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The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Graduate Students Association 2015 Election Results

GSA logoThe Graduate Students Association (GSA) elections are finished. Here are the 2015 results for candidates, graduate fee initiatives, and campuswide fee initiatives.

Congratulations to everyone who won!

2015 GSA Officers:

President - Aaron Jones

Vice President of Budget and Finance - Greg Maier

Vice President of Communications and Records - Quintarrius Shakir

Vice President of Academic Affairs - John Kaminsky

Vice President of External Affairs - Yanira Rivas Pineda

Vice President of Student Affairs - Kathy Swift

Vice President of Internal Affairs - Samantha Powers

Vice President of Committees and Planning - Timothy Irvine

Graduate fees reaffirmed:

  • Childcare Grant Fund
  • Grad Student Emergency Relief Grant
  • Night and Weekend Parking

Campus-wide fees passed:

  • Arts & Lectures Support Fee
  • Career Services Open Access Fee Increase
  • Child Care Center Support Fee
  • Coastal Fund Initiative
  • Events Center Support Fee
  • Office of Student Life Support Fee

For more information about the officers and fees, review the GSA 2015 ballot.


Nominations Now Open for 2015-2016 GSA Officers!

GSA LogoYou can nominate yourself or another graduate student to serve as a GSA officer for the 2015-2016 academic year. All you have to do is complete the nominations Google form.

ALL positions are up for election, so nominate any grad student or yourself:

  • GSA President ($2000 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Internal Affairs ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP External Affairs ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Student Affairs  ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Budget and Finance ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Academic Affairs ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Communications and Records ($1500 quarterly stipend)
  • VP Committees and Planning ($1500 quarterly stipend)  

Here are the position descriptions.

If you are interested in emailing any current executive officer to learn about the position or to ask any questions, here is the contact information.


Serving and participating in GSA is extremely rewarding and provides you with a great opportunity to represent and advocate on behalf of your fellow graduate students.

If you have any questions, please email


The 2015-2016 GSA Officer Elections shall be held, beginning Monday, April 20 and ending Thursday, April 23. You will be able to vote both online (link to be provided when available in April) and in person at the GSA Lounge in the Multi-Cultural Center during normal business hours.

Elections are conducted in conjunction with the campus's election commission. More details will be forthcoming as they are made availabile.


It's Campus Elections Time: Vote on GSA Officers and Student Fees

Polls are open for campus elections. Graduate students can vote now through Thursday, April 25 for next year's Graduate Students Association officers and student fees. Read on below for more information about the candidates and the proposed student fees.

Graduate Students Association Officers:

Read candidate statements at Write-in candidates are permitted for all positions.

  • GSA President
    • Gary Haddow
  • GSA VP, Academic Affairs
    • Marcel Brousseau
  • GSA VP, Student Affairs
    • Gary Fox
  • GSA VP, External Affairs
    • Katie Koehler
  • GSA VP, Communications and Records
    • Ester N Trujillo
  • GSA VP, Budget and Finance
    • Caitlin Rathe
  • GSA VP, Committees and Planning
    • Dusty Hoesly
  • GSA VP, Internal Affairs
    • No Candidate (write-in candidates allowed)

Graduate students will vote on two GSA fee reaffirmations:

Night and Weekend Parking (Reaffirmation)

Do you wish to continue a $5.00 (includes return to financial aid of $.42) per graduate student per quarter (excluding summer) mandatory fee to fund annual Nights & Weekend parking passes for all graduate students. If passed, the fee will be collected fall 2013 through spring 2015 and be subject to reaffirmation in 2015.

Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF) (Reaffirmation)

Do you wish to continue a $0.89 per student per quarter, including summer, mandatory fee in order to provide funding for the Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF), which provides grants for students who are not able to cover the costs of medical procedures? If reaffirmed, the fee will be collected fall 2013 through summer 2017 and be subject to reaffirmation in 2017.

Graduate students will vote on two new campus-wide fees:

Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE, formerly known as the Women’s Center) Support Fee Increase

Mandatory fee increase of $3.92 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to further support the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity Department (WGSE, formerly known as the Women’s Center).

The WGSE currently collects $4.25 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), currently up for reaffirmation, through a campus lock-in fee. 

If passed, the fee would begin fall 2013, be subject to joint reaffirmation (base fee of $4.25, plus increase of $3.92 = $8.17) in spring 2017, and would raise the total undergraduate and graduate per student quarterly fees for this service to $8.17 (fall, winter, spring and summer). 

Failure of the reaffirmation of the campus lock-in base fee of $4.25 negates the increase whether or not the increase passes (see below).

The Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity support fee increase will help maintain staff and programs including Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (formerly the Rape Prevention Education Program); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources; Women's Center programming; and Non-Traditional Student Services. The support fee will maintain the public spaces within the Women’s Center, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and Non-Traditional Student Resource Center (e.g., libraries, art galleries, meeting rooms) through the addition of new technology, library acquisitions, art gallery resources, and replacement of aging equipment. It will also help to improve current WGSE programs and services such as 1) the Campus Advocacy Resources and Education; 2) help for individuals in crisis; 3) support for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersex/ally communities; 4) student-initiated activities and events; 5) student employment opportunities; 6) student internships; and 7) educational programming.

Health & Wellness Programs Fee

Mandatory fee of $7.13 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to support Health & Wellness Programs, (Breakdown: $5.35 goes to Health & Wellness, $1.78 is for return to aid). Of the $5.35 for Health & Wellness, a 7% administrative assessment will be charged to all non-capital expenditures. If passed, the fee would begin fall 2013 and would be subject to reaffirmation in spring 2017.

This fee will allow Health & Wellness to preserve the staff necessary to continue student-centered and student-requested programs on topics such as sex and relationships, healthy eating, drugs, stress-reduction techniques, and positive psychology. The Wellness class (ED 191W) and internship program provide professional training and leadership certification for more than 330 students per year.  Annually, Health & Wellness interns facilitate over 90 workshops, 26 field trips, 120 healthy food demos and 20+ events such as Dog Therapy Day, HIV Testing, Love Your Body Day, Liquid Lab/DUI Prevention, Random Acts of Kindness, Sex Affair, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  An affirmation of this fee will also allow Health & Wellness to continue providing resources such as weekly massage, organic apples, and condoms to students at no additional cost. If this ballot measure does not pass, Health & Wellness will be forced to reduce and/or eliminate services and staff.  This fee will preserve Health & Wellness services and help UCSB students to continue to thrive academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. 

Graduate students will vote to reaffirm two existing campus-wide student fees:

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS, formerly Counseling Services) and Career Services Support Fee

Do you reaffirm a mandatory fee of $5.85 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to provide funds to maintain service levels for Counseling & Psychological Services and Career Services ($2.69 goes to CAPS, $3.16 goes to Career Services)?  If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2017.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) currently collects an additional $10.85 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), collected through a campus lock-in fee, for a total of $13.54 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter to support CAPS. 

Career Services currently collects an additional $5.55 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), collected through a campus lock-in fee, for a total of $8.71 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter to support Career Services. 

Counseling & Psychological Services receives $2.69 (of the $5.85 fee) to see graduate and undergraduate students who are in emotional distress. Along with providing confidential individual counseling, we work with roommates, friends, parents, teaching assistants, faculty, and staff to help them get counseling for someone in need. Students also now have access to counseling 24/7 through our phone consultation services.

Reaffirmation of this fee will allow us to continue to support psychologist positions, and budget permitting, avoid co-payments and reduced hours. A yes vote for this reaffirmation will ensure that we are able to continue to offer these essential services to all graduate and undergraduate students in need. 

Career Services receives $3.16 (of the $5.85 fee) to assist approximately 10,000 students per year with career-related issues such as major and career selection; access to internships and part- and full-time jobs; assistance with graduate school applications; provision of job search tools such as workshops, employer information sessions, job fairs, and on-campus interviews assistance.  Specifically, these monies support one career counselor, one job developer and related marketing efforts, and the free three-month grace period for students after graduation. 

Reaffirming this fee will support employer development, outreach, career counseling staff, and budget permitting, enable us to avoid reducing hours and instituting or increasing fees for testing, job fairs, and workshops. By reaffirming this fee, you ensure Career Services will continue to be available for your career counseling needs and continue to offer quality services.

Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE, formerly the Women’s Center) Support Fee

Do you reaffirm a mandatory fee of $4.25 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to enable the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity Department to maintain programs and staff positions?  If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2017.

The Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity support fee will help maintain staff and programs within the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity department such as the Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education program (formerly the Rape Prevention Education Program); the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD); and the Non-Traditional Student Services.

For more on the proposed new fees and fee reaffirmations, check out Upcoming Campus Election Material from February.


GSA Call for Nominees for Elections Committee

The Graduate Students Association is looking for at least four graduate students willing to serve on the elections committee. Committee members will be required to become familiar with the GSA procedures for elections by reading the GSA by-laws.

If, in the rare chance that the GSA do not receive the total amount of nominees desired for the GSA Elections committee, they will hold the position open for an additional week. This is a wonderful way to become involved with the GSA with a great cause and not have to devote a lot of time throughout the year.

If you or someone you know are interested, please submit or ask them to submit their nominations to Ester Trujillo at by Tuesday, March 5. Nominations must include your full name, perm number and contact email. Nominees will be notified within 48 hours of nomination and ask if they accept their nomination.

