Standing Committees

Standing Committees are 3 permanent committees necessary to run essential aspects of GSG. These committees are as follows:

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee reviews all funding applications that are submitted to GSG. Committee members ensure that applications are compliant with GSG funding policies and evaluate the appropriateness of the request in terms of its impact on graduate students.

Led by: Brendon Grabowski, Director of Finance – Approvals – gsgupcfi@usc.edu, Shirlene Wang, HSC Director of Finance – gsghscfi@usc.edu

Description under the GSG Constitution and Bylaws

  • Chaired by a Director of Finance; generally chaired by the Director of Finance–Approvals and/or the HSC Director of Finance, but may be delegated to a different Director of Finance as needed
  • Must have a minimum of 3 senators;
  • Reviews all funding applications for all RSOs for approval;
  • Provides feedback to the Directors of Finance on finance policies and procedures 
  • Assists the Directors of Finance, the VP of Administration, and the President with preparing and/or organizing the GSG budget for the following academic year, as needed.

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Review Funding Applications weekly
  • Audit multiple events that are funded at the discretion of the Finance Directors and/or committee
  • Meet once a month at the HSC campus with all other meetings at UPC in SKS 410 (or via Zoom) 

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

  • ~8-10 hours per semester. Must attend two 1-hour meetings and 2 audited events per month. Senators are expected to be a part of the finance committee for the entire academic year.
HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS (HSC) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) COMMITTEE

The Health Sciences Campus Research & Development Committee serves student interests on the Health Sciences Campus and acts in an advisory capacity for GSG on all related matters. They also assist with HSC-wide social and volunteer events and develop programming to promote and celebrate diversity on this campus.

Led by: Sam Garza, Senior Vice President –gsgsvp@usc.edu

Description under the GSG Constitution and Bylaws

  • Chaired by the Senior Vice President
  • Meets with HSC students a minimum of once per month to gather specific concerns of HSC students and inform GSG advocacy efforts
  • At least one HSC senator must be present; the senator may designate a proxy to attend in their place;
  • Assists the HSC Directors in planning, publicizing, and running events.

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Work with Student Affairs to outline the needs of HSC for the upcoming Student Affairs position.
  • Ensure safety is prioritized throughout the phased research restart.
  • Develop strategies to bring equitable university resources to the Health Sciences Campus, such as a designated prayer space, Campus Activities office, and resource centers.
  • Relay HSC-specific concerns from constituents at monthly meetings 
  • Assist with event planning and advertising 

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

  • Must attend monthly one-hour meetings and volunteer for at least one HSC event (e.g., event set-up/clean-up). Members must also help disseminate GSG information through student channels.
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Academic Affairs Committee will review proposed abstracts for the GSG Graduate Research Symposium. The committee should be selected from graduate students from diverse majors.  Tentative dates for the Graduate Research Symposium: Thursday, March 10, 2022 (UPC) and Friday, March 11, 2022 (HSC).

Led by: Dylan Wallis, Director of Academic Affairs – gsgacad@usc.edu

Description under the GSG Constitution and Bylaws

  • Chaired by the Director of Academic Affairs
  • Organizes the logistics of the annual Graduate Research Symposium such as finding judges, gathering applications and abstracts, and finding volunteers for the day of the event
  • Assists the Director of Academic Affairs in gathering student concerns regarding academic life at USC for the Director to bring back to the Executive Board.

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Senators will remotely review ~20-30 abstracts in their respective fields.
  • Help with planning and hosting GSG Graduate Research Symposium.
  • Identify and invite UPC and HSC judges composed of faculty members or post-docs.
  • The committee members should help on the days of the GSG symposium (UPC and HSC) with organizing and hosting the event. (Tentative dates: Wed March 10th (UPC) and Thurs 11th (HSC) 2021).
  • Consider additional programming to hold that would support the academic needs of the graduate student body.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

  • ~10-15 hours per semester. Remote work and/or help at the GSG Research Symposium (either UPC or HSC), Help with organizing and hosting the event on the symposium dates (monthly 1-hour meetings).

