How do I contact GSAC with concerns?

To register a question or concern with GSAC, you can email us at gsac@ttu.edu or stop by during office hours of the GSAC secretary. We are located in the west wing of the Admin building, in the basement, room 40.

Spring 2014 GSAC Office Hours are generally:

  • Monday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM – 2 PM

Please note that these hours are subject to change with weekly meetings and events. To schedule a meeting, please contact Gloria Park, GSAC Secretary, at gloria.park@ttu.edu.

What is GSAC?

The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is a group of graduate students elected by their peers to be a voice in support of the graduate student body and to advise the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education and the Dean of the Graduate School on issues of importance to the graduate student population. Our council provides a forum for grievances, and serves as an external representative body of the Texas Tech University Graduate School. While all graduate students automatically become GSAC members only those elected by their peers in a popular vote have voting power in the general assembly.

What are council’s goals?

Graduate Student Advisory Council currently focuses on serving the following three functions:

Advocacy and Representation

One of the main roles of the GSAC will be to provide representation of graduate student interests to university administration. Graduate student representatives will work with the Dean of the Graduate School on resolving issues affecting graduate students. GSAC representatives on university-wide committees will be able to alert other campus entities to areas of concern to graduate students. We gather data concerning issues important to graduate students, produce surveys and compile results into formal reports that are distributed to university higher administration.

Improving Quality of Graduate Student Life

As in case of most democratic institutions, the major responsibility of the representatives is to serve their constituency. Consequently, major area of focus for graduate student body representatives is broadly defined improvement of graduate student well-being. This should include work on specific issues graduate student are facing such as daycare but also more general work such as mutual support for graduate students (or as we call it “caring for each other”). Direct work on issues of concern complements the advocacy efforts discussed above. Efforts will be coordinated with various campus entities including the Wellness Center.

Programming

Growth in numbers of graduate students needs to be paralleled with growth in programming of events for graduate students. Social networking events, family-friendly events, as well as professional and intellectual events will be developed by GSAC through its Social / Event Programming Commission. Efforts will be coordinated with such campus entities as the Graduate School, Tech Activities Board, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, as well as the Urban Design Center.