Board to Advise on Graduate Student Issues
Sent on behalf of Pamela Johnson, Student Senate Graduate Affairs Director, and Carl Lejuez, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Graduate students, faculty and staff,
In the January 28 Provost’s Message to campus we announced efforts to establish an advisory board to guide campus leaders on issues related to the graduate student experience at the University of Kansas. Today, we are pleased to share with you the membership of this new board and their focus in the months ahead. This board will help KU quickly gain a snapshot on the climate and needs of graduate students from all areas of campus.
We are in the process of taking a constructive look at the Office of Graduate Studies and now have the Graduate Student Advisory Board with student leaders from all areas of campus. The board will advocate for the graduate and professional student body, work to address challenges faced by the community, and provide a direct line of communication to KU leadership. This group will provide an environment where students can comfortably share their ideas and concerns about the university with their peers, and give university administration a direct point of contact to solicit views from the graduate student population.
Graduate Student Advisory Board membership
Pamela Johnson, Chair, Student Senate Graduate Affairs Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessy Ayestas, Student Senate, email@example.com
Annalise Baines, Journalism, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terra Brockman, Law, email@example.com
Chris Brown, Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Dennet, Business, email@example.com
Teresa Girolamo, CLAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliza Kassebaum, Student Senate, email@example.com
Tina Coco Lai, Social Welfare, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlesia McKinney, CLAS, email@example.com
Stacy Mendez, Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bailey Miller, Engineering, email@example.com
Najmeh Moradiyan-Rizi, CLAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika Nolte, Pharmacy/Health Professions, email@example.com
Brittney Oleniacz, Student Senate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Poehling, Business, email@example.com
Beth Rankin, Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Rudeen, CLAS, email@example.com
Charu Srivatsa, Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Weingarten, Arts & Music, email@example.com
Please join us in thanking these student leaders for their service to our university and their peers. This is an exciting time to be a graduate student at KU.
In the Advisory Board’s first meeting on Feb. 27, members began to outline some of the key areas of concern KU can advance, including:
- Dissemination of information and communication,
- Professional development opportunities that also provide avenues to meet graduate students from other disciplines,
- Clear policies and best-practice guidelines,
- Mental health care,
- Funding to support graduate education,
- Scholarly travel and research support
Already Student Senate has made graduate student scholarly travel and emergency funds a priority through securing additional funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
If you have ideas on ways KU can elevate support for and enhance the education of graduate students, or how we can share the amazing work KU graduate students do every day, please share them with a GSAB member or reach out directly to Pamela.
Pamela and Carl
Bioengineering graduate student
Graduate Affairs Director, Student Senate
Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor