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The GPSA Assembly represents graduate and professional students from colleges and schools across all ASU campuses and online students. Assembly Members are elected each spring and serve year long terms. Outside of our normal elections, the Assembly can fill empty seats by vote at monthly Assembly Meetings. Assembly seats are allocated based on enrollment for each school.

Meetings occur on the 3rd Friday of each month during the Spring and Fall semesters from 2-5pm.

Search below for the Assembly Member representing your school.

Get Involved

Want to join the Assembly for 2019-2020? Submit a brief cover letter and resume/CV to gpsaassembly@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 16, 2019. Note: You’ll need to attend the GPSA Assembly Meeting on August 23, 2019, 2-5 pm in SunDevil Marketplace, Devil’s Oasis to be considered for the seat.

  • W.P. Carey School of Business (2)
  • College of Health Solutions (1)
  • Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (2)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (2)
  • Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions (3)
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College (1)
  • New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (1)
  • Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication  (1)
  • Fulton School of Engineering – School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (1)
  • At-large (2)
  • Online at-large (2)

Current Assembly Members

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Natural Sciences

Jake Garcia
Jake Garcia
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Natural Sciences

I’m Jake, a fourth-year Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Molecular Sciences. I joined GPSA in order to provide a voice for other graduate students around me, to personally have a hand in the decision-making process that dictates our time here at ASU, and become more involved in my school. Fun fact: I’m from Colorado and used to brew whiskey professionally!

 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Social Sciences

Sarah Hall
Sarah Hall
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Social Sciences

I’m a third-year PhD student, and I study bioarchaeology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. I joined GPSA because I’m passionate about service, and GPSA gives us grad students an important platform to advocate for ourselves and our peers. Fun fact: I spent a month in Romania studying osteology during undergrad.

 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Life Sciences

Michelle DiPalma
Michelle DiPalma
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Life Sciences

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Molecular and Cellular Biology here at ASU in the School of Life Sciences. I also did my undergrad here at ASU and had the opportunity to be involved in several activities within the ASU community where I had the chance to make connections with many incredible people. As a graduate student and as the School of Life Sciences representative, I still hope to participate in and create activities where I can foster connections within our graduate community. I can’t wait to be a part of GPSA this upcoming year and I look forward to representing and contributing to our graduate community.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities

Alfonso Lopez-Morales
Alfonso Lopez-Morales
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities

I am a second-year year Ph.D. student in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. I also completed my MA here at ASU in the School of Sustainability. I am studying Native American cosmologies and their relation to the environment and how understanding these cultures can help us develop more sustainable practices. GPSA has a lot of resources and opportunities that can help graduate students in their professional development. I joined GPSA so I can inform other graduate students about such resources.

 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large

Peter Crank
Peter Crank
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large

I am a 4th year Ph.D. studying urban climates, focusing on urban green design, thermal comfort, and mental health. As a Geography Ph.D., I love traveling, meeting new people, trying new food, and interacting with different cultures. When I joined GPSA, I wanted to increase the voice of the diverse group of students that represent my school, college, and the university. Now, as Assembly President, I have the honor and privilege of empowering other brilliant, passionate graduate and professional students to speak up for themselves and their fellow students. I am thrilled to be able to serve the graduate and professional student body in this way. Fun fact: I used to work as a TV weatherman before pursuing my Ph.D.!

 

Asha Fuller
Asha Fuller
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large

I am a first-year Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis student here at ASU. I joined GPSA to advocate on behalf of my fellow graduate students, and I am honored to serve and represent our graduate student body. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, working out, and volunteering.

 

Brandon Favre
Brandon Favre
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large

I am a first-year PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program in the School of Life Sciences. I also attended ASU for my undergraduate career and for my MS, and after five amazing years as a Sun Devil, I joined GPSA so that I can give back to the ASU community that has given me so much. As an at-large representative in the Assembly, I seek to address issues pertaining to the whole of ASU’s graduate student population through working to improve the diversity and inclusion within ASU’s graduate programs, make the process of working with GPSA to secure funding for travel and research more accessible, and advocate for the improvement of the mental health resources available to ASU’s graduate students. Fun fact: Despite being from Arizona, I love to ski!

