About Us


About GSG

Graduate Student Government (GSG) is the official representative body for graduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is comprised of the executive (Executive Committee) and legislative (Assembly) branches. We meet monthly at our General Assembly Meetings, which are open to all graduate students. GSG is funded by the Graduate Student Activities Fee.

The mission of GSG is to advocate on behalf of graduate students at the University of Maryland and in our state. GSG represents the interests of graduate students and graduate employees at the university-level, system-level, and state-level. We are committed to using our resources to provide, support, and encourage graduate student programming that serves the varied interests of our constituents. We are committed to the practice of shared governance and vow to hold university administration, the campus community, and ourselves accountable in the ongoing struggle to fulfill that promise. We are committed to fighting injustice and working to transform the structures, policies, and cultures that enable systems of oppression at this university and in our communities.

Contact Info:

Website: www.gsg.umd.edu

Email: gsg-office@umd.edu

Facebook: @gsg.umd

Twitter: @GSGUMD


Officers (2017 - 2018) 


Michael Goodman


Legislative Affairs

Adria Schwarber


Public Relations

Katie Brown


Student Affairs

Xu Han


Community Development

Jamie Welch


Committee Affairs

Dwayne Parker 


Academic Affairs

Mahad Ahmad


Financial Affairs

Devin Scott


All executive positions are open for nominations during the general election in the spring. Each VP is expected to work approximately five hours per week for the GSG. For this work, they receive an honoraria of $1,334 per semester. Attendance of the Assembly is mandatory for all executives. If three Assembly meetings are missed, they are automatically cited with a Charge Of Neglect and the Assembly votes on impeachment.

For a list of officer descriptions, please visit the Officer Descriptions page.

GSG Staff
Director of Operations - Morgan Wiggan 

Chief of Staff -  Caden Fabbi



Every fee-paying graduate student at the University of Maryland is a member of Graduate Student Government. A smaller number of students, called Program Representatives, convene monthly as an Assembly to discuss issues which require collective action. Anyone can attend these open meetings, but only the Representatives can vote on the resolutions and amendments presented. We follow parliamentary procedure in the Assembly to ensure democratic and reasonably efficient operations.

To learn more about the responsibilities and duties of a Program Representative, please visit our Representative Responsibilities page. 

Duncan McElfresh AMSC Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Latisha Judd ANSC Animal Sciences
Casey Cavanagh AOSC Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Emma Schrantz ARHP Architecture and Historic Preservation
Carrie Holt ASTR Astronomy
Jurrian van Haaren BISI Biological Sciences
Haleigh Eppler BISI Biological Sciences
Liule Han BMGT Business and Management
Roxanne Jaffe BPHD Business and Management
Leila Duman CHEM Chemistry
David McDonald CLAS Classics
Yehuda Katz CMSC Computer Science
Roozbeh Yousefzadeh CMSC Computer Science
Sifan Xu COMM Communication
Clark Esty ENAE Aerospace Enginnering
Paresh P Singhai ENCE Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ciara Lynton ENEE Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lana Benny ENFP Engineering, Fire Protection
Roozbeh Bakhshi ENME Mechanical Engineering
Ruben Acevedo ENME Mechanical Engineering
Barret Wessel ENST Environmental Science and Technology
Rebecca Wilson-Ounekeo ENTM Entomology
Franklin Solomon Christu Doss Clement ENTS Telecommunications
Aditya S Lad ENTS Telecommunications
Shy Porter FMSC Family Science
Rachel Lamb GEOG Geographical Sciences
Erin Cunningham GEOL Geology
Kainan Gao GVPT Government and Politics
MacGregor Obergfell HESI Higher Ed, Student Affairs, and International Ed Policy
Rebecca Bieber HESP Hearing and Speech Sciences
Guy Aldridge HIST History
Prerak Sheth INFM Information Management
Bobbie Foster JOUR Journalism
Lauren Weiss KNES Kinesiology
Aaron Doliana LING Linguistics
Yassaman Vafai MCHS Maternal and Child Health
Becky Patterson MIEH Environmental Health Sciences
Yasaswini Kanjula MSBA Business Analytics
Felix Bartsch NACS Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Rishov Goswami NFSC Nutrition and Food Science
Danielle Curret PLCY Public Policy
Jesse Graves PLCY Public Policy
Shivang Patel PMRO Robotics
Harrison Adetunji PMSE Systems Engineering
Aldrich Reuel Raj Raja PMSU Sustainable Energy Engineering
David Ampofo PSYC Psychology
Hannah Kleman SOCY Sociology
Kayla Watson SPAP Spanish Language and Literature
Holly Simmons URPD Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Nat Baldino WMST Women's Studies

For a full list of programs with open seats, please click here.

Governing Documents


The governing documents of the GSG are the Constitution and the Bylaws. Changes to the constitution require a referendum that goes out to the graduate student population in which at least 500 students vote. Bylaws, on the other hand, can be changed by a two-thirds majority in the GSG Assembly. Click on the following links to download the documents: