Graduate Student Council Executive Board Elections

2022 GSC Executive Board Elections Information

Timeline

Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 11:59pm Applications are due
Monday, March 7th – Thursday, March 10th, 2022 Voting will take place through SGA elections (check your email during the voting window for additional info)
Friday, March 18th, 2022 Candidates will be notified of their election status. If there is any unforeseen delay in processing ballots, candidates will still be notified with updates on this same date
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at 7pm First GSC Executive Council meeting with outgoing and incoming GSC officers
Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 7pm First GSC General Body Meeting with outgoing and incoming GSC officers
Tuesday, May 10th, 2021 at 10am First GSC Executive Council and Graduate School Deans Meeting with outgoing and incoming GSC officers


Link to Application

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-FUDTv9uzbXr4em6_DiupaUosgufHz1QVwJsQ7LEuI1lEPA/viewform

Position Descriptions

Please see this document for a full description.

 

Process

All applicants for GSC positions are presented to the entire Graduate Student body for voting. Once elected, incoming officers will begin a transition period with their outgoing GSC executive council counterpart. This includes meeting with the officer, helping with tasks, and attending any upcoming general body, executive council, or dean’s meetings. Official officer installations will take place at the final GSC meeting of the year.


Candidate Bios

Ayodeji Adeniran (Mechanical Engineering, PhD)

Position(s) Applied: Director of Professional Development 

Ayodeji was the President of his department during his bachelors program and a program coordinator of them National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) during his masters program. During each of these engagements, he worked with relevant stakeholders to develop program plans that are both beneficial to the student and give good feasibility for the organization on campus. He understands the challenges of organizing programs which are often very time consuming and staying on top of his academic commitment by developing himself in the areas of time managing, work delegation and paying attention to details. He believes there is an opportunity in the areas of bringing development and awareness through professional programs to UofL graduate students. He also believes this position will help him to improve his leadership and communication skills. His first project, if selected, will be to make Coursera Learning for all UofL students free. Some universities like Texas A&M, already have this, I believe UofL can join as well!

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Weston Anderson (Criminal Justice)

Position(s) Applied: Director of Travel

Although having limited experience in student body, Weston is organized and often handles several extra-curricular activities such as side businesses and their finances. Weston also has a deep desire to help students succeed in their goals. Working part- and full-time throughout his entire college career, he feels prepared to take on the challenge of server his fellow students. Weston has a strong desire to serve others. He became a graduate student to pursue teaching to help others achieve their goals. Weston will serve his fellow students to be as effective with allocated funds. As Director of Travel, I would ensure every student gets equal consideration and when possible, the ability to approve grants and other awards. 

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Sai Krishna Chaitanya Batlapenumarti (MSBA)

Position(s) Applied: President

I have been secretary while in my college times for zonal student union. It always been a great experience connecting with fellow students. Been a bridge between students and college management to address issues collectively. I believe this position helps me to network with whole graduate student community and thus gives me a chance to serve them better and purposefully. During my bachelor’s I have played a vital role in organizing college technical symposium which was an inter-college technical event where different colleges within the city participated in paper presentations, poster presentations. I’m very much interested to conduct events which help students understand the present global scenario in technology and sciences. I thought beside of arranging annual technical event we can also (which might already be there I might not be aware of) have a “CARDINAL TALKS” like TEDx where we can invite speakers within university from various discipline to share their work experience and life experience which can inspire students.

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Jessy Martin (MSSW)

Position(s) Applied: Director of Outreach

Holding many leadership positions throughout her career, Jessy has shown resilience, drive and compassion in all projects attempted. She has shown her abilities to thrive in difficult situations. Jessy is a team member who knows not only how to take control but also a backseat in order to accomplish a task. As the director of outreach, Jessy would be able to use her resources to connect with members of the organization as well as the community.

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Jacob Miller (Chemical Engineering, PhD) 

Position(s) Applied: President; Vice President; Director of Finance

I have served on GSC previously and can (perhaps) more easily facilitate a transition between councils. I’m a doctoral candidate and have a serious interest in serving the graduate student body. I believe graduate students are under appreciated not just at UofL but everywhere. I want to help be an advocate for graduate students at UofL and attempt to shift focus on the accomplishments and research of the graduate student body. 

View candidate's video here.

