GPSG General Election 2018
Per The Elections Act (2017), the election of the GPSG President, Vice President, and Treasurer shall take place each April. All enrolled graduate and professional students at UNC Charlotte may vote online for their representatives at vote.uncc.edu during the specified window.
Online voting is open between April 19th at 9:00 AM and April 23rd at 5:00 PM. You will need to sign in to the vote.uncc.edu system using your NinerNET username and password.
Candidate for President -
4th year student in the Biological Sciences PhD Program
Hello, my name is Priyanka Grover. Currently, I study molecular signaling within Pancreatic Cancer as a doctoral student. I have been a part of the UNC Charlotte community for many years, starting as a volunteer. Currently, I am the President of the Association of Biological Sciences Graduate Students and a member of the Graduate Finance Committee. Previously, I was Secretary of ABSGS and a member of the Graduate Dinner Planning Committee. Through my time here, I have developed the insight and skills that I believe are necessary to lead GPSG as President.
I chose to run for President because there are certain issues students face that need a voice. My main platform would be the cost of fees. UNC Charlotte has the highest graduate fees in the entire UNC public system. We pay the same amount as undergraduates. As graduate students, our needs are quite different. We depend on our stipends to pay for our livelihood yet have to give back $3020 (as of the 2017-18 academic year). Fees are necessary to help create professional development programs, social events, and a variety of other agendas pertinent to the graduate school. However, we should be able to provide recommendations that would lower our fees by critically looking at programs that do not provide an advantage to graduate students. As president, I will recommend a graduate school wide survey. The survey will analyze the utilization of events, facilities, and other agendas by graduate students, especially those covered by our fees. Once we have gathered the information, we will present this to the university to provide data and initiative for a change. Decreasing fees not only provides relief for our current graduate students but also provides an incentive for potential graduate students to attend UNC Charlotte.
I believe we should also start focusing on graduate student housing on campus. For incoming students or for those who prefer to stay on campus, this provides a clear alternative to off campus apartment communities that cater to undergraduates. This will help cut costs for students by utilizing on campus transportation and providing the option of dining plans. On campus housing can also help foster a graduate life community within the campus, making it easier for the graduate school, and UNC Charlotte as a whole, to create a strong communicative relationship with its students.
Lastly, I would like to continue the efforts of creating a collaborative culture within GPSG. I propose a member of the GPSG executive board attend at least one meeting of every established graduate student organization. I want to make sure the graduate students of UNC Charlotte are heard in their own environment regarding any ideas or questions. I believe that this will establish a closer-knit network for our community.
I believe UNC Charlotte has given me so many opportunities. Now, I would like to be able to give something back as President of GPSG.
Candidate for Vice President -
2nd year student in the Counselor Education & Supervision PhD Program
I am the current Vice President of the Graduate & Professional Student Government. I have enjoyed serving in this role, as such has provided the opportunity to not only represent the graduate & professional student body, but to also get to know people within the student body and across the university. Being a graduate student, we tend to stay within our programs and never connect with our colleagues in other disciplines. This position has provided that opportunity. The fact that I get to serve while making these connections is a plus.
Serving in this role has provided a new perspective on the plight of the graduate student, especially international and master's level students. I started out with my current position wanting to increase the presence of GPSG on campus and to increase the interdisciplinary presence within GPSG. While I feel we (as a Board) have made strides in this area, I believe there is more work to be done. I hope to continue the work of this current Executive Board in making a mark on UNC Charlotte's campus and reformatting the policies and procedures of our governance to better suit the needs of all graduate & professional students.
Candidate for Treasurer - Pady Doroodchi
2nd semester student in the Public Health Masters Program
My name is Pady Doroodchi. I am in my first yea as a MPH graduate student at UNCC. I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Public Health in 2016. I am currently the Secretary for GPSG for the academic year of 17-18. My experience as a leader on campus both in undergraduate and graduate has given me skills to become the leader and advocate I am today. Currently, I work in the Office of the Dean - CHHS by balancing budgets on various grants. I truly believe that graduate students make UNCC a better place for all faculty, staff, and students. As the treasurer, I will continue advocate to resolve the issues that graduate students face on a daily basis.
2017-2018 Elections Timeline:
- December 1, 2017: The Elections Committee application opens
- February 26, 2018: Candidacy application opens
- March 2: First Elections Committee meeting
- March 16, 2018: Candidacy application closes
- March 23, 2018: Second candidate deadline
- TBD: CANDIDATE MEETING
- April 19 - 23, 2018: Ballots are open
- April 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM: Election Day Meeting
- Vice President
See position descriptions in the GPSG By-Laws.
NOTE: The positions of Secretary and Chief of Staff will be appointments by the new incoming Executive Board at the end of Spring 2018. See the application here.
Due to technology restrictions, this election will not be using the Ranked-Choice Voting system originally written into The Elections Act (2017). Instead, it will be a Winner-Take-All system, in which the candidate with the most votes shall win the office. There will be no run-off election. GPSG hopes to return to the Ranked Choice Voting system in the 2018-19 election after addressing the technology issues.