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Take the Lead: GPSG Elections - Candidate Applications Due April 13

GPSG 2021 Elections

 Now's your chance to share your vision, talents, and energy to represent and advocate on behalf of all graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa! GPSG elections for officer and committee chair positions will be held virtually on Sunday, April 18, 2021, starting at 6pm. All candidate applications are due by 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, April 13.  

GPSG Positions 

The following officer and chair positions will be elected (see bulleted list below). Click here to view the GPSG Constitution and scroll to pages 5–8 to read the position descriptions for each.

President/VP - In accordance with GPSG's Constitution, the role of the President and VP are to alternate between a graduate student and professional student. For the 2021–22 year, the President shall be a graduate student and the VP shall be a professional student. Dual degree students (such as MD/PhD or JD/MPH for example) may satisfy conditions as both a grad and professional student. 

However, in the case where no student a part of the priority category (graduate or professional) for the term applies, students from the other category will be considered. For example, if no professional students have applied for Vice President by the time candidate applications are due, graduate students who have applied for the position may be considered. 

 In short: graduate students can apply for Vice President, but acknowledge their candidacy will not be considered unless no professional students have applied and are able to fulfill the role. Likewise, professional students can apply for President, but acknowledge their candidacy will not be considered unless no graduate students have applied. 

If you have questions related to this, please contact mackensie-graham@uiowa.edu.

Terms - Terms for all officer and committee chair positions run from May 2021 through April 2022.

Stipend - All positions receive a small stipend in exchange for active service. FY21 budget allocated $500/semester to committee chairs; $750/semester to directors and GPAC chair; $1,500/semester for president and vice president. 

Click on the following positions to see who is the current office holder. 

Candidate Application

All candidates interested in running for a GPSG officer or committee chair position must submit this short candidate application. Candidates can apply for the multiple positions with a single application. Applications are due by 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 

Important Dates

GPSG Info + Q&A Session #1

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 8–9pm CT 
Zoom Meeting ID: 976 9977 5433

Optional meeting for prospective candidates to speak with current officers and committee chairs, learn more about GPSG, and explore what each role specifically entails. (Note, both info sessions will be similar; if you are interested in running for a position there is no need to attend both.)

GPSG Info + Q&A Session #2

Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ 11am–12pm CT 
Zoom Meeting ID: 976 9977 5433

Optional meeting for prospective candidates to speak with current officer and committee chairs, learn more about GPSG, and explore what each role specifically entails. (Note, both info sessions will be similar; if you are interested in running for a position there is no need to attend both.)

Candidate Application Due

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 11:59pm CT 

Candidate applications due 4/13

Link to candidate application form

Candidate bios will be made public on the morning of Wednesday, April 14.
Meet the GPSG Candidates

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 7–8pm CT 
Zoom Meeting ID: 976 9977 5433

GPSG Meet the Candidates Header

This session open to all graduate & professional students to meet the GPSG candidates and ask questions. Note, if a candidate is unable to attend, they will contact Mackensie Graham at mackensie-graham@uiowa.edu in advance and provide a short video to introduce themselves and explain what position(s) they're running for and why.

If you are unable to attend the session or simply want to submit your question(s) in advance, submit your question(s) here: https://forms.gle/jhtRLD6UM7fP1YYk7 (You can choose to include your name and college/program, or opt to remain anonymous.) Moderators will include these questions in the Q&A; time limitations may apply so that all questions may not get asked. Share the event with your network on Facebook!

GPSG Elections

Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 6pm CT 

Zoom Meeting ID: Will be sent out via Outlook to all candidates and current GPSG members


Candidates should expect to be given a certain amount of time to give a statement and answer questions from the current GPSG board. Current GPSG delegates, representing the seven member governments, vote for next year's officers and committee chairs. Elections for positions will occur in the following order:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Cabinet Director
  • Finance Director
  • Communications Director
  • Grants Director
  • GPAC Chair
  • DEI Chair
  • Interprofessional Chair
  • Government Relations Chair
  • Health & Safety Chair 
  • Sustainability Chair
Inauguration

Sunday, May 2, 2021 @ 3–5pm
Zoom Meeting ID: Will be sent out via Outlook to all incoming and outgoing GPSG team members

GPSG and USG will hold a virtual joint inauguration for all incoming officers and committee chairs. This event will also recognize and thank all outgoing office holders and delegates. More info will be forthcoming. 

Questions? 

If you have questions for the current individual who hold the position you're interested in, find their contact information here. If you have questions about the election process, candidate application, or GPSG in general, contact Mackensie Graham (mackensie-graham@uiowa.edu). 

Accessibility Statement

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Mackensie Graham in advance at mackensie-graham@uiowa.edu or 319-859-5419. 

Human Rights Clause

In no aspect of its programs shall there be any difference in the treatment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification which would deprive the person of consideration as an individual. The organization will guarantee that equal opportunity and equal access to membership, programming facilities, and benefits shall be open to all persons.