GA Internal Committees

The Graduate Assembly’s internal committees are established in its bylaws. These committees address issues relevant to the internal and external workings of the Graduate Assembly as well as the internal and external workings of UC Berkeley.

Executive Board
Chaired by: President

The Executive Board is a coordinating body that ensures that all aspects of the Graduate Assembly are informed of ongoing matters and that the members of the Graduate Assembly support one another in their individual or joint efforts. The Executive Board may act on behalf of and not as the Delegate Assembly on matters of immediate concern when the Delegate Assembly is not in session. Matters of immediate concern are those matters on which the Delegate Assembly would normally take action but which require urgent attention, and those matters for which the financial or legal circumstances have changed significantly since the last Delegate Assembly session. Urgent is defined as requiring action to prevent or respond to legal or physical harm…

Campus Affairs Committee
Chaired by: Campus Affairs Vice President

The Campus Affairs Committee shall aid the Campus Affairs Vice President in studying and making recommendations to the Delegate Assembly on issues related to campus policies and procedures. It shall also assist the Campus Affairs Vice President in organizing, recruiting, and planning efforts that are the responsibility of the Campus Affairs Vice President.

Equity and Inclusion Committee
Chaired by: Vice President of Equity and Inclusion

The mission of the Equity and Inclusion Committee is to advocate for equity by providing, advocating for and supporting programs and services that lead to academic access and success for students, pathways to leadership and advancement for graduate and professional students, building equitable structures with campus partners, and closing opportunity gaps for our most marginalized groups. The E+I Committee works closely with the GA Project Directors, the GA Wellness Center, and various campus partners. Goals for 2019 – 2020: Launch of the Student Opportunity and Success (S.O.S.) Fund. Work with campus partners to establish a clear vision for graduate and professional student diversity retention and recruitment. Create a list of, and platform for, first-generation faculty and staff to bolster mentorship and…

External Affairs Committee
Chaired by: External Affairs Vice President

The External Affairs Committee shall aid the External Affairs Vice President in studying and making recommendations to the Delegate Assembly on issues and developments of concern to graduate students on the local, system-wide, state, and national levels. It shall also assist the External Affairs Vice President in organizing, recruiting, and planning efforts that are the responsibility of the External Affairs Vice President.

Budget Committee
Chaired by: Vice President of Finance

The Budget Committee shall formulate and recommend to the Delegate Assembly, after consultation with the President and each area of the Graduate Assembly, the general allocation of all Graduate Assembly funds; in particular, this includes the annual budget. Its recommendations shall incorporate the Graduate Assembly’s sustainability policy. It shall also monitor the implementation of the budget throughout the year. In addition, included in its procedures shall be procedures governing financial decisions of the Graduate.

Funding Committee
Chaired by: Sara Wichner, Funding Officer

The Funding Committee shall make recommendations to the Delegate Assembly on how to allocate the funds under the authority of the Graduate Assembly. The goal of such recommendations shall be to improve the quality of graduate student life by supporting individual graduate students, departmental activities, and graduate student groups. The Funding Committee meets monthly to discuss funding applications submitted by graduate student organizations and potential improvements to the funding process. If you are interested in attending, please email the Funding Committee chair at funding@ga.berkeley.edu.

Rules Committee
Chaired by: Rules Officer

The Rules Committee shall monitor the internal actions of the Graduate Assembly to ensure that they comply with the Charter, the Bylaws, and any Memoranda of Understanding between the Graduate Assembly and other entities. It generally shall include proposing changes to the Charter, these Bylaws, and any Memoranda as well as deciding disputes regarding the Charter and the Bylaws. The Rules Committee shall conduct an annual review process of the Bylaws and all Memoranda. The Rules Committee may make recommendations to the Delegate Assembly regarding what corrective and, if necessary, disciplinary action should be taken against members of the Graduate Assembly who, without good cause, knowingly violate the Charter and the Bylaws.

Faculty Mentor Awards
Chaired by: President

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA) honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting graduate students. A committee of Delegates selects and presents awards to three faculty members each Spring. See the Faculty Mentor Award page for award criteria, a list of past winners, and the application form.