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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 2018-2019

Michael Fiorini, President | Michael.Fiorini@du.edu

Michael is currently in his 3rd year of Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). He currently practices as a psychotherapist in training for the DU community. He also works at a residential community for severe and persistent mental illness, for the state of Colorado rehabilitating men on probation, and as a member of the DU Mental Health Task Force. Outside of DU, Michael works with the National Association of Graduate Professional Students (NAGPS) as Director of Outreach for the Western United States and dedicates his time to advocate for Colorado graduate students statewide. A first generation American of Brazilian descent, issues of inclusivity, visibility, and representation are central to his work and studies. His primary goal as GSG president this year is to better facilitate communication between schools, departments, students, faculty, and the administration. More broadly, he aims to give DU grad students a voice in statewide affairs for legislation affecting our community.


R. Richard Williams, Vice President | Roland.Williams@du.edu

Richard is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He moved to Denver from New York City, where he worked at The NYU Hospital RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation – Traumatic Brain Injury Program. In addition to neuropsychology, Richard's professional pursuits include systems theory, community psychology, and performance psychology. Prior to his experience in the field of psychology, Richard had an extensive career in film, television, and theater as a writer and director. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Richard holds a bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University and a master's degree from Brown University.


Julianne Toce, Director of Communications | Julianne.Toce@du.edu

Julianne is currently a 2nd year is the Higher Education masters program in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Her concentration is in Student Affairs and she hopes to pursue a career within higher education. She also works as the Inclusive Excellence Fellow for Graduate Student Programs within the office of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence. She hopes to use both roles to serve to graduate student community. As GSG Director of Communications, she will connect all graduate students to the campus, community, events, programs, professional development opportunities, and services.


Alex Fernandez-Ortega, Director of Inclusive Excellence | Alex.Fernandez-ortega@du.edu

Alex Fernandez-Ortega is currently a third year doctoral student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology PsyD program, where she is completing a speciality in Latinx Psychology. She was raised in Fresno, California and obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She has a background in social work, forensic settings and community mental health. Alex specializes in providing bilingual therapy services to underserved and marginalized Latino populations. Her current interests include working with migrant communities in family therapy settings within the Aurora and Denver communities.


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