Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a student-run organization that seeks to advance the interests of over 3,300 UNC graduate students through the representation of their needs and support of activities central to their graduate education.

The GSA organizes the distribution of the largest pool of research and conference grant funding available to graduate students at UNC. Grant applications are received over four  grant cycles throughout the year. All grant applications are reviewed and scored by a volunteer committee of graduate students. 

The GSA is also tasked with contributing to the well-being of graduate students. The GSA coordinates numerous social and professional development programs, develops campus and community partnerships, appoints graduate students to campus committees and provides general support to UNC graduate students.

The GSA provides representation for UNC graduate students by appointing students to participate in various councils, committees, and advisory panels including:

  • Graduate Academic Appeals Board
  • Graduate (Faculty) Council
  • Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board
  • GA/TA Office Space Committee
  • Student Senate
  • Campus Climate Initiative Work Group
  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Research Day Planning Committee

The GSA is staffed by one 20-hour/week graduate assistant (the GSA Director) and a number of volunteer graduate students (GSA Council, activity coordinators, committee members, etc).

Graduate Student Input Needed

GA/TA Office Space Survey

GSA Campus Rec Usage Survey

2018 Events

Student Senate Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Panorama Room, University Center
GSA Director David Shimokawa will be present.

GSA Breakfast Club Meeting
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-noon
Location TBA (contact for location)
The UNC Graduate Student Association Breakfast Club is a monthly gathering of graduate students to enjoy breakfast and discuss graduate education. Students of all programs are welcome and the GSA Breakfast Club enjoys a diverse mix of graduate students of various ages, programs, ethnicities and professional backgrounds. Register for the GSA Breakfast Club here.

Middle Eastern & North African Club @ CIE Cultural Fair
Thursday, March 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lower level of the University Center
The UNC Middle Eastern & North African Club will be present to display information, food, clothing, souvenirs, art, and music from countries of that region. If any students would like to participate in this cultural display, please contact GSA Graduate Council appointee Amra Mohammed.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW)
April 2-6 (first week of April)
Inform your office/department of this special week! Interested in volunteering on this committee? Contact GSA Council Representative Dannon Cox.

Student Senate Meeting
Wednesday, April 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
Panorama Room, University Center
GSA Director David Shimokawa will be present.

Research Day
Thursday, April 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
University Center Ballroom & Suites
The UNC Graduate Student Association welcomes all graduate and undergraduate research presenters to this amazing annual event of scholarly excellence! Interested in volunteering? Contact GSA Council Representative Margaret Sebastian.

GSAW Sex Trivia with the Master's in Public Health Program
Thursday, April 5, 7-9 p.m.
Brix Brewery (813 8th Street, Greeley, CO. 80631)
Join the GSA and the UNC Master's in Public Health Program for food, friends, and sex trivia. Help celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week and National Public Health Week! Food provided by the GSA. Hosted by graduate students Grace Turner and Dannon Cox

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Party
Friday, April 6, Time: TBA
Cranford Cove (823 10th Street, Greeley, CO. 80631)

GSA Meetup: UNC Hawaii Club Lu'au
Saturday, April 7, 5-8 p.m.
University Center Ballrooms
Join your fellow graduate students at one of the longest-running, student-organized events at UNC. The GSA will be purchasing a handful of VIP seats available to graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. Stay tuned to the GSA Newsletter for reservation info. Questions? Email activity coordinator and GSA Council Representative Amanda Jacobs.

GSA Horseback Riding
Date/Time TBD
Sylvandale Ranch, Loveland 
Are there any graduate students interested in going horseback riding when the weather gets warmer this spring? A GSA activity coordinator is trying to determine interest in a two-hour, horseback trail ride at Sylvandale in Loveland. Cost for the activity would be approximately $65 per person. If interested, please contact to tell her you’d like to be on the notification list.

