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    Graduate Student Association

About

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a student-run, non-profit governing body that provides resources for UAlbany graduate students and workers. We advocate on their behalf at the University, SUNY Student Assembly, and community.

We facilitate and enhance the professional, academic, and extracurricular experiences of graduate students and workers to empower them in the University at Albany community and beyond. Through our advocacy, we also seek to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and academic freedom.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Please check out our LinkedIn for the latest job postings.

 

GSA logo

What services do we provide?

  • Research and professional development grants
  • Professional development events and opportunities
  • Graduate student advocacy
  • The GSA Lounge with free printing and copying services at the Uptown, Downtown, and Health Sciences campuses
  • Social events
  • Funding and resources for Graduate Student Organizations

 

Attend GSA Events

 

Graduate student attending GSA School Fair

Sign Up for Printing and Copying Services

To use free printing and copying services at the Uptown, Downtown and Health Sciences campuses, you must register through the GSA printing and copying services form.

Note: Hours of operation during breaks, summer and winter sessions, may vary. Please contact the office for more information. For the Downtown and Health Sciences campuses, students with swipe access may be able to access these buildings outside these hours.

Uptown Campus

Address: Campus Center West B-92, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222 (Across from Starbucks)

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Campus

Address: Draper 101, 135 Western Ave, Albany, NY, 12222

Hours of Operation: Please check back soon for hours

Health Sciences Campus

Address: George Education Center 155, 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144 (Adjacent to Computer Lab 1) 

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Contact the Graduate Student Association
Campus Center
West B-92

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
United States

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get Involved

 

How to Join

All matriculated graduate students are members of the GSA. To receive the full benefits of memberships, including the right to apply for grants and to run for elected office, you must pay the GSA Activity Fee.

To confirm that your fee is paid, you must log into E-Pay and check that the line item “Grad Student Association Fee” is there. If it’s there and you paid your bill, that means the fee is paid. If it’s not there, you can send an email to [email protected] asking to opt back into the Grad Student Association Fee.

Pay your fee and get the full benefits of membership today!

 

Students sitting in circle outside on lawn

 

How to Get Involved

The GSA is always looking for graduate students to become involved, including the following:

  • Serve on a GSA committee, including the Governing Documents Committee, Budget Committee, DEI Committee, Grants Committee, Programming Committee, Elections Committee, Wages and Benefits Committee, and Professional Development Committee
  • Run for an elected position in the GSA, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, DEI Chair, Lead Senator, University Council Representative, Assembly Speaker, and Judicial Board
  • Apply for one of the many appointed or hourly positions in the GSA, including Grants Chair, Programming Chair, Office Manager, Assembly Secretary and University Committee Representative
  • Serve as an RGSO representative on the GSA Assembly
  • Attend an Assembly meeting-all graduate students are welcome!

 

GSA Interest Form 

Want to learn more about how you can get involved with GSA? Please fill out the GSA Interest Form and we'll be in touch with you.

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Assembly Meetings

The GSA holds regular Assembly meetings at 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month from September to May (excluding January) in addition to special Assembly meetings on an as-needed basis. These meetings are intended to discuss the latest developments within the GSA, including reports from different officers and committees, any proposed GSA resolutions, and more. Each Recognized Graduate Student Organization (RGSO) sends a voting representative to each of these meetings to cast votes that are essential to GSA operations and GSA policy.

We encourage you to attend an Assembly meeting. At the end of each Assembly meeting (time permitting), there is a portion of time dedicated to public comment. You will have the opportunity to voice any concerns.

 

Students listening to speaker at meeting

Governance

 

Meet the Executive Team

 

 

Jordan McAdam, President

Email: [email protected]

 

Jordan McAdam, President

 

 

Andrew Gill, Vice President

Email: [email protected]

Andrew Gill, Vice President

 

 

Khem Sedhai, Treasurer

Email: [email protected]

Zhaoxiangrui He, Treasurer

 

 

Shakera Tems, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair

Email: [email protected]

Shakera Tems, DEI Chair

 

 

Christy O'Callaghan-Leue, Grants Chair

Email: [email protected]

Christy O'Callaghan-Leue, Grants Chair

 

 

Thomas Straut, Programming Chair

Email: [email protected]

Thomas Straut, Programming Chair

 

 

Emily Pacer, Lead Senator

Email: [email protected]

Emily Pacer, Lead Senator

Officers Schedule

Position Format  Zoom Link for Virtual Hours Office Hours
Jordan McAdam, President Virtual President Zoom Link

Mondays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 4 - 5 p.m.

