The GPSA Office of External Affairs (EA) exists to advocate for, with, and on behalf of over 12,000 ASU graduate and professional students. This office oversees GPSA’s advocacy projects, organizes students around relevant issues, lobbies policy makers, and develops graduate student leaders. Each fall, the EA team drafts the GPSA Advocacy Agenda for GPSA Assembly approval, setting the policy priorities of the organization. This office also plays a key role in drafting internal GPSA bills to define stances on policy issues.
The Office of EA oversees the External Affairs Committee with the main purpose of drafting the Advocacy Agenda and other internal legislation and supporting that agenda through advocacy programming. This committee is open to any student. The team is led by the Vice President of External Affairs, the Director of Federal Government Affairs, Director of State and Local Government Affairs, and the Director of Advocacy.
Current Vice President of External Affairs
Nicole K. Mayberry
Nicole Mayberry is a third-year PhD student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society studying how future space carries forward anti-Black rhetoric through advancements in emerging technologies. Nicole has worked in the community for ten years with the YMCA's Youth and Government program educating teens about government and the policy process. She has served in GPSA for the past two years as President Pro Tempore. As Vice President of External Affairs, she hopes to make the political process more accessible and transparent for graduate and professional students at the school, state, and federal levels. In her free time, she enjoys wine tasting, watching baseball, and spending time with her French Bulldog, Foucault.