Graduate and Professional Student Association

GPSA Committees

GPSA Committees are responsible for carrying out much of the day-to-day work of GPSA because they can consider business in more detail than is possible in a single monthly meeting. Any graduate student is eligible to join a GPSA Committee and students can join as many committees as they want. Committees are always looking for new members and they are a great way to get involved If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Budget Committee
Committee Chair: David Silva
Contact: vpgpsa@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Budget Committee is tasked with the responsibility to review and assess the GPSA budget, expenditures and affiliate (registered student organizations) funding proposals. The committee is also responsible for preparing the budget presentation for the S&A fee committee.

Communications Committee
Committee Chair: Ralph Chikhany
Contact: gpsa.communications@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Communications Committee is in charge of creating a communication plan for GPSA in order to increase the transmission of information from GPSA to GPSA members. The committee also is responsible for taking minutes at each Senate Meeting and creating/formatting/sending the GPSA Monday Minute.  

 

Community Affairs Committee
Committee Chair: Tiffany Alvarez
Contact: gpsa.community@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Community Affairs Committee is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment with the WSU graduate and professional student community. The committee serves as a link between graduate and professional student registered student organizations across campus to help improve communication and increase collaboration. The Community Affairs Committee will also focus on campus and community outreach and work together on events to build stronger ties throughout the GPSA community at WSU.

Grants Committee
Committee Chair: Miles Sari
Contact: gpsa.grants@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Grants Committee reviews graduate and professional student travel and registration grant applications, and awards funding monthly throughout the year (each semester and summer).

Internal Affairs Committee
Committee Chair: Susan Williams
Contact: gpsa.internal@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Internal Affairs Committee is responsible for addressing all GPSA related concerns and the long-term needs of graduate and professional students. The committee is also responsible for preparing, reviewing and suggesting revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws to the Senate and Executive Board. The Internal Affairs Committee also evaluates the need for graduate and professional student childcare and conducts the general election of GPSA executive officers and senators during the spring semester.

Legislative Affairs Committee
Committee Chair: Josh Munroe
Contact: gpsa.vpla@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Legislative Affairs Committee ensures that WSU graduate and professional students are in the minds of decision makers on a University, local, state and federal level and assists in the communication process. The committee will assist and participate in Coug Day at the Capitol, Call Congress Day(s), voter awareness efforts, and monitoring legislation that may affect graduate and professional students at WSU.

Programming Committee
Committee Chair: Veneice Guillory-Lacy
Contact: gpsa.programming@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Programming Committee is responsible for organizing non-academic events for graduate and professional students. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing and awarding TA, RA, GA, graduate student instructor, and advisor awards. The committee is also tasked with planning and organizing the spring Excellence Award luncheon, where GPSA recognizes excellence award winners and Wiley Research Expo winners.

Professional Development Committee
Committee Chair: Jennifer Johnson
Contact: gpsa.pd@wsu.edu
Overview:
The Professional Development Committee aims to improve the academic environment at WSU by planning events and workshops that address specific needs of graduate and professional students. The committee will also work on matters pertaining to the academic and professional development needs of graduate and professional students at WSU.

Strategic Planning & Scholarship Committee 
Committee Chairs: Hongda Ren
Contact: gpsa.strategic@wsu.edu
Overview: The GPSA Strategic Planning and Research Expo Committee assists in developing and implementing and strategic plan and planning and implementing the annual spring semester GPSA Research Exposition.

University Affairs Committee
Committee Chair: Carolina Silva
Contact: gpsa.university@wsu.edu
Overview:
The University Affairs Committee is responsible for addressing issues pertaining to the health insurance plan for graduate and professional students. The Committee also considers concerns such as housing, safety, transportation, recreation and other issues pertaining to graduate and professional student well-being. The committee is responsible for educating the Senate and GPSA constituents related to health care and university policies that impact graduate and professional students.