- Monday: 9 AM – 2 PM
- Tuesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
- Wednesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
- Thursday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Note that these hours are subject to change with weekly meetings and events. To schedule a meeting, please contact Gloria Park, GSAC Secretary, at email@example.com.
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 Dean of the Graduate School on issues of importance to the graduate student population. The Executive Board of GSAC provides a forum for grievances, and serves as an external representative body of the Texas Tech University Graduate School. Each Executive Board member is a graduate student elected for a one-year term, but who may be re-elected for multiple and/or consecutive terms.
GSAC will foster cooperation with other student government entities. Students, graduate or undergraduate, often share the same concerns and GSAC will work hand-in-hand with SGA to address those issues. Two members of the SGA will serve as the representatives on the GSAC committee and two GSAC members will serve as senators with SGA.
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.