GSA advocates for graduate student needs on a daily basis, but much of it happens behind closed doors. We meet with the Graduate School once a month, and ask for meetings with anybody in the university administration on a needs basis. For example, if you have a problem with on-campus housing, with UB transportation, with one of your professors, or with the lack of services for your needs, you can come to us and we will find the right person to talk to about your issue.
Further, the GSA President can and should also advocate for larger issues, such as increasing TA/GA/RA pay, better parking, support for parenting students, more professionalization assistance from UB, more support for online and long-distance students, better integration for international students, and of course always oppose unjustified fee increases. If you have noticed an issue that UB and the GSA do not pay adequate attention to, please tell us! Maybe we are already advocating for it behind the scenes, or maybe we just haven’t noticed yet that the issue exists. Most importantly: get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know how to better serve you.