Graduate Student Government Fall 2018 Newsletter – Welcome!

August 30, 2018

Dear all new and returning Graduate Students ~

Graduate Student Government (GSG) would like to welcome you home to USC and to the new academic year! We hope that you have had a successful first week of classes for this fall semester.

GSG is a student-run organization that works everyday to improve the USC experience for all graduate students. Please find attached our semesterly newsletter, which provides an overview of GSG, the programs we run, our advocacy initiatives for the year, and a few upcoming social events. We also provide contact information and important links, including how to sign up for our weekly newsletter so that you can stay up-to-date on events, policies, and services throughout the year.

Regarding the series of instances of sexual violence and poor management culture at USC revealed within the past year and the University’s plan to identify a new president this semester, the GSG Executive Board has repeatedly and persistently requested that there be student representation within decision-making bodies — particularly a spot in the Presidential Search Advisory Committee — as well as a permanent position among the Board of Trustees. However, the Board has denied us a seat at the table, even though students have been impacted the most by the recent scandals, and peer institutions, including Stanford, Princeton, Duke, Northwestern, Dartmouth, and NYU, have recently involved students on their own committees.

In short, the Board of Trustees has voted to exclude students and staff on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee this fall.

GSG and Undergraduate Student Government (USG) will continue to push for a more significant student voice in the governance and management of USC to ensure that we have a meaningful say in the direction of our University and the moral and ethical values of the Trojan Family. Any student with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the lack of student representation may directly contact Chairman Rick Caruso at

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about GSG and the many services that we provide! We hope you have a wonderful semester, and as always, Fight On!!

GSG Newsletter

Published on August 30th, 2018

Last updated on February 4th, 2021