The Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves the interests of over 1,500 graduate students at UCSC by representing grad concerns to UCSC faculty, administration, and staff, and to UC wide administrators. We defend the interests of graduate students with regard to tuition and fees, health insurance, parking, on-campus housing, childcare, underrepresented students, international students, and other important issues. We do this by placing grads on key committees and by meeting directly with decision-makers.
The GSA Council meets to discuss and strategize around grad students needs and concerns, and to make funding decisions. Each department is assured one grad student representative on the Council. Many departments are without a voice on the Council! The more representation we have in the GSA, the more we can ensure that graduate student voices are being heard on campus. Plus, serving as a rep comes with a small quarterly stipend.
If your department is currently represented, there are other ways to serve, such as sitting on a committee. Grads serving as reps on campus committees are also encouraged to attend GSA Council meetings.