Our Leadership

The COGS Leadership Team is a group of elected and/or appointed graduate students who are responsible for the administration and organizational tasks required to run COGS. The Leadership Team consists of an Executive Committee, a Judiciary Committee, and elected Program Representatives who are voting members in the General Assembly.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a subset of the Leadership Team responsible for holding monthly meetings, voting during General Assembly meetings, and conducting a majority of COGS administrative operations.

Judiciary Committee

The Judiciary Committee is a supervisory body comprising a Chief Justice and two Justices. The members do not have a vote in the Executive Committee, but do so in the General Assembly. The Judiciary Committee also is responsible for free and fair conduct of COGS elections. The Judiciary Committee convenes and decides on petitions or complaints as and when necessary. All our justices are ex officio members of the Executive Committee as well.

Program Representatives

Program Representatives are graduate students who represent the interests of the graduate program of which they are a member. Every research-based degree granting program at the UMN Twin Cities campus is entitled to have a Representative who attends and votes at the GA meetings. The way in which this Representative is chosen is at each program's discretion.

Chartered Committees

The General Assembly charters "mission based" committees on as-needed bases. These committees are driven by an end-goal, and lead by a chairperson. All General Assembly members are encouraged to go through the details of these committees and participate in fulfilling the mission of the committee(s) that resonate with them the most.

Meeting Dates - Fall 2021

Our in-person General Assembly meeting venue is 1-106 Hanson Hall (West Bank; see map below) as it fulfills our need to accommodate at least 100 people, is accessible, and is close to campus bus stops.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we have adopted a hybrid modality for both General Assembly and Executive Committee meetings. Meeting modality is subject to change according to current COVID-19 policies and risk. Please contact us for further clarification and relevant questions.

General Assembly Meeting Dates

September 9th, 2021

October 14th, 2021

November 2nd, 2021

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Executive Committee Meeting dates

August 9th, 2021

August 26th, 2021

September 13th, 2021


October 4th, 2021

November 2nd, 2021

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