Grad Student Council (Graduate at Large District) candidates

Melanie Malinas

Hello, my name is Melanie and I am currently a third-year PhD student in the Biophysics program. I am running as an at-large candidate as part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition. Please vote for me, Natalie Deam, Kari Barclay, and Aaron Hopes for your at-large candidates!

As a candidate for the GSC I am interested in the following issues.

1) Graduate student well-being is of the utmost importance and should be prioritized. I want to advocate for graduate students on important issues that affect them such as healthcare benefits, transportation benefits, and mental health resources.

2) I want to work with the Undergraduate Senate and the Exec in their efforts to reform and improve Stanford's sexual misconduct and discrimination policies and procedures. I also want to work to make graduate students more aware of the options available to them in cases of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and partner violence - these ...

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Natalie Deam

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Gregor Quack

Hi everyone! I’m Gregor, a second-year PhD student in the Art & Art History department. I am running for an at-large position on the GSC as part of the **Graduate Solidarity Coalition.**

Being a Grad Student, and moving to another country to be one, is more than just a full-time job. For many of us it's a life-altering and sometimes disruptive decision. Born and raised in Germany, I am at Stanford as an International Student and hope to advocacy for internationals a central focus of my work in the GSC. I hope to pair creating an enjoyable social environment with advocating for more just university policies that will allow us to enjoy that environment.

Together with my friends from the Graduate Solidarity Coalition, I will push for the GSC to advocate for the changes that affect us most directly. Although the GSC does **not yet** have a seat at ...
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Kari Barclay

Hello, folks! I’m Kari, a first-year PhD in Theater and Performance Studies committed to building a supportive, compassionate, and fun graduate student community. I am running at-large for GSC as part of the Graduate Solidarity Coalition. If elected, I hope to pair creating an enjoyable social environment with advocating for more just university policies that will allow us to enjoy that environment. I especially want to advocate for international students, co-terms, and those with marginalized identities who are sometimes overlooked. Here are some of the areas in which I hope to improve graduate life:

University Policy

I want to ensure that university provides a good place to work and live for students. To this end, I will push for better healthcare in the form of full health insurance across departments, paid parental leave, and wider health provider options, especially for mental health care. I want to ensure that all ...

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Gabby Badica

Hello!

My name is Gabby Badica and I have been the GSC Social Chair for the past two years. I have really enjoyed expanding the number of social events in my time as Social Chair; I hope to do that even more over the next year.

I organized the Welcome Back Party, Thanksgiving Dinner and Grad Formal, as well as added a number of other events for grad students: the Silent Night Winter Party and the Valentine's Day party with the CA program, Speed Friending with the Alumni Association, De-Stress Day, and How to Find Off-Campus Housing Info Sessions (first started as a partnership with the off-campus CA program) and this summer I will do a July 4th Barbecue!

I think getting to know other graduate students and taking a study break is important for our well-being and I will work hard to constantly improve and increase our number ...

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Grad Student Council (Graduate Earth Science District) candidates

Tianze Liu

I am a 4th year PhD in the Department of Geophysics, who is originally from China. I served in the last year's GSC as a voting member and as the chair of the funding committee. My goal in the coming year is to improve the welfare of graduate students, to help graduate student organizations thrive, and to promote diversity of the graduate community.

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Shanna Chu

I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Geophysics Department. I am interested in improving the welfare of graduate students, by 1) improving transparency between the Stanford administration/staff and the student community, 2) improving the accessibility of resources to graduate students, including healthcare, transportation, housing, career services, and child care, 3) supporting graduate student organizations, and 4) conducting investigations into the quality of graduate student life. I'm also interested in hearing input from the student community at large, on how you believe graduate student welfare can be improved.

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Grad Student Council (School of Education District) candidates

Rosie Nelson

My name is Rosie Nelson and I am a third year PhD student in the Graduate School of Education (GSE). I currently serve as the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Education Representative and am running for re-election to the GSC. If re-elected, I will focus on issues related to improving graduate student experiences at all levels, whether you are a new student or coterm working on your master's degree, a doctoral student preparing to defend your dissertation, or a professional student thinking about next steps and life after Stanford.

Next year, I want to work with the GSC to identify the challenges Stanford graduate students are facing and address those challenges through focused programming and advocating for campus policy changes. I initially want to focus on three primary areas: student health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and housing.

Beyond those areas, I am currently working with other GSC members to ...

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Grad Student Council (Graduate School of Engineering District) candidates

Zhiyuan "Jerry" Lin

Hi! I am a first-year Computer Science PhD student. I would love to be part of the GSC to better serve the graduate student community. I'm particularly interested in

1) First and foremost, the overall well-being of graduate student body is always going to be the top priority of my work at the GSC.

