Graduate Student Senate and Student Organizations

Graduate Student Senate photo

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, and the School of Theology & Ministry, 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.

Alex Hartman portrait

Alec Hartman, Executive Director

Alec is a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at the School of Theology and Ministry. He did his undergraduate studies at University of San Diego where he double majored in Political Science and Theology. He then did a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Nashville where he served those experiencing homelessness with an organization called Room In The Inn. In his 1st and 2nd year at BC, Alec served as a Graduate Minister working primarily with the undergraduate population at BC. He is now excited to apply all of the skills that he has learned from his past experiences as well as knowledge of BC’s campus to the graduate student body in his role as Executive Director of the GSA. Alec is originally from sunny San Diego where he enjoys spending time outdoors or eating mexican food. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, watching Netflix/ Hulu, and supporting San Diego (or formerly San Diego) sports teams.

Marquise Griffin portrait

Marquise Griffin, Director of Programming

Marquise is a 1st year masters student in the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, working towards a M.A. in English. He earned a BA in English Literary and Cultural Studies in 2015 from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Then he attended the University of Missouri where he earned a M.Ed in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. After he graduated in 2017 he spent a year in Chicago mentoring elementary and middle school students in leadership development. Marquise returned to his hometown of St. Louis to serve a year in AmeriCorps where he taught and mentored high school students in college access. He is enthusiastic about creating community and empowering spaces of belonging and is thrilled to use his position as the Director of Programming to do this for graduate students. Marquise enjoys reading comics, watching superhero shows and movies, and parkour. He is a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan but will clap politely for the Red Sox.

Tyler Johnson portrait

Tyler Johnson, Director of Finance

Tyler is a 2nd year masters student in the Boston College Lynch School of Education, working towards an M.S. in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics. Tyler graduate from Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the spring of 2018 with a degree in Mathematical Statistics. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Tyler is looking forward to another year of miserable winters as he settles down in Boston. He has spent the past few years working on applied data science projects for various financial companies in Chicago, as well as in his graduate coursework at BC. He is very excited to continue applying some of these skills to his second year in the role of Director of Finance for the GSA. In his free time Tyler loves watching sports, going to concerts, and eating large quantities of food.

Vicente Muñoz-Reja

Vicente Muñoz-Reja is the President of the Graduate Arts and Sciences Association. Vicente is a 5th year PhD student in the philosophy department, and currently teaches Philosophy of the Person and Spanish American Philosophy. He obtained his MA in Madrid and has researched in France, Germany, and England. His work focuses on metaphysics and the history of philosophy, particularly modern and contemporary, and he is also interested in Spanish philosophy and aesthetics.