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Graduate Student Campus Committees

Are you interested in getting more involved? Do you want to help steer UCSD to more grad-friendly campus policies and resources? Then the GSA wants you to represent the graduate students on a campus policy committee! Here you can find a brief description of the various GSA committees and external committees (such as in the Academic Senate or Vice Chancellor Advisory boards) to which the GSA appoints student representatives.

Appointed by VP of Academic Affairs:

GSA Academic and Judicial Committee (AJC)

Time Commitment: Monthly or as needed, 1-1.5 hours

Representatives advise the VP Academic on academic and professional development matters related to grad students, help plan and execute the PhD Career Conference, and occasionally act as GSA’s court in cases of misconduct by GSA Council members.

For more information, contact the Vice President of Academic Affairs at

Appointed by VP of Campus Affairs:

University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB)

Time Commitment: Every 2-3 weeks, 1-1.5 hours

This committee advises University Centers (UCEN) on new buildings and vendors at the Old Student Center, Price Center, and the co-ops such as the G-store, the food co-op, Groundworks Bookstore, and Che Cafe. UCAB has its own budget and votes on proposed improvements to UCEN facilities, such as the grand opening of Soda & Swine and Seed & Sprout.

Associated Residential Community Housing Advisory Committee (ARCHAC)

Time Commitment: Every week, 1-1.5 hours

ARCHAC sets the policies for graduate housing on campus, including rent structures, time limits for graduate students, pet policies, parking policies, and more.  The committee is co-chaired by a graduate student and is majority graduate student voters.

Transportation Policy Committee (TPC)

Time Commitment: Monthly, 1-1.5 hours

The transportation policy committee works with Transportation Services to fix bus services, parking services, and other services related to transportation on campus.  This committee has faculty and staff representatives in addition to students.

Campus/Community Planning Committee (C/CPC)

Time Commitment: Monthly, 2 hours

C/CPC provides counsel and advice to the Chancellor with respect to the physical development of the La Jolla campus, Elliott Field Station and the surrounding community. The C/CPC reviews cites proposed for new buildings, reviews and advises the Chancellor on long range planning, and monitors development of the surrounding community.

Graduate Housing Artistic Stewardship Program (GHASP)

Time Commitment: Begins Fall via email, Skype, and in-person monthly, 1 hour

Representatives will work on a manual specifying how artwork will be acquired and placed in the new incoming graduate housing building in Mesa. The group will recommend what types of artwork, murals, and payment possibilities for grad student submitting their artwork to be considered in these new buildings.

Student Conducts Code Group

Time Commitment: Every 2 weeks, 1 hour

Works with university administrators on the revisions to the Student Conducts Code. Currently, the group has been looking at language consistency within the Student Conducts Code and other university wide codes.

Transportation Group

Time Commitment: Every 2 weeks, 1 hour

This group will be working on a Transportation committee charge that will help the GSA and VP Campus stay informed and up-to-date on all transportation contingents on campus. Some of the tasks this group is taking on this summer and year are: UPass referendum, helping revitalize the campus-wide Transportation Policy Committee, and increase communication on Shuttle services during these times of high construction on campus.

For more information, contact the Vice President of Campus Affairs at

Appointed by VP of External Affairs:

GSA Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC)

Time Commitment: Monthly, 1 hour

Open to all graduate students who are interested in helping develop platforms and meeting with local, state and national lawmakers on issues related to graduate students, such as research funding, affordable housing, campus safety, mental health, and immigration.

For more information, contact the Vice President of External Affairs at

Appointed by VP of Social Affairs:

GSA Social Programming Committee (SPC)

Time Commitment: Every 2-3wks, 1hour

Helps plan fun events to strengthen our graduate student community. Representatives will advise the Social Affairs office on quarterly Free-for-All events, the 4-6 Roaming Socials each quarter, and help decide on themes, venues, scheduling, advertising, and other improvements for our events.

For more information, contact the Vice President of Social Affairs at

Appointed by VP of Financial Affairs:

GSA Finance Committee

Time Commitment: Every 2 weeks, 1 hour

Reviews funding bills by graduate students for various events organized by student organizations and departments, which range from professional and academic development to promotion of diversity, and grad-family events. Works with the Financial Affairs office to propose a GSA budget for the following academic year and advises council on all matters pertaining to the GSA budget.

Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC)

Time Commitment:

SFAC is charged with evaluating Student Fee Funded Units and making recommendations on allocations of the Student Fees that every student pays while attending UC San Diego. Ensures that the proposed Student Fee uses are in the best interests of the university and its students, and in compliance with existing policies and guidelines. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and campus administrators, with students comprising a substantial majority. Annually, the committee compiles and submits recommendations for allocations of the Student Services Fees.

Sports Facilities Advisory Board (SFAB)

Time Commitment:

SFAB is the principal advisory committee on sports facilities and related policies at the University of California, San Diego. SFAB operates under this charter with the approval of the Chancellor, the Associated Students Council and the Graduate Student Association Council. The Committee is charged by the Chancellor and given the responsibility of ensuring that the sports facilities have the emphases, breadth, and coordination to complement optimally the philosophy, missions, and goals of UCSD.

For more information, contact the Vice President of Financial Affairs at

Appointed by VP of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

GSA Diversity Advisory Council (DAC)

Time Commitment: every 2-3 weeks, 1-1.5 hours

Representatives come together to address issues pertaining to diversity and community building for URMs across campus. DAC has tackled issues regarding our current US President’s Executive Orders, Neo-Fascist posters on campus, RAZA Chalkings a couple years ago, and more. Committee usually does doodles for meeting times.

For more information, contact the Vice President of Diversity, Service, Equity and Inclusion at

Appointed by Chief of Staff:

GSA Governance Documents Maintenance Committee (GDMC)

Time Commitment: As needed, typically every 2-3 weeks, 1 hour

Keeps GSA’s Constitution, bylaws, and other documents up to date, reflecting the most current roles and duties of the GSA and its members. When needed, representatives will also help graduate students with language when planning to propose a resolution, committee charges, or other documents to GSA Council. Committee sends out doodle when meeting is necessary.

For more information, contact the Chief of Staff at

Committee Charges

The following committee charges have been approved by council since the approval of the Committee Bylaws.

Standing Committees (Committee Bylaws Article IV):

Diversity Advisory Council - approved 5/08/17

Legislative Advocacy Committee - approved 5/08/17

Social Programming Committee - approved 5/08/17

Student Affairs Committee - approved 5/08/17

Special Committees:

Graduate Housing Artistic Stewardship Program Committee Charge - approved 06/05/17

International Graduate Student Workgroup ('16-'17) - approved 05/31/16

Inclusivity Board - approved 01/25/16

Library Graduate Advisory Committee (LGAC) - approved 10/19/15

Election Committee - approved 06/01/15

Co-op Advisory Committee - approved 06/01/15

Governing Documents Maintenance Committee - approved 05/18/15

Che Collective Campus Integration Committee (C4) - approved 02/09/15

Cultural Student Organization Council (CSOC) - approved 10/08/14

The following expired or inactive committee charges have been approved by council since the approval of the Committee Bylaws:

Marketing and Communication Committee Charge - approved 05/31/16

Campus Events Planning Committee (CEPC) - 10/19/15

International Graduate Student Workgroup ('15-'16) - approved 02/22/16

Expanding Mental Health Services Committee (EMHSC) - approved 05/04/15

Special Committee of the Graduate Student Association on the Graduate and Professional Student Experience and Satisfaction (GPSES) Survey - approved 12/08/14

AD HOC / Special Committee of the Associated Students and Graduate Student Association on Joint Transportation - approved 11/24/15