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The chief political organ for graduate students at Boston College is the Graduate Student Senate (GSS). Our Senate comprises representatives from (a) the Carroll Graduate School of Management, the Connell Graduate School of Nursing, the Lynch Graduate School of Education, the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work, the School of Theology & Ministry, and the Law School, and from (b) the GSA’s three affinity groups: the Graduate Students of Color Association; the Graduate Pride Alliance; and the Graduate International Students Association. Together, the Senate cooperates on projects relevant to broad sections of the Graduate Student community, in addition to advocating for initiatives put forward by, or on behalf of,  the Graduate Student body.

Any graduate student enrolled at BC is able to attend a senate meeting. Moreover, if any graduate student has a statement to make the Senate, that individual is entitled to a hearing by the Senate to be followed by a written response by the Executive Director of the Senate within two weeks.

 

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Jasmine Hamm, Executive Director

Jasmine is a 2nd year Sociology student in the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. Jasmine is from Willingboro, NJ. She graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Philosophy. During her tenure at Providence College, Jasmine served as President of Hall Council for her freshman residence hall government, an Admission Ambassador for the Office of Admissions, a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residence Life, and an Intern for the Office of Institutional Diversity. In addition to GSA, Jasmine serves as a graduate mentor in the Graduate Mentor Program at Boston College, and she is an Alumni Ambassador for the Office of Admissions at Providence College. In her free time, Jasmine likes to attend barre fitness classes, learn new pasta dishes, and watch the Giants play during football season.

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Megan Ottati, Director of Programming

Megan is a 1st year Social Work student in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. She graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she competed as a student athlete in Cross Country and Track and has worked at many different internships in a variety of different professional settings such as, public relations for a hospital working on creating, managing, and reviewing press releases that highlighted events and programs. Following her passions for planning and implementing projects, she has also worked with the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Hyannis Harbor Hawks as their Community relations, events, and promotion Intern. She has spent the past year serving as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in Newport, Rhode Island. As a VISTA serving at Salve Regina University, Megan helped sustain and enhance community partnerships, supported and motivated student leaders through community service, and planned service-learning trips for the University. In her free time, Megan continues to run, competing in half marathons, and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her friends and family. 

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Peter Lee, Director of Finance 

Peter is a 2nd year MBA student in the Boston College Carroll School of Management. Originally hailing from Co. Mayo on Ireland’s west coast, Peter moved to Boston in August of 2016. Prior to this, he worked as an investment analyst in a private wealth management firm in Dublin. Peter completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting in the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and is no stranger to working in a student organization. He served as president of Draiocht NUIG, a student charity society, in his final year and worked with them for the duration of his undergraduate. Outside of the GSA and studying, Peter is involved in The Young Leaders Ireland Fund which works with Irish charities. He is very passionate about sports, in particular Ireland’s National Sport Gaelic Games. On occasion he has been known to read and attempt to cook a variety of cuisines, according to himself he is “very good” but this has not been confirmed!

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Chris Berger is the Director of Programming and Finance for the Graduate Arts and Sciences Association.  Chris is a 4th year PhD student in the Philosophy department, previously completed his MA at BC, and presently teaches in the Perspectives program.  His work focuses on political philosophy, and his thesis is presently considering how the philosophical work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ, could be applied address the current crisis in theories of democratic legitimation.  Chris has been the Director of Programming and Finance for GASA since 2016 and prior to that served for two years as the Treasurer for the Philosophy GSA.  In his spare time, Chris enjoys knitting, reading, following politics, and playing board games.

 

 

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Katie Baker is the President of the Graduate Education Association. Katie is a second year in the Higher Education Program in the Lynch School of Education. After graduation, she hopes to work with underprepared students at an university in the Boston area. She is a native of Massachusetts, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog.

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Jess is a second year MBA student in the Carroll Graduate School of Management and President of the Graduate Management Association.  She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Conservation Biology and Economics.  As a New Jersey native, she was excited to move back up to New England for graduate school; now she can proudly cheer on her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox!  Prior to BC, Jess worked in pharmaceutical advertising, an industry where science meets marketing.  As a former collegiate athlete, Jess loves the active and energetic spirit of Boston.  On a sunny day, you’ll probably find her running around the reservoir, playing basketball with her friends, heading to a spin class, or exploring this wonderful city! 

