Committee Meetings

Committees play an essential role in helping the GSA to advance the interests of the students. They allow GSA members the chance to work with each other, and side by side with administration toward bettering graduate student experience.   They are a chance for GSA members to work with each other, and side by side with administration toward bettering graduate life. As of now five of our committees have been established to meet this aforementioned goal.

Professional Development Committee

Along with representing graduate student interests across the university, the GSA strives to provide opportunities for its constituents to develop professionally as well as academically. The goal of the Professional Development Committee is to find members of the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan community that can provide insight to graduate students each meeting, seek engaging discussants for midday panels at the MGRS, and host additional events for graduate students to develop professional skills.

Committee Chair : Eric Simpson

Members:

  • Lili Fishman
Next Meeting: TBD

Public Relations Committee

It is important that the GSA maintains a strong presence both on campus and online. The Public Relations Committee was formed to advertise GSA events at the University of Toledo, create a presence in the greater Toledo community, collaborate with other universities, and utilize other media resources (e.g., The Toledo Blade, Facebook, Twitter) to promote UT graduate students.

Committee Chair : Sammuel Owusu-Agyemang

Members:

  • Abolade Oladimeji
  • Geethika Liyanage
Next Meeting: TBD

Social Events Committee

The GSA is committed to providing networking opportunities for graduate students in both professional and social atmospheres. The Social Events Committee is tasked with hosting three events for graduate students every semester. These events can range from cookouts to movie nights, but the overarching goal is to bring graduate students from different disciplines together.

Committee Chair : Mitchell Haines

Members :

  • Alisa Nammavong
  • Sahar Atshan
  • Saloni Daftardar
  • Amit Chougule
  • Olivia Barone
  • Erica Loroff
Next Meeting: TBD

Research and Development Committee

This committee will be responsible for assessing the needs of the graduate and professional students at the University of Toledo and developing the tools required to advocate for their fulfillment. This committee will serve the purpose of discovering these needs through the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, this committee will serve the GSA in any other area in which quantitative and qualitative research methods can be used to improve programs organized and/or sponsored by the GSA.

Committee Chair : Ashlay Murray

Members:

  • Jaclynn Sullivan
  • Brianna Byllesby
  • Emily Van Wasshenova
  • Erin Vogel
  • Mandy Lautzenheiser
  •  Yekub Zaker
  • Badri Bhattarai
  • Gopal Dahal
  • Bipin Gaihre
  • Manali Roy
  • Xin Lv
  • Shane Close
Next Meeting: On November 1st at main campus-University Hall Room 6400 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Budget Review Committee

GSA allocates a portion of its budget to be used by colleges for student development. This includes symposia, guest lectures, research forums, etc. The respective departments of the college should submit a formal proposal for the budget of that event in order to request funds at the general assembly. The budget review committee will review these funding requests prior to the meetings and determine whether the proposal is justified and work with the requesting parties to bring to the General assembly.

Committee Chair : Suren Uswatta

Committee Members :

  • Nykolas Mekissia
  • Nam Tran

External Committee Affiliations

Not only does GSA serve on internal committees, but members also represent the student body by serving on a wide range of university committees.  These include:

University Committee

Primary GSA Representative

Secondary GSA Representative

Graduate Council

Eric Simpson

Jessica Sherman

Graduate Council Exec Committee

Eric Simpson

Jessica Sherman

Academic Standings Committee

Eric Simpson

X

Curriculum Committee

Eric Simpson

X

University Council

Eric Simpson

Jessica Sherman

University Council  Exec Committee

Eric Simpson

X

 Graduate Student Affairs Committee

X

X

Student Health Advisory Committee

X

X

Student Activities Committee

X

X

Student Health Insurance Committee

X

X

Student Advisory Board

X

X

 LLSS Technology Committee

X

X

Important Committee Links:
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