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Stenley Mondestin (UPA)

Position(s) Applied: Senator Proxy

Listening is an important tool that one needs when working in an environment with diverse ideas. Previous experience has taught Stenley to be a good listener and to take all point of views into consideration. To serve and represent the views of the students at the highest level within the university.

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Camella Nasr (Physics & Astronomy, PhD)

Position(s) Applied: President

Camella served as the Director of Outreach for the GSC during this current academic year. Camella believes that being an officer for two graduate institutions like the GSC and GNAS has equipped her with the professional, social, and financial tools and experiences needed to be a good leader to the Graduate Student Council. She wishes to continue putting in the hard work needed to amplify the voices of underrepresented graduate students and provide them with the networking opportunities they need to advance their careers, as well as the social gatherings that allow them to blow off some steam. Camella believes whole-heartedly in the GSC's mission, and work very hard to be a good President.

View candidate's video here.

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Oyin Otukoya (MSSW)

Position(s) Applied: Senator Proxy

Oyin has experience in organizing, coordinating, and representing her pairs in two positions within the last three years. She served as the Cultural Awareness Committee Chairperson. In that position, she was directly responsible for scheduling cultural observances, anniversaries, and memorials as directed by Congress and the Chief of Naval Operations. She fundraised over $500 to be able to purchase decorations and food items for culturally themed menus. Most recently, she was elected as the Advancement Coordinator in her Petty Officer’s Association responsible for showing Junior co-workers how to download applications and obtain study materials for their promotion exams. Oyin wishes to serve as a Senator Proxy because it is a way for her to become involved in student affairs within the graduate school and represent her fellow students in a way that will be beneficial to them. She will bring a fresh new perspective as an older student, a veteran with many years in the professional job market, and with her years of experience as a counselor and human resource manager. She can bring her skills to help the Council in setting policies and creating programs to assist Graduate students with accomplishing their goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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Ben Poe (English MA)

Position(s) Applied: Vice President; Director of Outreach; Director of Professional Development; Senator Proxy 

Ben was the president and a founding officer of student group, where he organized events and communicated students’ concerns to faculty members. His presidential experience and academic specialization in writing gives him the organizational and communication skills necessary for Vice President of the GSC. The candidate wants to serve as Vice President to ensure that the GSC operates at its maximum potential and uses all its influence to advocate for the needs and desires of graduate students. The candidate’s experience advertising and organizing groups to participate in student professional development and activist opportunities illustrates his qualifications for Director of Student Outreach. His background gives him the skills necessary to effectively organize and broaden the participation of GSC events. The candidate’s experience crafting and teaching professional development courses for academic departments, as well as his participation in academic conferences as both a graduate and undergraduate student, exemplify his ability to organize academic events and advocate for resources for graduate students as Director of Professional Development.

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Moni Prasad Kantheti (MSBA)

Position(s) Applied: President; Vice President; Senator Proxy

Leaded the major project in bachelor's and faced plethora of problems in implementation and many and got to know importance of communication and prevailed. Perpetuation of the welcomeness, warmth, and magical feel in the community as it stands and should stand in an educational institution where everyone makes unforgettable memories as it has an unquantifiable impact on oneself. cultivate the ideology of mutual support and growth It is critical to assist those in need and to ensure that everyone's voice is heard. As master's should have a hallmark experience in one's life and for a person to have all the help and support they can get whether through the wonderful connections they make here and realize their full potential and to be able to propel themselves to stratosphere in their prospective career and also in personal life.

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Zane Ronau (Physics)

Position(s) Applied: Director of Outreach; Director of Professional Development: Director of Finance

As a current member of the UCW Union at Louisville Zane has been active in making calls, drafting statements, and organizing actions to meet the demands of our community. During his time in undergraduate at Otterbein University he held the president’s office for Athletes in Action, volunteered in seasonal service projects and lead a small group of disciples on campus. He was also the public relations chair for the Special Olympics Club. This experience has equipped him to serve in the role as GSC Director of Outreach. In the short time that Zane has been at Louisville as a graduate student he has felt as if there have been very few people offering guidance for the future; most of those people were his fellow students. He feels passionately that we need to work together as students with our collective voice to secure the future we deserve. At Otterbein University he was awarded a bachelor's degree in both Physics and Math and worked as a tutor in both fields for over three years. He created a summer moving business in Louisville that maintained a 5-star rating among clients for its duration. The experience Zane has in mathematics and business will help him to fulfill the duties of the Director of Finance.

