Elections for the 2019/2020 GAPSA Executive Board were held on April 24, 2019, in Irvine Auditorium Amado Recital Hall. Elections for the 2020/2021 GAPSA Executive Board will be held in April, 2020. Exact date TBD.
In order to be eligible to run, you must be a registered graduate student for the 2020/2021 school year. You do not need to have prior experience in GAPSA in order to run.
The only restrictions on eligibility are that you must be a member of an IDEAL Council Affinity group to run for Chair for IDEAL Council, enrolled as a professional/masters student to run for Chair for Professional Council, enrolled as a research student to run for Chair for Research Council, and an international student to run for Chair for International Students.
Lead the General Assembly and Executive Board on all matters
Be the primary GAPSA representative to University administration, University Council, and to organizations and people from outside the Penn community
Shall devise and implement, in conjunction with the Executive Board, annual goals and strategies for fulfilling the GAPSA mission
Serve as Chief of Staff of the GAPSA Executive Board
Act as President if the GAPSA President is absent or unavailable
Serve as primary liaison to student governments of each of the graduate and professional schools
Chair for Communications
Work with school newspapers and other publications to promote the communication of GAPSA events and programs
Manage the online resources including social media
Chair the Communications Committee
Chair for Equity and Access
Serve as GAPSA's primary representative to student groups
Oversee the appointment process for liaisons to University Committees
Chair the Pluralism Committee
Chair for Finance
Be responsible for all budget issues
Report to the Executive Board and General Assembly budgetary and expenditure issues
Chair the Finance Committee
Chair for International Affairs
Be responsible for issues, initiatives, and policies that are of interest to and affect international graduate and professional students
Serve as primary liaison to any University bodies whose jurisdiction includes international affairs or international students
Conduct outreach to graduate and professional nationality based groups
Chair for Operations
Record the minutes for all GAPSA General Assembly meetings
Coordinate logistics for Executive Board and General Assembly meetings
Run the election process for Executive Board positions
Chair for Professional Students
Monitor and advocate on federal, state, local, and University policies that affect professional students
Represent professional students in the University judicial process and student grievance process
Chair the Professional Council meetings
Chair for Research Students
Monitor and advocate on federal, state, local, and University policies that affect research students
Represent research students in the University judicial process and student grievance process
Chair the Research Council meetings
Chair for IDEAL Students
Monitor and advocate on federal, state, local, and University policies that affect students who are members of IDEAL Council affinity groups
Represent students who are members of IDEAL Council affinity groups in the University judicial process and student grievance process
Chair the IDEAL Council meetings
Chair for Social Affairs
Coordinate GAPSA sponsored social and special events
Work with the Chair for Finance to manage the social budget
Chair the Social Committee
Chair for Student Life
Work on areas of concern to graduate students such mental health, housing, transit, safety, etc...
Monitor University policies regarding Student Health Service and Student Health Insurance Plan
Chair the Student Life Committee
Chair for Student Programs
Plan programs of interest to the graduate student community such as intramural sports, community service, external ticketed events, and any other programs that may arise
Be GAPSA's primary representative to the Graduate Student Center Advisory Board
Chair the Student Programs Committee
Chair for External Affairs
Coordinate GAPSA's external affairs and communicating its position outside of Penn
Reach out to graduate school alumni
Advocate for graduate students at the local, state, and federal level
1) Nominate yourself to the GAPSA Chair of Operations. Nominations are open until the election for that position begins.
2) Each nominee then has the right to give a speech and answer questions from the audience
3) The nominee will then be escorted to the waiting room, and the next nominee will make their speech and answer questions.
4) After the candidate speeches have concluded, the General Assembly will discuss the candidates. There is no time limit on this discussion.
5) Once all questions have been answered and the debate ended, the General Assembly will vote. Only registered General Assembly members have a vote during the Executive Board elections.
6) A nominee requires a simple majority to win. If no nominee gets a simple majority, then the top two vote getters will be selected and a run off election held.