“Grad students don’t hear about us unless we’re not doing our job,” says Miguel Daal, doctoral candidate in Physics and three-term Graduate Assembly (GA) President. Thus many of the GA chief executive’s activities, like helping to set RSF hours or advocating to keep the Tang Center open during spring break, go unnoticed.
So what does the GA President’s job entail? Most of Daal’s time goes to orchestrating, preparing for, and attending meetings. In addition to the monthly GA delegate meetings, Daal has separate monthly meetings with the Chancellor, Academic Senate Chair, and Graduate Division Dean. The GA President, not the University administrators, sets the agenda, ensuring it reflects the desires of the Graduate Assembly. These meetings provide a forum for addressing issues that impact graduate students and they help to maintain relationships between the graduate student government, the campus administration, and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). Read the rest of this entry »