Welcome to USC and GSG!
We are Graduate Student Government (GSG). What is GSG? Well, as a graduate or professional student, you are all a part of graduate student government. We provide the voice to over 17,000 students at USC. Our structure includes a Senate of 80 graduate students from the various schools and departments at the school. These senators are elected or selected by the governing student organization at each school or department. Additionally, we have an executive board of 11 Directors, 4 Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Governing Council Officers, and an LGBTA Committee Chair.
We have three main service areas for graduate students:
1) Advocacy: We work with the administration on issues such as campus life, policy, or other matters affecting graduate students. In the past, these have included TA hours, biking policy, and a proposed smoking ban.
2) Resources: We provide a variety of resources. We have a conference travel fund that provides up to $500 a year to students presenting at or attending conferences. We also provide funding to student organizations on campus. Through GSG, you can access legal services, travel Los Angeles on the Graduate Student Metro TAP pass (see more info below), and distribute information about graduate student events for our newsletter.
3) Events: GSG hosts events for graduate students as an opportunity to meet other students. These include social events and mixers such as a boat cruise and spring dances, as well as community service events and the annual GSG Poster Symposium.
The most important thing for graduate students to remember is to GET INVOLVED! There are a few ways that you can be involved with graduate student government:
1) Represent your school as a Senator: Some programs are electing or selecting additional senators in the fall. Ask the governing (umbrella) organization at your school to see if there are still spots availaible.
2) Join a committee: each of our directors has committees to help brainstorm and execute events. There are no major or school requirements to be on a committee and are a great way to get involved with GSG.
** If you are a senator, on a committee, or part of your school's governing board for at least a semester, you will be eligible in the Spring to apply to be an E-board director. All directors are paid, part-time graduate students. The position is a great way to meet other graduate students, enhance your leadership skills, and serve the graduate school community! **
3) Attend GSG events and meet other students!
We are really looking forward to working with you this year and seeing you at events! As always, get in touch with GSG if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc.