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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!

  • 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
  • GA Insurance - Update

    GAs, Below are the questions that the GAAC provided to the Graduate School and UHS so that we can all better understand the impact to us of the Aetna Student Health insurance rates for UMBC not...
    Posted: July 26, 2018 2:26 PM
  • **** GA Health Insurance Enrollment****

    GAs Who Receive Insurance Through UMBC
    GAs,   This morning you may have received an email from your departments regarding the Graduate Assistant's health insurance plan. The email communicated that the State of Maryland has not...
    Posted: July 23, 2018 10:05 PM
  • Grad Assistant Survey Reminder

    15 minutes to have your voice heard
    UMBC Grad Assistants: If you haven't done so yet, please take 15 minutes to complete the Graduate Assistant end-of-year survey. Data collected will help us target our efforts to better...
    Posted: May 29, 2018 2:34 PM
  • EoY GAAC Survey

    End-of-Year Survey for UMBC GAs
    Hi, The end-of-year GAAC survey is here. You are receiving this message because according to our records, you are a GA at UMBC. The GAAC is the Graduate Assistant Advisory Council at UMBC....
    Posted: May 2, 2018 10:35 PM