Become a Delegate

According to the GA Charter, every academic unit (department, group, or program) is allowed one Delegate per every hundred graduate students or fraction thereof in the academic unit.  View the updated Delegate Directory to see how many Delegates your academic unit can have. If you do not see your academic unit listed, please email the Internal Vice President.

To become a Delegate, please fill out the 2016-2017 Delegate Certification Form. You will be notified of your application’s status within two weeks of its submission. In the case your department has no formal election or appointment mechanism, in addition to filling out the 2016-2017 Department Appointment, please download and fill out the Department Appointment form and follow the included directions.  

New Delegates are required to attend a New Delegate Training Session in August or September (dates and times TBD).

Delegate Assembly meetings are the first Thursday of every month, with the exception of September. Meetings begin at 5:30pm, with dinner served at 5pm. All meetings are held in the Senate Chambers on the fifth floor of Eshelman Hall 2465 Bancroft Way. Meeting dates for the 2016-2017 term are: September 8th, October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th, and May 4th.  

Additionally, each Delegate or their Alternate are encouraged to attend our Pre-Session Training on September 1st, 5:30-7:00.  This will be in the Senate Chambers on the 5th floor of Eshleman Hall.  The purpose of this meeting is to offer an overview of essential skills to all delegates regardless of level of GA experience.  We will go over changes to the format of delegate  meetings including the introduction of consent calendars, the basics of Robert’s Rules, how to write a resolution, and we will determine the year’s advocacy agenda.  This meeting will also act as an opportunity for those who are not sure whether or not they would like to be a delegate to learn about other ways to participate in the GA.  

For more information about the structure of the Graduate Assembly or the responsibilities of a GA Delegate, please look through our New Delegate Training Presentation or email execassist@ga.berkeley.edu if you have any questions.