Andrew Gill, Vice President In-person and virtual Vice President Zoom Link Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Khem Sedhai, Treasurer Virtual Treasurer Zoom Link Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shakera Tems, DEI Chair In-person and virtual DEI Chair Zoom Link Tuesdays 12 - 2 p.m.
Christy O'Callaghan, Grants Chair In-person and virtual Grants Chair Zoom Link

Wednesdays 12 - 1 p.m. (Virtual)

Wednesdays 1 - 2 p.m. (In-person)

Thomas Straut, Programming Chair Virtual Programming Chair Zoom Link 

Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Fridays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Emily Pacer, Lead Senator Virtual Lead Senator Zoom Link Wednesdays 8 - 9 a.m.
Nick Boles, Assembly Speaker In-person and virtual Assembly Speaker Zoom Link Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mashaal Bhatti, Judicial Board Chair Virtual Judicial Board Chair Zoom Link Friday 4 - 5 p.m.

 

Notes: 

  • In-person office hours are held in the Uptown GSA office.
  • If you cannot meet with an officer during their office hours, you may contact them to set up a meeting at a different time.
Additional Resources
GSA Network Map

Executive Officers

 

Executive Board Officers

Jordan McAdam, President

Andrew Gill, Vice President

Khem Sedhai, Treasurer

Shakera Tems, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair

Christy O'Callaghan-Leue, Grants Chair

Thomas Straut, Programming Chair

 

Additional Executive Officers

Emily Pacer, Lead Senator

Ryan Skunda, University Council Representative

 

Assembly Representatives

 

Assembly Officers

Nick Boles, Assembly Speaker

 

Assembly Members

Boluwatife Ajayi, Sexuality Intersectionality Gender Hangout

Thoin Begum, UAlbany School Of Public Health Graduate Student Organization

Peyton Capute, Atmospheric Science Graduate Student Organization

Sarah Crosky, Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Organization

Raven Cunnigham, UAlbany Black Maternal Health Collective

Charles Hailer, Students International Affairs Association

Wilson Han, Rockefeller Student Association

Marla Hasin, UAlbany Philosophical Association

Ravishankar Padmavathi Iyer, Indian Student Organization

Eve Janover, UAlbany Society of Human Resource Management

Andrew Kamsinki, School of Social Welfare Graduate Student Organization

Anastasios Karnazes, English Graduate Student Organization

Dini Kusumaningrum, Students of Educational Administration for Change

Ilva Llakmani, UAlbany Mind Studies Association

Sara Magee, Anthropology Graduate Student Association

Dominic Maiello, Geography and Planning Student Association

Alex Mitchell, Atmospheric Science Graduate Student Organization

Max Roberts, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Graduate Student Organization

Oxana Rosca, Educational Psychology and Methodology Graduate Student Organization

Gregory Theophall, Atomic Danes - The Chemistry Graduate Student Organization

Lindsey Tolman, Scientista

Katherine Tote, History Graduate Student Organization

Fan Wang, Students of Sociology

 

Judicial Officers

Mashaal Bhatti, Judicial Board Chair

Kevin Caramancion, Judicial Board Member

Krista Dotterer, Judicial Board Member

George Kassimis, Judicial Board Member

Joseph Vesic, Judicial Board Member

 

GSA Committee Representatives

Interested in joining a GSA committee? Please fill out the committee interest form.

 

Governing Documents Committee

Andrew Gill, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Budget Committee

Khem Sedhai, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Shakera Tems, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Grants Committee

Christy O'Callaghan-Leue, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Programming Committee

Thomas Straut, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Elections Committee

Vacant, Chair 

Vacant, Members

 

Wages & Benefits Committee

Sky Hooler, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Note: For any employment-related concerns specific to Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants, please contact the Graduate Student Employees Union.

 

Professional Development Committee

Vacant, Chair

Vacant, Members

 

Office Managers

Vacant, Administrative Office Manager

Sooraj Kumar, ITS Office Manager/Webmaster

Ryan Niro, Public Relations Office Manager

 

Representative to External Groups

 

University Senators

Emily Pacer, Lead Senator

Jordan McAdam, Senator

Jericho Adams, Senator

 

University Senate Council Representatives

Jordan McAdam, Senate Executive Committee

Andrew Gill, Council on Academic Assessment

Jericho Adams, Governance Council

Dailyn Clark, Council on Research

Andre Foisy, Council on Research

Andrew Gill, Graduate Academic Council

Emily Pacer, Graduate Academic Council

Gregory Massara, Graduate Academic Council

Alexandra Catalano, University Policy and Planning Council

Ashley Gomez, Undergraduate Academic Council

Abdul Samassa, University Life Council

Jess Chong, University Life Council

Rakesh Naik, Council on Libraries, Information Services and Computing

 

Additional University Committee Representatives

Sherland Daniels, Campus Recreation Advisory Board

La’Deja Hedges, Parking Advisory Committee

Jaimi DeFeo, Sustainability Leadership Council and Liaison

Olivia Mata, UPD Independent Review Committee

Cassie Blazejeski, University Auxiliary Services

Martina Glab, Advisory Committee on Campus Security

Disha N S, Advisory Committee on Campus Security

 

Note: For questions or input regarding our advocacy on University councils and committees, contact the GSA Lead Senator.

