*Voting via OASIS opens on Tuesday, April 16th @ 8am and closes on Thursday, April 18th @ 5pm
Running for President:
Jordan Long & Krunal Shah
Running for Vice President:
Garrett Jaeger (incumbent) & Cawanna McMichael
Master of Pubic Administration Student, School of Public and International Affairs
Next year GSA is scheduled to overhaul its entire constitution. More than ever you need a logical, methodical, and systematic GSA President who champions action toward common mission. This is what I love doing. My goal is to lead a task force and have a constitution draft ready for student ratification vote in the fall. With a unifying document of mission complete, I will then tackle graduate student issues head-on: student fees; interdepartmental communication woes; assistantship availability; better resource information and media technology outlets; etc. With a new President of the University, I cannot think of a better time to champion the causes and value of graduate students on this campus. We know we are all awesome. Let’s let everyone else know it too!
Put simply, I value timely quantity and quality of work, and as your representative pledge to get things done for you. “Vote Jordan Long and don’t vote wrong.”
Law School Student
It is important for students to have a voice. Graduate students tend to be underrepresented on campus with such a large undergraduate population. With that being said, it is my hope that I can bridge this gap between undergraduate students and graduate students and help the graduate programs as a whole develop a stronger voice.
As a Double Dawg, I have been familiar with the campus and many of the problems that face students on a day-to-day basis. A true love for Athens and the UGA helps ensure that I will help make the right decisions for all involved. And my various leadership positions on campus, such as Orientation Leader, have helped prepare me for such a role. Go Dawgs.
Vice Presidential Candidates:
Garrett Jaeger (Incumbent)
PhD Student in Gifted and Creative Education, Department of Educational Psychology
As the current Vice-President of GSA, I would love to provide some continuity for GSA so that it can maintain and develop strategies for supporting the graduate student population at UGA. An awareness of ongoing initiatives and future directions for GSA and its advocacy for graduate students would help further momentum and gain traction for current and future needs. In addition to the role within GSA, the increasingly important role of the GSA Vice-President as Director of the annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference would be bolstered by my re-election. Traditionally, the Vice-President’s main obligation is to direct and manage the committee of graduate student volunteers in creating an outstanding IRC. My role as the current director of the IRC is a significant contribution towards next year’s conference becoming an even more prolific event, with hopes of it developing into a more regional, if not national, representation of interdisciplinary research.
As the incumbent GSA Vice-President, my experience and development in that role would be beneficial for GSA and its long-term goals. As the role requires the VP to be the director of the IRC, my qualifications as a graduate student whose research involves interdisciplinary creativity, I feel especially qualified for the position. I am also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Innovations Initiative of the Graduate School, so their support of the conference has been, and will continue to develop into a significant contribution to UGA. Furthermore, I feel that the needs of the graduate students at UGA is not to be taken lightly, and should be at the forefront of the actions of its representatives. My interest in continuing to represent UGA graduate students is one of support for them rather than solely towards the padding of any personal résumé.
Law School Student
As single mother of two and full-time law school student, I know of the particular difficulties faced by graduate students especially those who have families. I pride myself on being a hard-worker and a person who attacks problems with a practical and realist approach in order to make real and definite change. I also look forward to assisting the current president with the many tasks of helping to solidify the GSA organization and continue its work in becoming more effective. The three ways that I would like to assist the GSA organization are communication to all graduate departments, and implementing change within the organization and also opening a more well rounded dialogue with administration regarding ways they can meet our needs as graduate students.