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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

Albert McClure, president

Veronica Droser, director of communications

Jeffrey Mariano, director of Inclusive Excellence

Note: We will hold an election in fall 2015 for the position of vice president.

Executive Board 2014-2015

Leslie Rossman

Leslie Rossman, President

Leslie Rossman is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Communication Ethics at the University of Denver. She received an M.A. in Political Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Her research interests include rhetorical mediations of labor and globalization, rhetoric and political economy, the effects of neoliberalism in the workplace, as well as gender and sexuality in popular culture. Leslie has been an active leader at the University of Denver through her roles in Graduate Student Government, Graduate Students of The Four Faculties, and the Communication Studies Graduate Student Organization.   




Shadee Abdi Shadee Abdi, Vice President

Shadee Abdi is the Vice President and Director of Finance of Graduate Student Government and a second year doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver. She received her M.A. and B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!). Her research exists at the intersection of Identity Studies, Iranian Studies, MENA Studies, Critical Cultural Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Gender Studies, blended together by performative methodologies. Shadee is thrilled to have a voice on campus regarding graduate student life, specifically through her role in Graduate Student Government and as President of the Communication Studies Graduate Student Organization. 



Vanessa Teck Vanessa Teck, Director of Inclusive Excellence

Vanessa Teck is currently serving as the Director of Inclusive Excellence for the Graduate Student Government. She is a Masters Candidate in Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education and the Inclusive Excellence Fellow for the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Education (CAPE) at the University of Denver. Vanessa is passionate about community engagement, addressing issues of social justice, and inequity. Her research interests focus on intersectionality within the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)  community, particularly with Southeast Asian American youth. As such, much of her time is dedicated towards helping in the progressive Asian Pacific American (APA) movement, both locally and nationally. She is a national speaker on Asian American collegiate activism and coalition building. In her free time, Vanessa manages Community Outreach and Multimedia for Project Ava, an organization she co-founded with two fellow DU alumni to share meaningful stories to move the advocates of today and tomorrow.


Kritika Dwivedi Kritika Dwivedi, Director of Communications

Kritika Dwivedi is a fourth year Doctoral Candidate at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). She will be the Director of Communications on this year's Graduate Student Government Executive Board, and is excited to get more involved with the greater DU graduate student population.