Spring Elections Information
Fellow Graduate & Professional Students, the nomination and election process for GPSC will be occurring once again this semester. This page will be updated periodically during the electoral season. Please check back for new information.
*Please note that our Election Code is currently under review by the GPSC Supreme Court. The document will be updated if any changes to the language are made. Our current election code stands as is and is the most recent that will be used moving forward, however, please keep in mind it is subject to change. If you would like to see a hard copy of the document that is under revision it will be made available upon request, please contact Alma Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Last updated: 4/11/2017 - Online voting link
Electoral TimelineClick or enter to reveal information below
Electoral Petition Packets:
Available - Monday, March 20, 2017
Due - 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2017
Notification of candidacy validation:
12:00 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017
Starts - Monday, April 3, 2017
Ends - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Starts - 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Ends - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Posted online on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 after the votes have been tallied and confirmed.
2017-2018 Graduate and Professional Student RepresentativesClick or enter to reveal information below
The following table shows the number of available GPSC representatives per College. The number of representatives is determined by the College's student population.
|College||# of Representatives|
|College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)||1|
|College of Education||
|College of Engineering||2|
|College of Fine Arts||1|
|College of Humanities||1|
|College of Law||1|
|Eller College of Management (MBA):||1|
|Eller College of Management (non-MBA):||2|
|College of Medicine:||3|
|College of Medicine (Phoenix):||1|
|College of Medicine (non-MD):||1|
|College of Nursing:||2|
|College of Optical Sciences:||1|
|College of Pharmacy (MS/Ph.D.):||1|
|College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.):||2|
|College of Public Health:||2|
|College of Science:||3|
|College of Social & Behavioral Sciences:||3|
|Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP):||2|
|Non-Degree Seeking Students:||1|
Candidate Petition Forms/Election FormsClick or enter to reveal information below
President NominationsClick or enter to reveal information below
As graduate and professional students - you are leaders, teachers, researchers, and invaluable members of the University of Arizona. You are the current and future leaders in education, research, industry, and community; yet, in recent years you have been undervalued and disproportionately impacted by policies that have increased tuition/fees, eliminated access to subsidized loans.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) was created to promote the causes and concerns of the graduate student body, develop and foster programs beneficial for growth and interaction, disburse funds for the benefit of professional development, and to serve as the representative body and voice on behalf of graduate and professional students. Unfortunately for the past two years, GPSC has struggled to fulfill its mission. Generating headlines for improperly allocated funds, continuing budget deficit, and most recently when a member of the executive board was arrested during a meeting.
After serving as the GPSC Director of Legislative Affairs, I am running for GPSC President to refocus GPSC on its mission to advocate for policies that impact students e.g., loan rates, fees/tuition, childcare, healthcare, and graduate compensation levels. I will work to ensure that GPSC provides benefits and funding for students through Travel Grants, Project and Research Grants, Child Care Grants, programs, events, workshops, and opportunities for professional development. Since graduating with degrees in political science and English, I have worked as a community organizer and public policy professional for governments and social service organizations - specializing in advocacy, legislation, community engagement, and grant writing. I am currently a graduate student in the MS Water, Society, and Policy program and am dedicated to advocating for policies benefit graduate and professional students. I am asking for your support. Vote for Jessica Baxter and please get more involved in GPSC.
Dylan Okechukwu Barton
With a spectrum of graduate students from diverse backgrounds, I believe the University of Arizona houses some of the most talented and ambitious thinkers, leaders, and innovators of our generation. We are united in our desire to become trailblazers- both nationally and around the globe.
Because of our diversity and our drive, I believe one of the best ways for the Graduate and Professional Student Council to accomplish its mission resides in providing students with opportunities to form connections with other professionals. The more we facilitate our students’ connections to influential entities, the more we facilitate the evolution of their aspirations and multiply their pathways to success. Certainly, connecting students to organizations and opportunities outside the University is essential. But at least equally essential is creating connections between each other here on campus.
Wildcats are doing groundbreaking work all the time and we have so much to learn from one another! Perhaps the scholarly or professional opportunity we’ve been waiting for- the opportunity of a lifetime- has been right in front of us all along. When I think of what we as graduate students can accomplish in concert with one another, I am filled with awe and excitement for the future! The frontier inter-disciplinary collaboration has been under-explored, but holds the promise of greatly enriching our professional achievement through synergy. By combining our diverse perspectives, we will find that we can create more than we could by staying confined within our colleges.
If elected as president for the GPSC, I would emphasize not merely professional development, but catalyzing our potential as graduate students by promoting inter-disciplinary collaboration between our colleges. We will become more skilled and knowledgeable professionals the more we interact with those from disciplines outside our own. Through collaboration, we will produce research and innovation far beyond our normal capabilities.