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees are committees that may be created at any time by an Executive Board member or at the request of a Senator (which must be seconded). These committees shall be temporary in nature and shall not last beyond the end of the Academic Year in which they are proposed. These committees may be proposed the following Academic Year to be reinstated. Each proposed Ad Hoc Committee must have a clearly stated purpose and clearly set forth tasks. This information must be submitted in writing to the President (KJ Queen, gsgpres@usc.edu) and the Senior Vice President (Sam Garza, gsgsvp@usc.edu). The creation of Ad Hoc Committees must pass a Senate vote.

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Led By: Naomi Joyce Rodgers, Vice President of Administration – gsgvpadm@usc.edu

Online Student Committee (OSC) 

Led by: Blake McCammon, Director of Virtual Programminggsgvrpr@usc.edu; Lita Mallett, Director of Virtual Accessibility - gsgvrax@usc.edu

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose

GSG and USC Student Affairs want to expand support and resources for USC graduate students enrolled in online programs. We are looking for a team of volunteers to represent the online student community and explore what it would look like to fully include online students in GSG programming and advocate for more online student support. Similarly, USC Student Affairs is seeking to expand and improve the resources currently available to online students. 

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Drafting a bill to amend the GSG governing documents to include online student representation.
  • Advocating for the concerns of online students.
  • Targeting programs for online students to attend.
  • Increasing accessibility for online students.
  • Connecting online students to the many supports, services, and programs USC has to offer.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

  • An expected time commitment of 1-2 hours per month
ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose

The Elections Committee will be dedicated to ensuring that the hiring process for GSG Executive Board members runs fairly and efficiently. Committee members will solicit and review applications from returning and prospective executive board members. The evaluation led by this committee will serve as the first round of assessment, and final hiring decisions will be made by the GSG Executive Board.

Led by: Cassandra Flores-Montaño, Director of Elections & Recruitment, gsger@usc.edu

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Encourage students to apply to serve on the GSG Executive Board.Evaluate candidate applications for the upcoming GSG Executive Board. This will be done remotely on an online platform.
  • Identify strong candidates in the evaluation process.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

All meetings will be held remotely. One mandatory meeting will be held in Fall 2021 to meet each other and establish expectations. Time commitment will be concentrated during Spring 2022 where committee members will be trained and work in teams of two to evaluate applications for the GSG Executive Board, the academic year 2022/2023. ~10 hours required in Spring 2022.

ADVOCACY TEAM

Led By: Esthelle Ewusi Boisvert, Vice President of Advocacy – gsgvpadv@usc.edu

DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose

The purpose of this committee is to analyze the most pressing issues related to diversity and equity on campus. The committee will develop university-based resolutions and drive the focus of external lobbying efforts in order to address the identified issues. The committee will meet twice throughout the semester to brainstorm strategies, focuses, and solutions to issues of diversity and equity on campus. All other work will be conducted remotely as members of the committee will work independently to develop and disseminate surveys, compile and analyze the results of original surveys and data from the Office of Institutional Research, and create university and external strategies.

Led by: Brad Jacob, Director of External Affairs – gsgexaf@usc.edu; Sana Khalid, Vice President, Programming - gsgvppro@usc.edu; Quinn Anex-Ries, Director of Diversity & Equity – Advocacy – gsgdiv@usc.edu

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Create and disseminate surveys to graduate student constituent populations to assess matters of diversity and equity on campus.
  • Analyze and report back on original survey results.
  • Collaborate on potential inter-campus virtual DEI events and initiatives.
  • Based on the results of the committee’s analyses, create university-based and external action items to be addressed by GSG.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

~5-10 hours per semester. Two group meetings per semester, the rest of work will be conducted remotely via google drive

CHILDCARE SUBSIDY GRANT AND EMERGENCY FUND SELECTION COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose

This task force will review applications and select awardees for the Childcare Subsidy Grant and Emergency Fund. Applications for the Childcare Subsidy Grant and Emergency fund are collected and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the semester.

