Voting

Voting begins Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. and concludes Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Cast your ballots online through the UNLV Involvement Center. Voters will be asked to login using their ACE account. You may vote remotely, however, electronic voting stations be available in the Graduate Commons, LLB 2141, until 5 p.m. on April 13, 2022.

2022-2023 GPSA Executive Board Officer Candidates

  • Running for President
    • Nicole Thomas
  • Running for Vice President
    • Godson Ebenezer Adjovu
  • Running for Treasurer
    • Drue Sahuc
  • Running for Secretary
    • Rosedaveia Howell

For more information about each candidate, please see the Announcements on the GPSA Home page, visit the Graduate Commons in LLB 2141, or email gpsaelections@unlv.edu.

About the GPSA

The Graduate & Professional Student Association is the student government for all currently enrolled graduate and professional students at UNLV. The GPSA is managed by the GPSA Council consisting of four elected officers, department-appointed council members, and the GPSA manager (administrative faculty). The four elected officers make the Executive Board which consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

  • GPSA Executive Board Elections Spring 2022 Semester Timeline
    March 12-27: Filing Period. Declaration of Candidacy Application Portal is open.
    March 28-29: Vetting of candidacy applications to confirm eligibility.
    March 30: Candidates for GPSA Executive Board announced by the Elections Commission.
    March 30: Voter’s Guide distributed to the electorate by the Elections Commission.
    March 30-April 13: Designated campaigning period.
    April 7-April 13: Voting. Vote casting begins at the conclusion of the GPSA Council meeting on April 7th (7:00 PM) and concludes at 5:00 PM on April 13th.
    April 20: Pending any outstanding election complaint hearings, election results will be certified (finalized) within one week after voting concludes and announced to the student body by the Elections Commission.

Eligibility

Anyone serving on the Elections Commission cannot run for GPSA Executive Board. Elections Commission members who decide to run for Executive Board must resign at least 30 calendar days before the filing period begins.

Candidates for the GPSA Executive Board must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and admitted into a graduate or professional program or graduate-level certificate program at UNLV
  • In good academic standing with the university
  • Cannot have any open student conduct investigations
  • Cannot be on academic probation
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Materials

The Declaration of Candidacy (application) and letter of support from a qualified advisor or faculty member stating your good academic standing and enrollment status must be submitted using the Candidacy Application link by March 27, 2022.

Applicant's resumes/CVs are encouraged, but not required, and will be included in the applicant's application packet.

Deadline to apply with all supporting materials is Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Faculty letters of support/recommendation are due the same day, Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. The application packet and any supporting materials should be submitted via the online application, by the deadline. This application and all supporting materials will be posted on the GPSA website and in the Graduate Student Commons.

Campaigning

March 30, 2022 - April 13, 2022, is the designated campaigning period for the Spring 2022 GPSA Executive Board Elections. Each candidate has the opportunity to make a campaign speech (three-minute limit) to the GPSA Council on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. The GPSA Council will meet in the GPSA’s WebEx Personal Meeting Room. Candidates unable to attend this meeting may prerecord their speech and submit it to the GPSA Council via gpsaelections@unlv.edu. Candidates unable to attend will forfeit their Q&A session post-speech from the GPSA Council and the public. Only candidates unable to attend the GPSA Council meeting on April 7th may submit a prerecorded speech. Additionally, candidates may submit a brief statement to be linked to their name on the ballot; send ballot information to gpsaelections@unlv.edu. The GPSA Elections Commission will add all information included in the Declaration of Candidacy application to the Voter's Guide and post it on the GPSA website and in the Graduate Student Commons, Lied Library room 2141, for the electorate to use when deciding to cast their vote. This includes faculty letters of support/recommendation and any other submitted supporting materials.

NOTE: Personal information, including NSHE, address, phone number, email, and any questionable misconduct will not appear on the public posting nor in the Voter's Guide. All potential candidates must review and acknowledge receipt of the 2022 GPSA Election Rules, found in the Candidacy Application.

Position Descriptions

Executive Board Officer – President

President: is the chairperson of the GPSA Council and Executive Board. This position is responsible for guiding the organization's vision and works closely with the GPSA Council to set goals for the year to achieve it. The President also represents the GPSA at the Board of Regents meetings and travels to other locations when the meetings are held outside Las Vegas (travel expenses paid by GPSA).  The President sits on a number of campus-wide committees, including the Graduate Council and the Executive Council, and speaks at various student orientations and other engagements. Due to impromptu requests (speaking, serving on committees, etc.) from different entities on campus throughout the year, it is highly recommended that candidates for this position have a flexible schedule. If all duties are fulfilled this position will receive a graduate student tuition wavier of up to 9 credits a semester, a monthly stipend equal to that of a graduate assistant, a GPSA Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: Summer - $4,500; Fall - $2,500; Spring - $2,500) and a GPSA $550.00 stipend for each semester. 