I am looking forward to returning to GPSC this year! I have spent the last year working on student health research, chairing a sub-committee as part of the Diversity Taskforce and serving on the committee to select U of A’s new President Dr. Bobby Robbins. Now I’m ready to turn my gaze back to our specific needs.
The U of A is at a unique place in its lifecycle, and I am the person to move forward the interests of graduate and professional students at this point. Having spent a few years now in and around both College and University administration I know the lay of the land and how to get things done on our campus.
I have a number of specific goals for this year that I will work toward:
- Create and maintain the UA Campus as a safe place for all students and members of the UA community
- Ensure the needs of ALL graduate and professional students are being met, including those at the Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, UA South and around the globe in UA Online
- Change graduation garb for Doctoral and PhD graduates
- Improve accountability from athletics
- Establish accountability for ASUA
- Build on “20 means 20” to keep GA, TA & RA assignments to 20 hours a week on average and provide a mechanism to report circumstances where grad workers are being treated unfairly
- Fundraise for sustainable GPSC grant programs
- Increase engagement with the National Associate of Graduate and Professional Students to work toward the security of higher education in the United States
I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve the graduate and professional students of the University of Arizona in this capacity. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time. My email is email@example.com and my cell phone number is (520)981-6116.
Thank you, and Bear Down!
Administrative and Executive Vice President NominationsClick or enter to reveal information below
Administrative Vice President Nomination
I am running for the position of Administrative Vice President on GPSC. Having served on GPSC this past term, I have identified several key areas that I believe are hindering our efforts to be a productive student government. As the AVP, I will be positioned to make administrative changes that could help GPSC function more efficiently so we may serve our constituents more effectively. Among other things, I will be responsible for communicating with representatives to ensure that council members are contributing to the fullest of their ability. I will ensure that GPSC is an inclusive organization. One where all members are engaged and passionate about serving and representing graduate students. In addition, I will continue to advocate for programs and institutional policies that benefits the entire graduate community both within GPSC as well as at the institutional level.
Executive Vice President Nominations
I am passionate about working and serving as the EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) for the 2017/2018 academic year to persistently advocate for our aims in academics, social and economics. I am ready and dedicated to representing your best interests and to humbly serve you by:
- Working in collaboration with other executives and the UA community to persistently advocate for an INCREASE IN SUBSIDIES FOR ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS to potentially enhance graduate life on campus.
- Fighting for an ALL-INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT WITH THE GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS. This would be done through creating an OPEN FORUM ON THE GPSC WEBSITE where students can log in with their ID numbers to bring up their various innovative ideas that would help GPSC in carrying out its mission. I would also work towards the effectiveness of representatives of the GPSC constituencies. This, I believe would establish effective and direct communication between students and the leadership.
- Working hand-in-hand with other executives to organize EDUCATIVE AND AWARDING EVENTS SUCH AS RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS FOR GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS. This would help and encourage all graduate students to share the outcomes of their hard works for awesome prizes.
- Increasing PUBLICITY ON GPSC GRANT OPPORTUNITIES available for graduate and professional students and MAKING THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING FUNDING FROM GPSC, MORE FLEXIBLE.
- Finally, as graduate students, we are often loaded with research projects and other assignments which can cause high levels of stress. As result, I will collaborate with the GPSC social chair and propose CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE SOCIAL EVENTS THAT WILL BE ATTRACTIVE TO ALL GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS. My intention with this proposal is to help students to relax in a fun and entertaining setting.
In all, I will work to bring all graduate and professional students on board for all-inclusive governance so that together, we can all contribute to achieving our aims as Graduate and professional students. Yes, TOGETHER WE CAN! Vote right. Vote…. Alfred Acquah
My name is Anandraj Thiyagarajaperumal. I am currently pursuing my masters in Management Information Systems from Eller College of Management and I’m running for the Executive vice president position.The role of GPSC has never been more important than it is now. Increasing academic costs and challenges to the diversity of student body means that the GPSC must be ready for the rising challenges and needs support from every graduate student. But, most of the graduate students are still unclear about GPSC’s activities for the academic, economic and social betterment of all graduate students. I seek a position as GPSC Executive Vice president to continue advocating for the graduate and professional students, to increase awareness among students about GPSC’s activities and to increase their active participation in the GPSC’s events and decision making process. The key issue I would like to address as Executive Vice President would be to find ways to increase the travel and research grants for the graduate and professional students, easing their financial burden and helping them network with scholars worldwide. While I am aware of the budget cuts that GPSC faced in the previous year, I would like to find alternate ways to increase the funds, such as reaching out to the Business community in Tucson. As a Candidate with a lot of Industry experience, I think I would be able to connect with the business community easily. I would also strive to voice the concerns of the graduate and professional students to the members of University and state legislature. And, I hope to improve the transparency and communications within the GPSC for its efficient operations. Let’s all work together to make GPSC rise up to the challenges and serve the Graduate students better.
