The GPSA works to make the graduate student experience at UM as positive, fun, and valuable as possible. We’re working hard on many fronts to make that happen. A few of our successes include: 1) changing the 6-credit insurance rule for grad students, 2) developing a best practices policy for graduate advisors, and 3) representation of grad students with ASUM and University administration. We are currently working toward sustainable GPSA funding and we are building a Senate with representatives from each graduate program at UM. With over 2000 graduate and professional students here at UM, we represent the largest special student group on campus.
The University of Montana Graduate Student Association believes that graduate students deserve a strong voice among campus leadership and student organizations. The GPSA acts as that collective voice in support of graduate student needs and concerns by advocating for social unity, academic opportunities, and fair resource allocation. The GPSA supports a culture of equality, diversity, creativity, sustainability, and engagement.
The GPSA seeks to work in concert with relevant governing bodies by advocating and providing responsible representation for graduate and professional students. In preparation for successful careers in diverging fields, the GPSA calls for campus leadership to continually review and support graduate education at the University of Montana campus and all affiliate graduate programming. The GPSA organizes and generates support of graduate student life with respect to these issues, so that students may be empowered and provided necessary opportunity for a fruitful and rewarding graduate experience.
Representation: We have built a Graduate Student Senate with representatives from each program or department, allowing decisions to be made based on input from all graduate students and information to be quickly and effectively disseminated back to graduate students. The UM-GPSA Executive and Senate bodies will represent the real opinions and needs of graduate students in campus governance and will operate with full transparency.
Opportunity: We will bring professional development opportunities into the graduate student portfolio including distribution of travel grants and implementation of professional and teaching workshops targeted at specific programs and departments (e.g., research and teaching techniques, and grant writing seminars). We will work to increase collaboration between departments and programs to provide these opportunities, particularly in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Network.