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Graduate Student Government

Graduate Student Government

The voice of the graduate student body

The Graduate Student Government is a council of all the Graduate Student Associations (GSAs) at the University of Denver.

The GSG has two goals at the University:

  • One is to foster a sense of community among the graduate students.
  • The other to represent that community and its interests at DU.

GSG is the DU graduate community's representative student government body. As YOUR representative, we are here to serve YOU and advocate for YOUR interests and concerns. For more information on how we are striving to do so, please click on any of the links listed here.

Statement of Inclusiveness

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) affirms the University of Denver's commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Moreover, the GSG believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our organizational mission.

Inclusive Excellence is embedded and valued in our learning, programming, student involvement, and funding processes. Our commitment to promoting and maintaining a respectful campus community facilitates opportunities for shared understanding among DU graduate students, across academic disciplines, areas of research, and practical expertise.

As such, the GSG resolves to make meaningful contributions to our campus community in ways that both facilitate and promote respect and support for all persons across similarities and differences in background, including but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, age and disability.

Executive Board 2015-2016

Veronica Droser, President

Veronica Droser is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Communication Studies department where she studies family communication. She received her MS in communication studies from Portland State University, and a dual BA in art, advertising and social issues and communication studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research centers on how families and relational pairs experience different facets of life, focusing specifically on moments of transition and periods of strain in a family or relationship. Currently her work focuses on understanding experiences with death and loss within a family. Veronica is the past Director of Communication for the graduate student government and has been an active member of the graduate student community here at DU. She is excited to continue her work as a student leader here at DU and is dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive graduate community!


Carolyn Coles, Vice President 

Carolyn Coles is a Masters student in the International and Intercultural Communication program, an interdisciplinary degree program through Media, Film, and Journalism and the Korbel School of International Studies. She received her BS in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her studies, Carolyn is the program coordinator for two living and learning communities, creativity & entrepreneurship and international. In her roles as vice president and director of finance for Graduate Student Government, she hopes to help bridge the gap between student and alumni involvement, promote professional development opportunities on and off campus, and to highlight resources for first generation graduate students.


Meseret Hailu, Director of Communications 

Meseret is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. After receiving her BS and BA from the University of Denver, Meseret attended Regis University, where she received her MS in Biomedical Sciences. She then went on to work as an affiliate faculty member at two institutions: Regis University and Red Rocks Community College. At, Morgridge, she studies Higher Education and works under the guidance of her adviser, Dr. Frank Tuitt. Meseret's research interests are grounded in comparative international education, with a special emphasis on gender issues in STEM programs for Black immigrant women in the U.S.






Darren Harvey, Director of Inclusive Excellence

Darren Harvey is a Masters Candidate studying International Development in the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) program through the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is a first generation college student as well as being first generation US born, of Jamaican descent. Darren received his B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University in Miami, FL. He currently holds the position of Co-Chair for the annual Black Male Initiative Summit (BMIS) at the Center for Multicultural Excellence as well as a position as a research assistant within the Korbel School's Latin America Center (LAC). Darren was the 2015-2016 President of the Black Graduate Student Association where he was able to significantly build the visibility and membership of the organization on campus. His current research interests include the critical analysis of Caribbean development as well as examining the intermingling of international development and global racial dynamics. Darren believes the position of Director of Inclusive Excellence grants the opportunity to learn about and explore the perspectives of students in order to assist this institution in creating a community that embraces and celebrates differences while understanding common purposes.




Angie Natoli, Social Committee Chair

Angie Natoli is a Masters Candidate in Higher Education in the Morgridge College of Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and certificate in LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research interests lie in studying LGBTQ student communities with the university, campus culture, and the process of identity development in conjunction with available student resources. This is her second year in the role of Social Committee Chair for GSG. In addition, Angie works in the Office of Student Engagement as a Program Administrator, working primarily with the DU Programming Board where she supervises over 14 executive board members and 60 general board members to aid in the implementation of community-building campus events. She is enthusiastic about the work being done to establish a strong graduate community and hopes to aid in this initiative by providing inclusive and fun events throughout the year for grads and their families!