The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is a student government organization at Columbia University. Our membership consists of student-elected departmental representatives from the 61 Ph.D. and 48 M.A. programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
GSAC has two critical roles. First, we facilitate communication between graduate students and administrators. We believe that graduate student concerns -- housing, campus and study space, computer services, health care, stipends -- are interconnected. Taken as a whole, these issues affect our standard of living and our academic lives, influencing our ability to fulfill teaching and research duties.
Second, we sponsor social, cultural, and academic events, as well as workshops to improve the quality of life for graduate students. Our events offer students from different departments the chance to socialize and learn from each other. The frequency and variety of events we sponsor point to our strength as an organization: we create a network of resources for graduate students within the university.