Andrew Leisner, Candidate for President
Doctoral student, Physics, College of Science (full-time student)
Expected date of graduation: December 2023
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Biography and Candidate Statement
Hello! My name is Andrew Leisner, I am currently a doctoral student in the physics department and will be starting my third year in the fall. I have been a general assembly representative for one year. This past year, participation in the general assembly more than doubled. However, it often felt like there was not much to do outside of voicing complaints in monthly meetings. As president of GAPSA, I will work to increase engagement within the general assembly by organizing and leading campaigns with concrete goals that will give assembly members things to do. This will involve debating and voting on resolutions in general assembly meetings, hands on tasks for members to engage in outside of meetings and working with external student groups outside of GAPSA to increase the salience of GAPSA among non-general assembly members of the graduate student population. The first issue I would address as president is the coming tuition increase. I have already started working with several of next year’s officers on a campaign to make sure that all graduate students, regardless of department, will not be unduly burdened by this increase and make sure that all students have the resources and funding necessary to cover their needs. GAPSA, particularly the general assembly, has spent the last few years establishing itself as a legitimate institution that is to be taken seriously by the university administration. This groundwork was important to establish and now is the time to push forward with what has been built to achieve real change for graduate students here at GMU.
Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your probable availability for the 2022-2023 academic year, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).
Next semester, I will be finishing up my course work and begin preparations on my doctoral work. With academic work behind me, I will have more time to devote to the duties of GAPSA president. I will be available for the time required of me in that position.