Led by: Kate Vavra-Musser, Director of Campus Affairs - gsgcamp@usc.edu

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Attend a one-time in-person meeting to receive guidance on how the applications will be distributed among the committee, the grading timeline, and the grading criteria. This date will be scheduled contingent upon committee member availability.
  • Review and grade applications remotely.
  • All applications will be emailed to you so that you can grade them on your own time. 
  • Application evaluations and determinations will be emailed back to the Director of Campus Affairs

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

~5-10 hours per semester. 1 in-person meeting and sporadic review of applications remotely, on own time.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CONCERNS COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose

A safe space for graduate students at both UPC and HSC to raise concerns, identify common issues, and forge relationships between international and domestic students. The core purpose is to find and address issues and concerns faced by international graduate students, with the goal of creating a multi-culturally inclusive learning environment at USC for improving the overall education experience. 

Led By: Ramatoulaye Ouattara, Director of Globalization and Inclusion – gsggi@usc.edu

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Meet once a month to discuss existing concerns and issues facing the international student community from different schools and graduate programs.
  • Identify actionable initiatives that address and solve the above issues
  • Collaborate with the Office of International Services to advocate for the implementation of student-led initiatives.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

~5-10 hours per semester. The contribution will be primarily attending monthly committee meetings, communicating observed issues and concerns to GSG, advocating for international students, and helping plan activities and run events (e.g. International Student Appreciation Week) for integrating international students into the USC and American culture

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose
The Sustainability Committee will allow students a more direct medium for voicing sustainability-related concerns at USC. The committee will examine current and proposed initiatives to understand both areas of strength and areas with shortcomings to focus efforts. The committee will allow more student voices to reach the Presidential Working Group on Sustainability in Education, Research, and Operations through the Director of Sustainability, ultimately enhancing the University’s vision on sustainability. 

Led By: Alicia Vogelaar, Director of Sustainability –  gsgsust@usc.edu

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Examine current sustainability initiatives on campus.
  • Compare initiatives to those taken by fellow universities.
  • Create suggestions for sustainability initiatives.
  • Increase student influence as sustainability stakeholders. 
  • Collaborate on potential virtual or future in-person sustainability-related events.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

3-4 hours per semester. Each meeting will be 1 hour, the remainder being independent work and critical thinking about sustainability solutions for USC. The committee will meet every 2 months (roughly 2-3 times throughout the semester, as see fit) to provide ongoing discussions as well as updates about current initiatives and their progress.

PROGRAMMING TEAM

Led By: Sana Khalid, Vice President of Programming – gsgvppro@usc.edu

COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose
Members of this task force will assist the directors in creating, and recruiting for, both sustained volunteer projects as well as one-time volunteer opportunities. These projects will address issues such as homelessness, health equity, food insecurity, access to healthy food options, and access to equitable education.

Led By: Kalief Washington, Director of Community Service – gsgcs@usc.edu & Sheila Pakdaman, HSC Director of Community Service – gsghsccs@usc.edu

Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Create weekly or bi-weekly volunteer opportunities to assist the local community. 
  • Research specific advocacy talking points to address a variety of issues that can be brought before university, local, and state officials.
  • Support the Office of Civic Engagement on their projects as they expand their outreach efforts.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

~15 hours per semester. 75% of hour-long bi-weekly meetings and attending at least one outreach event.

SOCIAL PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

Description/Clearly Stated Purpose
This committee will assist the Directors of Programming in publicizing and staffing GSG social events.
Led by: Sana Khalid, Vice President of Programming – gsgvppro@usc.edu
Goals for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Check-in event attendees.
  • Assist with creating flyers for events.
  • E-mail different academic units/departments to advertise the event (including your own).
  • Work with the Director at each event at assigned stations or in a support role (e.g. contacting venue staff, making necessary phone calls, providing or holding on to important documents, etc.).
  • Generate ideas for novel social events.

Expected Commitment for Volunteers

  • ~15 hours per semester. Attend 2 events per semester as a participant. Assist with at least 1 large event and 1 small event per semester.