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)
GPSG Mission Statement
The Graduate & Professional Student Government of UNC Charlotte shall serve as the primary representative unit for all enrolled graduate and professional students by providing a free and open forum for all matters affecting graduate life and education. GPSG seeks to lift the voices of graduate students by advocating for their interests both on and off campus. GPSG shall support graduate student life and success by allocating event, travel, and operational funding to Graduate Student Organizations.
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 to GPSG, 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 34 graduate student organizations; one of the highest number of graduate student organizations per student in the UNC System in 2017. While most organizations represent their academic departments or field of study, many GSOs at UNC Charlotte advocate for civic issues or represent underrepresented populations.
Visit the Student Organizations website for a full directory of Graduate Student Organizations at UNC Charlotte.