College Repesentative NominationsClick or enter to reveal information below
Dear Graduate and Professional Students:
I am an international student running for At-Large representative at GPSC elections. I have commitment in public service. My whole career as a human rights lawyer has been dedicated to defending individual and collective rights. For instance, I have advocated for the rights of underserved communities, women, and indigenous peoples. Additionally, my experience in academia allows me to understand the needs of graduate and professional students. I have an M.A. in history, an LLM, and am currently a SJD candidate. I have also been a lecturer and G.A. I would like to use my knowledge and skills at GPSC to improve students’ access to grants and awards.
Graduate and professional students’ life is not easy. All of us have a lot of academic responsibilities and extra-academic duties for building our career profile. Plus, we are in debt, depend on a scholarship or have a demanding job. Some of us are international students who struggle to succeed in a different culture. We need to make University of Arizona hear our voices. We need the university to make the best decisions for supporting us during some of the most challenging years of our lives. I would like to be the voice you need at the GPSC.
Carmen A. Mestizo-Castillo
Raul Iturralde Gonzalez
College of Fine Arts
I’m thrilled to be running for Graduate and Professional Student Council as the candidate to represent the College of Fine Arts in the 2017-2018 academic year. While serving as GPSC representative, I plan to encourage collaboration between the fine arts and other industries, foster community through social initiatives, and spread awareness of the College of Fine Arts student's contributions to the University of Arizona to the greater graduate and professional student population. My initiatives will improve the lives of graduate and professional students by giving them a place to engage with students from other academic backgrounds and experience conversation, community, and exciting collaborative possibility. Under my leadership, students will be heard and cared for, and I will do my best to find a timely solution to each and every concern. I am committed to the College of Fine Arts, GPSC and the University of Arizona family and I will be an optimistic, reliable, engaged and present representative for the GPSC community. I look forward to serving our exceptional community as College of Fine Arts representative in GPSC next year.
The primary function of any constituent representative should be two-fold: firstly, to provide pertinent information to the College’s graduate student population and, secondly, to give a strong voice to the concerns and needs of that same group. The College of Fine Arts can be a challenging organization in that we have many of the same goals, yet the student population tends to be divided into our particular areas and practices without extensive contact with one another. Although I am a member of the School of Art with my research focused in Art History, I am uniquely positioned to fulfill the aforementioned functions. Having participated in various performing and studio arts (photography, bands, choirs, musical theater, and color guard), I have an understanding not only of my current area, but of the unique contributions each of the other areas in the College of Fine Arts provides to our overall importance within the University system. I have made contacts throughout the College, including current participation within the University choirs, and I consider myself a strong supporter of all forms of artistic expression. Additionally, am prepared to communicate and work with the whole of the Graduate student body within our college in taking your concerns to the GPSC when needed.
College of Public Health
My name is David Contreras and I am pursuing my Masters in Environmental and Occupational Health with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). I am a lifelong wildcat and Tucson native hoping to join the GPSC and serve the institution, and community, that has supported me throughout my academic career. If elected the Tucson College of Public Health GPSC representative I will dedicate my time in office to ensuring that the ideas, needs, and concerns of my constituency are heard. Furthermore, I will work to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion across our graduate community. One of my primary objectives as GPSC representative will be to increase funding for graduate research. As MEZCOPH’s student body grows, so does its participation in innovative research across the various public health disciplines. In an effort to encourage student participation in research, I will collaborate with the GPSC to allocate more grant funding to MEZCOPH students so they are able to fulfill their research and academic endeavors, and revolutionize the health sciences. Furthermore, my term in office will also be dedicated to increasing inter-professional research, education, and community service among graduate students, fostering a culture that integrates the skills of all members of the health sciences community. To ensure that our graduates are well equipped for careers in healthcare, I will work to expand our professional development resources and establish and develop partnerships with organizations that offer an array of internships and professional opportunities that provide real-world experience in healthcare. In celebration of the diversity on our campus, I will host college wide meetings to unify individuals from all backgrounds and identities to discuss news and issues pertaining to public health and the health sciences. I look forward to working hard next year and improving the graduate experience at the University of Arizona. Bear Down!