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Scotland Stewart (Public Health and Informational Sciences)

Position(s) Applied: Senator Proxy

As an undergraduate student, I was a student leader who successfully took on over a dozen leadership positions in various student organizations, one of which was a two-term Executive Board position in a branch of SGA. As a result, I understand the time commitment and work ethic that is expected for upholding the position of Senator Proxy. Because of my experiences in leadership roles and collaboration among large organizations, I feel well equipped to carry out the corresponding duties and responsibilities of this position. I want to serve in the position of Senator Proxy because of my passions for leadership and community engagement. In addition to being a full-time master’s student, I currently work at Lakeside Family Dental as a dental assistant, Kentucky Dental Association as an intern, and Cardiovascular Innovation Institute as a research assistant. Yet, I wish to once more act as an active member in a diverse group that works to achieve a shared vision. As Senator Proxy, I would love nothing more than to improve the graduate experience at UofL by serving as a member of the Graduate Student Council.

View candidate's video here.

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Byron Terry (Women & Gender Studies)

Position(s) Applied: Director of Professional Development 

Byron Terry has always been an active leader in any environment that he is a member. After graduating from U of L Byron spent the last 5 years working as a national volunteer creating programing for college students centered around civic engagement, interning as a social justice intern for the center on Halsted, and working as a Mayor Fellow in the city of Chicago. Lastly, Byron has experience working leading student life at a graduate level college, including their research presentation day. Byron has always been passionate about education and growth. Serving in a position such as this allows him to work in his passions. Byron wants to bring not only diverse development, but development that will allow his fellow grad community to have input in their growth. Byron wants to use his position to create space for all and assure his grad community that education and growth will take place outside of the classroom.

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Goldi Tewari (MSBA)

Position(s) Applied: President 

Goldi has been working as a Graduate Assistant at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at UofL. In this past year, Goldi has also conducted an internal assessment for ISSS that clearly demonstrated the needs of the international student and scholars’ population at UofL. Her analysis of their response provided clear directions and prioritized the ISSS staff members’ tasks at the ISSS. Goldi is also serving the International Student Council (ISC), UofL as a Secretary & Treasurer. ISC serves as a platform for "UNITY in DIVERSITY" among international and domestic students at UofL. Goldi is a huge advocate in building the Graduate Student Council structure properly and retaining highly skilled team members. As a President, Goldi will work towards impartial mediation between graduate students, University administration, and faculty at UofL. She will also try to build a very strong Graduate community and alumni network to enhance the professional development experiences of the current graduate students.

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Alexandria Underwood (MSSW & HCE)

Position(s) Applied: Vice President

Previous experience as Vice President/ President of TRIO Student Support Services at NKU for 2-3 years, duties served as overseeing outreach with students, oversee of ambassadors in program, recruitment of students to join program, and event coordinating. Served as Student Proxy for Title IX at NKU in undergrad for 3 years, duties served as showing a non-biased person who could access ethical situations to the best of their abilities. Previous secretarial experience with minute taking. Wanting a leadership role in helping and voicing the opinions of the graduate student body to allow a safe and positive environment while those students are achieving their dreams of a degree. Allowing the dual roles of social work and ethics to guide this candidate to serving this job effectively and to the best of their knowledge to create diversity and inclusion. Also Vice President Tomi encouraged this candidate to apply so she is taking a stab at it.

View candidate's video here (part 1) and here (part 2).

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Sam Vielee (Pharmacology & Toxicology)

Position(s) Applied: Vice President

Sam previously held several leadership positions in his undergraduate career that have led to the proliferation of the student organizations with which he has been involved. He served in a wide variety of executive roles, being charged with fundraising, maintaining financial accounts, training other students, or even presiding over entire organizations. This significant and recent history of acting in leadership positions has extensively prepared Sam to act in a vice-presidential role and uphold the expectations of a student serving in this role. With this in mind, Sam is a qualified candidate to serve on the GSC as Vice President. He believes that students advocating for the benefit of their peers is the most beneficial way to promote a stable environment where students from all fields can grow to continue their studies and research. In being elected to the Graduate Student Council, Sam hopes to continue the promotion of this environment by advocating for the best interests of graduate students at the University of Louisville.

View candidate's video here.

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