Get Involved and Build Community with the Graduate Assembly Published: September 16, 2018 By: Andy Sohn Opportunities to Serve on Campus Committees, Apply for Graduate Student Group Funding, and Announcing Grad Bay Cruise 2018 The Graduate Assembly Turns 50 Years Old The Graduate Assembly is the celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year. The mission of the Graduate Assembly is to improve the lives of University of California, Berkeley graduate students and to foster a vibrant, inclusive graduate student community and is the official representative body of the graduate and professional students at the University of California, Berkeley. The fundamental principles of the Graduate Assembly are the promotion of a vibrant student social life, inclusiveness, activism, community service, educational improvement, and professional development. Consider Representing Graduate and Professional Students on Administrative Committees More than 50 campus administrative committees inform how the university is governed and make important decisions affecting graduate and professional students. Many committees offer a representative to graduate and professional students. Graduate and professional student access to funding opportunities, spaces allocation, affordable housing, other important resources including mental health resources, and campus policies such as student conduct or policing, depend on graduate and professional student input. A full list of administrative committees is posted here. The Graduate Assembly nominates or appoints graduate and professional students to campus administrative committees and provides training and support to be an effective committee representative. Please use this form to indicate your interest. Apply for Graduate Student Organization Funding Graduate and professional student groups registered with the LEAD Center as Registered Student Organizations are eligible to apply for funding for organization meetings and events, grants for programs or conferences, and publications. For the Fall of 2018, the deadline to apply for many funding categories is September 20, 2018. Applications are submitted through CalLink. Be sure your student group applies for funding. Additional information is available on the Graduate Assembly funding website. Graduate Assembly’s Graduate Social Club Grad Bay Cruise October 13 The Graduate Assembly’s Graduate Social Club organizes an annual evening gala to celebrate the graduate and professional student community. This year’s Grad Bay Cruise will occur on October 13 aboard the San Francisco Belle for a cruise on San Francisco Bay. The cruise includes dinner and refreshments. Tickets are available now, with a limited early bird discounted price of $63 for UC Berkeley graduate and professional students. For more information, see the Facebook Event page or purchase tickets using Eventbrite.