GSA Committees & Representatives

Represenation is essential to promoting graduate student interests and communicating with the greater community.

The council provides representatives to campus-wide committees to promote these interests, in addition to developing internal committees to focus on specific areas. Often the council serves on these committees, however students outside the council are encouraged to participate as well. Committee work is awarded a quarterly stipend of $100; some committees with extensive time commitments are awarded a greater stipend. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please email

Representatives are nominated by the President or VP Shared Governance to serve for one academic year, unless otherwise stated. Requests for representation must be sent each academic year, unless the term has been stated in advance. Please see Requesting Representation for more information.

Recruiting Committee Details:

Subcommittee on Graduate Committee Rep Stipends, x3 Representatives ($100 stipend total)

Meeting Time: 2-3 one hour meetings

A subcommittee tasked with re-evaluating stipends for representatives of recurring committees. This will consist of reviewing the time commitment of individual committees, determining what an appropriate stipend would be (and what the format is), and preparing language for a constitutional amendment. 

Coordinated Community Review Team (CCRT), x1 representative positions open

Meeting time: Varies depending on subcommittee

The charge of the CCRT is to oversee a collaborative approach to preventing and addressing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The CCRT serves in an advisory capacity to campus leadership and community members about best practices in policies, education, prevention, and response to these kinds of incidents. 

Graduate Council

Meeting time: Biweekly, Thursdays 2-4 pm 

Committee Charge

The Graduate Council sets policies and procedures on behalf of the Santa Cruz Division on matters pertaining to all graduate academic and professional programs, such as approving changes to existing programs and proposals for new programs. 

 Current Committees and representatives:

Committee Representative Department
Research (COR) Brent Limyansky Physics
Academic Freedom (CAF) Rowan Powell Politics
Information Technology (CIT) Brynna Downey Earth & Planetary Science
Library & Scholarly Comm. (COLASC) Alessia Cecchet Film & Digital Media
Teaching (COT) Chessa Adsit-Morris Ecology & Evolutionary Bio.
International Education (CIE) Alessia Cecchet Film & Digital Media
Planning & Budget (CPB) Katie Hellier Physics
Affirmative Action & Diversity (CAAD) Heather Renee Sully Electrical Engineering
Graduate Council #1 Roy Sfadia Physics
Graduate Council #2 Peng Zhou Electrical Engineering
Graduate Council #3    
Student Success Steering Committee Prateek Arora Economics
SAP Academic Oversight Committee (AOC) Veronika Zablotsky Feminist Studies
Advisory Committee on Campus Transportation and Parking (ACCTP) Alessia Cecchet Film & Digital Media
Student Housing West Student Advisory Council (SHW SAC) Will Hollingsworth Chemistry
Student Fee Advisory Committee #1 Juliana Nzongo Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
Student Fee Advisory Committee #2 Katie Hellier Physics
UCSC Chancellor Search Advisory Committee Katie Hellier Physics
Coordinated Community Review Team (CCRT) Rep Alison Hanson Anthropology
Coordinated Community Review Team (CCRT) Subcommittee Ike Minton Music
Coordinated Community Review Team (CCRT) Subcommittee Rana Jarbou Film & Digital Media
Coordinated Community Review Team (CCRT) Subcommittee    
UC SHIP Executive Oversight Board Adrienne Ricker Earth & Planetary Sciences
Graduate Housing Committee #1 Will Hollingworth Chemistry
Graduate Housing Committee #2 Aaron Springer Computer Science
UCSC Undocumented Students Campus Planning Committee Randy Villegas Politics
Campus Inclusivity Climate Council Kylie Kenner Education
Campus Inclusivity Climate Council Peng Zhou  
Long Range Development Plan Adrienee Ricker Earth & Planetary Sciences
Campus Sustainability Plan Steering Committee Rachel Bowens-Rubin Astronomy & Astrophysics
Carbon Fund Committee Julia Cheresh Ocean Sciences
Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) Rates, Recharges and Fees Committee Will Hollingworth Chemistry
Child Care and Family Services Advisory Committee TBD (suggestions given)  
Historic District and Campus Gateway Visioning and Advisory Task Force Leslie McShane Lodwick  
2019 Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity Selection Committe Ka-eul Yoo Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
2019 Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity Selection Committe Krisha Hernández Anthropology
Campus Conduct Hearing Board Wilson Miu History

