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The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA): Advocacy by students, for students

May 15, 2017

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the democratically elected student government at Yale that advocates on behalf of all students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Representing around 3,000 students across more than 60 departments, the GSA advocates on many issues relating to graduate student life at Yale and in New Haven. In particular, we have focused our efforts on improving access to mental healthcare, advocating support for graduate students with children, and making sure the shuttle system is an easy and reliable way to move around campus.

In addition, we have had the opportunity to work on many projects that improve graduate student life here at Yale. Last year, we helped to secure extended gym hours and encouraged the university to institute a pilot program to extend library hours based on the success of the extended gym hours project. We have also played a major role in the reimagining of the Hall of Graduate Studies into 320 York, a hub for the humanities, sending two GSA representatives to the university committee for this project. Our advocacy efforts have also helped encourage the university to build a new apartment-style dorm building on campus, the construction of which began late last summer.

This year, we have also started a project to better communicate with the students we represent: Yale GradCast, a podcast on issues pertaining to graduate student life at Yale and in New Haven. Check out our episodes here:

The GSA looks forward to advocating on your behalf in the near future! In the meantime, check out our website at for more information on our work, and feel free to email with any questions you may have.

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