Executive slates

Shanta-Rosie (validated with 200 signatures)

"No decisions about us, without us"

Endorsed by FLIP, Stanford Daily, Stanford Bioscience Student Association, BioAIMS (Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students)


We are a trailblazing slate as the first undergraduate-graduate, women of color slate in ASSU history and are excited to bring diverse student representation to the decision-making table. Shanta is a junior and a former ASSU Undergraduate Senate Chair and Rosie is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education and current Graduate Student Council Co-Chair. Together, we have cultivated strong working relationships with the highest levels of Stanford’s administration and have a strong track record of getting work done. We have partnered with Graduate Student Council candidates in the schools of Medicine, Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, and Education to form this year’s Graduate Empowerment Coalition, a group committed to engaging in and supporting long-term graduate student activism.

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Khaled-Ocon (validated with 200 signatures)

Endorsed by the Students of Color Coalition, a coalition composed of the Asian American Student Association, Black Student Union, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, Muslim Student Union, Stanford American Indian Association, and Stanford National Association for Advancement of Colored People

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Equip: students and community members with the resources to thrive at Stanford

Elevate: the voices of all students to advance the inclusivity, growth, and progress of the Cardinal community

Enhance: the college experience both academically and socially for all

Ensure: that efforts are taken to promote campus safety and address sexual assault

Mission Statement:

Our executive slate is a coalition of Graduate, Coterminal and Undergraduate students working to Elevate student voices, Enhance the college experience for all students, Ensure the safety of all, and Equip all students and community members with the necessary resources and support to thrive at Stanford. We bring to the ...

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Associated Students of Stanford (validated with 200 signatures)


If elected, we will propose a resolution to rename the Associated Students of Stanford University with a more concise identifier, Associated Students of Stanford.

"We also care about [ISSUE]!”

Think of one now. Yes, we care about that one.

  • New Alcohol Policy: Non-euclidian containers only
  • Shipping all caterpillars to Berkeley
  • Implementation of [REDACTED]
  • 4-step authentication


Q: How old are you, twelve?
A: Yes.
Q: Who are you, and why are you in my election?
A: Yes.
Q: Is this for real, or is it some half-baked attempt at satire?
A: Yes.
Q: What if you guys actually win?
A: No.

For more information about us, please click here

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Annual Grant and Special Fee Groups

Group Total request Current budget % chg Acct statement
Cardinal Free Clinic (Graduate) $25,650.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Martial Arts Program (grad) $13,831.81 $35,678.25 -61% PDF More info »
Viennese Ball (Graduate) $6,000.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Educational Studies Program (Graduate) $18,463.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Concert Network (Graduate) $43,320.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Daily (Graduate) $47,808.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Speakers Bureau (Graduate) $91,190.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Club Sports (Graduate) $64,999.99 (none) 0% PDF More info »
KZSU (Graduate) $39,348.42 (none) 0% PDF More info »

Grad Student Council (Graduate at Large District) candidates

Kari Barclay


I'm Kari, a PhD student in Theater and Performance Studies. When I'm not writing and directing plays on campus, you'll find me involved in various efforts to strengthen graduate student power. Serving on the Graduate Student Council this past year, I amplified the council's work around advocacy while continuing to support existing programming and social events.

I expanded the scale and resources of the Diversity and Advocacy Committee, compiled a report on Graduate Student Life advocating for affordable housing, healthcare, and childcare, and liaised with administration to advance institutional change around issues concerning graduate student life.

I passed resolutions around university-subsidized childcare and endowment investment responsibility and connected with undergraduate leaders to ensure that our university collects proper data on sexual harassment and assault.

I would be pleased to keep working on the GSC next year to amplify graduate voices and gain material victories for ...

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Gabby Badica


My name is Gabby Badica and I have been the GSC Social Chair for the past two years. I believe it's important for us to have fun events organized so we can take a break from our stressful studies and make friends.

I plan all of the GSC events: the Thanksgiving Dinner, the Welcome Back Party, Speed Friending for grad students (with the Alumni Association), the Valentine's Day party (with the CA program), De-Stress Day and the Grad Formal. I also help other student groups plan their events when they want to work together (such as EEPROM and Chinese New Year). In my time as Social Chair, I have doubled the number of events we offer each year, and I established funding partnerships with the Alumni Association so we can afford to offer students more event choices.

My advocacy work focuses on housing and affordability. My main ...

