Communications Committee

Chair: Dinuka Gunaratne (

  • To communicate with the public about issues and innovations related to providing support for graduate students and postdocs. 
  • Manage public relations for the organization (e.g. website, print material, communiqués to news/media). 
  • Publish articles for diverse audiences (e.g. students, university faculty and staff, professionals in related fields): Manage “Responsibilities May Include” UA article series. 


Conference Committee

Chair: Angela Rooke  (

  • To host the annual national conference at CAGS: A professional development meeting for our members to exchange ideas and network. Work with CAGS on logistics planning.  
  • Prepare and manage call for proposals. Evaluate and select proposals & establish agenda 
  • Work with Member Engagement Committee to develop conference specific social and professional development events.  


Professional Development Committee

Chair: Rebecca Dirnfeld  (

  • Share resources and best practices for graduate student and postdoctoral fellows’ development 
  • Offer community building and training opportunities, material, and/or resources 
  • Communicate with members about activities, news, and events related to providing support for graduate students and postdocs 
  • Host specific events and offerings at the annual national conference in collaboration with the Conference Committee. 
  • Provide recommendations and referrals to the Executive Team for establishing Communities of Practice. 


Responsibilities May Include Committee

Chair: Stephanie Warner (

  • Manage “Responsibilities May Include” UA article series
  • Coordinate with the communications committee to promote and share new UA articles by email and social media
  • Determine topics, authors and publication schedule for Responsibilities May Include