2) As the Computer Science new admit weekend co-chair and a first-year Computer Science student myself, I understand it might not be easy to transition into a graduate student life and I would like to work on creating a smoother transition for junior students into their graduate study.

3) Having served at Career Services during my undergraduate, I love to connect people with opportunities! At the GSC, I want to help facilitate better communications between departments as well as between Stanford and industries so that graduate students can be exposed to new ideas, connections and ...

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Isa Rosa

Hello Graduate Student!

Thanks for voting! My name is Isamar Rosa (Isa for short) and I'm a fourth year PhD student at the Department of Civil Engineering focusing on Structures (CEE-SEG). I’m an average graduate student who tempts procrastination by cooking, baking, running and attending Stanford and GSC-sponsored events. (Free food fuels my life)

What have I been doing these past 2 years as your representative?

In 2015-2016, I organized the PhD Movie events series, the PhD Movie 2 showing and Dr. Cham’s visit. In addition, I made the GSC meetings longer by asking tough questions to make sure that the events sponsored with your money are being as inclusive as possible. Also volunteered at our events, wondered if the administration actually listened to my anecdotal comments about the growing grad stipend inequality, and learned about the pros and cons of a decentralized university.

In 2016-2017, I ...

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Sahar El Abbadi

I’m a 4th year PhD student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, running with the Graduate Empowerment Coalition. Together, our coalition aims to improve graduate student life at Stanford through policy and social support that address the variety of experiences in the graduate student body. In particular, I will prioritize the following:

  • Outreach and advocacy on behalf of students vulnerable under ongoing/future Trump administration policies. Ensure Stanford is an inclusive space in which university policies and practices actively reject all forms of discrimination

  • Quality of Life: Increase availability of affordable housing, improve health care coverage and subsidies for graduate students as well as our partners and dependents, expand transportation options by providing Go Passes & Ecopasses to all graduate students.

  • Academic: Establish university-wide policies for admissions, program milestones and TA requirements. Promote cross-campus discussion and interdisciplinary research & collaboration.

The Graduate Empowerment Coalition also will strive to ensure the GSC operates transparently ...

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Yiqing Ding

Hello everyone! My name is Yiqing Ding or just Yiching, a first year M.S student in Aeronautics and Astronautics. I would like to serve our great Stanford graduate community from several perspectives:

(1) Diversity

First as a graduate student, then as a minority, I value the culture of diversity and inclusion in our great community but I am also concerned with the implication of the recent election. Therefore, it would be my utmost goal to perserve, protect and promote the diversity in our community while making sure prejudice and discrimination will not be tolerated.

(2) Housing

It is well known that we are currently undergo a graduate housing crisis and many Master's students will likely lose on-campus housing in the upcoming year. If elected, I pledge to not only urge the university to provide proper assistance (such as off-campus housing information, transportation subsidy, etc) to those affected by ...

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Yikai Yin

Hello! I am Yikai, a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering.

I believe that GSC is a home for expression of thoughts, ideas or concerns associated to both academic and extracurricular activities of all graduate students. I wish to be part of it and dedicate myself to the graduate community at Stanford.

I would be striving to: (1) build a better platform to visualize graduate students' ideas and realize graduate students' wishes related to their campus life; (2) continuously improve the overall in-class and after-class experience for graduate students; (3) keep enhancing the communications and collaborations of graduate students from different years, majors and backgrounds.

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Ruishan Liu

Hi! My name is Ruishan Liu, a first-year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. I am running for GSC because of my passion and dedication to serve our Stanford graduate students.

I would love to advocate for improving the student welfare, such as health care, psychological aid, campus security, dining, housing and transportation. I am also interested in 1) student activities and events: better organization and arrangement, improving the participation of students, and enhancing our diverse culture; 2) study and research: support for working students, promoting more TA opportunities, and guides for new students 3) academic resource: interdisciplinary and intercollegiate communication & collaboration.

To serve in the GSC is to serve all the graduate students. There are far more issues not listed here. Contact me through ruishan@stanford.edu and I am excited to address, advocate and solve them for us.

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Kate Gasparro

Stanford’s vibrant graduate community deserves a Graduate Student Council that can represent the needs of the graduate student body and provide students with access to resources. If elected to the GSC, I want to work with graduate students from across campus to:

  1. Increase community on campus: Graduate students come from all backgrounds and our diversity is a strength. I am interested in continuing graduate-wide events that promote camaraderie and create new events that bring together different student groups.

  2. Support graduate student well-being: Graduate students have different priorities and goals. As mental health awareness and care has become a greater issue for the graduate student community, it is important to make sure students have adequate resources for living a healthy life at Stanford.

