Graduate Assembly Committees

The Graduate Assembly’s internal committees are established in its bylaws. These committees address issues relevant to the internal and external workings of the Graduate Assembly as well as the internal and external workings of UC Berkeley. Each delegate is require to serve on one of these committees.

Diversity Workgroup

In 2016, the Graduate Assembly passed resolution 1611F, establishing the Diversity Workgroup. The workgroup is responsible for building upon the work conducted by former Graduate Assembly Delegates of the 2015-16 Diversity Advocacy workgroup to support graduate student participation in faculty hiring and graduate student admissions.

The Graduate Initiative Workgroup

In 2016, the Graduate Assembly passed resolution 1611E, establishing the Graduate Initiative Workgroup. Consisting of at least one representative each from the External and Campus Affairs Committees, the workgroup is responsible for coordinating and overseeing advocacy efforts around the Graduate Initiative, including identifying specific issues, solutions, and goals, developing recommendations for advocacy campaign efforts undertaken by officers and staff, coordinating delegate campaign efforts, coordinating the preparation of communications and documents detailing findings and proposals, and serving as a point of contact for advocacy campaign coalition partners.

Basic Needs Security Workgroup

In 2016, the Graduate Assembly passed resolution 1611D, establishing the Basic Needs Security Workgroup. Consisting of at least one representative each from the External and Campus Affairs Committees, the workgroup is responsible for coordinating and overseeing advocacy efforts around basic needs security, including identifying specific issues, solutions, and goals, developing recommendations for advocacy campaign efforts undertaken by officers and staff, coordinating delegate campaign efforts, coordinating the preparation of communications and documents detailing findings and proposals, and serving as a point of contact for advocacy campaign coalition partners.

Executive Board
Chaired by: President

The Executive Board is a coordinating body that ensures that all aspects of the Graduate Assembly are informed of ongoing matters and that the members of the Graduate Assembly support one another in their individual or joint efforts. The Executive Board may act on behalf of and not as the Delegate Assembly on matters of immediate concern when the Delegate Assembly is not in session. Matters of immediate concern are those matters on which the Delegate Assembly would normally take action but which require urgent attention, and those matters for which the financial or legal circumstances have changed significantly since the last Delegate Assembly session. Urgent is defined as requiring action to prevent or respond to legal or physical harm…

Campus Affairs Committee
Chaired by: Campus Affairs Vice President

The Campus Affairs Committee shall aid the Campus Affairs Vice President in studying and making recommendations to the Delegate Assembly on issues related to campus policies and procedures. It shall also assist the Campus Affairs Vice President in organizing, recruiting, and planning efforts that are the responsibility of the Campus Affairs Vice President.

External Affairs Committee
Chaired by: External Affairs Vice President

The External Affairs Committee shall aid the External Affairs Vice President in studying and making recommendations to the Delegate Assembly on issues and developments of concern to graduate students on the local, system-wide, state, and national levels. It shall also assist the External Affairs Vice President in organizing, recruiting, and planning efforts that are the responsibility of the External Affairs Vice President.

Budget Committee
Chaired by: Vice President of Finance

The Budget Committee shall formulate and recommend to the Delegate Assembly, after consultation with the President and each area of the Graduate Assembly, the general allocation of all Graduate Assembly funds; in particular, this includes the annual budget. Its recommendations shall incorporate the Graduate Assembly’s sustainability policy. It shall also monitor the implementation of the budget throughout the year. In addition, included in its procedures shall be procedures governing financial decisions of the Graduate.

Funding Committee
Chaired by: Sara Wichner, Funding Officer

The Funding Committee shall make recommendations to the Delegate Assembly on how to allocate the funds under the authority of the Graduate Assembly. The goal of such recommendations shall be to improve the quality of graduate student life by supporting individual graduate students, departmental activities, and graduate student groups. The Funding Committee meets monthly to discuss funding applications submitted by graduate student organizations and potential improvements to the funding process. Our Fall semester meetings will be held on October 25th at 11:30 in 444 Eshleman Hall and November 21st at 11:00 am in 444 Eshleman Hall. If you plan to attend and are not a member of the funding committee, please email the Funding Committee chair, Sara, at funding@ga.berkeley.edu.

Rules Committee
Chaired by: Rules Officer

The Rules Committee shall monitor the internal actions of the Graduate Assembly to ensure that they comply with the Charter, the Bylaws, and any Memoranda of Understanding between the Graduate Assembly and other entities. It generally shall include proposing changes to the Charter, these Bylaws, and any Memoranda as well as deciding disputes regarding the Charter and the Bylaws. The Rules Committee shall conduct an annual review process of the Bylaws and all Memoranda. The Rules Committee may make recommendations to the Delegate Assembly regarding what corrective and, if necessary, disciplinary action should be taken against members of the Graduate Assembly who, without good cause, knowingly violate the Charter and the Bylaws. Materials for 2016-2017 Rules Committee meetings can be…

Environmental Sustainability Committee
Chaired by: Environmental Sustainability Officer

The Environmental Sustainability Committee shall advise the Graduate Assembly, as well as all necessary individuals within the Graduate Assembly, on the sustainability of all relevant actions and politics of the Graduate Assembly. It shall also issue an annual report on the Gradate Assembly’s sustainability and shall work with the relevant parts of the Graduate Assembly to improve sustainable practices and implement sustainable policies.

Faculty Mentor Awards
Chaired by: President

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA) honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting graduate students. A committee of Delegates selects and presents awards to three faculty members each Spring. See the Faculty Mentor Award page for award criteria, a list of past winners, and the application form. The nomination submission deadline for the 2016 Faculty Mentor Award is February 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm [extended from February 5].

Endowment Committee
Chaired by: President

The Endowment Committee shall administer the GA Endowment in order to provide fellowships, grants, and awards to University of California, Berkeley graduate students who demonstrate high academic distinction and/or have financial need, regardless of their gender, race, creed, national origin and sexual orientation, and regardless of the degree they seek. The administration of the committee shall include preparing and negotiating an annual memorandum of understanding between the GA and the Graduate Division. This memorandum of understanding shall establish the criteria and specific areas of greatest need, which will inform and guide the allocation of funding to students, who meet the criteria and terms of the endowment. Endowment terms: An endowment, the payout of which shall be used to provide fellowships,…