 

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Marcus Smith is the Executive leader of the Student Collective at the School of Social Work. Marcus is a macro social work student with a focus in healthcare; he is also a dual degree (MSW/MBA) student. Marcus is a native to Chicago, IL. Before coming to BC, he worked in politics, community organizing, and higher education. He graduated from the University of Michigan. Marcus is no stranger to student leadership. While at Michigan, he served as an advisor to the Vice President of Student Life; Justice for the Central Student Judiciary; and President of the Congressional Debate Team. He hopes to be an advocate for graduate students’ needs at BC. He has a massive sweet tooth and an is avid college and professional sports fan.

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Osato Egonmwan is the Chair of the Graduate Student of Color Association. Osato was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to Amherst, MA. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Thought & Political Economy with a Certificate in Asian American Studies. Currently, Osato is a 1st-year student in the School of Social Work pursuing her Masters in Clinical Social Work. She is very excited to be a part of the GSCA, an organization founded on social justice, advocacy, and identity.  In her free time, she's an avid traveler and also loves to powerlift. 

 

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Andy Timmons is the co-president of Graduate Pride Alliance.  Andy is a second-year MA student in the English department.  His research includes American modernism, gender and sexuality studies, and queer theory.  Andy also works as an Instructional Design Consultant at the Center for Teaching Excellence.  Originally from Indiana, Andy received his BA in English and Women's Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago.  In his free time, he enjoys going to the movies, spending time with his friends, and seeing the sights in New England.  

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Gabriel Nnamdi Ezema is the Vice President of Graduate International Students Association. Gabriel is a Catholic priest from the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Nigeria and is currently undertaking his MA/MA dual degree program in Theology/Ministry and Mental Health Counseling in Boston College. He obtained B. Phil / B.A in philosophy from The Pontifical Urban University, Rome and University of Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively in 2009 and B. Th in Theology from The Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 2014. Gabriel enjoys working with youth and young adults. He serves as a graduate mentor in the Graduate Mentor Program of Boston College and was a chaplain at University of Nigeria, where he provided pastoral counseling to the students, before travelling to the States. He is interested in youth mentoring, positive youth development, and the place of religion, values and culture in youth development.

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Sarah Mary Toce is the Student Forum Moderator for the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College.  She is from Southern Louisiana and in her 3rd year of her Master of Divinity.  She began her college career at the University of San Diego, spent some time in Aix-en-Provence, and graduated Louisiana State University.  She worked as a physical trainer and then for a non -profit for three years, before returning to school.  While it took her awhile to get used to real winters, she has grown very fond of Fall!  Her hopes for the Student Forum is to be a representative for all student needs and to continue to help building relationships and open communication.

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The Graduate Pride Alliance (GPA) provides community, support, and fellowship for LGBTQ students and their allies. The Graduate Pride Alliance organizes social, educational, and advocacy events for the Boston College students. GPA sponsored Boston College’s inaugural Lavender Graduation in 2013 and the University’s first march Boston Pride Parade in partnership with the Rainbow Alliance. The GPA launched Boston College’s Safe Zone Program in 2014.

You can learn more about the GPA through our Constitution.

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Co-President: Ari Nelson, LSOE     
Co-President: Andy Timmons, MCAS    
Secretary: Nicole Sandonato, SSW    
Treasurer: Divya Bhagia, MCAS

RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS AT BC:

The Office of the Dean of Students offers a website listing resources for students who identify as LGBTQ or who have questions arising from their sexual or gender identity. These resources are available in a printable format here.  You can also obtain a printed copy of this resource brochure at the Murray Graduate Student Center.

 

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LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chair: Osato Egonmwan, SSW '19 
Outreach Coordinaor: John Laing, SSW '19
Treasurer: Laura-Ashley Shury, SSW '18

MISSION STATEMENT
The framework for Graduate Students of Color Association celebrates, supports, and engages the students at Boston College who come from various racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.

We’ve summarized what we’re about in these three pillars: Identity, Advocacy, and Community. But, remember, this is just a framework. In order to fill it out and to be the best organization we can be, we need you!  Get involved!



