Structure & Representation

GSS Structure & Governance

The GSS is led by an Executive Committee comprised of six elected officers. The voting membership of the GSS is comprised of 16 Senators representing each of the UNH colleges as well as graduate housing. Each Senator is required to serve on at least one GSS committee. All matriculated UNH graduate students are at-large (non-voting) members of the GSS.

The GSS Constitution defines the rights, responsibilities, and structure of the GSS. Our Bylaws detail how the GSS conducts business, the rights and responsibilities of our officers, senators, and general members, and our election process.

UNH Graduate Student Senate Constitution & Bylaws (version approved 2 April 2016).

Internal GSS Committees

The GSS has several standing committees that deal with the everyday function of the GSS.
  • GSS Executive Committee: This internal GSS committee is comprised of the six (6) elected officers: President, Vice President, External Affairs Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, and Programs Coordinator. It is responsible for leading and overseeing the operations of the GSS and maintaining communication with the UNH Administration.

  • GSS Governance Committee: This internal GSS committee deals with the governance issues of the Graduate Student Senate, such as our Constitution, By-laws, and other procedural and logisitical concerns

  • GSS Programming Committee: This internal GSS committee is responsible for organzing all social and community service events for the GSS. Under the direction of the Programs Coordinator, the Programming Committee is in charge of coming up with new, fun, and diverse ideas for entertainment, trips, and service projects.

  • GSS Financial Affairs Committee: This internal GSS committee oversees the finances of the GSS. Under the GSS Treasurer, the Financial Affairs Committee reviews the GSS budget and oversees the annual review of the graduate student mandatory fees.

  • GSS Joint Committee on Advocacy & External Affairs: Under the External Affairs Officer and President, this internal GSS committee corodinates advocacy, interactions, and communication on-campus and with local, state, and national legislators, as well as any official responses to relevant legislation.

External Representation

Members of the GSS represent UNH graduate students on a wide range of committees and councils across the campuses and the USNH system. Below are some of the bodies in which GSS members participate...

UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors

Campus Recreation Building Committee

Campus Recreation Outdoor Pool Oversight Committee

Campus Recreation Steering Committee

Central Budget Committee

President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities

President's Commission on the Status of People of Color

President's Commission on the Status of Women

President's Commission on the Status of GLBT Issues

University Council for Inclusive Excellence & Equity

Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee

Faculty Senate University Curriculum and Academics Policy Committee (UCAPC)

Graduate Council

Health Insurance Advisory Committee

Healthy UNH

Commencement Awards Committee

MUB Board of Governors

NEASC Accredidation Committee

Planning Committee for the Carsey School of Public Policy

Space Allocation, Adaption and Renewal Committee (SAARC)

UNH Sesquicentennial Planning Committee

Transportation Policy Committee

University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees

University System Student Board (USSB)