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My name is Michelle Sullivan Govani, and I am honored to serve as the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) for the 2018–19 academic year. GPSA is the student government representing graduate and professional students at ASU.
It’s hard to believe I am now a 5th year PhD candidate in Biology and Society, but I can still vividly recall my first year at ASU. Back then, I joined GPSA in search of a sense of belonging; what I discovered was an inspiring and tireless group of graduate students who are passionate about advocacy and service.
This year, as then, GPSA is your community. I am proud to work and serve alongside a motivated, optimistic executive committee [pictured]. We look forward to supporting your work through research and travel grants, providing a sense of community through events and socials, and advocating for graduate students at ASU. In addition, we are excited to cultivate professional development through new workshops and to continue developing new programming to support diversity and inclusion, as well as holistic wellness, in every graduate program on all ASU campuses.
Finally, I’d like every graduate and professional student to know that GPSA is your voice. When graduate students feel empowered, seen, and heard, we have impact, not only for our own benefit but for the benefit of our broader community as well. Last year, facing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the elimination of tax credits and tax-free tuition waivers that thousands of ASU graduate students rely on, our united and energized community experienced that positive impact first hand. Graduate students from all ASU campuses joined GPSA leadership to make their voices heard by the leaders of our university, our state, and our country. And we were successful!
GPSA stands ready and eager to advocate for, support, and empower you. And if you have ideas for how we can improve our programming, reach more students, and serve you best, please reach out. Feedback is always welcome.
To learn more about and/or contact your program’s GPSA representative (Assembly Member), please visit gpsa.asu.edu/assembly/members
Good vibes and best wishes for your fall semester!
Michelle Sullivan Govani