The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly ensures direct and continued involvement of graduate and professional school students in the governance of non-academic affairs of the University.
The GPSA brings together Cornell’s community of graduate and professional students to address non-academic issues of common concern. Drawing upon the strengths of its diverse community, the GPSA is responsible for setting and distributing the graduate student activity fee and representatives to University committees. The GPSA voting member body is composed of 36 voting members including delegates from each graduate division, the graduate and professional schools, and standing committee chairpersons, elected from the larger body of field representatives.
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Preston Redding Hanley
Preston R. Hanley is beginning his second semester in the Master of Public Administration Program in the Brooks School of Public Policy. In addition to serving as President of the GPSA, Preston serves as an economic and political research intern for USAID's FIJI office and Treasurer of the Cornell Public Affairs Society. On campus you will find Preston at the Cornell Dairy Bar or enjoying some orange chicken in Trillium.
Damien Rashad Sharp
Damien R. Sharp is currently a second-year graduate student in the Brooks School of Public Policy, studying government, politics, and policy. At Cornell, in addition to serving as the Executive Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA), Damien serves the Cornell Public Affairs Society as the Executive Vice President and is a member on the Campus Planning Committee. Damien resides in Ithaca, NY and enjoys frequenting the Ithaca Farmer’s Market and area wineries.
Kate Carter Cram
Kate Carter-Cram is a first-year MS student in the Dyson School's Applied Economics and Management program. Kate is interested in international economic development policy, but specifically as the field intersects with feminist/ gender and labor economics. She strives to listen to and empower all graduate and professional students to create a sense of belonging and ownership for everyone in the campus community. Kate is originally from Boise, Idaho and enjoys traveling, watching movies, and discovering new experiences.
As a first-year MPA candidate in Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, Genesis is passionate in policy analysis, public relations, and immigration law. With the hope of bringing Cornell's graduate and professional communities together, Genesis aims to advocate and bring greater diversity and inclusion awareness to the campus. Genesis's interests for politics and law led her to do a congressional internship in Congresswoman Cheri Bustos's office and work for an immigration nonprofit organization in Illinois for 2 years.
Nikola is a PhD student in Genetics in the Van de Walle Lab at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, where he studies stem cells in various veterinary species. In addition to his research, he serves as a firefighter/EMT in the local community. His goals on the assemblies are to advocate for graduate and professional students, support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and involve more graduate and professional students in the University decision-making processes.
Actions on the floor
GPSA R10 - Resolution Establishing a Vice President of Finance on the Executive Committee & Renaming of Finance Commission and Finance Commission Chair
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Graduate and Professional Student Assembly GPCI Ad Hoc Committee
The Graduate and Professional Community Initiative (GPCI) is a needs assessment and strategic planning document for the Graduate and Professional community. This ad hoc committee reviews the current GPCI and develops a new document every five years.More Information Apply Now
Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Diversity and International Students Committee
Connects and advocates specifically for international graduate students and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.More Information Apply Now