The GSS credits its success to the energy, ideas, and talents contributed by its members. As a graduate student you are automatically a member of the GSS, and there are many different ways for you to get involved and help guide the efforts of your Society. One of the easiest ways to get involved is to join a GSS Committee..

Consider joining a Committee if you have:

  • an interest in participating in and learning about the GSS
  • an interest in ensuring that the GSS is reflective of the goals and aspirations of its members
  • a willingness to work collaboratively on projects and initiatives
  • skills and experiences beyond your specific academic field (for example, administrative or policy-related skills)
  • an interest in meeting and working with graduate students from across the university

The GSS values the work of our graduate student volunteers and recognizes that these efforts are crucial to moving our Society forward. All committee members are provided with a stipend for attending meetings.


The GSS Committees are created by and report to the GSS Council. Committees are groups of graduate students, that focus on areas of specific importance for the Society’s services and direction. They meet once a month, usually for no longer than two hours. Meeting dates are set based on members’ availability. Occasionally, some Committee work occurs over email, and it is expected that Committee members will take the time to engage via email in addition to attending the monthly meetings.

Advocacy Committee – The committee supports GSS’s advocacy efforts on tuition, housing, supervision, and much more. Recently subcommittees and working groups have worked in support of international students and in response to COVID19. To join please email:

Benefit Plan Committee – Manages the GSS health and dental benefits plan and also adjudicates applications for the Benefit Plan Bursaries for students in need. To join please email:

Human Resource Committee – Conducts an annual review of the Executive Director on behalf of the GSS Council and supports the Executive Committee for internal human resources issues. To join please email:

Engagement Committee – Supports the planning of socials, events, other activities and communication with all members of the GSS in order to build a sense of community. To join please email:

Electoral Committee – Helps plan and organize the GSS Director Elections twice a year (in the Fall and Spring semesters). The committee has a base stipend different than the stipends for all other committees. To join please email:

Executive Committee – Composed of 7 directors elected by GSS membership that supports the day to day direction, decision making, operations and representation of the society. These are elected positions with larger stipends. For more information about how and when you can nominate yourself for these positions please visit

Finance Committee – Plans the GSS annual budget, assists with the annual audit and monitors GSS finances for the society. To join please email:

Governance Committee – Reviews and develops the GSS regulations, constitution, by-laws and all other policies that govern the society. To join please email:

Grants Allocation Committee – Approves grant applications from caucuses and adjudicates applications for GSS financial support programs. To join please email:

GSS Appeals Board – This group acts as an appeal body for decisions that are made at other GSS Committees (such as the Grants Allocation Committee or the Electoral Committee).  A larger roster of members is available to serve in an “on call” basis when appeals come forward.  The composition of a given Appeals Board will be drawn from the roster, taking into consideration the availability of members and their relation to the issue(s)/group(s) being appealed.  To join please email:

GSS Representatives on University Committees

The GSS often sends its members to participate in university committees including award adjudication, space planning, and hiring committees. These positions vary widely, but provide valuable experience and are a great opportunity for you to represent graduate student interests at the institutional level.

To find out what’s happening now and how you can get involved, e-mail our Director of Academic Relations at