 

Marinela Golemi
Marinela Golemi
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large

I’m a 4th year PhD studying Early Modern English Literature. While my research has led me back to my roots in Albania for Shakespeare studies , I hope that my participation in GPSA will help me grow new roots within the flourishing ASU community. I joined GPSA in order to help my peers and to be part of the system which governs our graduate student experience.

 

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Varun Nalam
Varun Nalam
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering

I am a 5th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. I joined GPSA to effectively address the issues that either I or my peers experienced during my time as a graduate student at ASU. As a representative of Engineering Schools at GPSA, my goal is to serve the engineering community by focusing on mentorship, financial health and industry exposure.

 

Sreenithy Chandran
Sreenithy Chandran
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering

I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering. As a GPSA engineering-at large member, I envision myself doing work to enrich and transform the quality of graduate life, to address the interconnected and dynamic challenges faced by a grad student and work towards bringing a positive change in the community. I enjoy reading, star gazing and hiking in my free time.

 

Vipanchi Chacham
Vipanchi Chacham
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – CIDSE

I am Vipanchi Chacham. I am pursuing my Master’s in Computer Science. I joined GPSA with an aim to inform graduates about it, its resources which can be utilized, and to get students more involved with the organization. I am also here to address students’ concerns, put forth the challenges in the meetings, and deliver solutions for the same. Fun fact: I have a YouTube travel channel called Travel with Panchi!

 

Daniel Barboza
Daniel Barboza
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – ECEE

I am a Master’s student in Electrical Engineering at ASU, Tempe. I love getting involved at the university and connecting with people from different walks of life.
I enjoy keeping people informed about various resources and opportunities available to the students at ASU.
Fun Fact: I love Singing, Minimalist Photography and a huge fan of Metal music!

 

Sandesh G. Bhat
Sandesh G. Bhat
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – Polytechnic

I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Systems Engineering program at The Polytechnic School. I have been working on Prosthetic and Orthotic systems since my undergrad. I would like to believe I am an easy person to talk to. So, reach out to me if have any questions or comments.

 

Alyssa Henning
Alyssa Henning
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – SBHSE

Alyssa–a Biological Design Ph.D. student in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and a Responsible Innovation certificate student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society–studies personal UV exposure sensors and ‘smart’ health and fitness wearables. She also plays taiko (Japanese drums) with Sun Devil Taiko and presents science education panels at local comic cons and anime cons.

 

Amey G Iyer
Amey G Iyer
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – SEMTE

I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate student who looks forward to serving the Engineering graduate college and the graduate school at large! Contact me for any issues you face and feel like GPSA can help you out with and I will try my best to get to the solution! I am a proud student of ASU and now I am a proud part of the GPSA Assembly.

 

To be added
Fulton School of Engineering – School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment 

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

W.P. Carey School of Business

Marco Mangini
Marco Mangini
W.P. Carey School of Business

I am a third year PhD student in Economics at W.P. Carey School of Business. I study human capital, health, and public economics. I joined GPSA because I want to give a stronger voice to international students and Econ grad students within WPC.

 

Tapan Acharya
Tapan Acharya
W.P. Carey School of Business

I am current MBA student at the W. P. Carey School of Business concentrating in Supply Chain and Business Analytics. I have six years of experience in Strategy Consulting, Analytics and Business Operations. I have a deep passion for volunteering and I am volunteer of Isha Foundation. I am a regular practitioner of Yoga.

 

To be added
W.P. Carey School of Business

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
W.P. Carey School of Business

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Denis Bateme
Denis Bateme
Thunderbird school of Global Management

Denis Bateme is a graduate student at Thunderbird School of Global Management pursuing an MA in Global Affairs and Management. During my undergrad, I worked with a number of cultural student organizations on campus to celebrate the diversity at ASU, created an all-inclusive ASU community and challenged different stereotypes that people have about places they’ve never been. With GPSA, I am continuing to give back to my school community by connecting students with career development opportunities, funding, and bridging the gap between Thunderbird and ASU at large. My goal is to ensure that grad students at ASU make the most of their time here to grow professionally as they advance their careers.

