Student Government and Departmental Organizations

Graduate students can express themselves, and participate in shaping the quality of their graduate school experience, in a variety of ways.  Among them is involvement in student government and university-wide and GSAS graduate departmental student organizations, including but not limited to, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Graduate Students of Color Network (GSCN). If you wish to join or learn more about NYU registered student clubs and organizations, visit the Office of Student Activities online.

The Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is comprised of representatives from student organizations associated with the departments and programs of GSAS. Meetings of the GSC are generally held every month during the academic year. Student representatives are required to attend but all members of the GSAS community are welcome.

The GSC serves as a forum to address the interests of graduate students at both the GSAS and University level and aims to build a stronger sense of community among GSAS students. GSC officers attend various administrative and policy-making meetings of the University to provide student contribution and representation. The most important of these are the University Senate, the Student Senators Council, and the University Committee on Student Life. In addition, the GSC initiates projects that benefit the graduate student community and offers grants to departmental organizations to support initiatives that augment students¡¦ academic experience at NYU including student journals, lectures and conferences.

Each year the GSC elects an Executive Committee, composed of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Senator and Alternate Senator. Click here to vote for the 2009- 2010 GSC Executive Board.

The Executive Committee is responsible for representing the GSC at various University Committees, allocation of funds through grant applications submitted by departmental organizations, and running the business of the Council between meetings. The committee has regular meetings with Dean Stimpson and Associate Director Israel Rodriguez.

For more information, please call (212) 998-8060.  Students, program representatives, and all others, including administrators and faculty advisors, may join the GSC listserv, and receive updates and notices, by sending an e-mail from your primary e-mail account to:

Graduate Students of Color Network

The Graduate Students of Color Network was founded in 1998 by a group of students who felt the need to build a greater sense of community amongst all graduate students of color from every program and department in the NYU community. This created a forum where students could express and address the unique concerns and ideas of people of color.

The mission of the GSCN is to meet the needs of graduate students by providing a network of resources, a place for empowerment in which members can become involved within the organization as well as in NYU to develop personally and professionally. As such, the GSCN seeks to provide enriching and fulfilling opportunities for graduate students to enhance and further their career goals, empower each other, become activists for their beliefs and socialize with others.