Legislative Affairs


The Graduate Student Association Legislative Affairs. 

Our goals:

1.     To be at the forefront of the legislative discussions and proposals that affect graduate students here at Western Michigan University and the nation, more broadly.

2.     To be able to effectively inform graduate students of pertinent legislation affecting graduate education and to advocate on their behalf and with their best interests in mind, at the local, regional, and national level.

Legislation that affects our graduate students is our main concern. Our advocacy efforts focus on five legislative areas:

•       Funding graduate education.

•       Open Access to Federally Funded Research.

•       Graduate-professional student loans.

•       Domestic re-validation of student visas.

  •     Tax Reform.

Want to make a difference? We need your help! Call or mail your representative in support of the current legislation:

·       Affordable College Textbook Act.

·       Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR)

Minutes for the special meeting regarding the executive order on immigration.

Proposed resolutions and amendments:

1- Non-assistantship stipend revision

2- Plant More Trees on Campus

3- Split duties of the Director of Outreach and Professional Development

4- Event and operational expenses funding cap increase

5- Name change resolution 

6- Non-assistantship stipend increase proposal

7- Name change resolution for the GSA Director of Legislative Affairs

8- Changes to the selection process of the Parliamentarian and Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs.


Tax Reform

See impact of current proposal on graduate students (2017) here.

Advocacy Events

In conjunction with the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, our Association advocates for your interests on the Hill! There are two main advocacy events, one in the fall and one in the spring. Check our web page for updates on next events!

Good news! We have won the Association of the Year award at the 29th National Conference. We competed with around 30 graduate student governments across the nation. The prize is awarded to the graduate student government that has contributed the most to their students on campus as well as serving for the betterment of all graduate students in the country.


29th National Conference


Your voice at Western Michigan University!