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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

We have 1 vacant seat (see below).  Give back to your academic community: Serve on the Assembly and represent your school! To apply, email a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), CV/resume, and your ASU ID to Nich Weller at gpsaassembly@gmail.com at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting. Please address the following prompts in your cover letter while discussing your qualifications and experience:

  1. How do you plan to connect with constituents?
  2. What is the biggest problem facing graduate and professional students at ASU?

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 third year Chemistry PhD Candidate in the School of Molecular Sciences. I joined GPSA in order to provide a voice for other graduate students around me, and to personally have a hand in the decision making process that dictates our time here at ASU. Fun fact: I'm getting my skydiving license!

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Sarah Hall
Sarah Hall
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences
I'm a second-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

Brandon Favre
Brandon Favre
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Life Sciences
I am a second year Master’s of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology student in the School of Life Sciences here at ASU. I also attended SoLS for my undergraduate career, and after five amazing years as a Sun Devil, I joined GPSA to give back to the SoLS and ASU community that has given me so much. As SoLS’ representative, I seek to improve the diversity and inclusion within the life sciences, make the process of working with GPSA to secure funding for travel and research more accessible, and to bring the concerns, ideas, and suggestions from the students of SoLS directly to GPSA and the CLAS administration. Fun fact: Despite being from Arizona, I love to ski!

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Alfonso Lopez-Morales
Alfonso Lopez-Morales
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities
I am a first year PhD 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
As a Geography PhD, I love traveling, meeting new people, trying new food, and interacting with different cultures. I want to increase the voice of the diverse group of students that represent both Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, as well as CLAS Social Sciences. I am a 3rd year Ph.D. studying urban climates, focusing on urban green design, thermal comfort, and mental health. Fun fact: I used to work as a TV weatherman before pursuing my Ph.D.!

W.P. Carey School of Business

Alwin Dsouza
Alwin Dsouza
W.P. Carey School of Business
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at Morrison School of Agribusiness. I've been a member since October 2017. I joined GPSA to connect with the ASU graduate community and share my experiences with them. I would like to take up discussions and find solutions to issues concerning graduate students. I would like to specifically focus on issues concerning the international students and graduate funding.
Gokul Vijay
Gokul Vijay
W.P. Carey School of Business
"I'm also an MBA student (class of 2019). I am working towards ensuring a smooth transition for the international students and also in reaching out to graduate and PhD students to make them aware of how GPSA can help them. Fun fact: Can rap in four languages, currently."
Thomas Arsenault
Thomas Arsenault
W.P. Carey School of Business
Hello, my name is Thomas Arsenault and I am a first year Masters in Business Administration (MBA) student here at Arizona State University. Prior to matriculating at ASU, I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts and worked in the risk consulting industry for the past four years. During my time at ASU, I plan to make a difference in the lives of students and this has led me to join the GPSA assembly. I hope to be an agent of change, allowing for the improvement of the life outcomes of the greater ASU community.

College of Health Solutions

Vacant
Vacant
College of Health Solutions
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.
Gladys Yu
Gladys Yu
College of Health Solutions

College of Public Service & Community Solutions

Soraya Jennings
Soraya Jennings
College of Public Service & Community Solutions
Hello, I am on the third semester on the Master in Environmental Public Policy. I am a Biologist from Brazil, and I joined GPSA to make friends and increase awareness on our rights at ASU. Fun fact about me: I am crazy about my 17 years old cat - Billie Jean! She is the best!
Daniel Jose Sanchez
Daniel Jose Sanchez
College of Public Service & Community Solutions
"My name Daniel Jose Sanchez, and I am a Master's of Public Administration (MPA) student here at ASU. My educational background includes a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Sociology, with Minor Studies in Visual Arts and Women's Studies. I have professional experience working in Healthcare and Higher Education Administration, as well as instructing college level undergraduate Sociology courses. I do this, for the ability to serve and guide our students and citizens towards their educational and life goals. I desire to serve our graduate students by helping us ease the administrative processes, policies and procedures, all while helping develop students towards serving themselves and others for everyone's benefit! Random fact about me, I have a summer playlist each summer since 2005, with my favorite summer songs. I now have a unique record of music history for the past 13 years... If you're interested in listening to this, add me on Apple Music (sorry Spotify)!"
Vacant
Vacant
College of Public Service & Community Solutions
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Penny Hyde
Penny Hyde
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Hi, I am currently a master’s candidate in the elementary education program. I joined GPSA to get involved in the graduate student community and provide a voice for other teachers in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Aside from teaching children, I am also passionate about the outdoors and sustainability. In my free time I enjoy cooking, yoga, and traveling. Feel free to reach out! I am always excited to meet someone new.
Natalie Cheang
Natalie Cheang
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
My name is Natalie, a first year student at the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's college and I'm majoring in Elementary Education. My interests lie in working with kids, especially helping younger ESL learners. I joined GPSA to connect with fellow teachers and increase awareness of the resources and funding available to them, as graduate students. Fun fact : I love to cook, especially Northeast Asian cuisine!

