GPSF President Dylan Russell said the organization is ready to be more than an advocacy body.
“I firmly believe that representation is best when it occurs locally, and so the more individuals you have that can represent their specific needs and constituencies, the better government I think we will see here at Carolina,” Russell said.
GPSF gave Student Congress a list of demands that resulted in — co-optation, which would change the student constitution to give GPSF more power while keeping it within student government, or a split. Russell said both plans will allow graduate students to gain representation.
“Separation works for us because we get to keep our structure, and we get to gain legitimate governing authority that Student Congress currently has,” he said.
The ballot petition needs 2,900 signatures, can be signed by both undergraduate and graduate students and must be completed by Tuesday.
Grayson Berger, chairperson of the Board of Elections, said the petition is required to make sure there is a demand for the change from the constituency.
“I think it’s possible depending how many people they get out there, how much reach they have and how interactive they are. But it will definitely be a challenge,” Berger said.
Russell said the group is trying to collect the signatures online and through meetings with students.