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. 

Our Constitution and Bylaws


Executive Board 2021-2022

Melissa Levy

Melissa Levy, President |

Melissa is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, focusing on Neuropsychology. She serves as the GSG President, striving to promote effective and well-informed conversations between graduate students and the University of Denver as a whole. Being born and raised in Colorado, Melissa decided to stay close to home for her education and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology (2017) at the University of Denver. Of course, this means that some of her favorite pastimes include the outdoors and cheering on the DU sports teams. As a mental health professional, Melissa's work is dedicated to the issues of social justice, mental/emotional well-being, and community health.

Mal Kling

Mal Kling, Acting Vice President & Director of Finance |

Mal Kling (they/them) is a second-year at the Graduate School of Social Work concentrating in Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice. Though they started their undergraduate degree as a theatre major, Mal graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Sociology focus. Prior to attending DU, Mal lived in Chicago (city proper), serving as an AmeriCorps at a youth development organization in the area. Mal will be serving as the Director of Finance this year and firmly believes students have a voice in University finances, too. Mal is passionate and intentional about upholding the University’s values. With those in mind, they are ready to enact change at an institutional level for the betterment of the student body. When Mal has time, they enjoy walking their pitty Petunia. They also recently started reading young adult books—a nice break from peer-reviewed journal articles. 

James Hilliker

James Hilliker, Director of Communication |

James Hilliker is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Health data informatics and Analytics. James studied Information System Security earning his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Phoenix. As an information system professional he strives to make sure the flow of information is smooth and enjoys finding solutions to complicated problems.

Yolanda Ortiz

Yolanda Ortiz, Director of Social Media |

Yolanda (she/her/ella) is a first-year graduate student at the Daniels College of Business pursuing a MS in Management with a certificate in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organization. She completed her undergrad at DU, majoring in International Business with minors in Accounting and Mandarin. She grew up in the Denver metro area and likes to explore everything Colorado has to offer. Yolanda is passionate about social issues and is interested in accessibility of healthcare for underserved communities. As a proud Latina, she loves to give back to her community and engage with Latinx organizations. In her free time, she likes to go to concerts, watch movies, and try out new restaurants.

Colin Babikian

Colin Babikian, Director of Student Groups |

Colin is a second-year graduate student in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies pursuing a master's degree in International Studies, focusing on humanitarian assistance. When deciding on an undergraduate university, he decided to first go to rural Ohio before ultimately graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. As the Director of Student Groups, he aims to create a welcoming and inclusive community at the University of Denver. He will be a resource for student groups and affiliations to facilitate group activities and provide opportunities for growth. 

Roo Khan

Roo Khan, Director of Inclusive Excellence | 

Roo is a second year graduate student in University College pursuing a Master's degree in Strategic Human Resources with the concentration of Human Capital in Organizations. She received her bachelors at the University of Colorado Denver. She is an advocate for inclusivity at DU and will continue to speak for the benefit of students. She is a resource for Diversity and Inclusion efforts to be made prominent on campus and partner with organizations around campus. 

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