Welcome to GSA!
The UCF Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the representative organization for UCF’s graduate student body. GSA provides academic and professional development opportunities, organizes social events, and advocates for all 8,500+ graduate students at UCF. The GSA is the only university level organization run by and for graduate students – so we need YOU to help us make your voice heard. All graduate students are automatically considered members of the GSA and we also welcome undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about graduate school. Here are ways that you can get involved and take advantage of your GSA membership:
2019-2020 GSA Cabinet
President: Diane Lieu
Diane is a first-generation student, and a two-time Knight. After graduating with her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2015, she taught English in Vietnam on a Fulbright. Wanting to stay close to education, Diane joined City Year the following year as an AmeriCorps Member working with 3rd graders in Jacksonville, and then continued on as a Team Leader working with 9th graders in Orlando. This led her to pursue her Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology. She’s currently interning at Universal Creative and enjoys working on the next great thing every day.
Diane’s dream for the Graduate Student Association is to build a thriving community. Without people, it’s pointless.
- Use the General Body Meetings to not just communicate details that an email could, but to make meaning. Graduate students are thought leaders and should be given the platform to connect with and contribute to their community.
- Host conference calls specifically for online students. Rather than streaming something that was designed to be an in-person thing, it’s more impactful to create a space with distance students in mind.
- Complete needs assessments to develop events that meet one or more of the following criteria: engaging, enriching, or entertaining. Events should always meet a real need.
To quote John Green, “In the end, at least in my experience, what you do isn’t going to be nearly as interesting or important as who you do it with.” To be worthwhile, a GSA not only serves, but involves students in the process.
Michael Riley is currently a graduate student working towards his Master’s in Health Service Administration. He graduated from UCF in 2017 with his Bachelor’s in Health Science Pre-Clinical. Michael’s career goal is to become a pediatric dentist; he has always loved making people smile, so he chose a profession where he can help enhance those smiles. He was born and raised in Florida and loves to call Orlando his home. Michael is a current Senator for the Student Government Association where he works to help undergraduate and graduate students alike. The office of GSA Vice President holds a great deal of responsibility, Michael will work to UKnight GSA with the student body, and IgKnight a passion for GSA. If elected Michael hopes to accomplish these key points while in office:
- Work alongside SGA to ensure grad needs are being met.
- Host social and educational events.
- Restructure meetings to be more interactive.
- Help connect each grad student with others from their program and beyond.
- Work for representation for each graduate RSO at the monthly meetings.
- Work to have GSA representation at all graduate orientations.
- Ensure retreats encompass ideas from graduate students and are accessible to all.
- Work to create an undergrad workshop program to recruit future members.
As John F Kennedy said “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” let us accomplish great things together and try to make an impact.
Meet With Us
GSA hosts a monthly general body meeting every first Monday at 6pm in the Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall Suite 213, Orlando Main Campus.
Apply for an Officer Position
We are always looking for graduate students who are interested in getting more involved. Take a look at our open positions below. If you see an open position that interests you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for a SGA Graduate Senate Seat
Student Body Senate is composed of sixty-six student leaders, who are elected by the student body each year. Out of the sixty-six Student leader seats, there are nine Graduate Senate seats. Senate provides students and organizations with the funds necessary for travel and conference registration, as well as for campus-wide events and projects. Also, through various committees, Senate has a great impact on issues that directly regard the Student Body. Student Senators also work on college-specific and/or campus-wide initiatives that better the student experience for UCF Knights!
We love (and need) to hear from you! We do our best to meet the needs of our graduate student body, but we can’t do it without you. Please share your thoughts about how we can help to improve your graduate student experience. Email us at email@example.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.
We are always looking for graduate students who are interested in getting more involved. If interested, please send an email to GSA@ucf.edu