IDENTITY
At BC, it’s not just our minds that are admitted here—no matter how brilliant ours might be. Our bodies are admitted here as well, bodies that have histories and identities, stories and treasures—embodied legacies of pain and triumph. Here at GSCA, we are convinced that a truly educational experience cannot be exclusive of or diminutive of our racial and ethnic self-understandings. That’s why we hope this group is a must-join for individuals who come to BC from backgrounds representing racial and ethnic identities that have been the occasions of societal short-sightedness, misunderstanding, and even hatred: African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Moreover, enlivened by this core identity, GSCA hopes that all BC graduate students will join. After all, we are—all of us, really—persons of color. Bring yours.

ADVOCACY
Our campus—like our world—is imperfect, and both continue to pose challenges based in race and ethnicity (to say nothing about the challenges based in gender, sexual orientation, ability, body type, and others that GSCA members confront as well). At GSCA, we contemplate justice; we advocate for policies and programs that bring awareness to issues that are happening in our communities of accountability; and we ask questions of as well as partner with campus organizations in order to make our world better. That is, after all, why we came to grad school. Be about it.

COMMUNITY
We celebrate color! It means that we celebrate the traditions, insights, and—of course—recipes and art forms that have come to us as grateful descendants. It means that we celebrate each other; encourage each other; and try our best to help make the campus experience one that is as diverse and as inclusive as our Jesuit mission inspires us to be. So let’s eat together; let’s share open-mic nights together; let’s go to sporting events together; and let’s network together. Come around!

Membership
Membership is open to ALL graduates students at Boston College. Students of color and those from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to join. All members must abide by the constitution.

To learn more visit our Facebook page!

GISA is a student organization run by graduate international students at Boston College. Our mission is to provide educational, social and cultural opportunities to the graduate international student community at Boston College. In addition, we seek to promote and enhance positive interactions among American and International graduate students.  We therefore organize and sponsor events that are open to and encourage all graduate students to take a break from their busy academic lives and have some fun while learning about each other's cultural heritages and our diverse world community.

Leadership 2016-2017

President & Treasurer: Qingmei Cheng, chengqa@bc.edu

Vice President: Gabriel Nnamdi Ezema, ezema@bc.edu 

Director of Outreach: Hans Harmakaputra, harmakap@bc.edu

Director of Publicity: Sophie Savelkouls, savelkou@bc.edu

Stay up-to-date with GISA:

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Join our listserv:
1. Send an email to sympa@listserv.bc.edu from the address you want to subscribe to the list.
Sympa is not a person but a mailing list management robot.

2. In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe gisa-bc FirstName LastName (replacing FirstName LastName with your information).

Past Event Highlights:

GISA Afternoon Tea

Group Dinner and a Movie

Blue Man Group Outing

GISA Spring Party

Wine Tasting Outing

Opera Evening

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop

Diwali Celebration

GISA Mini-Cultural Nights (Featuring Boliva, Bulgaria, China, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Turkey, etc.)

"A Quick Look at Ramadan & Eid around the Muslim World" Mini-Cultural Night

Graduate Student Group Tickets to the BC Football Game (co-sponsored with the GSA)

GISA/GSA Holiday Party

 

 

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Graduate Christian Fellowship 

The Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) at Boston College is a graduate student led group with three primary aims:

1) To offer companionship to the university gradaute student community.
2) To take a fresh look at the life and message of Jesus.
3) To help Christian gradaute students and faculty to grow spiritually and live faithfully as they devlop their gifts and talents for service in the world. 

Our vision is to be an organization of graduate students who follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; growing in love for God, God's word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world through spiritual, intellectual, physcial and social pursuits. 

Membership

BC GCF is open to all graduate students, faculty members, and staff in the Boston College community regardless of your spirtual/religious background. 
 

2016-2017 Graduate Christian Fellowship Leadership: 

Sara Balajthy, President sara.balajthy@bc.edu

Sarah Heacock, Treasurer boothsb@bc.edu

Eric Hsu, Worship Leader - eric.cf.hsu@gmail.com

Marianne Smith, Campus Staff - marianne_smith@ivstaff.org

Roy Y. Chan, Founding President & Advisor - roy.chan@bc.edu

 

The Senate aims to be a body that represents the interests of its student members. Here are the projects that we are currently working on. Have an idea? Write to your Senator or write to a member of the executive board.