At-Large

Leah Jones
Leah Jones
At-Large
I am a third year PhD student in the School of Sustainability. I joined GPSA because I have felt a great sense of community within my department, and I want other students to experience that sense of community as well across different schools. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and adventuring outdoors.
Petrit Gashi
Petrit Gashi
At-Large
I am a currently a second year master's student in the Social Justice and Human Rights program at ASU West, and I am also pursuing a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Downtown. My research focus is on refugees and asylum seekers. I joined GPSA in order to be more involved in the graduate student community at ASU. Fun fact: My name means Falcon in Albanian
Urvashi Manral
Urvashi Manral
At-Large
Hi, I am Urvashi, a second-year Communication Studies graduate in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I'm here to help fellow international graduate students in the best way possible and to be an advocate for the larger grad community at ASU. Fun Fact: I love toddlers, I love Bollywood dancing, I love photography, Oh! and I am a hardcore horror movie fan too!
Hussein Mohamed
Hussein Mohamed
At-Large
As a Masters Candidate within the Social Justice and Human Rights program at the ASU West campus, I concentrate my studies around critical trauma, and human rights. I take particular interests in the topics of human trafficking and refugee migrations. As an at-large member serving GPSA, and the entirety of the ASU graduate class, I hope to be a catalyst for positive change within our communities, while connecting students to opportunities that enhance their own academic, professional, and personal goals. Fun fact: I have studied abroad in Morocco and Ghana.

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Jenny Holzapfel
Jenny Holzapfel
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
I'm in my fifth year in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program. My clinical work has allowed me to work with diverse individuals on a variety of presenting concerns in settings that range from college campuses to hospitals. My research interests include supervision practices, suicidal risk assessment and intervention, student-athletes, and intercultural couples. As a member of GPSA, I am committed to fostering a sense of community and inclusion to support graduate and professional students in their academic and personal goals.

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Owain Evans
Owain Evans
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
I am a Masters student in Sports Journalism at Cronkite, having previously attended the University of Exeter in England. As you may guess from my course of study, I spend far too much of my time watching people kick, throw and do other incredibly important things. I'm looking forward to serving my School as a representative, and hope to provide a strong voice for my fellow students as a part of the GPSA Assembly.

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Zee Wilson
Zee Wilson
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
I am a 2nd yr PhD student in the Design, Environment and the Arts program. My focus is on medieval female patronage. I joined GPSA to make sure students in SOA have a voice in graduate student government. I am a huge Disneyphile!
Malena Grosz
Malena Grosz
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Malena is a third-year MFA candidate in Theatre (Arts Entrepreneurship and Management). Her research is focused on community development through party culture, examining the social impacts of celebrations in nightlife, music festivals and Burning Man. She aspires to open a nightclub in Phoenix that also serves as an education and rehearsal space for arts practices related to nightlife production.
Ishan Garg
Ishan Garg
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
I'm an Urban Design student (Class of 2019) in Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. I studied the Bachelor of Architecture from Sharda University (India) and is a licensed Architect. With encouragement from friends, I joined the GPSA to represent the Herberger Institute and to bring into light the issues which the students are facing with respect to the professional development and the networking. In my free time, I love to socialize with people, do photography and play video games.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Madhan K. Arulanandam
Madhan K. Arulanandam
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
I am a PhD student in electrical engineering from IRA.A.Fulton school of engineering. I am currently in my third year and specializing in photovoltaics. GPSA helps me in developing my social skills and also serving as a platform to aid my deep passion in serving the community. Education, peace, privacy, environment, food security, ethnicity, gender neutrality are some of the causes I strongly care about. Feel free interacting with me and let us work together building a flourishing ASASU community.
Varun Nalam
Varun Nalam
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
I'm a 4th year PhD student in mechanical engineering. I plan to work on increasing industrial exposure to graduate students, making it easier for the student community to transition from the school to the industry.
Siddhu Immadisetty
Siddhu Immadisetty
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
I'm a 2nd year Master's student in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization program. I wsa fasinated by the events that GPSA conducts. This encouraged me to learn more about GPSA and eventually led me to represent the engineering school and fellow students. I recommend that every graduate student take advantage of the opportunities that GPSA provides.
Biran Singh Atwal
Biran Singh Atwal
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Hey this is Biran! I am in my final year of masters in Ira. A Fulton Schools of Engineering in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management department. I like working out. The reason why I joined GPSA is to help out sync the demands of the students with the goals of university and make it a win win situation for all of us to grow and be successful.
K P Raj Dandamudi
K P Raj Dandamudi
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Hello fellow grad sundevils!! I am K P Raj Dandamudi, a third year Ph.D. student majoring in Chemical Engineering & Applied Statistics. I have been serving in GPSA since Spring 2017 in assembly and executive positions advocating for graduate students. Fun fact: I am learning my 4rth language and doing pretty good on it. se habla español!
Surya Iyer
Surya Iyer
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Surya is doing his second year masters in Management of Technology. He loves helping, advocating for and supporting his peers. Fun Fact- One of the items on his bucket list is going to Mars!
Karan K. Kantharia
Karan K. Kantharia
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Greetings! I'm pursuing MS in Computer Engineering (Electrical). Being a technology enthusiast, I enjoy exploring the latest gadgets and innovations in consumer electronics. Currently, I'm also the Chair of IEEE ASU Student Branch. Being a GPSA assembly member, my goal is to increase engagement among students, provide more competitive funding opportunities and ease life of graduate students at ASU!

