The Penn State’s Graduate Student Association formally passed its constitution on October 1, 1951. Over the years, the GSA took the lead on numerous issues affecting graduate students, has aided in shaping the way Penn State is today, and continues to play a vital role in University life. On July 1st, 2014, the GSA officially became the Graduate and Professional Student Association to reflect its representation of all non-undergraduate students at Penn State. Today, the GPSA stands as the oldest continuously existing student governing organization at Penn State.
The primary goals of the Graduate and Professional Student Association are to represent and support the interests of the University’s current and future graduate and professional student community. GPSA accomplishes this goal by:
- Providing unified and informed voice representing graduate and professional students to the University’s administration, Board of Trustees, academic units, and other external organizations that make decisions on behalf of students;
- Creating a forum to address the ideas and concerns of graduate and professional students;
- Supporting scholarship activities and professional development;
- Promoting leadership, social, and service opportunities to the graduate and professional student body; and,
- Planning events and activities to promote a sense of community among graduate and professional students and their families.
The GPSA, officially recognized by the University as the collective voice of the graduate and professional student body under the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees 7(4), is appropriately organized to accomplish the following unique functions: advocate the position of the graduate and professional student body to other University and external constituencies; represent the broad interests of graduate and professional students to the University’s academic units through a network of departmental delegates; furnish accessible, reliable, and valuable information, services, and programs to current and prospective graduate and professional students; provide a forum for interaction among an extraordinarily diverse graduate and professional student population; encourage and facilitate communication with and interaction among other graduate and professional student organizations; seek funding to support organizational activities; and promote a sense of community among graduate and professional students and their families.
The Graduate and Professional Student Association is available to help you with any questions you may have. Members and officers of GPSA can help you become more involved (academically or socially) in university life. If you need help navigating campus, various offices around campus and finding other organizations, we can help you.
The GPSA also welcomes volunteers to help with various GPSA projects and we look forward to your suggestions to help us better serve Penn State graduate and professional students. For ways to get involved in GPSA, please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penn State operates under a shared governance system in which students are consulted on student affairs, as mandated by the Board of Trustees. As part of this shared governance mission, the GPSA has representatives and liaisons on numerous committees and governing bodies to ensure the graduate and professional student voice is heard. These committees include (list not exhaustive):
Penn State Board of Trustees (two representatives)
Penn State Alumni Council
Student Fee Board
Counseling and Psychological Services Advisory Board
Student Legal Services Advisory Board
Student Leaders Roundtable
Campus Recreation Advisory Committee
Student Transportation Advisory Committee
“All In” Campaign Structural Planning Committee
Student Trustee Selection Committee
Project Decision Review Board
Student Leader Scholarship Selection Committee
Penn State S-Book Editorial Team
Council of Lionhearts
Lion’s Pantry Advisory Board
Smoke Free Campus Task Force
Academic Strategic Planning Implementation Task Force
Association of Big Ten Graduate and Professional Students
Student Health Advisory Board
University Libraries Advisory Board
We Are…Worth Funding Task Force
Advocacy Coordination Team
Council of Commonwealth Student Governments
University Park Undergraduate Association
Graduate School Alumni Society
Legislative Outreach Commission
Libraries Graduate Student Advisory Group
LMS Academic Transition Steering Committee
Movin’ On Concert Series
Men Against Violence
Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure Governance Advisory Council
Sexual Violence Awareness/Prevention Roundtable
Shields Advisory Board
Student Advisory Committee to Project LionPath
Student Child Care Advisory Committee
Student Insurance Advisory Board/Council (SIAB/C)
Student Sustainability Advisory Council
Student Technology Advisory Council
Advisory Council for Continued Excellence (ACCE)
Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) Advisory Council
Office hours are held periodically in the HUB-Robeson Center room 315. Representatives will be on hand during most business hours to answer questions or hear concerns. You can also request an appointment calling (814-865-4211) or by emailing email@example.com.
GPSA is governed by two primary documents:
Graduate and Professional Student Association Constitution, Last Amended March 29, 2017
Graduate and Professional Student Association Bylaws, Last Amended March 29, 2017
GPSA receives an annual $59,542 allocation from the Student Activity Fee. We are committed to utilizing this money in responsible and transparent ways to benefit graduate and professional student life. Please find our recent budgets below, which we will update periodically throughout he year.