The GSG mission is to enhance the University of Southern California graduate and professional student experience by serving as the face of the student body. To accomplish this, GSG is responsible for managing student resources efficiently, providing a voice for the student community, building a community that fosters interdisciplinary exchanges, and informing students about their rights, resources, and opportunities.Elected officers, senators who represent all schools and departments, and special interest committees tackle issues specific to graduate and professional students and provide venues for interaction beyond the academic realm. An Executive Board of 26 officers are selected every spring by the GSG senators and outgoing executive board members. The Executive Board oversees the daily operations of GSG and works closely with the Senate to promote graduate and professional student interests within the USC administration and academic departments.
GSG senators are elected by their peers in their particular academic department or school, and meet monthly to address issues and concerns of the graduate and professional student population. The Senate’s committees are made up of student volunteers and committee chairs elected within the committees. They provide GSG with special interest programming as well as the research and recommendations behind various advocacy initiatives.
Students participate in GSG and university committees, meet with administration and faculty to discuss issues of joint importance, and call upon the expertise of administration professionals who serve students. GSG continuously works closely with university officials in an effort to enhance graduate and professional student life. By establishing these close ties, GSG is better able to meet the needs of graduate and professional students.