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Graduate Student Advocacy Council (GSAC)


The University of Illinois College of Medicine and Graduate College presents the “Graduate Student Advocacy Council” (GSAC) which has been established with the intent of supporting and promoting collective interests of our graduate students and faculty across University of Illinois, Graduate College and College of Medicine, including the regional campuses. This council has been created for career advising, mentoring, wellness, and the importance of diversity which brings a sense of community to our students and faculty.

Mission Heading link

This organization and subcommittees are to ensure that the voice of students and faculty are heard in all aspects of the student experience at UI COM and the Graduate College.

Graduate Student Advising Council Work Group Heading link

This working group includes different departments and campuses that supports and works to improve the graduate student experience.

Sub-Committees Heading link

Culture Sub-Committee

The mission of the culture sub-committee is to advocate and promote the importance of diversity for all graduate students and faculty to create a supportive environment with UI COM and Graduate College Community.

Committee Members:  Kirty Krieger, Dan Shaye, Brad Merrill, Prakshah Shahagadkar, Leslie Saenz, Mark Brodie

Careers Sub-Committee

The mission for the career sub-committee is to enhance mentoring by developing partnership and resources that shares knowledge, skills, and information which fosters personal and professional growth for our students and faculty.

Committee Members: Paula Bazzino, Ahlke Heydemann, Khalifah Sidik, Amy Lasek, David Eddington

Wellness Sub-Committee

The mission of the wellness sub-committee is to provide social/emotional support for UI COM and Graduate College students and faculty throughout their academic career and foster a community that values wellbeing.

Committee Members: Julie Mann, Mia Johnson, Lexie Socovich, Amynah Pradhan

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Slack Channel Information

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