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Student Governance

Your voice and opinions are important as a graduate student. Yale GSAS has 2 kinds of student governments to represent you:

GSA LogoThe Graduate Student Assembly (GSA

Represents Graduate School (GSAS) Students only

The GSA is an elected body of graduate students representing all departments and degree-seeking programs in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. The GSA works closely with Yale administrative offices to improve graduate students' academic, social, and living experiences at Yale. 

GSA-sponsored programs: Conference Travel Fellowship (CTF), Ask-A-Lawyer, Common Grounds, and more. See their website.

Yale GradCast (the new GSA podcast) has launched! Check out the first episode “Brainsss” on our webpage, subscribe to us on iTunes, and stay tuned for an exciting spring program on issues such as graduate student unionization, the Yale Corporation, the Endowment, and the music scene in New Haven and at Yale!

Here is the webpage:

GSA Common Grounds

We provide Yale GSAS students with vouchers to take a Yale GSAS faculty member out for a free coffee or tea, so that you can chat with him/her about your latest dissertation chapter, your budding idea for a paper, a conference you would like to attend, professional development or career opportunities, etc.

Each voucher entitles you to spend $6 on items of your choice at the following participating campus locations: Thain Family Cafe (Bass Library Cafe), KBT Cafe (Science Hill), Cafe at Becton, West Campus Dinning, and Marigolds (School of Medicine).

To request your free voucher, please send an email to from your Yale email address, indicating your name, program and year of study.

The following restrictions apply:

  •     This program will run until May 1, 2017.
  •     Each student is limited to 1 Common Grounds voucher until the program ends. In order to redeem the voucher at a participating location, a student must be accompanied by a Yale faculty or staff member.

GPSS LogoGraduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS)  

Represents All Yale Graduate and Professional School Students, including GSAS

The GPSS fosters interaction among Yale students through community service, social gatherings, academic and professional events, and enables official and unofficial student groups. The Senate also represents the graduate and professional student population on official university committees.

The Gryphon and Gryphon’s Pub: The GPSS oversees the management and operation of the Graduate and Professional Student Center at Yale or The Gryphon and Gryphon’s Pub, a night-time social center and student-run bar at Yale.

GPSS-sponsored programs: Regular GPSS Social events and parties, graduate student group funding and space rental, other events. See their calendar, Facebook pages and weekly email announcements.  

Information concerning activism and advocacy at Yale can be found at