Graduate Student Senate and Student Organizations

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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, 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.

If you have a question, concern, or suggestion for the Graduate Student Senate please fill out the below form.

Graduate Student Senate Public Comments Form

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Dewin Hernandez, Executive Director


Dewin is third-year full-time MSW/MBA candidate at the Caroll School of Management and Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW), where he is part of the Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI_ education cohort.  Dewin completed his undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music studying Music Business and Educaiton. As part of his musical training, Dewin studied under distinguished faculty at Berklee and Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece.  His clinical practice and focus are at the intersection of the Latinx and LGBTQ+ experience. An alumnus of the Harvard Rappaport Public Policy fellowship and New Leaders Council, Dewin aims to apply all of the skills reaped through his experiences as Director of the Graduat Student Association.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dewin proudly represents his hometown of Lawrence, MA.  He enjoys live music, cooking new recipes, and participating in challenging obstacle course races.

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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.

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Sonia Kwak, Director of Finance


Sonia Kwak is a fifth year student in the Lynch school of Education, Pursuing a Master's in Higher Education with a concentration nin Student Affairs. Sonia hopes to be a positive influence on the field of higher education and encourage the holistic growth of students. She wants to be a supportive resource to the people she will serve in the future and in her current role as Director of Finance at GST. Prior to her graduate program, she recieived a BA in Applied Psychology and Human Development at Boston College. During this time, she gained a passion for service Students of color, embracing various identities, and appreciating different cultures.  She is also interested in community-building/engagement, sustainable living, and DIY projects.



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Takia Myers

Takia Myers

Takia Myers is a second year MSW student with a concentration of Mental Health at the Boston College School of Social Work and the Executive Coordinator of the SSW Student Collective Leadership Council. Born and raised in the Roxbury and Dorchester areas of Boston, MA, Takia is passionate about overall well-being, particularly within urban communities, and specifically through serving Black girls and Black Womxn. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science as a double major in Business Management and Womxn’s & Gender Studies. In her role as the Executive Coordinator, Takia is prepared to ensure a more equitable campus community is achieved through social justice efforts, collaborative advocacy for marginalized identities, and through creating spaces that truly welcomes and nurtures all those who face daily oppression. At the end of the day, when Takia removes her phenomenal femme outerwear, she enjoys turning up with her family and friends, shopping in local small businesses and boutiques, smelling scented candles, and engaging in several other activities of self-care routinely!