 

Non-University Committee Representatives

Jordan McAdam, SUNY Student Assembly

Constitution and Bylaws
Elections

Are you interested in influencing the direction of the University? Do you have a passion for graduate student advocacy? Every year, you can run for a position in the GSA or nominate someone else!

Membership-wide elections of the GSA occur each spring semester for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Lead Senator
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Chair
  • University Council Representative

In order to run in the election, candidates must have paid their GSA fee for the spring semester. Additionally, it is asked that candidates do not plan to graduate before the end of their term, which lasts one year.

Calls for Nominations are sent each spring via email, usually in February or March. The Elections Committee then hosts a Candidate Forum, where nominees can discuss their forums. Online voting will then occur among the graduate student body in April, and the newly elected officers take office on June 1st.

We hope that you will exercise your rights and responsibilities as a graduate student here at UAlbany by participating in the election, whether as a candidate, voter, or both. Change starts locally—please VOTE! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the GSA Elections Committee.

Recognized Graduate Student Organizations (RGSOs)

The GSA recognizes student groups on campus as Recognized Graduate Student Organizations (RGSOs) and supports them through the provision of funds and other programming support. 

RGSO events are required to be open to all graduate students. These events are announced on the GSA Newsletter and on the GSA Calendar.

How to Start an RGSO
Step 1: Ratify a constitution

Every RGSO needs a constitution that provides basic information on issues like elections, the positions on the organization’s Executive Board, and how to determine an RGSO’s membership. To see sample constitutions, email the GSA Vice President.

Step 2: Hold elections

Next, your organization must hold elections to determine who will serve on the organization’s Executive Board and positions mandated to be filled by election. For more information, please review the Constitution.

Step 3: Determine your Assembly Representative(s) and Assembly Alternate(s)

Each RGSO is entitled to one Assembly Representative and one Assembly Alternate, one of which must attend the GSA’s Assembly meetings each month during the fall and spring semesters. If your organization has over 40 members, you are entitled to an additional Assembly Representative and Assembly Alternate.

Step 4: Apply for recognition

The recognition application can be located on the GSA’s MyInvolvement page. Please submit the application for approval to be officially considered an RGSO. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadlines for this year’s recognition process are as follows:

  • To be considered for full funding for the academic year, submit by 9/10/21
  • To be considered for ¾ funding for the academic year, submit by 10/31/21
  • To be considered for ½ funding for the academic year, submit by 1/7/22
  • To be considered for ¼ funding for the academic year, submit by 2/28/22
Step 5: Create a page on MyInvolvement

Once you submit your recognition application, you may get a page created for your graduate student organization on MyInvolvement. To do this, send an email to the GSA Vice President with the following information:

  • Name of the organization (as you would like it to appear on the page)
  • Name of the main contact
  • Email address of the main contact (must be a UAlbany email address)
Step 6: Register on MyInvolvement

Once your page is created, you can register your organization on MyInvolvement in order to access your budget, reserve rooms, and perform other functions crucial to being an RGSO. To do this, go to your organization’s page on MyInvolvement, select  “Manage Organization,” and then select “Re-register This Organization.” For help with Step 6, please contact [email protected].

Students engaging in conversation at Graduate Student Resource Fair

 

Current RGSOs and Presidents

 

Still have questions?

The GSA can provide assistance each step of the way. For questions, help, or feedback on any part of this process, please email the GSA Vice President.

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) provides resources related to graduate student organizations, including support for students trying to establish new RGSOs, assistance with MyInvolvement, scheduling room reservations and creating UAlbany email addresses for organizations.

Support Resources

 

Subscribe to the GSA Newsletter

Our newsletter is used to communicate with you on a weekly basis and is your go-to for information on events, grants, jobs and positions hiring within the GSA, upcoming Assembly meetings, and more.

As a student, you are automatically enrolled in the newsletter. For incoming students, this usually occurs by the semester drop date. To subscribe on your own, please send a blank email to: [email protected].

Request to be included on the weekly newsletter announcements, please fill out this form by Friday at noon.

 

Students walking on UAlbany campus during Fall foliage

 

Campus Affiliations

 

International Student and Scholar Services

If you are an international student or have any questions related to your status as an international student, including employment, traveling to the United States, and immigration status, please contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

 

Off Campus Student Housing

Off Campus Student Housing provides assistance to students looking for or offering off-campus housing, roommates and subleases.

 

Graduate Student Employee Union

The Graduate Student Employee Union (GSEU) represents Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants on the UAlbany campus and negotiates wages, health insurance benefits, working conditions, and more.

 

Counseling and Psychology Services

Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) works with students to address alcohol and drug use, mental health, suicide prevention, and positive psychology by offering counseling, assessment, and consultation services to UAlbany students.

 

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

The Gender and Sexuality Resources Center (GSRC) provides a safe and inclusive environment for all students to engage in conversation around sex, gender, and sexuality. The Center offers resources for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and their allies.