Carnegie Mellon University

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. There are also external committees (i.e., committees not run by a GSA VP) that have graduate student members.

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 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.

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 once 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 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 CMU. 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 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.

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 Graduate Student Life Committee works to promote a sense of community for graduate students. The committee is in charge of planning and organizing GSA events and activities.

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

The Internal Affairs committee is tasked with onboarding and training GSA representatives, including maintaining the Rep Handbook and running the annual rep survey, which includes data for the departmental stipend report.

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

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. If you’re interested in joining an external committee contact the GSA VP of Internal Affairs.