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Wenxi (Wency) Yang
Wenxi (Wency) Yang
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
"I am a second-year master student studying Psychology at New College Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on Arizona State University (ASU) West Campus. My research interest is studying how personal and societal cultural values affecting individual cognitions and emotions. In my efforts to further broaden my knowledge and fully pursue my passions, I joined GPSA Assembly with a goal of facilitating interdisciplinary research and solutions to various issues on-campus and off-campus. I am enthusiastic about contributing all my skill sets, my knowledge in social science and business, my experience as an international graduate student, and my working efforts to GPSA with a desire for making a difference. My roommate is a 17-pound white and orange cat, and I enjoy making crafts."

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Tara Bautista
Tara Bautista
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI). My research is in evidence-based intervention adaption for minorities and vulnerable populations with substance use disorders. I became a GPSA Assembly member to give a voice to my college and relay information to my fellow CONHI graduate students.

School of Sustainability

Nich Weller
Nich Weller
School of Sustainability
I'm a 5th year (oh how it pains me to say that) PhD student in Sustainability. I study public engagement with controversial scientific topics and policy. I joined GPSA to give back to the ASU community that has afforded me so much during my time here. ASU's value to graduate students is inpart built by our ability to determine our future. As such, I'm passionate about getting graduate and professionals students involved in the issues that matter to our programs. Fun fact: I have an immense appreciation for old cars and tools of various trades. The most recent addition to my modest collection? A 1950's Underwood 'Leader' typewriter.

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Elliott R. Hobbs
Elliott R. Hobbs
Thunderbird School of Global Management
I'm Elliott, a 2nd year Global MBA student in Thunderbird School of International Business. I joined GPSA to represent my fellow Thunderbirds, and to serve all students of ASU through enabling every right and happiness of the graduate experience. Fun fact: I'm an aerial acrobat for Cirque shows!

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Grant Hayes Frazier
Grant Hayes Frazier
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
I am a 3L at ASU Law. I currently serve as the Editor-in-chief (EIC) of Jurimetrics Journal; EIC of the Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affair; and as a Visiting Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. I joined GPSA to facilitate graduate students' access to GPSA's varied resources.
Risa Rahman
Risa Rahman
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
I am a second year JD student at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of law. I currently serve as the Vice President of Communications for the Student Bar Association at the law school. I would like to bring the voice of the student body represented through the Student Bar Association and extend it to the graduate community at large through GPSA. Public service plays a very important role in my life and my role in GPSA will allow me to serve the student body. Through my involvement at GPSA, I would like to focus on diversity and inclusion and connect law students with several initiatives to enhance their professional development. Fun fact: I oftentimes make and design my own clothes and I will rap any song you want me too with precision.
Chance East
Chance East
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
I am a 3l law student. I joined GPSA to help benefit the school that I care about.

School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Brittany McCall
Brittany McCall
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
I am entering my second year in Global Technology & Development in SFIS as an online student. Like many on campus and online students in SFIS, and at the larger university, I work full time and have a life outside of work and school. I joined GPSA to give a voice to these graduate and professional students.

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