College of Science
As a graduate student I have been positively impacted by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) and as such would like contribute positively to the organization. For example, I appreciate that as a graduate student I am not required to fund certain athletics fees, which is a consequence of GPSC action. Recently, a friend and fellow graduate student was able to quit smoking as a result of the graduate student health insurance which afforded him Chantix. Occurrences likethese are exciting and the reason I would like to be involved with the organization that makes them possible. As a Biological Chemistry Program Fellow I co-hosted the BCP Welcome Retreat this yeargiving recent experience with event planning on campus. Involvements with the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development graduate program and the Maximizing Access to Research Careers undergraduate program have also helped qualify me for a GPSC representative position. I feel that Iwould make a good advocate for fellow graduate students in the College of Science as others havebeen for me and my colleagues. During my time on GPSC I would like to get involved in the services that are provided. Specifically, I am interested in travel grant applications. I have had the opportunity to attend scientific conferences and believe that it is an imperative part of graduate school education. The travel grants that makeattending these conferences possible are some of the most beneficial services we have access to asgraduate students. My goal is to make sure there is as much funding as is possible for opportunitieslike this. I am satisfied to see graduate students making the most of their time in graduate school and believe my goals will represent the best interest of College of Science graduate students.
College of Social and Behavior Sciences
I am running for Constituency Representative because I would love to the next Social Chair or Secretary for the 2017-2018 school year. This is my fourth semester at the University of Arizona and I am a Master's student in the English Department. I understand how much work it takes to be a graduate student, however, at the same time I realize that graduate students still need to have a social life. My second semester here I went to many of the events hosted by the GPSC and really enjoyed them. I also convinced my friends from different departments to go and I still remember when the previous GPSC Social Chair told me that I should try running. Currently, I have a 4.0 GPA, although I have had some issues this semester but fortunately I am going to finish the semester. School has always come first to me, but I have always been active socially, as well as academically. Besides my current job as a GTA teaching English 101 and now 107, I also have a part-time job as a brand ambassador for different companies in which I basically do giveaways and promote certain alcoholic beverages responsibly. I think my job as a brand ambassador could help me with my position as Social Chair. I also have previous experience working as a resident assistant during my last year at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). I was a resident assistant during the 2013-2014 school year and a big part of my job description was hosting socials, in other words social events for not only my floor, but for the whole dormitory of 280 students, as well as any student on campus who wanted to come. I would post fliers around the dorm a week in advance and my socials (sometimes with other RAs) would include stress-relief making eye masks and play-doh to Pancake-Oreos. Lastly, I was also an Undergraduate Admissions Student Representative at UNH and at Manchester Community College. As a student rep I volunteered giving tours to prospective students and their parents. I also sat on college panels and even visited high schools. Something that made me unique as a student rep is that not only was I a transfer student, but I was also a nontraditional student. I would love to have the opportunity to represent my college and all graduate students as the Social Chair next year.
College of Engineering
My fellow Engineering students: my name is Silvana Ayala and I would be honored to have your vote as your College of Engineering Representative. Connection is why GPSC is here – as we are making our paths through our studies, having the support of other students throughout campus and of a council to provide opportunities for interaction, networking, professional development and even fun is key to our development as well-rounded professionals. From my past leadership experiences, I have learned that being proactive is just as important as promoting teamwork, and my voice will be a valuable addition to the Graduate Student Council. As an international student in engineering, I know how much it means to have opportunities to develop myself with Industry and how hard it is to find these opportunities. I am committed to standing with all those served by the education and mentorship of the College of Engineering, especially those in underserved communities and from groups which are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.
Rahul Kumar Bhadani
In November 2016, I was elected as a College of Engineering representative and during this short time, I worked with Residence Life and successfully managed to prevent graduate housing rent from being increased for FY 2017-18. I am running again to serve graduate student community because it is very important to me that problems concerning graduate students such as matter related with tuition and fee are not dealt without adequate representation of graduate students. My goals for 2017-2018 are to continue to improve travel grant application process and organize a workshop for graduate students from College of Engineering where they could voice their concerns regarding grants and comprehensive exams in person. As there is only few engineering-exclusive social events, this will be a valuable opportunity for graduate students to connect outside their labs and classrooms, and build a community of knowledge and support. Being one of the largest colleges in the University, in terms of international student enrollment, my effort will be to provide a medium using which international engineering students will be able to integrate with domestic students and the local culture to make them feel home.
