Graduate Student Association

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

Advisor: Lindsey McPherson

GSA President

Maureen Bielinski
Current Program of Study: Ph.D. Phil



GSA Secretary

Abby Milam
Current Program of Study: MBA



GSA Treasurer*

Sousan Sawaqed
Current Program of Study: MSA




(Cameron School of Business)

Michael Wolf
Current Program of Study: MBA




John Boyer,
Current Program of Study:  Ph.D. Phil.


(Faith & Culture)

Chris Collins    










Tabita Rudder
Current Program of Study: M.Ed.



(at large)

Jeffrey Coburn
Current Program of Study: MSF



(at large)



Grad Programming Board

Advisor: Ramon Fernandez;

GSA Vice-President

John Skalko
Current Program of Study: PhD Phil



GSA Public Relations

Isabella Ybirin


GSA Purser

Ada Espinoza


Grad Clubs System

GSA Chancellor

Bridget Hardy
Current Program of Study: MAFC

Advisor: Dr. Adam Martinez,

GSA Vice Chancellor

Ally Montillo


GSA Treasurer*

Sousan Sawaqed


Judicial Council (Tribunal)

Chief Justice

Catherine Williams

Graduate Student Justice


Graduate Student Justice


Graduate Student Justice* (open)

*NOTE: all of these are first to be appointed by the Grad Student Senate by a majority vote, and approved by SGA



*GSA Treasurer is shared by both the Graduate Senate and the Graduate Clubs System.

Per article Article VI, Section 4, E of the GSA Constitution one of the senator slots may be converted to an at-large position if it is unable to be filled.

Graduate Clubs

Business Ethics Society - Cameron School of Business

  • Goal is building ethics in society through leadership, service and integrity
  • Network with the business community and build professional relationships to facilitate career paths
  • Create ethical leaders
  • Contact us at

Celt Toastmasters - All Programs

  • An international nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
  • Helps people of all backgrounds build confidence as speakers and leaders by offering a learn-by-doing opportunity that has been proven to create confident, charismatic negotiators.
  • Provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
  • Contact us at

Faith and Culture Graduate Club - Center for Faith and Culture

  • Weave UST education in programs affiliated with the Center for Faith and Culture through club events, prayer sessions and everyday life. 
  • Meets individuals where they are to transcend the self in love through our various activities. 
  • Incorporates all faiths and breaks down cultural barriers to build an all-inclusive community who challenges individuals to let go of the teachings of the world and better understand what we are truly here for. 
  • Contact us at 

Gather Round the Thomists - Philosophy Club

  • Creates a forum for philosophical discussion outside the classroom among students and professors.
  • Offers philosophy graduate students opportunities to present their work before their peers for critical evaluation and further discussion.
  • Hones the public speaking, debate, and critical thinking skills of club members.
  • Contact GRTT President Joe Cherny at

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) - School of Education

  • Implies fostering the high ideals of the education profession by assuming trusteeship of a rich professional legacy. 
  • Live out ideals including fidelity to humanity, service, science and toil. 
  • We work to teach so that our words inspire a will to learn, we serve so that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds and we live so that we may guide young and old to the truth and love of the right. 
  • Contact us at