Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Graduate Students Association



Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Graduate Students Association


The association represents all members of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral program community. In its membership and leadership appointment through popular election, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or physical handicap.  The ELP Graduate Students Association, consisting of students, faculty and honorary members, holds regular open meetings and invites voting and non-voting member participation.


  • To promote critical dialogue, social justice, and transformative leadership in public education at the primary, secondary and post-secondary level in the greaterSouthCoastregion. 
  • To provide a forum for the open expression of student, faculty and community interests as pertinent to the afore objective
  • To endeavor to secure adequate funding for programs affecting curricular, extracurricular and educational partnerships
  • To coordinate the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program’s intellectual and political life with other student groups and organizations
  • To act as a liaison to the UMass community, the Commonwealth’s educational system and the government of the Commonwealth
  • To advance the platform of transformative leadership by recommending policy to the University, the UMass system, and the government of the Commonwealth


The E.L.P. Graduate Students Association represents any student who is currently registered with Cohort I or Cohort II of the E.L.P. doctoral program.  While other graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members and honorary members are invited to participate in open meetings, only students of the ELP program are eligible to vote in elections.

Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month, at 8pm, at 200 Mill Rd.Fairhaven.

All minutes from all meetings will be posted online on the E.L.P. program’s homepage.


Any student represented by the association and in good academic and judicial standing in accordance with the UMass-Dartmouth policy may stand for election to the ELPSGSA.

In order to run for any of the four elected positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) one must fill out nomination forms and solicit signatures from at least ten constituent members.

Te be elected, one must receive the most votes from one’s constituency.

Term limits for all elected positions are for one academic year.

In the event of a vacancy or impeachment, the association will appoint an interim officer until a proper election can be conducted.


Annually, the organization will select a faculty member who is willing to act as their advisor.