 

    • Participate in developing and supporting events with departments, colleges, and graduate programs to engage and connect graduate students.  

    • Lead the collaboration within the executive board. 

    • Work with Director of Social Media and Director of Communication to connect and engage the DU community.  

    • Lead the research of the graduate students needs and implement their needs and wants to stimulate holistic growth and development.  

    • Provide detailed reports on each event to the Executive Board. 

  • Director of Professional Development

    The role of the Director of Professional Development is to support the graduate student body to meet the needs of academic and career development and foster an inclusive environment in equitable career and research opportunities.

    The responsibilities of the Director of Professional Development include: 

    • Develop and facilitate the planning and implementation of academic, research and career development with departments, colleges, and graduate programs. 

    • Collaborate with necessary departments, e.g., Department of Graduate Education, Career & Professional Development, in events, activities, conversations that concerning the graduate students. 

    • Research and analyze to identify and assess academic and professional development needs of the graduate student's population, evaluate and report on the program effectiveness by the end of each quarter. 

    • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement and the Director of Inclusive Excellence in professional development design and programming. 

    • Lead and support the professional development of the GSG Executive members.  

  • Director of Student Groups

    The role of the Director of Student Groups is to assist graduate students with all matters related to the creation and maintenance of student affinity groups and student organizations on campus. This person will be knowledgeable with the University of Denver’s specific regulations for student groups, as they will serve as a key liaison between every graduate student organization, the Graduate Student Government, and the University in general. In addition, the Director of Student Groups will assist with the management of budgets and financial matters directly associated to student groups and will work together with specific members of GSG’s Executive Board in the planning and implementation of events for DU’s graduate student community. 

    The responsibilities of the Director of Student Groups include (but are not limited to)

    • Providing assistance on the application process of graduate student groups (i.e., constitution and general processes)  

    • With the support of an advisor, approving and registering affinity groups and organizations  

    • Acting as the main representative of graduate students in student groups across campus  

    • Participating in the creation of resolutions and/or bylaws that could be beneficial for graduate student organizations  

    • Working with GSG’s Vice-President and Finance Chair to manage the budget and funding of student groups  

    • Working with the Director of Community Engagement for development and scheduling of events associated to graduate student organizations 

    • Improving overall graduate student engagement in the participation of campus-wide events and with registering with an existing student group  

    • Developing a system to keeping track of different organizations, members, finances, and all aspects related to graduate student groups across the University  

    • Collaborating (when possible) with the undergraduate student groups chair from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) 

    • Providing support and supervision to the newly formed International Student Council (ISC)  

     

  • Director of Social Media and Marketing

    The role of Social Media and Marketing Director is to bring awareness and engagement to GSG events through digital communications and social media. The position will utilize a combination of social program management, influencer management, community engagement, viral marketing, and on-site opportunities, to drive the GSG communications social strategy. This individual will be a creative, analytical, and strategic social media marketer with deep understanding of social media tactics and strategies.

    • Work with the GA to create content that will add to the GSG section for the bi-weekly grad newsletter. 

    • Create a unified GSG Brand that matches with our GSG style guide utilizing GSG colors and font. 

    • Create Social Media Posts on Facebook and works with the GA to collaborate Instagram posts on @uofdenvergrad weekly to bring attention to what GSG is doing. 

    • Create and promote marketing for GSG events.  

    • Work with the Director of Community Engagement and Director of Professional Development to promote GSG’s graduate events and initiatives on multiple social platforms.  

    • Responsible for tracking and analyzing social media engagement using the latest SEO techniques.  

  • Director of Finance

    The role of the Graduate Student Government Director of Finance is to ensure that GSG follows the university financial policies and to prepare GSG budget in accordance with University code and GSG constitution. The Director of Finance will work with the other GSG E-Board members and serve as an official stand- in for the GSG members during any budgetary or financial conversations.

    The responsibilities of the Director of finance include: 

    • Develop a budget framework to include, at minimum: GSG administrative costs, student organizational support, GSG-sponsored campus events. 

    • Represent at Budget advisory committee and any other committee or board related to budget and finance.  

    • Make decision/ Propose a decision/ discuss any problems or concerns to the E-Board members and GSG advisors quarterly regarding any deficits and surpluses that occur in GSG budget.  

    • Document, track and review all budget balances and put them in spreadsheet format.  

    • Set up a timeline for any funding process for the whole academic school year.  

    • Keep a record of GSG inventory at the beginning of the academic year.  

    • Request items purchase as needed for GSG E-board members and/or any items needed for GSG events.   

    • Prepare to answer any questions regarding funding, rollover, and campus funding sources.  

    • Review any financial bylaws with the GSG vice president.  

    • Maintains a listing of all recognized graduate and professional student organization. 

    • Present the GSG annual budget and/ or a prepared budget for next year to be reviewed or approved by the senate   

     

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.