BGSO is funded and recognized by the Student Senate and the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA).
BGSO members sit on several administrative discussions/meetings/committees around the campus, in order to help CMU promote diversity in its programs.
BGSO officers are elected once a year in late Spring, and unless someone steps-down or leaves CMU, the officer will serve his/her entire role for the school year. All positions will be open for election the following spring. Officer positions that are vacant are appointed by a majority vote from the executive board members.
Committees have been established to help promote member retention in BGSO and to get more individuals involved on planning events for both the BGSO and CMU campus communities. We encourage active participation, and invite you to join any committee that interests you. All committees are overseen by the Vice-President, however when necessary ANY paid member who is capable can chair a committee/event.
BGSO executive board members value suggestions and opinions that could reflect a more positive outcome of any experience.
Through the academic year, BGSO provides graduate students with cultural, academic, and professional support. BGSO inspires its members to be active leaders in both the CMU and Pittsburgh communities.
BGSO members represent various ethnic backgrounds and academic disciplines across the CMU campus. BGSO believes that under-represented students and faculty members deserve a voice in all aspects of academic life on our campus community. We are committed to support, service and fellowship.
1. We must SUPPORT ourselves in the continual endeavor to achieve success.
2. We must remain faithful to our cause and always SERVE those in need.
3. We must always remember to attack problems that we may face with good grace and strong FELLOWSHIP.
The BGSO Vision:
1. Recruit and retain under-represented students and faculty members.
2. Welcome and counsel new graduate students and faculty members.
3. Establish formal lines of communication among under-represented graduate students and faculty members, the administration, and alumni.
4. Provide networking opportunities to graduate students with alumni and other professionals from the public, private, and non-profit organizations.