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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 (read 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


Current GAAC Officers 

Felipe Muñoz Castillo

I’m a Public Policy Ph.D. student in my third year at UMBC. Before coming to UMBC, I worked in Health Reform implementation and corporate process analysis and improvement. I’m interested in doing Public Policy research that is accessible and useful to the communities affected by the policies in question, and more specifically I’m interested in the evaluation of public-private partnerships.

Rebecca Dowling

I’m a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program. My research examines associations between early childhood classroom practices and emergent literacy and numeracy development.

Gina Lee

I’m a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, studying urban flooding in Baltimore.

Please find our latest myUMBC Group posts below!

  • 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
  • Tax Questions? Come ask!

    On-Campus VITA Tax Q&A Session
    Tax returns are due April 17!  The GSA/GAAC is partnering with the UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to provide a session where VITA participants will be available to answer your...
    Posted: April 6, 2018 12:56 PM
  • GAs, Win $500 – in FIFTEEN MINUTES

    Submit an entry to the campus Financial Smarts Contest now!
    If you already take steps to manage your finances, you’re almost done. Just make a post about a tool or process that you use to help you manage your finances on any form of social media,...
    Posted: February 19, 2018 1:42 PM
  • Disregard postcard about enrollment in health benefits

    Did you receive a health benefits postcard? Disregard it.
    Did you receive a postcard that looks like this? If so, disregard it. The postcard was sent to all individuals on the State's master payroll file, which includes Graduate Assistants. The State...
    Posted: September 19, 2017 11:07 AM
  • Welcome Back, Graduate Assistants!

    We at the Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee (GAAC) would like to give all graduate assistants (returning and new) a warm welcome to UMBC! For those that do not know, the GAAC is the body...
    Posted: September 6, 2017 8:47 AM
  • Success! Your participation in surveys saved you money!

    Thanks to your feedback, GAs keep insurance at no extra cost
    The Graduate Assistant Advisory (GAAC) council would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all the Graduate Assistants (GAs) that participated in the surveys or provided feedback over the past year on...
    Posted: August 6, 2017 9:41 AM