Getting Involved

The Graduate Student Association has a number of leadership positions available to graduate students. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to

  • GA/TA Office Space Committee
  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week Committee
  • Graduate Council Meeting Attendees
  • Research Day Planning Committee
  • GSA Intramural Sports, Team Captains
  • GSA Activity Coordinators
  • GSA Workshop Instructors

Fall 2017 Events

Welcome Back Mixer

GSA Social

City of Greeley Tour


Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Lunch at the Graduate School

Social at Stuft Burger Bar


Spring Welcome Back Social

Past GSA Events


March 8 Graduate Coordinators' Meeting
March 7 Safe Spring Break
March 7 GSA GA/TA Office Space Meeting 
Feb. 24 GSA Breakfast Club at Cranford Cove (photos)
Feb. 24 GSA Town Hall: Denver Campus
Feb. 20 GSA Town Hall: Greeley Campus
Feb. 17 GSA Yoga Class @ Sacred Space Yoga
Feb. 16, GSA Black Panther Screening at Greeley Cinemark (photos)
Jan. 27, GSA Breakfast Club at Cracker Barrel (photos)
Jan. 25, GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer at 16th Street Tavern (photos)
Jan. 19, GSA Spring New Graduate Student Lunch
Jan. 17, Intro to GSA Grants workshop


Nov. 30, GSA How to make an album workshop with SBST (photos)
Nov. 29, GSA meetup at UNC Holiday Dinner (photos)
Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Potluck with UNC Hawaii Club (photos)
Nov. 18, GSA team at UNC Military Challenge Race (photos)
Nov. 16, GSA Veteran/Military-related Research Symposium
Nov. 8, GSA Trivia Night at Broken Plow Brewery (photos)
Oct. 30, GSA Town Hall Meeting
Oct. 27, GSA Greeley Night Out at STUFT & Fritzler Corn Maze
Oct. 25, GSA flu shot clinic (photos)
Oct. 14, GSA Breakfast Club at IHOP (photos)
Oct. 11, GSA Trivia Night at Broken Plow Brewery (photos)
Oct. 5, GSA Zero Waste Sustainability Workshop by Brittney Morgan (photos)
Oct. 2, GSA BBQ at Veterans Services (photos)
Sept. 29, Middle Eastern & North African graduate student meetup (photos)
Sept. 16-17, GSA Estes Park Overnight Trip (photos)
Sept. 13, GSA Trivia Night at Broken Plow Brewery
Sept. 13, GSA meetup at UNC Taste of APASS (photos)
Sept. 13, GSA meetup at UNC Free Speech Panel Discussion (photos)
Sept. 7, GSA meetup at UNC DACA rally (photos)
Sept. 6, GSA meetup at UNC Cultural Services Extravaganza
Sept. 2, GSA meetup at UNC Football (photos)
Aug. 18, GSA meetup at Taste of UNC (photos)
Aug. 17, GSA City of Greeley Bus Tour
Aug. 16, GSA Beer in the Breezeway Mixer (photos)
Aug. 15, New Graduate Student Social at Broken Plow Brewery (photos)
Aug. 15, GSA New Graduate Student Lunch (photos)
Aug. 15, New Graduate Student Orientation (photos)
May 27, GSA meetup at CSU's BBQ Showdown in Estes Park (photos)
April 21, GSA Colorado Rockies Baseball Game (photos)
April 14, GSA Professional Development Lunch (photos)
April 7, GSA Graduate Student Appreciation Week Social (photos)
April 4, Graduate Student Appreciation Week Lunch at the UNC Graduate School (photos)
March 9, GSA/Campus Rec Strong Bear Powerlifting Competition (photos)
March 6, GSA meetup at UNC Jazz Thang at the Moxi Theater (photos)
March 3, Graduate Students at Biology Department Chili Cookoff (photos)
Feb. 14, GSA Bowling Night at Chipper Lanes (photos)
Feb. 6, GSA meetup at UNC CSC/PASC Dessert Bake-Off (photos)
Jan. 23, GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer at Weldwerks Brewing (photos)