This semester we are holding a special election. The current graduate trustee is graduating and therefore unable to fulfill the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semester of the term. The person elected in this special election will fulfill the balance of this term. Another election will be held in Spring 2020 to elect a graduate student to serve for the next two year term (Fall 2020- Spring 2022). School of Social Work Graduate Students will also be able to vote on a Constitutional Referendum for the Graduate Student Organization.
About the Graduate Trustee
There are two student representatives to the Board of Trustees, a representative of undergraduates and a representative of graduate and professional students.
• For the term, attend all meetings of the Board and meetings of Committees to which they have been assigned.
• Prepare for meetings beforehand by contacting affected parties prior to meetings to discuss questions and answers you or they may have.
• Vote on every resolution after careful consideration of the possible effect on both the students and the University.
• Be professional, ethical and responsible in personal behavior. Students look up to you. Be worthy of their respect.
• Advocate for the University as a whole, and particularly as a student. Advocate for the long-range good of the whole.
• Be accessible to the students, the general public, attend functions and events. Stay informed of issues by becoming acquainted with as many people as possible who are associated with the University.
• Be accessible to the media, but always vigilant to present views fairly.
• Establish and maintain regular contacts with regional campuses and professional schools. Remind students that they have a voice through you.
• Communicate on a regular basis with students, faculty, and staff.
• Maintain the confidentiality of executive session discussions and materials and other sensitive matters. Never betray a confidence.
• Be an enthusiastic supporter of the University, and advocate on its behalf at all times.
• Vow to make the experience of representing the students a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
• Must be a full time student at the University of Connecticut while holding this position (as per Connecticut state law).
• Must be in good academic standing.
• Must not be on conduct probation or suspension while a candidate or while holding the position.
For more information about the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, visit http://boardoftrustees.uconn.edu/
Graduate Trustee Candidates
One initiative that I have been working on with the previous Trustee, is expanded parking privileges for graduate students. I have lobbied the UConn administration on this issue, and there has been progress. Other initiatives involve increased resources allocated for graduate students, in the form of travel funds, research grants, and other financial support infrastructure. When Sam took a military leave-of-absence in January 2019, I began attending BoT meetings to ensure that there was a graduate student present at these meetings and to ensure that graduate student interests are recognized. My attendance at previous BoT meetings demonstrates that I already have a working background history and nuanced understanding of many contemporary issues. In addition, in my capacity as President of the GSS, I have regular contact and a great working relationship with the university administration. I have shown a willingness to advocate for graduate student interests during my presidency of the GSS, as well as a demonstrated advantage in that I have attended all BoT meetings since January 2019. If I am elected to the BoT as the Graduate Student Trustee, I will continue to advocate for all graduate students on all UConn campuses.
Documents and Important Deadlines
Special Election Documents:
For an overview of the responsibilities of the position, detailed special election schedule and timeline, campaign rules, application and financial statement materials, Student Trustee Elections Committee (STEC) bylaws and members, please see the following STEC Packet.
More specific deadlines can be found in the STEC Packet.
- September 13, 2019 at 12:00 noon: Intent to Run Forms (Application Part 1) “Candidate Statement” and “Petition for Nomination” (Application Part 2) are due.
- October 1, 2019 at 12:00 noon to October 3, 2019 at 12:00 noon: Voting Period
- November 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm: Campaign Financial Statements and supporting documents due to the Storrs Campus, Department of Student Activities Office (Student Union, Room 209). Candidates may also submit all materials via fax to 860-486-1689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (if you fax or email, call 860-486-8151 to confirm that your application was received)
- November 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm: Deadline to submit alleged campaign violations, via email, to the STEC Chair: Krista.email@example.com