GPSC 2019 General Elections
The following are the Candidates Running in the 2019 GPSC General Elections
Candidates for GPSC PresidentClick or enter to reveal information below
Blaine Boles - College of Law
The GPSC needs new blood: it needs a unique perspective in leadership that only someone with legal training can provide. As the President of the GPSC I will use my training to provide that leadership through the effective implementation of Title IX and through the championing of graduate students’ chief economic concerns.
First, I will work closely with the University’s Title IX director to make sure the University responds to all graduate students’ Title IX concerns promptly. Although Title IX provides a safety net for those students who face discrimination on campus, effective implementation of Title IX poses many legal difficulties. Therefore, if you want any potential Title IX claims to be facilitated in an effective and timely manner, you should vote for me.
Second, I will champion graduate students’ chief economic concerns. Specifically, tuition and fees continue to increase, and many students require expensive healthcare and childcare. Increased spending in those areas corresponds with a decrease in graduate students’ overall standard of living. I plan to work closely with the administration to find ways to offset tuition, healthcare, and childcare expenses. If you want someone who will strive to improve your standard of living, you should vote for me.
Therefore, because I am deeply committed to the chief concerns of the University of Arizona’s graduate students, and because I have the academic training necessary to pursue that commitment, you should vote Blaine Boles for GPSC President.
Blaine M. B. Boles.
Marie Teemant - College of Fine Arts
As graduate and professional students—you are leaders, teachers, researchers, and invaluable members of the University of Arizona. You are the current and future leaders in education, research, industry, and community; yet, in recent years you have been undervalued and disproportionately impacted by policies that have increased tuition/fees and eliminated access to subsidized loans.
It has been an honor to serve as the GPSC President and address these issues and I am asking that you vote for me to fill this role again. As GPSC President, I have lead efforts both internally and externally which reflect this philosophy. Our accomplishments include:
- 0% Tuition increase for Non-Resident graduate/professional students
- 1.89% Tuition increase for Resident graduate/profession students (down from the proposed 2%)
- Greater inclusion of graduate/professional students on committees related to academic policies
- Equity across disciplines in the GPSC grant rubrics and expansion of the type of travel considered for travel grants
- Easier grant application processes for students and faster turn-around times on award decisions
- Information through a family focus group for GPSC and Campus Rec to understand how to better support student parents on campus
- The creation of a graduate/professional student resource booklet to help connect students to campus and community resources
Additionally, we have raised concerns with administration over the use of student fees and how they lack the necessary benefits for graduate/professional students compared to the amounts being paid and have worked successfully with the libraries and Graduate College on extending offsite library access to recent graduates.
These efforts are only the beginning. If afforded the opportunity, I would see through on many of the above issues including:
- Securing guaranteed tuition for graduate students
- Creating an annual family social, for graduate students with children
- Growing professional development opportunities for graduate/professional students, including establishing Graduate Learning Communities for TA’s
- Pushing for better graduate/professional student services to match our contributions to fees
- Establishing access to library resources for recent graduates
- Finding solutions to add a summer round to GPSC’s grant programs
More than ever graduate and professional students need strong advocates. I have been that advocate over the past year and am asking for your support to continue in this role.
Vote for Marie Teemant and please get more involved in GPSC.
Candidates for GPSC Vice PresidentClick or enter to reveal information below
Dustin Tran - College of Engineering
I am running for the position of GPSC Vice President. Having served as an executive member of GPSC over the past year, I’ve gained first-hand experience on many of the inefficiencies that have plagued GPSC. I’ve been instrumental in creating changes to help streamline processes thus, alleviating some of those inefficiencies within the organization. This has helped maximize efforts and has allowed GPSC to accomplish more than it has in recent years. If elected, my primary focus as the GPSC Vice President will be to continue making GPSC a more productive organization. I firmly believe that the organization is heading in the right direction, but there are always ways to create a more lasting impact for current and future graduate students at the UA. Many of the programs offered by GPSC are important contributors to creating a positive graduate student experience. My goal is to contribute to revamping the governing documents, expanding the grant programs (Travel, Research, and Professional Development Grants) as well as improving the GPSC events (Grad Orientation, Student Showcase, GPSA Week and socials) which can help unite the student body from across campus. In addition, I want to look into creating a Professional Development Program Series to bring qualified professionals to engage with students at the UofA on important topics which, among others, include Personal Finance, Writing Skills, and Legal Services.
As the Vice President, I will continue to advocate on behalf of all the graduate and professional students at the UA. I want to focus on using data driven advocacy to help resolve issues that truly matter to students. One such issue I want to concentrate my efforts on, is continuing discussions with University administrators on tuition and fees as well as graduate student workload. I strongly believe that since I have been on the executive board and can identify issues that exist and those that can arise, I will be a good fit for this position.
