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!

Opinion Poll : Collective Bargaining Bill

Thank you to everyone who joined the Town Hall hosted in the previous semester. And, We sincerely appreciate your thoughtful questions.  For those of you who couldn’t make it to our session,...

Posted: February 2, 2022, 4:15 PM

Collective Bargaining Bill - Listening Session : 1

Dear Graduate Assistants,   A collective bargaining bill is introduced in the Maryland General Assembly, every year. This year's Senate Bill 521 can be found here. If passed, would give GAs the...

Posted: December 6, 2021, 8:13 AM

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

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