General Information

Elections for the 2018/2019 GAPSA Executive Board will be held on April 4, 2018, in Room 108 of the Arch Building.  

In order to be eligible to run, you must be a registered graduate student for the 2018/2019 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.

 

The Positions

President

  • 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

Vice President

  • 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

The Process

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.