GSA Committees

GSA Committees

Academic Affairs

The Committee for Academic Affairs shall identify and advocate on behalf of graduate students regarding any issues pertaining to academic affairs, including, but not limited to, access to facilities and funding for research, the faculty-graduate student mentoring relationship, and academic policies pertaining to graduate education and teaching for graduate students. 

Co-Chairs: Alexandra Martin (Nutrition and Health Sciences) and Rami Ziara (Civil Engineering)

Diversity and Inclusion

 The Committee for Diversity and Inclusion shall encourage and promote participation by students from throughout the University community, including, but not limited to, students from racial and ethnic minorities, international students, women, the LGBTQA+ community, and distance learning students, and ensure that GSA programming is available and pertinent to the diverse graduate student community.

Co-Chairs: Aditya Gupta (Marketing) and Mykesha Jackson (Child, Youth and Family Studies)

Graduate Travel Awards Program (GTAP)

The Committee for Graduate Travel Awards shall manage the Graduate Travel Awards Program (GTAP) as defined in the Special Rules.

Co-Chairs: Sabrina Brown (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) and Heather Vorhees (Communication Studies)

Professional Development

The Committee for Professional Development shall coordinate and implement a series of activities to promote the development of graduate students, including but not limited to, networking activities, guest lectures, and career development workshops, shall manage the Special Projects Grants Program (SPGP), and shall plan, coordinate, and execute the Midwest Graduate Career Fair (MGCF).

Chair: Chelsea Stehle (Biological Sciences) and Matthew Thompson (Environmental Engineering)

Quality of Life

The Committee for Quality of Life shall attend to issues relevant to graduate student life including, but not limited to, housing, transportation and parking, child care, and health benefits, and shall organize events or develop policies that support the improvement of graduate students' quality of life.

Co-Chairs: Brandy Judkins(Teaching Learning and Teaching Education) and Eric Rodene (Computer Sciences and Engineering)

Social Events

The Committee for Social Events shall plan, coordinate, and execute social events throughout the fall and spring semesters for all graduate students, including those for Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week (GSAW), and shall organize and staff all GSA activities during new graduate student welcome.

Chair: Vincent Perez (Biochemistry)

Join a Committee

All GSA representatives are assigned to a committee by the Executive Vice President. Any graduate student at the University can apply to be an at-large member of a GSA committee.
To apply to be an at-large member of a GSA committee send an email with your request to, and briefly explain your motivations and interests.