College of Optical Sciences
My name is Amanjot Kaur Gill and I am seeking a position of GPSC representative of Optical Sciences in GPSC. A position for a person with experience and a person that will voice the concerns and represent every graduate student’s issues with full concern. Being an international student, I believe in diversity and as a GPSC representative of Optical Sciences I will make sure that each graduate student is aware of all the facilities they can have in U of A as a graduate student. When I was attending my own graduate orientation, and was listening all the opportunities we can have, I there realized that having this knowledge in bulk in two days to capture and remember it for future use is not an easy job. I want to modify the way of approach. Another thing that I noticed is that GPSC and other councils email the important information on routine basis and most of students ignore them because of their very busy schedule. This approach can be changed with help of professors. My idea is that if after class is done the last slide of PowerPoint presentation can be of information regarding GPSC opportunities to avail in next coming weeks. This will increase the number of students being aware to these events. Other strong thing that I noticed is that there is a barrier between international and home country graduate students. This issue is due to less interaction outside class and we need to decrease this gap. Hosting such everts department wise will be more successful. I have been an active member in the previous engineering college where I teach for 3 years and I feel that I am capable enough in handling all the responsibilities that is given to me as an GPSC representative of optical sciences. I have strong communication skills, that are most important to interact with so that you can bring new issues in front of board. Bringing new issues is not an important job more important how to solve? If you can notice the issue you should also come with solution. I believe this is key point of my personality. Commitment is what I will give to every other member of GPSC I want to be the one that insure that all ideas and problems of students are not only heard but resolved and put on ground terms. GPSC has accomplished a lot in past and is doing better day by day and I want to part of it. I would like to say in last that words don’t matter but work do. And I will prove it if I got this golden chance to be part of GPSC.
College of Education
I am a graduate student in the College of Education pursuing a degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Being a graduate student can be stressful, and I appreciate the importance of school-life balance. I know the Graduate and Professional Student Council offers many resources to help students achieve a balance between professional development, socialization, and stress management. University of Arizona is a campus filled with students from many diverse backgrounds. I wish to ensure GPSC events are welcoming and inclusive of our diverse student body, and that all students can benefit from the resources offered. With a background in marketing and extensive professional experience in the field of mental health, I bring a unique combination of skills and expertise to GPSC. I am excited about what GPSC has to offer, and am eager to become more involved as a representative for the College of Education. I would be honored to have your vote in representing the College of Education.
I am seeking the position to represent the college education within GPSC because I believe the organization has great potential to much more productive and be a tool that can be a vehicle to facilitate relationships and grows skills that can benefit students throughout our academic and professional careers. My decision to run comes after consulting with other graduate students about their experiences and interactions with GPSC. Ii feel that I can be influential in changing the organization for the better and assisting in ushering a new era where the group is known for its accomplishments and not internal conflict and strife..
A specific action I would see is an increase professional development opportunities. We have a huge resource being here at the U of A and I would like to maximize the campus resources around us building relationships with departments on campus in order to enhance the experience of all graduate and professional students. A second goal I would lie to see accomplished is GPSC being seen as tool tat graduate students feel is a way to communicate issues and concerns to administrators other policies that effect as group. Additionally I would like for the organization to actively facilitate relationships that have the potential to benefit students across disciplines throughout our academic and professional careers.
I am excited for the opportunity to run as a representative of the College of Education. This is my second semester in the college and as I spend more time here, I learn more about its infrastructure and how it could be improved and advocated for. My primary interests as a representative are to increase use of the data the GPSC already has through assessment projects at an individual college level and subsequent college level assessment projects (surveys, focus projects) specific to the needs of the students represented. As I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Arizona, my first year as a graduate student is not my first exposure to the GPSC. As a former member of both the Freshman Fee Advisory Board and the Student Service Fee Advisory Board, both of which have graduate representation (FFAB through SSFAB proxy) and as the current GPSC Institute Director, I have had the opportunity to work with graduate students for the last 4 years and throughout the first ¾ of this year. Similarly, my role as the Opinions Editor of the Daily Wildcat during my undergraduate career has afforded me the opportunity to have interacted with the GPSC in editorial form, accepting and publishing their letters to the editor and representing them at ABOR and other administrative meetings. During my tenure as a representative for the College of Education I hope to better advocate for our college and be a more active participant on committees within GPSC and outside; I also intend to retain my position as the Institute Director for GPSC. In this role, I believe there are excellent options for assessment (mentioned above) and as a rep I want to advocate for more college specific assessment projects through the GPSC. Specific projects to the College of Education include, but are not limited to: an assessment of the competitiveness of our internal financial aid, travel and research support and Ga/Ta/Ra funding availability compared to other colleges and departments per capita of graduate students; an assessment of the research output of our students and their conference attendance.