What is GSSA?
GSSA is the Graduate Studies Student Association at Tulane. It's a student-government based organization for all graduate students, Masters and PhD, within the School of Science and Engineering or the School of Liberal Arts.
What Does GSSA Do?
GSSA is funded by a portion of graduate student activity fees, and acts to provide social, academic, and career enriching opportunities on and off campus for the graduate student population. GSSA also acts as a conduit to the University administration for issues affecting our constituent graduate students, including health-care, facilities, etc.
How is GSSA Funded?
All current Tulane students pay some level of "Student Activity Fees", that are for the purpose of social and professional activities across campuses. All of the student activity fees are then distributed to the Student Government Organizations and from there to any professional and/or departmental organizations.
The Associated Student Body (ASB) represents all graduate and undergraduate students, and takes 1% of all student activity fees as its annual budget. Under ASB are both the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). USG receives 10% of the student fees of all graduate and professional students, to provide for events open to all students, and GASPA receives 9% of the student activity fees, to provide events and programming specific to graduate and professional students.
The remaining 80% of activity fees from all SSE and SLA graduate students are returned to GSSA as a yearly budget. A portion of these funds are used both for communal events for all graduate students, as well as travel funding for conferences. The remaining funds are available for any individual department or organization within GSSA for either departmental events or to host external speakers.
How is GSSA Organized?
GSSA is composed of representatives from each department and/or graduate program within the Schools of Liberal Arts and Science and Engineering. Representation is split by population, with each department/program receiving 1 representative per 15 graduate students, with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3. A department must have a ratified constitution, and be in good standing, to request funding from GSSA. To remain in good standing, a department must maintain a presence at the regular business meetings, and a set of three consecutive meetings with no representation will place a department in bad standing with the organization.
A list of all departments/programs associated with GSSA, active and inactive, can be found under Documents.
How Can I Get Involved?
All current department representatives can be found under Representatives. If your department is not currently represented, please contact one of the GSSA officers if you are interested in becoming a representative. If your department is already represented, please contact one of your current representatives to see how you can get more involved.