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Graduate Student Association


Graduate Student Association socialGSA Mission Statement

The mission of The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to represent and support the interests of the University's current and future graduate student community by supporting scholarly activities and providing leadership, service and social opportunities for its members. The GSA exists to enrich the experience of the University's graduate students and interested undergraduate students. The GSA accomplishes these objectives by responding to the changing collective needs of our primary constituents. The GSA is designed to serve all UST students.

Objectives of GSA

We aim to meet the following objectives:

  1. Support the University's Catholic mission and vision.
  2. Promote a community among graduate students and their families.
  3. Promote community with the rest of the university including the  undergraduate students.
  4. Furnish accessible, reliable and valuable information, services and programs to current and prospective graduate students.
  5. Establish an influential network to aid in the professional development of students and alumni.
  6. Partner with corporations to increase awareness of UST graduates and promote GSA activities that are consistent with the GSA mission.
  7. Partner with charitable organizations to promote the GSA and the University's Catholic mission and vision.
  8. Identification and recruitment of professional academic certifications and programs such as CMA, CFP, CPA, LPC, etc. onto the UST campus.

GSA is composed of three components: the Graduate Senate, the Graduate Programming Board, and the Graduate Clubs System.

The Graduate Senate oversees the other components and represents graduate student concerns to the university. The Graduate Programming Board runs the flagship graduate social events. It also hosts events targeted at different graduate schools such as a business networking night. The Graduate Clubs System oversees individual graduate clubs and welcomes the creation of new ones.

GSA Officers per component

Grad Senate

GSA Prez

John Skalko, Ph.D. Phil.

Advisor: Lindsey McPherson

GSA Secretary

Daniel Wagner, Ph.D. Phil.


GSA Treasurer

Allison Flake, MSF


Senator (Cameron School of Business)

Michael Wolf. MBA


Senator (CTS)

John Boyer, Ph.D. Phil.


Senator (Faith & Culture)

Reyna Anderson, MAFC


Senator (at large)

Brandi Saenz, MLA


Senator (MLA)

Ovie Oghenekevbe, MLA


Senator (Education)

Trinidad Carillo;


Senator (at large)

Mark Watson, MBA


Senator (at large)

Maureen Bielinski, MA Phil.


Grad Programming Board


Catalina Cartagena, MBA & MSF

Advisor: Ramon Fernandez;

GSA Public Relations

Livia Santos, MA Educational Leadership


GSA Purser

Andres Cuellar, MBA


Grad Clubs System

GSA Chancellor

Bridget Hardy, MAFC

Advisor: Dr. Adam Martinez,

GSA Vice Chancellor



GSA Comptroller

Erica Savage, MBA




Graduate Chief Justice

Geoffrey Meadows

Graduate Student Justice

Francisco Plaza

Graduate Student Justice

Donovan Boson

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