The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) represents graduate students in programs granting M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. Our Senators are drawn from programs and departments across the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the McKelvey School of Engineering and the Brown School.
Constituted in 1993, our mission is to represent and advocate for the interests of graduate students. We provide forums for graduate student concerns, foster connections between graduate students, and facilitate communication with the Dean of the Graduate School.
Each year the GSS holds several signature events, organized by graduate students to benefit gradaute students. The GSS co-hosts an Annual Welcome BBQ each fall to welcome graduate and professional students to campus. We offer opportunities for graduate students to highlight their research with our annual Graduate Research Symposium and through our biannual Travel Awards for conference travel. Each spring we celebrate the faculty and staff members who make significant contributions to the graduate student experience with our Outstanding Faculty & Staff Awards. Our standing committees organize other programming around issues of diversity, graduate student health concerns, housing, professional development and the prevention of interpersonal and sexual violence.
Through the advocacy and innovation of our Senators, the GSS has achieved many important advancements for graduate students. Recently, in 2014, the GSS developed the Preliminary Report on Campus Climate, which has led to the development of TA training on facilitating inclusive classrooms, a new admissions platform for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and initiated conversations on revitalizing graduate student housing.
We typically meet every first Tuesday in the Liberman Graduate Center (DUC 300) at 7:00 p.m. (with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.). However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings will take place via Zoom until further notice. All graduate students are welcome to join the conversation! Please check out our calendar and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom links.
To get involved, check out our various committees and contact a committee chair, Senator, or Executive Board member.