Advocacy Agenda

Each year, the GA selects two to three items to dedicate additional time and resources to-usually the most pressing issues facing graduate students at Berkeley. The Executive Board and Delegates advocate in these areas, as directed by the Bylaws:

6.5. Advocacy Agenda. The advocacy agenda shall be re-created for each academic year and shall identify goals that the Graduate Assembly is working towards and that it will promote in meetings with campus administrators, the Regents, local and state government officials, UCSA, and SAGE. The President shall work with the Executive Board and the Project Directors to develop a Graduate Assembly advocacy agenda for the academic year. The annual advocacy agenda shall be discussed at the September meeting of the Delegates Assembly to allow for input from the delegates, and shall be presented for approval no later than the October meeting of the Delegate Assembly, but may be amended by the Delegate Assembly at any time.

The 2023-2024 Advocacy Agenda is:

  1. Advance work that makes graduate and professional education at UC Berkeley accessible to all, particularly systematically marginalized students; empowers all graduate and professional students at UC Berkeley to thrive and complete their degrees; and celebrates the identities, cultures, traditions, and communities that compose the graduate and professional student body.
  2. Secure and distribute resources and support that meet the basic needs of graduate and professional students.
  3. Improve physical and emotional safety for graduate and professional students on and around campus.

The 2022-2023 Advocacy Agenda is:

  1. Basic Needs and Financial Security
  2. Community; Campus Climate; and Equity, Justice, and Belonging
  3. Academic Program, Research, and Classroom Conditions
  4. Graduate Assembly Operations

The 2021-2022 Advocacy Agenda is:

  1. COVID-19 Recovery
  2. Campus Infrastructure
  3. Affordable Housing
  4. Graduate Funding
  5. Communication + Transparency
  6. Wellness + Campus Climate
  7. DEI & Disability Advocacy
  8. GA Financial Sustainability
  9. ASUC/GA Relations

The 2020-2021 Advocacy Agenda is:

  1. COVID-19 Response/Re-opening
  2. Campus Infrastructure
  3. Affordable Housing
  4. Graduate Funding
  5. Communication + Transparency
  6. Wellness + Campus Climate
  7. GA Financial Sustainability
  8. ASUC/GA Relations

The 2019-2020 Advocacy Agenda was:

  1. Affordable Housing
  2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  3. Wellness and Mental Health
  4. SVSH Prevention

The 2018-2019 Advocacy Agenda was:

  1. Basic Needs
  2. Professional Development & Mentorship
  3. Campus Climate & Wellness

The 2016-2017 Advocacy Agenda was:

  1. Basic Needs Security
  2. Diversity
  3. The Graduate Initiative

The 2015-2016 Advocacy Agenda was:

  1. Housing
  2. Diversity

The 2014-2015 Advocacy Agenda was:

  1. Wellness
  2. Diversity
  3. Sexual Assault

Follow the link on each agenda item to see a summary of our work or proposals developed during the year.