About Us

About GSG

The Graduate Student Government is the only campus organization sponsored, staffed and run exclusively by graduate students. If you are a graduate student, you are automatically a member of the GSG, and your Student Activity Fee goes directly to the funding of this organization. We are completely independent of the university administration, and we report only to the graduate student body. We advocate for graduate students on and off campus, bringing our concerns to University officials, USM officials, the Board of Regents, and lawmakers.


Stephanie Cork
Stephanie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health. 
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President's Reports
Rianna Murray
VP for Student Affairs
Rianna is a PhD candidate in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) at the School of Public Health. 
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Garrett Bradford
VP for Committee Affairs
Garrett is a Master's candidate in the Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation program within the Department of Communication.
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Natasha Seraj
VP for Legislative Affairs
Natasha is a 2nd year doctoral student pursuing her doctorate in Biochemistry.
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Adria Schwarber
VP for Academic Affairs
Adria is a fourth-year Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC) PhD student.
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Nygel Williams
VP for Community Development
Nygel is a first year masters student in the Health Administration program in the School of Public Health. 
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Clare Sengupta
VP for Financial Affairs
Clare is a doctoral candidate in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program within the Biology department. Contact Clare
Amanda Strausser
Director of Operations
Amanda is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health. Contact Amanda
Katie Brown
VP for Public Relations
Katie Brown is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. 
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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 $1,250 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.

Faculty Advisor 

Dr. Kimberly Stroka 

Assistant Professor 
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland, College Park


email: kstroka@umd.edu

Staff Advisor 


Sarah Grun

Sarah Grun is the Coordinator for Graduate Student Life (GSL) at UMD. Sarah serves as the advisor to GSG and the executive board, helping navigate University resources, policies, and connecting GSG with other offices across campus. She also serves as an advocate for GSG and grad students. You can find her at Assembly Meetings and in the Graduate Student Lounge if you need help or have questions during your time at UMD.

Graduate Student Life Director  
Stamp Student Union, 0121C
University of Maryland, College Park

GSG Staff

Caden Fabbi
Chief of Staff
Caden is a 1st year Master's student in the School of Public Policy.
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Sneha Sahu
Sneha is a second year MIM Graduate student in College of Information Studies
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Shivika Khare
Shivika is a second year MIM Graduate student in College of Information Studies 
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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. 

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: