GSA Committees

Committees function as the workhorse for the GSA as much of what we accomplish is through these committees. As a graduate student, you may be a member of any GSA committee without being an elected Council Representative. This provides the opportunity to become involved with GSA at a smaller level than what is required of a representative. For more information please contact the Internal Vice President.

GSA committees

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is in charge of both Fall and Spring Awards, including the Fall Graduate Poster Symposium but is not involved in the evaluation of the applications. Tasks include but are not limited to: recruiting faculty members to serve as judges, setting judging criteria per award, and organizing the Graduate Fall Poster Symposium.

Members: Andrew Jessani, Karan Mehtaji, Scott Dooley, Taissa Lytchenko

Email: gsaawards@unr.edu 

Clubs and Organizations Committee

Approves clubs for official recognition. Responsible for ensuring fair disbursement and proper use of club funding to help clubs hold events and further establish the clubs on campus.

Members: Ashna Parikh, Karan Mehtaji, Roshika Roshika, Taissa Lytchenko, Tania Akter 

Email: gsaclubs@unr.edu

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is in charge of setting up and hosting the presidential and general elections for the Graduate Student Association in the spring semester. Additionally, this committee will be tasked with keeping all graduate students informed on when elections, voting, and other events take place.

Members:  Fatema Azmee, Karan Mehtaji, Ryan Olsen, Tainlu Wei

Email: gsaelections@unr.edu

Events Committee

The Events Committee is in charge of coordinating GSA events such as the Welcome Back Social, Fall Social, Pub n Sub Social, and Spring Awards Banquet. Tasks include but are not limited to: planning the event (location, theme, food, and drinks), organizing volunteers, and promoting the event.

Members:  Arturo Macias Franco, Fatema Azmee, 

Fatema Azmee, Arturo Macias Franco, M iffat Hasan, Taissa Lytchenko, Frank Pulciano 

Email: gsaevents@unr.edu

Judicial, Budget, and Finance Committee

Reviews and amends the Constitution and Bylaws when needed. This committee is chaired by the Internal Vice President of GSA. GSA policies are also reviewed by this committee. The GSA Budget is determined at the beginning of the school year by this committee. The approved budget is presented to the council by the senior advisor at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Members: Anu Ogunleye, Emily Crivello, Fatema Azmee, Sampada Karandikar, Tania Akter

Email: gsabudget@unr.edu

Service Committee

This committee seeks to give back to the University and the greater Reno community in a variety of ways. Tasked with the coordination and implementation of a day of service, in addition to other service opportunities throughout the school year such as clothing drives.

Members: Alec Brennan, Emily Crivello, Jade Connor, Nick Kimutis, Ryan Olsen

Email: gsaservice@unr.edu

Student Advocacy Committee

Tackles issues that affect the student body that doesn’t explicitly fit within other committee scopes.

Members: Adea Badivuku, Monika Bharti, Matthew Hawn, Sampada Karandikar

Email: gsasac@unr.edu

University Committees

In addition to serving on internal GSA committees, each Council Member represents fellow graduate students by serving on at least one University committee alongside faculty.

  • ADA Plan Review (Taissa Lytchenko)
  • Counseling Services Advisory Board (Andrew Jessani)
  • Cultural Diversity  (Frank Pulciano)
  • Faculty Diversity  (Arturo Macias Franco)
  • JCSU Advisory Board (Ashna Parikh, Fatema Azmee)
  • JCSU Retail (Karan Mehtaji)
  • Performance Arts (Adea Badivuku)
  • Queer & LGBT Advocacy Board (Nick Kimutis)
  • Status of Women (Tania Akter)
  • Student Fee Review (M iffat Hasan, Ryan Olsen)
  • Silver Paw (Tianlu Wei)
  • Tech Fee (Scott Dooley)
  • Title IX (Monika Bharti)