The GSS serves four important functions. It is the chief conduit for information about and advocacy to the wider UConn community through the University Senate system. The senate also provides the resources for graduate Tier II organizations, as well as a commonplace for these organizations to gather and discuss the goals of the graduate community. Through our emergency loan fund, the GSS provides financial resources to individual graduate students. Lastly, our organization provides a social focal point for grads through events such as the Graduate Assistant Information Fair, the GSS BBQ, grad Thanksgiving Dinner, and Grad Prom.