Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council
The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council (DGSC) is the sole policy-making body representing students in doctoral and master’s programs at the Graduate Center.
The DGSC and its officers are charged with representing student interests before the administration and external bodies.
In addition to informal and ongoing communications, the DGSC officers meet with members of Graduate Center administration to report activities and exchange information.
Students may have issues presented by their DGSC representatives or the DGSC Executive Committee before the Council, or can personally address the Council by requesting to be put on the agenda for an upcoming meeting. This may, in turn, result in discussion or actions taken within the DGSC or between the DGSC and the administration.
DGSC members also act as advocates for graduate student interests at the Board of Trustees, University Student Senate, University Faculty Senate, New York State Assembly, the Mayor’s Office, and with Graduate Center administration.
The Executive Committee consists of three co-chairs, the University Student Senate (USS) Delegate, and the University Faculty Senate (UFS) Liaison:
Co-Chair for Student Affairs: Silvia Rivera Alfaro (Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures)
Co-Chair for Communications: Christopher Campbell (Comparative Literature)
Co-Chair for Business: Jonathan Hanon (Computer Science)
University Student Senate Delegate: Alex Jiang (Physics)
University Faculty Senate Liaison: Parisa Montazaran Osmanovic (Sociology)
The Steering Committee consists of the Executive Committee and six officers-at-large, who each oversee a particular domain:
Officer for Outreach: Natalia Lara (Psychology)
Officer for Funding: Angela LaScala Gruenewald (Sociology)
Officer for Health and Wellness: Katherine Rivera Gomez (Biology)
Officer for Student Life and Services: Sayantika Mondal (Mathematics)
Officer for Governance and Membership: Ian Williams (Social Welfare)
Officer for Technology and Library: Daniel Okpattah (Biochemistry)
The mission of the DGSC is to foster a sense of community among graduate students; reflect and encourage the expression of their diversity; develop reciprocal channels of communication among graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and the administration of the Graduate Center; generate a space of discussion on Graduate Center issues; project the students’ voice in Graduate Center affairs; and provide students with valuable resources for advancing their professional careers and enjoying their personal time. The DGSC is especially proud of and shares CUNY’s historic mission of providing access to higher education to low-income communities and communities of color in New York City and the nation.See how the DGSC supports students' rights