Requesting GSA Representation

Representatives are nominated to serve each academic year, unless the charge calls for an extended service from the representative. As such, requests must be sent each year to ensure graduate representation.

To request representation for committees (campus wide, special interest, internal), councils, and boards, please send a letter of request to with the following information: 

·      Title of the requesting body

·      Statement of request for GSA representative(s)

·      Length of commitment (if other than one academic year)

·      Day, dates, time, and location the body will meet (where known)

·      Date representation is required by (no sooner than two weeks from request date)

·      Organizer contact information (if other than sender)

·      Committee Charge:

o   Description of the committee

o   Statement of purpose

o   Duties of the committee

·      Expectations of the representative (if other than those expressed in the charge)

·      Stipend (if provided)

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)