Committees are the backbone of GPSA. Committees are made up exclusively of students and include ten Executive Committees, a Legislative Committee, the Student Fee Review Board, and over a dozen University Committees. Each committee addresses specific issues related to student life at UNM and works to represent graduate & professional student and issues to UNM and the community.
The GPSA Constitution establishes six (6) standing Executive Committees (Elections, Finance, Grants, Lobby, Programs, and Student Support & Advocacy) and a Legislative Steering Committee that manage the operations of GPSA. In addition, the GPSA President can create ad-hoc committees to accomplish specific tasks as needed. Ad-hoc committees dissolve at the end of the President’s term. Furthermore, representatives from GPSA sit on more than two dozen University Boards and Committees, bringing graduate & professional student concerns to the attention of the greater university community.
Committee Chairs are appointed by the President and approved by the GPSA Council at the beginning of Fall semester. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved in GPSA, and we are always looking for qualified people to serve on committees. If you have an idea for a committee or would like to hold a position, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Standing Committees
Prepares for and oversees the GPSA General Election, Council Chair Election, and Departmental elections (upon request).
Allocates the Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF), assists with preparation of the GPSA budget, and allocates money to graduate & professional student organizations through the appropriations process.
Administers the Student Research Grant (SRG), the Professional Development Grant (PDG), and the New Mexico Research Grant (NMRG).
Brings graduate and professional student concerns before the New Mexico State Legislature.
Implements programs that serve and facilitate interaction between graduate & professional students at the University of New Mexico, and provide service to the University and local community.
Student Support & Advocacy (SS+A):
Advocates for graduate & professional students and identifies campus and community resources for students.
Ad Hoc Committees
Media & Outreach:
Tuition & Fees:
Equity & Inclusion:
Professional Development & Research:
Assistantships & Benefits:
Information Technology (IT):
Maintains the GPSA computer lab and provides necessary help to graduate & professional students with printing. The IT committee also helps with website maintenance and offers computers & printers to be allocated to graduate & professional student organizations.
Legislative Steering Committee (LSC):
The LSC is a standing committee composed of Council Representatives. The purpose of the LSC is to review non-appropriative legislative items, such as Resolutions and Amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws, and to make recommendations on those items for Council’s consideration. Any GPSA member, or any group with at least one GPSA member, may submit non-appropriative legislative items. Items must be submitted at least two (2) academic days prior to a scheduled LSC meeting (by 5:00 p.m. of that day).