For more information, please feel free to contact Mario Galicia at or Ester Trujillo at


Register to Vote for the California Primary Election on June 5

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The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

At the Student Lobby Conference, one of the talking points for UCSB was our strength in numbers of registered voters. Over 10,000 UCSB students registered for the 2008 elections. UCSB students understand the importance and power of voting. At the new graduate student orientation in 2011, everyone in attendance was given a voter registration form. Living in Isla Vista, I’ve been visited on multiple occasions by students who want to help get people registered for the upcoming elections. It is great to be a part of a campus community that supports civic engagement.

UCSB Voter Registration LogoWith the June elections approaching, I wanted to take the time to remind you to register to vote if you have not yet done so. The last day to register for the upcoming Primary Election is May 21, 2012. According to the UCSB Voter Registration website, you need to re-register if you “move, change your name, wish to change your political party affiliations, or if your signature has changed.” To register, you can either fill out an online form (and print, sign, and mail it) or pick up a voter registration form from a county election office, library, or U.S. Post Office (more information: It takes less than a minute to fill out the online form (this includes putting the stamp on the envelope and walking it to the mailbox). You can register to vote in-person or with a vote-by-mail ballot.

The California Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Visit the official Voter Information Guide to learn about the propositions and candidates that will be featured on the ballot.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Vote ButtonMay 21, 2012

Last day to register to vote

May 29, 2012

Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail

June 5, 2012

Election Day


Your Voice, Your Support Network: The Graduate Students Association

There are eight people on this campus who are your voice. They represent you, the 3,000 graduate students at UCSB. Their work and decisions directly affect you. They are the officers of the Graduate Students Association (GSA), a great support network and group of advocates for you. Here is the GSA’s mission, according to its website:

“We work to: (1) ensure that graduate student concerns are addressed in campus and off-campus policy decisions, (2) provide graduate students with information concerning decisions that are relevant to student life and (3) provide social activities for UCSB graduate students. We articulate graduate student concerns to the campus administration and to campuswide committees which deal with topics ranging from parking to long-range academic planning. We publish a yearly document detailing graduate student issues and concerns for the campus community.”

This select group is a powerful one and it needs diverse voices and leaders. In the upcoming Spring quarter, there will be elections for all eight GSA positions. Those positions, which pay stipends, are:

Vice President, Internal Affairs
Vice President, External Affairs
Vice President, Student Affairs
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Vice President, Communications and Records
Vice President, Budget and Finance
Vice President, Committees and Planning

Former grad peer Indy Hurt wrote an excellent article last year in the GradPost about the GSA: what the fee you pay that goes toward GSA can get you (bagel hours, free lounge use, awards and travel grants, for example); what happens at a GSA Assembly meeting; and more important information.

The GSA holds its monthly Assembly meetings the first Tuesday of each month, between October and June. Free dinner is provided to all who attend. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the GSA Lounge. All are invited to attend the next meeting Tuesday and find out what’s going on.  It is at these meetings that decisions are made that affect you. The assembly also reviews applications for funding from graduate student groups.

If you have any questions about the GSA, please contact President Diana T. Dyste Anzures at or Dr. Don Lubach, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of First-Year & Graduate Initiatives, at You can also follow the GSA on Twitter and Facebook.


Grad Student Association Positions Open

With graduate appreciation events going on all around them, the leadership of the GSA is meeting right now up in the GSA lounge. The GradPost has learned that there are two open positions: VP, Budget and Finance and VP, Communication and Records. According to the by-laws, students can write in themselves or a favorite candidate. In the past, this process has brought the campus some great officers. Now is the time to wage a quick campaign -- recruit your fellow graduate students to vote and you may soon find yourself in a powerful position with a stipend and an office.

Photos of baby MichelleGSA Executive Officers Gather

Read about the positions at

UPDATE:  Wow - VP Communication & VP Budget are up for grabs?  What great opportunities.  Indy here, former VP Academic, with a few inside tips about these positions:

If you are a great note taker, like to tinker with web sites, and like networking with students, you will love the VP Communications position.  The GSA website is built with WordPress which is ridiculously easy to work with and customize.  Plus, everyone tends to love the VP Communications because they are the person who spreads the word about bagel and happy hour.

If you are considering a position where experience managing a budget would benefit you, seriously consider the VP Budget position.  Did you know that the GSA budget is over $100,000 each year?  That is some serious money and you will gain all of the skills necessary to stay on top of it.  These skills would absolutely benefit you if you aspire to be a principle investigator tasked to propose big budget research projects.  If you are going into an industry, non profit, or non governmental position, or perhaps you just have an entrepreneurial spirit, managing a $100,000 budget will go far on your CV or resume.

Write yourself in for these positions and then email your graduate student social network to let them know that you are a write in and would like them to write you in as well.  You can also leave a comment on this post to let others know you have thrown your hat in for one of these positions.

How to vote:

Go to, and follow the directions. The link is also provided on the UCSB GOLD system when you log in. You may vote on any computer with Internet access. Public access computer banks are located at the SRB, UCen, Davidson Library, and many residence halls. Any difficulty voting should be reported to