GSA Executive Board
Bill Duffey- Director of Advocacy and Outreach
Hometown: Dedham, MA Program: Full-time MBA, Class of 2014
I have worked with leaders from other graduate programs while planning joint-events for the Graduate Management Association, GSA Activities Board, and other student groups. My motivation behind getting involved in past endeavors has always been the same: to leverage the incredible strengths each program offers, with the goal of elevating the experience for all of us. While obvious strives have been made to promote collaboration across programs and student groups, I believe this opportunity is still underutilized. This year, my overarching objective is to capitalize upon this latent potential. In addition, I look forward to serving as a voice for the graduate student body to the administration.
Letter from Director of Advocacy and Outreach:
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2013-14 academic year at Boston College. I am excited at the opportunity to serve as your Director of Advocacy and Outreach of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and I will do my best to carry out the duties of the office to the best of my abilities.
First, let me tell you a bit about what the GSA is and how it relates to your life as a graduate student. We are a student-run organization that serves two primary purposes: to provide programming to meet graduate student needs and advocate within the greater Boston College community for issues of importance to graduate students.
So that is what it says on our website, but what does that really mean? We want to help enhance your experience as a B.C. grad student. That may be providing grant money so you can attend a conference. It may be voicing your opinion to administrators. Often, it is simply throwing an event where you can unwind and not stress about finals or papers for a few minutes or a few hours.
We have the funds, resources, and access to drive change – so if there is a policy, program, or system that is negatively affecting your time here, tell us. Reach out to your program’s president or senator, and if you don’t know who that is, email me. While I can’t promise a successful outcome in every instance, I can assure you I will try my best and exhaust every avenue available.
Personally, I believe the GSA has been an underutilized resource in recent years. My goal is to change that. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
I look forward to meeting and hearing from many of you over the coming year.
Director of Advocacy and Outreach, GSA
MBA Candidate, 2014
Kelly Cocco- Director of Finances
Hometown: Vernon, CT Program: Dual MBA/MSA, Class of 2014
As a new member of GSA in the Financial Director position, I am eager to learn more about all of the different graduate schools at Boston College and to help ensure that each school is able to easily navigate funding clubs and programming that will enrich the experience of our students. I hope to do this by continuing to streamline processes wherever possible and providing as much information as I can to treasurers. I look forward to working with everyone!
Emily Halstead- Director of Programming
Hometown: Woodstock, GA Program: MA Higher Education Administration, Class of 2014
I am excited to return as GSA Director of Programming in order to continue contributing to the already-vibrant community of engaged graduate students at BC. This year I hope to increase our reach within each graduate school in order to be sure that we're providing resources to all graduate students no matter what they are studying. I also intend to provide more opportunities for graduate students to become active leaders who serve one another in planning programs and initiatives for the community.
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