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 2017-2018 Delegate Certification Form (to be posted mid-July). 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 2017-2018 Certification Form, please download and fill out the 2017-2018 Department Appointment Form (to be posted with the Certification 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 2017-2018 term are: September 14th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th, February 1st, March 1st, April 5th, and May 3rd.
Additionally, each Delegate or their Alternate are encouraged to attend our Pre-Session Training, September 7th at 5:30 pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.