 

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Steven Marsiglia
Steven Marsiglia
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Hello, I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology program in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. I’m looking forward to becoming a student organizer and contributing to the campus community through service and advocacy. I’m also big on boba, volleyball, beach days and board games.

 

School of Sustainability

Florian Arwed Schneider
Florian Arwed Schneider
School of Sustainability

Florian Arwed Schneider was born in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. He’s an educated meteorologist and graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainability with a focus on climate change. Schneider is a Research Assistant within the Urban Climate Research Center and Herberger Institute of Design and Arts. His research interests include current and future climate change, in particular urban and arctic climate, heat mitigation strategies, well-being and health in cities, urban sustainability, and science communication. In his free time, Schneider loves hiking, running, ultimate Frisbee, movies, and cinematic music.

 

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Aaron Cromar
Aaron Cromar
College of Nursing and Health Innovation

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Nursing & Health Innovation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. I study and investigate how leadership connects and interacts with Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Science affecting people and organizations globally. My leadership vision and the reason why I joined the GPSA Assembly is that leading may come in many different forms, have multiple facets or perspectives, and defined in some unusual ways. Leadership is a function of our social system. The definition of influential leaders is not the results of their leadership but how others perceive the environment that their leaders create. Ultimately, leading becomes about allowing for spaces and climates that cultivate and care for people. Fostering and building sustainable environments is not only a vital part of leadership, but it is a massive responsibility that is centered on people first. When I am not on campus and praying daily for snow, I enjoy mountaineering and downhill skiing while helping raise two incredible children.

 

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Esther Pretti
Esther Pretti
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Esther Pretti is a PhD Student in Education Policy and Evaluation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. She is an emerging scholar in environmental and sustainability education specializing in decolonial and place based education.

 

Brianna Garber
Brianna Garber
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Hi, my name is Brianna and I am a second year Master’s student studying Higher and Post Secondary Education on the Tempe Campus.This year I will serve as an assembly member as well as the Vice President for the Black Graduate Student Association. I joined GPSA because I served as a senator for four years at the illustrious Old Dominion University and I enjoyed improving the lives of all the undergraduate and graduate students on campus. In GPSA, I hope to enhance the student body population by being a voice to the different students I come across.

 

To be added
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Zee Wilson
Zee Wilson
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

I am a 3rd yr PhD student studying Art History, in the Design, Environment and the Arts program. I am thrilled to represent HIDA’s artistically diverse graduate students, for a 2nd term. I am passionate about connecting HIDA graduate students to each other and ASU’s graduate student body.

 

To be added
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

John Christian Oyas
John Christian Oyas
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

John was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines. While pursuing an Economics degree and a minor in Public Policy from Arizona State University, He served as a Senator and as a Director of University Affairs for largest Undergraduate Student Government in the nation. His experience in Public Service includes working in the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington D.C., the Arizona State Legislature, and the Arizona State Board of Accountancy.

 

To be added
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

College of Health Solutions

Robert Yao
Robert Yao
College of Health Solutions

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in biomedical informatics and co-chair of the Disability Advocacy and Awareness Committee. I had experienced difficulties in health and policies. Fortunately, given my training and talents, I was able to create solutions for myself. I joined GPSA because I never want anyone to go through the difficulties that I experienced and feel that the best way to prevent hardship from unnecessarily affecting others is by applying solutions through advocacy and policy creation.

 

To be added
College of Health Solutions

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Matt Contursi
Matt Contursi
School for the future of Innovation and Society

I’m Matt, a student in the Masters of Science and Technology Policy program. I joined GPSA to give back to become more involved with the graduate community at ASU. I did my undergraduate here as well, working with both SOLS and the English Department. In GPSA, I want to work to better connect the Graduate community, help graduate students find conferences and resources for funding, and help present ideas and concerns of students at SFIS to the GPSA. Fun fact: I love exploring old models of cameras for photography. Currently working with Zeiss Super Ikonta 530

 

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

To be added
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

To be added
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

At Large

To be added
At Large

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
At Large

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

At Large – Online

To be added
At Large – Online

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
At Large – Online

Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

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