Senators

Being a Senator

Senators are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings of the Graduate Student Council and to communicate the issues raised in Graduate Student Council meetings to their fellow students and program staff as well as communicating the concerns and opinions of their fellow students back to the Graduate Student Council.

As part of the responsibility to the graduate student body of TWU, senators are strongly encouraged to serve on committees when opportunities arise.

About the Senate

The voting membership of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is composed of one representative from each graduate degree-granting academic program at Texas Woman’s University. These recommended or elected representatives will make up the Senate of the GSC.

  • Each graduate degree-granting academic program will have the option of either recommending or electing the Senator representing their program.
  • The GSC meets seven times per year, September, October, November, January, February, March and April. All meetings are open to all graduate students. These regular meetings will take place beginning at 4:00 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month. Senators must be present either in person or via videoconferencing (from the Dallas and Houston campuses).
  • GSC Senatorial members serve two-year terms unless they graduate and are not able to serve a second year. A senator’s term begins in September and ends in August.
  • Senators/voting members are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings of the GSC, serve on committees if possible, and communicate the issues raised in GSC meetings to their fellow students, department, school, college as well as communicating the concerns and opinions of their fellow students, department, school, and college back to GSC.

How does a graduate student become a Senator?

We are working on populating our Senate now! So email us at gscounciltwu@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the cause. 

Graduate students who are enrolled for fall and spring semesters are eligible to serve on the GSC. Graduate students must be officially enrolled in the academic years in which they serve. Senators must be willing and able to attend the regular meetings of the GSC and to communicate regularly with other graduate students in their academic programs, department, school, and/or college.

  • Graduate Student Council voting members are elected or appointed by either the graduate students who are enrolled in the graduate degree program or the chair/director of the graduate degree-granting program. The graduate student organization, department chair or program director will send the name of the voting member to the Membership Committee Chair. This voting member will serve as the senator representing their respective program.
  • Graduate Student Council Senatorial members serve two-year terms unless they graduate and are not able to serve a second year. A senator’s term begins in September and ends in August.
  • If a Graduate Student Council voting member’s position is vacated for any reason, or if a member misses two consecutive meetings and does not arrange a proxy, the Chairperson of the Graduate Student Council, in consultation with the respective student organization or department chair will be asked to appoint a graduate student from that academic degree program to serve out the rest of the term.

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