Eligibility:  Enrolled and admitted into a graduate or professional program or graduate-level certificate program at UNLV, in good academic standing, cannot have any open student conduct investigations, cannot be on academic probation, and must have previous experience on the GPSA Council or a GPSA Committee or as a previous executive board member.

Executive Board Officer – Vice President

Vice President: chairs the Sponsorship Committee which evaluates applications for GPSA sponsored funding. Sponsorship funding is allocated annually through the Ways and Means Committee and is intended to support student academic endeavors including research and conference travel, publications, and professional development. The Vice President serves on several campus-wide committees. The Vice President establishes priorities for sponsorship funding in conjunction with the Committee, the Executive Board, and the GPSA Advisor. This position also conducts a Sponsorship Funding workshop(s) to assist students with successfully applying for GPSA funding. The Vice President attends the Board of Regents meeting in the President’s absence and acts as President if the office becomes vacant. The Vice President also serves on a Graduate College Committee and other campus-wide committees. If all duties are fulfilled this position will receive a GPSA Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: Summer - $3500; Fall - $1500; Spring - $1500) and a GPSA $550.00 stipend for attending Council meetings. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall chair the Council.

Eligibility: Enrolled and admitted into a graduate or professional program or graduate-level certificate program at UNLV, in good academic standing, cannot have any open student conduct investigations, cannot be on academic probation, and must have previous experience on the GPSA Council or a GPSA Committee or as a previous executive board member.

Executive Board Officer – Treasurer

Treasurer: The Treasurer absorbs the fiscal responsibility of the GPSA. This position works closely with the GPSA Manager and Advisor for the organization's budget transparency. The Treasurer chairs the Ways and Means Committee which are responsible for approving budget appropriations and allocations recommended by the President, reviewing new programming budgets, and oversees the funding process for Graduate Registered Student Organizations (GRSOs). The Treasurer is also required to report on the organization's expenditures and revenues at each Council meeting. This is done through the Statement of Accounts report. The Treasurer serves on a Graduate College Committee and other campus-wide committees. During a Legislative year, it is expected that the Treasurer travel to Carson City to meet with governor and state legislators. If all duties are fulfilled this position will receive a GPSA Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: Summer - $3,000; Fall - $1,500; Spring - $1,500) and a GPSA $350.00 stipend for attending Council meetings. The Treasurer will fill the Vice President’s office in the event of its vacancy.

Eligibility: Enrolled and admitted into a graduate or professional program or graduate-level certificate program at UNLV, in good academic standing, cannot have any open student conduct investigations, cannot be on academic probation.

Executive Board Officer – Secretary

Secretary: is responsible for preparing and posting the agenda for each Council meeting within three (3) business days prior to the meeting, which is set by the GPSA President. The Secretary records minutes during GPSA Council meetings (and any relevant GPSA Committee meetings) and distributes the minutes to members for approval and public posting. The Secretary also maintains GPSA records and operationally works closely with the GPSA Manager and Advisor. This position is responsible for keeping roll call at the GPSA Council meetings, which determines the representative’s eligibility for their semester scholarship, and should have a strong grasp of parliamentary procedure. The Secretary is expected to have experience with Robert's Rules of Order and Nevada Open Meeting Law (NOML). Additionally, the Secretary is responsible for organizing GPSA events, activities, and communications, including social media, throughout the year. Major GPSA events include Rebel Homecoming (fall) and the Research Forum (spring). The Secretary serves on a Graduate College Committee and several campus-wide committees. If all duties are fulfilled this position will receive a GPSA Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: Summer - $2,000; Fall - $1,000; Spring - $1,000) and a GPSA $350.00 stipend for each semester. The Secretary will fill the Treasurer’s office in the event of its vacancy.

Eligibility: Enrolled and admitted into a graduate or professional program or graduate-level certificate program at UNLV, in good academic standing, cannot have any open student conduct investigations, cannot be on academic probation.

More About GPSA

The GPSA supports graduate and professional students’ academic endeavors. Providing an environment conducive to student scholarship and research is our primary goal. The GPSA strives to engender a sense of community among the graduate and professional students by offering financial support and fellowship.

Programming is provided throughout the year which offers funding, scholarships, various awards, and networking to students. The GPSA represents UNLV graduate and professional students at meetings of the Board of Regents, Nevada Student Alliance, and on campus-wide committees.

The GPSA maintains offices in the Student Union, the Gateway Commons, CBC, as well as a computer lab in the Lied Library known as the Graduate Student Commons.