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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

Applications are due on Tuesday, April 3rd by 5 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

President
The Graduate Student Government presidency is equivalent to a half-time GTA position, requiring approximately 15 – 20 hours per week. The position receives four (4) tuition credits per quarter and a stipend 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 in line with student needs and the GSG Constitution. 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:

  • Manage GSG executive board functioning by supporting board member initiatives, communicating initiatives to university stakeholders and advocating for university support
  • Encourage the growth and the university-wide participation of GSG through regular attendance at graduate 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 Freedom of Expression Committee including 1, 2-hour meeting per month and attend subsequent meetings as required
  • Serve on the Big 4 Committee including 1 meeting per month with Faculty Senate President, Staff Advisory Council President and Undergraduate Student Government President
  • Create a quarterly report and present it to the Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee and at Graduate Council meetings
  • Be responsible for at least two events per quarter, one professional and one social, which address the needs of the graduate community
  • Represent GSG at orientation and introduce the Council as source for graduate engagement and support
  • Work with the Office of Graduate Studies to present graduate student voices and opinions
  • Organize and facilitate GSG general council meetings

Vice President
The role of Graduate Student Government Vice President is to represent the Council and the graduate student body of the University of Denver in support of the president, in accordance with graduate student opinions and needs and in line with the GSG constitution.The Vice President will work with the President and serve as an official stand in for GSG President in their absence. The Vice President should expect to attend a minimum of 4 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 towards this number. Additional 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 suggestions for changes to the executive board
  • Represent GSG at orientation and introduce the body as source for graduate engagement
  • Work with the Office of Graduate Studies to present graduate student voices and opinions
  • Additional responsibilities that arise to better advocate for the graduate student population

Treasurer
The role of the treasurer is to financially represent Graduate Student Government to the University of Denver community. The treasurer will support GSG initiatives through the management of allotted funds. The treasurer engages with the GSA's to support their initiatives by processing and supporting funding requests. Experience serving as Treasurer or managing funding for an organization required.Additional responsibilities of the Treasurer include:

  • Manage allocation of GSG funds to GSA's and other graduate student bodies
  • Compile and processing of funding requests from GSA's and other graduate student bodies
  • Collect funding reports from all GSAs once per quarter and create a quarterly report of graduate student expenditures
  • Propose an annual budget to the GSG Executive Council for approval each academic year
  • Prepare budget for presentation to Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee
  • Respond to any graduate student activity fee queries and concerns
  • Work with the Office of Graduate Studies to represent graduate student voices regarding financial issues including review and approval of applications for the Graduate Student Professional Development Fund (GSPDG)

Director of Communications
The role of the Director of Communications is to assist with bridging the gap among the graduate student population through marketing and promoting events geared toward graduate students while collaborating with other constituent groups in sharing events. Experience using social media for marketing and community outreach and general communications experience required. The responsibilities of the Director of Communications include the following:

  • Engage the graduate community through regular email communications including the management of the official GSG email account
  • Serve as event and general information point of contact for GSA's
  • Serve as an information conduit between GSA's and other graduate bodies and the GSG executive board
  • Promote graduate student events
  • Manage GSG records including the recording and distribution of GSG meeting minutes
  • Work together with the social events chair to promote events and initiatives to increase outreach and participation
  • Maintain and update the GSG website (training can be provided if unfamiliar with website software)
  • Develop, Promote and distribute bi-monthly GSG Newsletter to the graduate student body

Director of Inclusive Excellence


The role of the Director of Inclusive Excellence
 is to support the Graduate Student Government board and the graduate student population in working towards 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 student, 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 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:

  • Hold space for the discussion of 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 but not limited to those resulting from racial epithets, macroaggressions and tokenism.
  • Represent Graduate Student Government at events especially in support of affinity groups and those pertaining to the support and advancement of inclusive excellence
  • Help coordinate attendance at events with at least 2 Inclusive Excellence liaisons
  • Inform the executive board of upcoming events and opportunities for campus engagement

If you have any additional questions, please contact du.gsgs@gmail.com or ariel.zarate@du.edu

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.