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General Information

The Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee (GAAC) was created in accordance with the University System of Maryland (USM) Meet and Confer policy. This policy facilitates formal discussions between Graduate Assistants (GAs) and university administration about employment issues such as compensation and benefits. For more information on what Meet and Confer means click here.

We listen to you and dialogue with the administration about any work related issues. We listen to you, we speak on behalf of you.

At present, the GAAC functions as a Standing (permanent) Committee of the GSA, providing a platform specifically for GAs to voice their concerns. We strive to productively work and coordinate with administrators to continue a good work environment and bring about positive changes for GAs. If you have any questions or an issue you would like brought to the administration’s attention, please contact us. 


Please find our latest myUMBC Group posts below!

  • Translating Your Graduate Experience

    What: Translating Your Graduate Experience  When: Friday, April 30th from 12PM - 1PM Where: Join Webex meeting ID: 1204868324 Password: rxdHTsvh   Graduate students have been gaining...
    Posted: April 26, 2021 1:28 PM
  • UMBC Position Statement on GA Collective Bargaining Bill '21

    Hello Graduate Assistants!   Every year, legislation is introduced in the Maryland General Assembly which would grant graduate assistants the right to collectively bargain.  We are writing to...
    Posted: April 12, 2021 7:03 PM
  • Upcoming GSA-GEARS Event Alert|| IDEATHON

    Gears bring you to our first of a kind event IDEATHON (how new problems or existing problems can be tackled better by using your unique idea) which is all about presenting your unique idea to the...
    Posted: March 29, 2021 11:11 AM
  • GA Handbook - Top 10 Important Facts for GA's

    The key Pointers every Graduate Student should know about.
    Whether you are a Grad Assistant or not, this key can help you with questions like your eligibility or your benefits.  If you have any questions about whom to contact in case of any concerns,...
    Posted: March 22, 2021 12:14 PM
  • Reaching out to Researchers at UMBC

    Hi Everyone, I hope this message finds you well. GAAC reaches out to research assistants conducting field research whose work has been impacted by the current pandemic situation. Please...
    Posted: April 16, 2020 12:27 PM
  • Credit Cafe

    7th April, Noon-2pm
    Hi All, Hope you all are staying safe!  Sharing an event's information conducted by FinancialSmarts@UMBC.  To build good credit, which will impact so much of your financial life, you...
    Posted: March 24, 2020 10:59 AM
  • UMBC Position Statement on GA Collective Bargaining Bill '20

    Analysis of risks of the bill on Graduate Assistants of UMBC
    Hello Graduate Assistants! Following is an update on the Graduate Assistant Collective Bargaining Fairness Act (House Bill 214/Senate Bill 0658).  This Act aims to provide collective...
    Posted: February 18, 2020 8:22 AM
  • GAAC Position Statement on GA Collective Bargaining Bill

    Analysis of Anticipated Risks & Benefits to GAs of HB 270
    Update for all Graduate Assistants, GAAC has completed an analysis of a proposed bill that would impact GAs at UMBC and other institutions of the University System of Maryland. It is HB 270,...
    Posted: February 27, 2019 10:12 PM
  • First Annual GA Health Week @ UMBC

    Feb. 26-28th
    Announcing GA Health Week! From February 26-28th, GAAC is sponsoring three events to connect GAs with resources on campus to help us survive and thrive during the challenging graduate school...
    Posted: February 8, 2019 4:29 PM
  • TA Orientation and Teaching Workshop

    All GAs Invited!
    Hello GAs,  Welcome back!... Or welcome to UMBC if this will be your first year here! Last year, GAs told us through the annual GAAC survey that many of us are looking to strengthen our...
    Posted: August 23, 2018 5:29 PM