In 1998, graduate students at UNC Charlotte successfully petitioned the Student Government Association to create a governing body to represent the specific needs of graduate students. The successful referendum created the Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG), separately registered Graduate Student Organizations, GPSG office space, and a direct allocation of student activity fees funding, designated for graduate student travel, events, and operations.
Nearly two decades later, GPSG continues to act as the governing body for graduate students, and strives to meet the academic, social, and logistical needs of all enrolled graduate, professional, and post-baccalaureate students at UNC Charlotte.
Membership in GPSG is open to all graduate, professional, and post-baccalaureate students, both full and part time. Each Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is provided one voting member on the GPSG Senate. Any graduate student is welcome to participate in the activities and work of GPSG.
GPSG allocates travel, event, and operational funding to GSOs to encourage membership growth. The funding provided to GSOs and individuals originates from student activity fees, managed by the Student Activity Fees Commission (SAFC)
The GPSG Executive Board
The 2017-2018 GPSG Executive Board was elected by the GPSG Senate on April 4, 2017, to serve a one (1) year term starting on June 1, 2017. The GPSG Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including event management, funding GSOs, chartering GSOs, and hosting the annual Graduate Research Symposium. The GPSG Executive Board is responsible for hosting regular Senate meetings throughout the academic year.
Members of the Executive Board are elected by the GPSG Senate to represent the 5,300+ members of the graduate and professional student body at UNC Charlotte. It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to meet regularly with their graduate student colleagues, gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by graduate students across disciplines. Executive Board members participate in various on-campus committees, providing a voice to the interests of graduate students. and travel to other UNC System schools to build a state-wide coalition of graduate student leaders to for the interests of the 44,000+ graduate students in
Please visit the page dedicated to the 2017-2018 GPSG Executive Board for more information on the office holders, the current agenda, and other initiatives.
The GPSG Senate
Each Graduate Student Organization (GSO) that receives funding through the GPSG must elect or appoint a Senator who will attend the regularly scheduled Senate meetings throughout the academic year.
Senators act as the official liaison for their GSO, and represent the needs of the graduate students in their organization or department. Senators are responsible for passing along important information provided in the GPSG Senate meetings to their members and advisors. Senators may vote on all proposed motions, amendments, and appointments. Senators are responsible for electing the GPSG Executive Board each year.
Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs)
UNC Charlotte boasts over 32 graduate student organizations; one of the highest number of graduate student organizations per student in the UNC System. While many organizations represent their academic departments or field of study, many GSOs at UNC Charlotte advocate and represent underrepresented populations.
Visit the Student Organizations website for a full directory of Graduate Student Organizations at UNC Charlotte.