** Have not yet been confirmed to the position by the council.

*Note: This is a two-year appointment

Committee Information:

Student Fee Advisory Committee*, x1 more representatives

Meeting time: Weekly, Mondays 2:30-4 pm

In general, the purpose and objectives of the committee are:

  • To assist the Vice Provost for Student Success (VPSS) in efforts to determine attitudes of the student body on matters pertaining to student fees
  • To provide a continuing study of programs supported by the Student Services Fee, Student Programs Fee, and/or selected programs supported by Miscellaneous Fees, and to recommend funding priorities to the VPSS; and
  • To advise the VPSS on other questions regarding campus-based student services and programs and campus-based student academic support.

*Note: this is a two-year appointment


Colleges, Housing, and Education Services (CHES) Rates, Recharges, and Fees Committee

Meeting time: January - March, 3-4 meetings total

Our representative will provide student input and perspective to the committee. Stipend of $250 included. More information coming soon.  


Child Care and Family Services Advisory Committee*

Meeting time: Once per month, with additional reading and assignments

This is a new committee the EVC is forming to ensure that family and child care needs are being met. To begin, they will be charged with monitoring the progress of the Early Education Center that will be built as a part of the new Family Student Housing. The charge for this committee will include: 

  • Assuring that access policies and campus communications are in place in time for the opening of the new Early Education Center. 
  • Developing assessments for evaluation of the Early Education service provider. 
  • Developing Request for Proposal (RFP) evaluation criteria prior to the expiration of the contract with the service provider. 
  • Advocating for family services for our faculty, staff and students. 
  • Preparing a report on family support issues facing members of our campus community and recommendations for addressing the most critical needs. 

Historic District and Campus Gateway Visioning and Advisory Task Force

Meeting Time: 6-9 meetings from April 2019 - January 2020

- If meeting over summer, a stipend will be provided for that time as well.

A task force to assist in developing a vision focused on the historic district and campus gateway. This will take into account the broader south campus context in considering the historic district. The task force would build upon the foundation of the planning for the Granary and Stone House buildings. It will expand the planning to include the all buildings in the district, including those in current use: Theater Barn (former Horse Barn), Cookhouse, Cooperage and associated kilns, Worker Cabins, Hay Barn, Blacksmith Shop, Powder House, Entry Gate and Landscaping, the Cardiff House (former Ranch House), Barn G, Barn H, and Carriage House.

(Note from Katie: the draft charge makes this role sound pretty interesting. It will involve touring locations, meeting with focus groups, and delving into the history of the UCSC campus.)

2019 Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity Selection Committee, x2 representatives 

Meeting Time: April 30th, 10-11:30, May 2, 1-2:30, and May 6 9-10am, plus several hours of reading before the first meeting commences 

Committee will review nominations submitted for the Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and make selections before the June 3rd event.  

The GSA has one internal committees:

  • International Graduate Student Committee (coordinated by the International Graduate Student Committee Chair)

UCSC Graduates Demand Equal Pay for Equal Work! 


Our monthly wage is $2434 before tax. This monthly wage is only for the 9 months of the year for which we are employed, totaling $21,906 before tax. Santa Cruz is one of the least affordable counties for renters in the country.


We demand a Cost of Living Adjustment for every* graduate student to bring us out of rent burden. 

At current rates, this amounts to an additonal $1,412 per month.** The COLA must be adjusted annually to keep up with the rental market. 


Adjusting salaries for the cost of living is common in private and public sector jobs in California.s. 


COLA is also a demand to recognize the precarity of our seasonal unemployment as graduate student workers, who make a monthly wage of $2434 but an annual wage of $21,906, because the UC Boss only employs us for 9 months out of the year. 


*Regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status

 **Sharing a two- or three-bedroom apartment, based on median rental figures from April 2018 - August 2019 (source: Zillow Rental Index)