  3. Organize resources for graduate students: As graduate students, we are often busy with our coursework, research, family and social lives. I would work to make sure GSC ...

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Dan Walls

Hi Grad Community - I am a 4th year PhD candidate in ChemE. I declare my candidacy for the GSC as part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition. We are interested in sourcing, addressing, and resolving issues that we face as graduate students, who may also be spouses, parents, LGBTQIA, POC, international, indigenous, undocumented, first generation, part-time, commuters, or embody other identities.

I will work to:

  • support grad orgs and events
  • expand access to housing, transportation, health and wellness services (primary, mental, dental, childcare), and research funding
  • end sexual violence on campus
  • promote cross-campus discussion for interdisciplinary scholarship and community-building

Our university should be an inclusive space, absolutely rejecting racism, sexism, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, jingoism, ableism, and all other bigotries, in word and action. It should support and uplift all of its students, workers, and faculty, and we have the responsibility and ability to hold it to account. Thank you.

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Grad Student Council (H&S-Humanities District) candidates

Juan Lamata

Healthcare:

Paid parental leave, more coverage, more local providers, more mental health support. Proper healthcare is fundamental to doing good work. Graduate students are expected to fulfill a host of functions absolutely vital to the university— teaching, coordinating workshops, organizing departmental events, and so much more— all while also producing cutting-edge research, and world-class writing. We deserve a healthcare plan that is commensurate to the quality and quantity of work we do, so that Stanford can continue to be a center for education and innovation.

Housing:

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, "Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened." Sadly, too many graduate students fall into this category. Whether it's by building new units, offering more and better subsidies, or some other means, the university needs to expand affordable living options to graduate students.

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Pau Guinart

Hello!

My name is Pau Guinart and I'm the incumbent co-chair of the GSC with Terence Theisen. I've been involved in the GSC for the last three years and during the past year in a pretty intense way. I have the feeling that by now I have accumulated enough experience to be able to advise the new members of the GSC and make sure that they have all the necessary information to properly represent the interests of the graduate students .

The topics I feel most passionate about are:

  • Housing: let's try to reach a point in which this is not the main concern for so many grad students...

  • Mental health: during the past year we've built a good relationship with the administration and it will be good to keep working with them regarding this dimension that affects so many graduate students. I particularly believe in intensifying ...

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

Megan Conlon

My name is Megan, I am a 4th year Ph.D candidate in the Biology department. While I have not run for GSC positions before, I have served in a number of capacities to represent bioscience graduate students including: vice-president and social chair of the Stanford Bioscience Student Association, co-founder and mentor of the Biology Mentorship Program, and graduate mentor for First-Generation/Low-Income undergraduates. I am running as a part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition dedicated to "empowering students by improving policy, social bonds and support, and an efficient GSC."

While I am committed to broadly advocating for, and working toward improving graduate student life, a few distinct personal platforms are below.

1) Protecting vulnerable student populations subject to persecution from the Trump administration is my top priority. The executive orders threatening the security of our students cannot be left unanswered. I will do everything in my power to give ...

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

Jennifer Hill

Hey, I’m Jennie Hill – a fifth year Sociology PhD student. I currently serve as the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Social Science Representative and am running for re-election.

You're my rep?

While on the GSC, I have been a consistent and fierce advocate for internal reform, most notably in the areas of procedural and financial transparency and accountability: a) Objected and voted against the repeated closure of meetings to public observation and comment. (Translation: no “secret” portions of meetings, nor confidential consultations with the administration.)
b) Pushed to formally clarify the powers of GSC in relation the ASSU governmental structure and Stanford’s administration
c) Advocated and enabled greater oversight of ASSU financial managers
d) Supported initiatives to more proactively solicit information from students about their priorities and desires from student representatives
e) Called for political responsiveness and leadership from GSC. Fought against efforts pushing the GSC to abstain ...

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Grad Student Council (Law School District) candidates

Ryan Roberts

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Grad Student Council (Medical School District) candidates

Alejandro Schuler

My vision of graduate student life at Stanford is one where we work together without barriers, in communion with one another, and effectively in order to accomplish great things. As president of BioAIMS, Men's Outreach Coordinator at the WCC, BMI departmental student representative, and voting member of several SoM-wide policy and admissions committees, I have three years' worth of experience in leading graduate students to create meaningful policy changes, build community, and run efficient organizations. The Stanford-wide Graduate Empowerment Coalition shares my vision: to improve the quality of graduate life on campus by empowering graduate students through improved policy, strong social bonds, and an efficient GSC.

Improving Policy

We will directly tackle the major issues that graduate students face, allowing us to focus more on our outstanding research and teaching, and extend Stanford’s pioneering traditions to the well-being and representation of graduate students. Although the GSC does not ...

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