Advocacy & Affiliations

Local, Regional, and National Advocacy 

Local Advocacy

City of East Lansing: COGS seats MSU Graduate Students on local government coalitions.  

MSU-Vote: COGS is part of MSU-Vote, which actively encourages voter participation and education within the MSU community. 

MLK Commemorative Celebration Planning Committee:

COGS has a seat every year on the MLK Commemorative Celebration Planning Committee, which organizes the annual events for MLK Jr day.

Mental Health Advocacy:

COGS seeks to promote and advocate on issues around mental health & wellbeing for graduate & professional students by working with campus partners such as CAPS and Graduate Student Life & Wellness,  Health4U, POE, Safe Place and others.

Regional Advocacy

COGS collaborates with UM Rackham Graduate-Professional Student Government on statewide advocacy efforts within Michigan.  

National Advocacy

SAGE: COGS is a member of Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE). SAGE is comprised of governing bodies from public research universities nationwide and participates in advocacy for graduate education at the national level. 

Advocacy & Affiliations News

COGS also watches the advocacy efforts of other national organizations, including: 

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS).  Our annual Graduate Academic Conference participates in the Midwest Regional Conference by sending one graduate student from the GAC’s 3-Minute-Thesis competition to compete in the regional conference.  You can find out more about this organization here: