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The Graduate and Professional Student Association Assembly is composed of 49 voting members who represent over 16,000 graduate and professional students from all five Arizona based campus locations, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. ASU campus locations. The Assembly advocates for graduate and professional students on issues of common concern and provides oversight of the activities of the Executive Branch, including approval of the annual GPSA ~$1,000,000 budget, Student Advocacy Agenda, monthly GPSA events, and Graduate Student Organization (GSO) funding.

Get Involved - Join the Assembly for 2021-2022

If you are interested in joining the GPSA Assembly, as of August 21st, 2021 the following seats are open:

  • College of Health Solutions
  • College of Integrative Sciences & Arts
  • Cronkite School of Journalism
  • Engineering ECEE (School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering)
  • Engineering SBHSE (School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering)
  • Engineering SEMTE (Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy)
  • Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
  • Law - 1L
  • Law - At-Large
  • Law - At-Large
  • Teachers College
  • The College - Humanities
  • Watts College
  • WP Carey
  • Online At-Large

If you are interested in applying for one of these vacancies please send a CV/Resume, cover letter (PDF with signature), and your student ID # to gpsaassembly@gmail.com. All questions regarding the Assembly should also be directed to gpsaassembly@gmail.com including committee meetings and questions on legislation.

Interested in submitting legislation to the Assembly? Any graduate or professional student at ASU may submit legislation to the Assembly for consideration via the following procedures.

What does it mean to be an Assembly Member?

GPSA Assembly Members serve the broader graduate and professional student community at ASU as elected representatives of their college. They are the primary conduit between departments, programs, and GPSA. Give back to your community and help improve the graduate student experience at ASU.

Responsibilities

  • Serve on two GPSA committees
  • Attend monthly Assembly meetings
  • Maintain open communication with students/staff in your school
  • Attend events within your school and promote GPSA services.
  • Role of GPSA committees

GPSA Committees meet once or twice a month to work on programs, events, and projects. From planning advocacy efforts to overseeing funding programs and running events, GPSA committees provide support for graduate and professional students across ASU.

Benefits of Being a GPSA Assembly Member

  • A stipend of up to $500 per semester
  • Learn about and direct change to GPSA’s programs and collaborations with ASU
  • Networking with other graduate students
  • Leadership and service experience for your CV/Resume
  • Meet new friends and have fun serving your community

Who can be a GPSA Assembly Member?

Any campus-immersion graduate or professional student enrolled in any ASU graduate or professional program who is taking at least one graduate level credit

Assembly Legislation 2021-2022

Twentieth Legislative Session

  • April 2021
  • May 2021
  • June 2021
  • July 2021
  • August 2021
  • September 2021
  • October 2021
  • November 2021
  • December 2021
  • January 2022
  • February 2022
  • March 2022
  • April 2022
  • May 2022

Submit Legislation to the Assembly

Use this legislation template to help you structure and format your legislation.

With the passage of AB 16 by the Nineteenth Legislature (the 2020-2021 Assembly), any graduate or professional student enrolled in at least one graduate credit may submit legislation to the Assembly by the 1st of each month at 11:59 PM AZ time via the following procedure:

  1. Reach out to the Assembly member for your program, to the Assembly President, the Assembly President Pro Tempore, or the Assembly Parliamentarian if you would like assistance with drafting your legislation.
  2. Once your legislation is drafted, send it to the chairperson of the Government Operations Committee (Christine Leavitt, Assembly Parliamentarian, cawelsh@asu.edu ) by 11:59 PM AZ time.
  3. The Government Operations Committee will review your legislation for formatting (e.g. spelling, grammar, and other stylistic components), actionability, and to ensure that your legislation actually does what you would like it to do within 7 days of the submission deadline. The Committee will then vote on whether or not the legislation is ready to be passed onto the Assembly Operations Committee, or if the legislation needs some revisions before it can be presented to the Assembly.

    If the Government Operations Committee determines that revisions are needed, the committee will send your legislation back to you with notes and feedback on how to improve the legislation. You will be given no less than 2 days to edit, revise, and modify your legislation and re-submit to the Government Operations Chairperson (Christine Leavitt, Assembly Parliamentarian, cawelsh@asu.edu ), who will give your legislation final review for that month. If the Government Operations Chairperson determines that your legislation still needs more work and does not pass your legislation out of the Government Operations Committee, you may do one of the following:

    • You may wait until the following month to revise and resubmit your legislation, or
    • You may appeal to the Assembly President (Jamal Brooks-Hawkins, Assembly President, gpsaassembly@gmail.com) to allow for your legislation to pass out of the Government Operations committee as-written. This shall trigger a vote within the Office of the Assembly President; if a majority of the members of the Office of the Assembly President (the Assembly President, the Assembly President Pro Tempore, and the Assembly Parliamentarian) vote to pass your legislation out of the Government Operations Committee, your legislation will proceed to the next step of consideration by the Assembly Operations Committee. If the majority of the Office of the Assembly President does not vote to pass your legislation out of the Government Operations Committee, you will have to re-submit your legislation for the next month’s legislative meetings.
  4. The Assembly Operations Committee Chairperson (Jamal Brooks-Hawkins, Assembly President, gpsaassembly@gmail.com) shall receive all legislation that passes out of the Government Operations Committee within 1 day of its approval by that committee. The Assembly Operations Committee shall meet to review the legislation for temporal scheduling and agenda-setting requirements. If the legislation receives a majority of votes from the Assembly Operations Committee, the legislation shall be placed on the Assembly’s meeting agenda within three months upon its receipt by the Assembly Operations Committee, or by the end of the regular legislative session, whichever date and time occurs first for full and complete consideration and review by the Assembly.

    If the Assembly Operations Committee determines that revisions are needed, the Assembly Operations Committee shall refer the legislation back to the author with notes and information on the requested revisions, giving the author no less than 2 days to edit the legislation and re-submit to the Assembly Operations Committee chairperson for final review. If the Assembly Operations Committee chairperson determines that the revisions were sufficiently made, they may pass the legislation out of the Assembly Operations Committee and place it on the Assembly meeting schedule no later than three months upon its receipt by the Assembly Operations Committee or by the end of the regular Legislative Session, whichever comes first. If the Assembly Operations Committee chairperson determines that more substantive revisions are necessary, you may do one of the following:

    • You may wait until the following month to revise and resubmit your legislation, or
    • You may appeal to the Assembly President (Jamal Brooks-Hawkins, Assembly President, gpsaassembly@gmail.com) to allow for your legislation to pass out of the Assembly Operations committee as-written. This shall trigger a vote within the Office of the Assembly President; if a majority of the members of the Office of the Assembly President (the Assembly President, the Assembly President Pro Tempore, and the Assembly Parliamentarian) vote to pass your legislation out of the Assembly Operations Committee, your legislation will proceed to be considered by the Assembly Operations Committee for scheduling on the agenda. If the majority of the Office of the Assembly President does not vote to pass your legislation out of the Assembly Operations Committee, you will have to re-submit your legislation for the next month’s legislative meetings.
  5. Once your legislation has been approved by both the Government Operations and Assembly Operations Committees and placed on the Assembly’s legislative schedule, you will be notified of when your legislation will be considered by the Assembly so that you may attend the Assembly meeting and present your legislation to the Assembly, who may vote to pass, fail, or table the legislation for future consideration.