Carnegie Mellon University

Internal Committees

GSA has seven internal committees headed by a GSA VP. Each committee focuses on different aspects of graduate student life, graduate student advocacy, and GSA operations.

Any graduate student interested in serving on a committee is welcome to join. If you’d like to join an internal GSA committee, contact the VP chairing the committee. The best way to get involved on an external committee is to contact the GSA VP of Internal Affairs.

The GSA External Affairs committee is charged with leading off-campus advocacy efforts to promote the interests of CMU graduate students at the city, state, regional, and national levels. External Affairs represents GSA to the world outside Carnegie Mellon by developing and maintaining relationships with external organizations including graduate student organizations at other universities. Further, the committee is responsible for maintaining the GSA Legislative Platform, and supporting it with research, advocacy and benchmarking efforts.

To join or inquire about the External Affairs Committee, please email our VP of External Affairs.

Whether it is bike racks, dining options, TA resources, or anything else, the Campus Affairs Committee (CAC) is working on the issues that concern graduate students here on campus. Meeting approximately one a month, the CAC has a lot of interesting and important projects for this year and we are always looking for new members.

To join or inquire about the Campus Affairs Committee, please email our VP of Campus Affairs.

The Academic Affairs Committee works around issues of academic policy both on and off campus. This includes course policies, academic integrity, and advisor/advisee relationships. They are also responsible for professional development and campus advocacy around things like conference funding. 

To join or inquire about the Academic Affairs Committee, please email our VP of Academic Affairs.

The GSA Finance committee reviews requests for special allocations of GSA funds and makes recommendations to the general GSA body. The main purpose of these funds is to support initiatives or events which significantly impact graduate students.

To join or inquire about the Finance Committee, please email our VP of Finance.

The GSA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee collectively amplifies the voices of, and advocates for, international students and underrepresented groups so that every graduate student has the full opportunity to thrive at CM. The GSA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee promotes awareness, engagement, and community building around diverse experiences.

To join or inquire about the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee, please email our VP of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

The Internal Affairs committee is tasked with connecting and training GSA representatives to create a more connected graduate student body. This committee additionally manages GSA connections to the University-wide committees, as well as oversees the upkeep of the Graduate Student Lounge.

To join or inquire about the Internal Affairs Committee, please email our VP of Internal Affairs.

The Graduate Student Life Committee enacts GSA’s goal to promote a sense of community for graduate students. The Graduate Student Life Committee discusses and makes decisions regarding event and activity planning.

If you are interested joining the Graduate Student Life, contact the GSA VP of Graduate Student Life

Graduate students also serve on a variety of other non-GSA committees at CMU. These committees deal with student government, campus environment, student services, and student health and safety. A full table of these committees is available here. If you’re interested in joining an external committee contact the GSA VP of Internal Affairs.