Candidates for GPSC Representatives - College of EngineeringClick or enter to reveal information below
Daniel Enrique Palomares - Biomedical Engineering
Zhiting Chen - Materials Science & Engineering
My name is Zhiting Chen, and I am a Ph.D. student major in Materials Science and Engineering. I am writing to express my interested in the position of GPSC College of Engineering Representative. I have attended several events held by GPSC such as Monthly Graduate Social and 2019 GPSC Showcase, and I am impressed by the great job your folks have done. Moreover, I am motivated to become a professional educator, thus I am looking to gain more experiences working with students.
I am currently working in the UA Bookstore, and recently I helped them organize the Tucson Festival of Book. The most important thing I learn is how to work as a team, and I enjoy working in a team environment.
I am also one of the members of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Chapter. By working closely with engineering students, I noticed that many of them were not familiar with the GPSC or the activities hold by GPSC until the last minute. By joining the GPSC, I can be the communication bridge sharing the latest information and helping more engineering students to have a better idea about how to get involved and present their professional development.
Candidates for GPSC Representatives - Graduate College / GIDPClick or enter to reveal information below
David Walter Johnson - Physiological Sciences
My name is David Johnson and I'm running as one of the two Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) Representatives for the next academic year in the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC). Having attended the University of Arizona for the past 5 years, I have become familiar with our campus and through the past year, I have gained institutional experience through the Graduate and Professional Student Council as one of the current GIDP Representatives. I intend to use that experience to build upon the grant and advocacy efforts that our student body has been working toward. I have consistently worked multiple jobs while taking classes here at the university, so I am personally aware of many challenges financing my own education. Using this experience, I intend to advocate for equitable fee and tuition setting measures as well as improved representation for graduate students on the state level. I have also been active in Housing and Residential Life as an RA and a Desk Assistant and I am currently gaining teaching experience as a lab instructor. Student engagement is essential for improvement of our institution. As a prospective GIDP Representative for the upcoming year, I will continue to maintain engagement with student populations on campus through teaching and outreach. I hope to promote graduate student input to the newly arising spaces on campus such as the Student Success District and the New Recreation Center. As a current GIDP Representative, I have participated in various university committees such as the University Hearing Board and Graduate Interdisciplinary Program Action Committee (GIDPAC) which has made me more aware of struggles and successes of our very diverse and well represented GIDP. I am looking forward to securing your vote for the GIDP in this upcoming election. Thank you for your time.
Joseph Anthony Agosttini - Physiological Sciences
Meck Lynn Slagle - Entomology & Insect Science
Candidates for GPSC Representatives - College of Public HealthClick or enter to reveal information below
Rachel Beth Abraham - Public Health
As a current member of GPSC for the college of public health, I would like to utilize my knowledge of the board and my love of my college to best help my constituents. Coming on to the board in October, I felt as if I had a huge learning curve compared to the other members. Now as the opportunity to be a returning member, I can use my existing knowledge to best aid my constituents. I am also interested in the policy aspect of graduate students with regards to the budgeting side. I would like to continue my involvement on the internal and external board to do so.
Candidates for GPSC Representatives - College of Social and Behavioral SciencesClick or enter to reveal information below
John Lopez Huerta - Public Administration & Latin American Studies
My interest in joining GPSC as a representative is to serve and voice the needs of the graduate and professional students at the college of social and behavioral sciences. With this role I can for example work to extend GPSC resources and initiatives like childcare and housing subsidies to get them to those I know in SBS who are struggling to meet those needs as well as advocate with GPSC on issues of funding, fee dispersal and departmental budget priorities. Part of what qualifies me for this position is my consistent track record in graduate student organizations over my graduate career. I have so far held the positions of Treasurer of the Latin American Studies Student Organization, Alumni Chair for the Master of Public Policy/Administration Student Association (now Public Affairs Student Association), Recruitment Chair and most recently President for the University of Arizona Chapter of the International City/County Management Association. In all these roles I have worked alongside our departments, local government organizations, community organizations like Tucson Young Professionals and GPSC to bring about professional development opportunities like conferences, trivia events, and resume and skills building sessions to campus that met professional and personal needs of the students of SBS.
Candidates for GPSC Representatives - At-Large RepresentativeClick or enter to reveal information below
Dustin Tran - Biomedical Engineering - College of Engineering
Megan Elizabeth Deeter - Entomology & Insect Science - Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
Zhiting Chen - Materials Science & Engineering - College of Engineering
My name is Zhiting Chen, and I am a Ph.D. student major in Materials Science and Engineering. I am writing to express my interested in the position of GPSC At-Large Representative. My approach to this position is simple: I am motivated to become a professional educator, thus I am looking to gain more experiences working with students. Moreover, I have participated in several events held by GPSC such as Monthly Graduate Social and 2019 GPSC Showcase, and I am impressed by the great job your folks have done.
Thanks to the 2019 GPSC Showcase, I have a great opportunity to share my research work. Most importantly, it was also a good chance to get in touch with other graduate and professional students with different research backgrounds such as optical science, education, social and behaviors science. As an international student from Asia, I know how difficult to get into American culture at the beginning, so I would like to share my experience and give them some guidance. By joining the GPSC, I can have a better approach and help them get involved in the big family of the University of Arizona sooner.