About the GSA

Equity and Inclusion: The GSA affirms its commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion and acknowledges the pervasiveness of inequality in society and in higher education. The GSA considers itself a proactive and progressive organization and charges a Equity and Inclusion Chair with ensuring that all our advocacy work upholds progressive values. We also have a Wages & Benefits Committee which considers employment issues of graduate students, including GTAs, adjuncts, and unfunded students.

Institutional Advocacy: The University Senate is a body composed full-time Teaching Faculty and Professional Faculty, administrators undergraduate and graduate students, part-time Faculty, Emeriti, and others. The University Senate is the principal policy-forming body of the University. It is advisory to the President of the University. The Senate’s effectiveness derives from the right of its members to be consulted on matters of major importance to the educational, research, and service missions of the University and to provide advice on such matters as spelled out more in detail in the Faculty Bylaws and Senate Charter. These documents can be found on the University Senate website: http://www.albany.edu/senate/ The GSA is structurally built into the governance system of the University through the University Senate. We have eleven seats on University Senate Councils and five votes in the main Senate body. We also have a seat on the University Council. Those interested in our work with the Senate should contact the GSA President or Lead Senator.

External Advocacy: The GSA is a member of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students which is an organization focused on best practices sharing, leadership development, and legislative advocacy. As a member school, we have a right to a vote at the Northeast Regional Conference as well as the National Conference. NAGPS not only offers leadership development at their conferences, but also provides mechanisms for graduate student advocacy through their bi-annual Legislative Action Days.

The Graduate Student Association also has two votes in the State University of New York’s Student Assembly (“SUNY SA”). SUNY SA, according to their website, is an organization comprised of student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses. Empowering students throughout the state, the SUNY SA is committed to student life and ensuring the representation of its members on the state and national level as well as throughout the SUNY system.

  • Single recognized voice for over 465,000 students attending the State University of New York system.
  • Acknowledged statewide student organization representing the collective interests of SUNY students.
  • Recognized in Part 341 of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York as the official representative of SUNY students.

Purpose: The Student Assembly of the State University of New York is the official organization by which University students participate in University-wide governance. The Student Assembly provides the following:

  • A forum for consultation and the exchange of information between University students, the chancellor, and the University Board of Trustees on matters of a University-wide nature which affect student concerns.
  • A procedure for electing the student member of the University Board of Trustees; and
  • A communications network for campus student government leaders. The Student Assembly also exercises such other responsibilities as the chancellor or the University Board of Trustees refer to it.

For more information on SUNY SA, including information about upcoming events visit their website: http://sunysa.org