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Grad Student Council (GSB District) candidates

Justin Di

My intention to run for GSC seat is to speak up for GSB community louder and strive for results harder. Right now, we face some problems that are beyond GSB control. For example, the construction field in Serra Street and Campus Dr is expanding tremendously. I've heard many classmates complain about the negative impact on their daily life. As one of the few MBA1 who live in EV Studio 2, this problem has been haunting us since the first day of enrollment in last September. Now, we are literally boxed by constructions from all dimensions. And, we definitely want to know what such problems, not limited to construction, will evolve and what we can do to mitigate the negative impacts.

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Aditya Ranjan

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Grad Student Council (Graduate Earth Science District) candidates

Shanna Chu

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Grad Student Council (School of Education District) candidates

David Song

No statement submitted.

Grad Student Council (Graduate School of Engineering District) candidates

Rui Liu

Hi All,

My Background: My name is Rui Liu, a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. I have been working in the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford (ACSSS) for the past three years, and I was Co-President of ACSSS for 2017-2018. I am also part of the 2018 Graduate Empowerment Coalition which aims to amplify students' voices on campus. In addition, I was a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at Stanford for 2014-2015. I was also selected to be a tutor for E103 Public Speaking, which gave me a great opportunity to talk with students with different cultural background.

During my time with ACSSS, I was in charge of a variety of events, including Chinese Spring Festival Gala, Welcoming Party for New Students, Chinese Singing Competition, Chinese Graduation Party, and Celebrity Talks. Throughout those events, I have honed my communication and ...

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Ana Maria Tarano

Summary of Issues

PhD students should not be paying for their degrees with loans. I think departments should be transparent about the amount of funding available for students and that we find solutions to this growing self-funded PhD epidemic. I will also bring forward diversity and inclusion issues and amplify solutions developed by communities who identify as underrepresented groups, including first-gen/low-income, people of color, women, LQBTQI+, disability community, international students, etc. I understand that housing and food insecurity are issues that affect most of the graduate community and will work with the Graduate Life Office to increase affordable housing opportunities. I also want to dismantle the "norm" by which it is a given that graduate students will suffer from mental health issues during the acquisition of their degrees. I want graduate students to feel empowered to get help from CAPS ( Counseling and Psychological Services ) or CST (Confidential Support Team ...

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Yiqing Ding


My name is Yiqing and I am a second year student at Aero Astro. I have had the honor to serve on the GSC for the past year. As a councillor, I worked closely with Gabby to host the Chinese New Year this year!

My primary advocacy for student interests is on housing and student activities. As a student personally did not win a housing lottery last autumn, I had to live in Mountain View for more than four months until I received a spot during the winter quarter lottery. My experience during those four months made me realize how important EVGR project currently going on is. However, I do share the concern with many of you regarding the noise complaint. Therefore, it would be my top priority in the coming year to continue working closely with the council and school administration to resolve both the housing and noise ...

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Isaac Matthews

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Abísola Kusimo

No statement submitted.

Ricardo Peterson


My name is Ricardo Peterson, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering Department. It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to run as a GSC candidate for the School of Engineering. Although the past ~2.5 years at Stanford have been remarkable, recent issues relevant to graduate student life have incentivized me to serve my community as a representative of the graduate community.

The first is related to a quality lifestyle. As a graduate student, the social events organized by GSC have been highly valuable. Thus far, GSC has worked hard hosting events for the graduate community (e.g. parties/dances, speed friending, Thanksgiving events, etc), and I plan on reinforcing GSC's role in enrichening the quality of graduate life. Through surveying graduate students (including incoming admits) and collaborative efforts with other Departments, I'm confident that graduate social life can improve.

Second ...

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Andrew Jabara


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Grad Student Council (H&S-Natural Sciences District) candidates

Melanie Malinas

Endorsed by the Stanford Bioscience Student Association (SBSA) and the Stanford Biomedical Association for the Interests of Minority Students (BioAIMS). Part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition.

Hello! My name is Melanie, and I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Biophysics program. I am running for my second term on the Graduate Student Council. I have served as the GSC funding committee co-chair, as the financial literacy coordinator, and on the Diversity and Advocacy committee.

The GSC is an important outlet for advocacy for graduate student interests. Two of the issues most important to me that I plan to work on are healthcare and affordability. As a member of the GSC and the GSC Diversity and Advocacy Committee, I have worked on several different issues, particularly focusing on healthcare. Mental health care is an important issue for the graduate student population. I am part of the CAPS student advisory committee ...

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Grad Student Council (Law School District) candidates

Nicolas Garcia

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Grad Student Council (Medical School District) candidates

Amy Tarangelo

No statement submitted.


Fossil Fuel Divestment (pending validation)

In accordance with Stanford’s commitment to ethical investment, the University should divest its endowment from fossil fuel extraction companies in order to avert further environmental and social harm caused by climate change.

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