 

The GSA in concert with the GEA (Graduate Education Association) and the GPA (Graduate Pride Alliance) is currently working with The Office of Transportation and Parking to create more convenient transportation options for Boston College graduate and undergraduate students. In particular, the GSA and BC administrators are looking to potentially implement new alternative shuttle routes. These shuttle routes would provide graduate students flexibility in terms of getting to and from school. Additionally, the new shuttle routes would connect undergraduate students to the neighborhoods surrounding Boston College and will also connect them to destinations downtown. Just as significant, students--both graduate and undergraduate--would save hundreds of dollars by using these new shuttles instead of purchasing a parking spot from Boston College. Finally, by implementing new shuttle routes, the University would address the shortage of parking on campus.

Our work with the Office of Transportation and Parking began when graduate students began to complain about increased parking rates as well as about a lack of available parking. In response, the GSA drafted a proposal that would address the needs of these students. This proposal eventually received the attention of the Heights, Boston College’s student-run newspaper.

In its plan of action, the GSA requested that the Office of Transportation and Parking either significantly reduce the annual increase in parking rates, create a parking plan proportionally priced for certain days on which pass holders are on campus, or create new and more accessible ways for students to get to campus. The BC administration was open to the third option, and discussions on potential alternative shuttle routes began in March of 2016.

In May 2016 the GSA, in collaboration with the GEA and GPA, created a survey to which approximately 600 graduate students and 350 undergraduate students responded. The data collected provided salient information that Boston College administrators plan to use in order to create the most convenient shuttle routes possible.This survey is still open for your participation through October, so participate in order to have your voice heard before decisions about expanded shuttle routes are finalized!

 

Recently (February 2016) the GSA completed a revision of its constitution .

Committee Members:

Craig A. Ford, Jr., Senator and Chair, Graduate Students of Color Association (Committee Chair)

Kiara Manosalvas, GSA Director of Programming

Anatoly Arlashin, Senator, Graduate Association of Arts and Sciences

Three developments summarize our work. The first development was our discovery of the scope of our project. Initially, we interpreted our charge to be the reform of the portion of the Constitution directly pertaining to the Senate (Art. IV of the current constitution). It became clear to the committee during its deliberations, however, that a responsible reform of article IV depends on a reform of nearly every part of the Constitution. Accordingly, our efforts enlarged themselves beyond Art. IV into every part of the Constitution, up to and including a re-ordering and re-articulation of the Constitution’s articles.

The second development crucially addressed our philosophy as a reforming body. Our committee’s deliberation prioritized the existence of the Senate in view of its existence as the most democratic body currently constituted within graduate student life in Boston College. In view of this, we articulated roles for the Executive Board and the Office of Graduate Student Life, respectively, that formalized processes of decision-making that privilege consensus among the Executive Board, the Office of Graduate Student Life, and the Senate, as appropriate. As a secondary priority, our committee espoused strongly the ideal of modeling the circulation of power in ways that support social justice. One way we have done this is to require gender diversity within Senate appointees from all of the student groups. Finally, we espoused democratic process in our understanding of the Senate itself, and have thus proposed the existence of standing Finance, Disciplinary, and (Executive Board) Election Committees to aid in the annual functioning of the Senate.

A third and final noteworthy development within the committee has been a more definitive conception of the responsibility that the Senate has to the student body as a whole — an item that, in the past, has been delegated to the Executive Board within the GSA. In this Constitution, it is now clear that the Senate serves at the pleasure of the students whom the Senators represent, and, to this end, we have put into place processes allowing for the immediate hearing of any graduate student appearing before the Senate for any reason, along with a process for speedy written follow-up. In doing this, the Senate claims a space of institutional power that it has not in the past--a space of truly campus-wide, institutional advocacy based in each graduate school and recognized affinity organization on campus.

 


 

The Office of Graduate Student Life
The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center
292 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
PH: 617-552-1855    E: gsa@bc.edu