The mission of the Graduate Assembly is to improve the lives of University of California, Berkeley graduate students and to foster a vibrant, inclusive graduate student community. The Graduate Assembly is the official representative body of the graduate and professional students at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Graduate Assembly’s International and Undocumented Student Project (IUSP) seeks to improve the lives and experiences of international and undocumented graduate and professional students at UC Berkeley. IUSP works to advocate for international and undocumented graduate student interests in campus spaces, build networks of communication between the international and undocumented student populations and campus decisionmakers, and work to develop and support community activities to serve these students, to ensure their success in higher education and beyond.
Disabled Students Advocacy Project
The Disabled Students Advocacy Project (DSAP) seeks to improve the lives and experiences of academic and professional graduate students with disabilities, including but not limited to cognitive, mobility, sensory, psychiatric disabilities, or chronic illnesses. DSAP will work to build community amongst all graduate students with disabilities and connect them with resources for support available on campus. In addition, DSAP is a dedicated advocate for academic and professional graduate students and will represent their needs in the broader UC Berkeley disability community. In collaboration with campus partners, including staff of the Disabled Students Program (DSP) at the GA Wellness Center, DSAP’s advocacy efforts will focus on addressing the needs and concerns of the disabled students community to ensure their success in higher education and beyond.
The Womxn of Color Initiative advocates for and organizes programming for graduate womxn of color with the objective of fostering community and belonging at UC Berkeley. In particular, the Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC) is part of the annual WOCI portfolio. EWOCC aims to strengthen networks among individuals who identify as womxn of color and seeks to embrace folks of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, generations, sexual orientations, nationality, and physical abilities both in and outside of the academy.
The Graduate Womxn’s Project (GWP) is devoted solely to addressing the concerns of academic and professional graduate student womxn. GWP was first established in 1981 in response to an overwhelming demand for campus resources that would address graduate women’s personal, social, and academic needs. Since 1985, GWP has operated as its own independent project, organizing a range of activities and programs and advocating for graduate womxn’s concerns.
The Graduate Minority Students Project advocates for underrepresented graduate students in all aspects of academic life, monitoring all affirmative action policies and procedures as they affect underrepresented students. GMSP also provides direct services to underrepresented graduate students through social receptions, lectures, workshops and educational forums.
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Advocacy Project (SOGA) seeks to improve the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ graduate and professional students at UC Berkeley. SOGA works closely with other GA projects to initiate outreach targeting graduate and professional LGBTQ+ students. Additionally, they serve as an advocate for LGBTQ+ graduate and professional students, addressing specific needs and concerns of the community to ensure their success in higher education and beyond.
The Graduate Student Parent Advocacy (GSPA) Project Director advocates for student parents and develops programs to support their academic and personal success. Additionally, the GSPA Director provides feedback across all Graduate Assembly committees to ensure responsive standing guidelines, such as ensuring meetings and events are held at reasonable hours and are family-friendly. The aforementioned tasks serve to extend the reach and visibility of the Graduate Assembly addressing specific needs and concerns of the community to ensure their success in higher education and beyond.