GPSF debate focuses on inclusivity

Emphasizing the importance of including graduate students in student government, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation held a forum for its senate members.

The senate could not decide on any one candidate to endorse, and split the vote between Will Leimenstoll and Tim Longest, said Kara Parsons, vice president of internal affairs for GPSF.

Involving graduate students on campus

TIM LONGEST: “I want to create a voluntary graduate and undergraduate internship that will help graduate students prepare for careers.”

CALVIN LEWIS: He said he wants to hold student government forums for both graduate and undergraduate students so they can have a chance to voice their opinions.

“The key to getting graduate students involved is being visible.”

WILL LEIMENSTOLL: He said he would invite graduate students to orientation meetings.

“I want to figure out where undergraduate students can help graduate students and where graduate students can help undergraduate students.”

BRIAN MIN: He said he wants to hold student government accountable to graduate students and their interests.

“We need to strengthen communication and collaborate with graduate students.”

GPSF involvement in student government

LONGEST: He said he wants to meet with student body executives and graduate executives once or twice a week.

“We need to make sure there is a community in the student government.”

LEWIS: He said he would attend GPSF meetings and create specific executive meetings for graduate students.

“We should split the burden and I would come to one of your meetings.”

LEIMENSTOLL: He said he would invite the cabinet and executive officers of GPSF to the orientation meeting in the beginning of the year.

MIN: He said he wants a strong relationship between graduate and undergraduate students.

“I’ll come to your meeting or your office hours.”

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