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
Albert McClure is a fifth-year PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in religion, a program shared between the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. He earned an AM in religion from Duke University, and two BAs in history and Old Testament literature from Oral Roberts University. He studies ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean religions, the Hebrew Bible, the Qumran Scrolls and early Christianity. He has acted as GSG’s Social Committee co-chair for two years prior to his election as GSG’s president. He has also worked as Rev. Dr. Gary Brower’s assistant for two years, improving the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s communications and media presence. He excited about the opportunity to represent graduate students to faculty, staff and administrators at the University of Denver this academic year.
Michelle Garcia-Olp, vice president
Michelle Garcia-Olp is a first year doctoral student in the Morgridge College of Education, studying Curriculum and Instruction. She received her Master’s in language, literacy and sociocultural studies and Bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of New Mexico. Michelle’s research interests include student voice through a sociocultural and critical pedagogy lens as well as the pre-service teacher as researcher. Michelle has past experience as a teacher, military spouse and involvement in civic engagement. Currently, Michelle is a Morgridge Fellow for Engaged Learning and Adams 12 STEM Fellow. She is excited to work with the Graduate Student Government as Vice President. Michelle is dedicated to inclusive excellence and representing student voice here at the University of Denver.
Veronica Droser, director of communications
Veronica Droser is a third-year doctoral student 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 vice president of the Graduate Students of the Four Faculties (GSFF) 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!
Jeffrey Mariano, director of Inclusive Excellence
Jeffrey Mariano is a master's candidate in the Higher Education program at the Morgridge College of Education. He is currently the graduate resident director for the Housing and Residential Education (HRE) department at the University of Denver. His research interest focuses on the intersections of Asian American and Pacific Islander students within higher education. As a graduate student, Jeffrey engages with social justice efforts within the greater DU community to create equitable and inclusive programs and spaces for students. He is looking forward to working with the Graduate Student Government team this school year.
Note: We will hold an election in fall 2015 for the position of vice president.