The Graduate and Professional Student Association President oversees and coordinates the many moving parts and departments that make up GPSA. The President also acts as a liaison to the ASU administration, as well as represents graduate students on the ASU Council of Presidents (COP). COP brings together the 4 Undergraduate Student Government Presidents from each campus, as well as the GPSA President, to coordinate programming and advocacy efforts across all of ASU.
John Christian Oyas, 2020-2021 President
Born and raised in the Philippines, John is a 3rd year law student with experience in Government Affairs, Immigration and White Collar Crime Prosecution. The experiences he got from externing in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General and the Arizona Supreme Court allowed me to acquire skills and learn techniques to be a competent advocate in any arena. In the Attorney General’s office, he learned how to prosecute felony offenders. That experience allowed me to take on the role of an advocate for the general public and for the victims in a court of law. In the Arizona Supreme Court, he externed for its Government Affairs Unit, which serves as the advocate for Arizona’s judicial system in the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, United States Congress or other third-parties that would want to create policy changes that might affect the Arizona courts.
John’s experience in serving the ASU students through ASASU started in his undergrad years. He first served as a senator and subsequently served as the Director of University Affairs for Undergraduate Student Government – Tempe.
In his first year in GPSA, he founded and chaired the Downtown Committee as an assembly member. The installation of the Downtown Committee in GPSA has exponentially increased the power of students to be included, be engaged and be advocated by allowing student leaders to talk to one another, discuss the issues pertinent to students in the Downtown Campus and streamline how they are addressed. As the GPSA President, John pledges to advocate for graduate and professional students to the University Administration and appraise stakeholders about our stances on important issues.