Committees

The GSA hosts a variety of committees working on specific topics relevant to graduate students and their interests. The committees the GSA is planning this year are listed below. You can join any of our currently running committees or propose your own committee through our involvement interest form.

Public Service Committee: The purpose of the public service committee is to encourage more graduate student involvement in community service, by organizing new service opportunities, integrating public service into the GSA’s existing programming, and finding new ways to recognize public service among grad students and grad student organizations.

Graduate Student Mental Health Committee: An increasing number of studies have suggested significant rates of mental health issues among graduate students, some going to far as to say that there is a “mental health crisis” facing graduate education. The purpose of the Graduate Student Mental Health Committee is to advocate for new resources, studies, and programming to support the mental health needs of graduate students at Rutgers.

Advocacy Committee: The purpose of the advocacy committee is to support the rights and well being of graduate students by working to identify issues and policies negatively impacting graduate students and pushing for meaningful change.

Student Life/Outreach Committee: The purpose of the Student Life/Outreach Committee is to expand the number of students participating in student organized events and programming by working to identify the types of events and services students are most interested in, organizing new events and services, and proposing new ways to support graduate student organizations.

Health/Nutrition Committee: The purpose of the Health/Nutrition committee is to promote graduate student health by making existing health resources more visible and organizing new programming.

New Student Committee: The purpose of the New Student Committee is to organize new programs and resources to improve the experience of new graduate and professional students transitioning to life at Rutgers.

Graduate Resources Committee: The purpose of the Graduate Resource Committee is to collect information about the complex and decentralized web of resources for graduate students at Rutgers and to publicize this information in an accessible way, and to research programs and resources made available to graduate students at other universities and advocate for their implementation at Rutgers.

Propose a New Committee

Do you have an interest in an aspect of graduate student life that you don’t see anybody working on? Take the lead and propose a GSA committee! If your idea for a committee is approved, the GSA will appoint you as committee chair, and will help you to advertise your committee and provide funding and logistical support. Below are some examples of committees that have existed in the past.

Graduate Student Issues (Investigate and Advocate for State and National reforms that would benefit graduate students)

Community Outreach and Social Action (Plan programming that gives back to local communities around Rutgers)

International Student Affairs (Plan programming to facilitate the social, cultural, and academic growth of the international student community at Rutgers)

Sustainability (Encourage environmentally sustainable practices on campus)

Social and Cultural (Organize free cultural and social events for the graduate school community as a whole)

Movies (Organize free film screenings for graduate students in the GSL)

To propose a committee please write a brief description of the aims of the new committee to president@gsa.rutgers.edu along with two to three examples of events or programs that the committee might pursue.