A primary objective of the Graduate and Professional Student Government is to have graduate and professional student representation on University-wide committees. GPSG advocates on behalf of graduate and professional students on issues ranging from housing to academic freedom. If you have specific issues that you feel GPSG should be advocating for, please send an email to the Vice President of Committees. You can also provide feedback via our online form here.

GPSG is represented on the following committees:

Provost’s Advisory Committees

University Planning and Budget Committee

Yashar Aucie

University Research Council

Alexandria Harris

Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns

Jessica Hessler
Kristine Ojala

University Council on Graduate Study

Rachel Coombs
Jennifer Enriquez
Oliver Beale
Suraj Subramanian
Phillip Harding
Kaitlin Powers

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Selection Committee

Kenrick Fernandes

University Senate Standing Committees

Equality, Inclusion, and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy

Emily Transue

Student Admissions, Aid and Affairs

Jacob Garcia


Matthew Borrelli 

Benefits and Welfare

Michelle Ozaeta

Budget Policies

Yashar Aucie

Bylaws and Procedures

Christy Taylor

Community Relations

Shanshan Luan

Computer Usage

Maura Mccall

Educational Policies

Saniya Sabnis

Governmental Relations

Michael Granovetter


Anthony Cugini, Jr.

Plant Utilization and Planning

Ankita Mathur


Beverly Conrique

Tenure and Academic Freedom

Amanda Leifson

University Senate Council

Rachel Coombs – GPSG representative
Corbin Powlus – Schools of the Professionals representative
Jacob Kantorowitz – Schools of the Health Sciences representative

Plant Utilization and Planning Committee

Sami Mian

Board of Trustees Committees

Academic Affairs/Libraries

Aliyah Weinstein

Affirmative Action

Kathryn Bress

Health Sciences

Justin Saver

Institutional Advancement

Rena Jiang

University Special Committees

Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Matthew Borrelli

Conflict of Interest Committee

Karthika Ramanathan

Sexual Assault Task Force

Courney Laughlin

Mental Health Task Force

Jennifer Enriquez
Chi Bui

University Review Board

Rachel Coombs
Renel Datulma
Steven Garbin
Guilise Victoria Gondre
Peter Wingrove

GPSG Committees

Event Planning CommitteeJ. Stephanie Rose

Public Relations Committee – Crystal Taylor

Bylaws CommitteeChristy Taylor

Finance ChairYashar Aucie

External Affairs Committee – Rachel Coombs

Elections Committee Amanda Leifson

Student Affairs Committee Amanda Leifson