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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 2019-2020

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Rode Molla, President |  

Rode Shewaye Molla is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in the Study of Religion. Rode is originally from Ethiopia. In her career and ministry in Ethiopia, Rode created a holistic child development curriculum and provided advocacy and social justice-oriented ministries at the national and local levels. In the United States, Rode earned an M.A in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN, and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Western Theological Seminary Holland, MI. During that time, Rode worked in the Church; International Students Offices; as a Graduate Teaching Assistant; and a Resident Chaplain. Rode also served in the University of Denver Graduate students Government as a Senator for the last two years representing the Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion. Rode's research and writing focuses on decolonizing oppressive practices, images, and embodied normative rules and ideologies through an interdisciplinary methodology that at the intersection of postcolonial theory, political and public theologies, intercultural care, borderland, and embodied religious practices. Rode's research claims that we are living in the neoliberal and neocolonial era that does not allow human being bodies to function with agentic subjectivity and shared values. Therefore, her research is committed to creating and sustaining in-between and intercultural subjectivity through embodied care and holistic educational practices.


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Grace Sullivan, Vice President |

Grace Sullivan is a second year MA candidate in the International and Intercultural Communications (IIC) program with a certificate in Public Diplomacy and a specialization in Strategic Communication. The IIC program is a joint program between Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, which is the perfect culmination of Grace's interest in international affairs, social justice, and public relations. Grace completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Denver in International Studies and Spanish, and also works at DU full-time in the Office of International Student Admission. Grace served as Interim Director of Communication for GSG in the 2018-2019 academic year, but has been a passionate and dedicated leader on the DU campus for many years. As the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in DU's Media, Film and Journalism Department, she is keenly interested in building up communities and fostering healthy, inclusive growth through effective communication. When she isn't busy working, studying, or dedicating her time to improving the student experience on the DU campus, you can find her in the mountains or in her garden with her Labrador Retriever, Noah.


Melissa Levy, Director of Communications |

Melissa is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, focusing on Neuropsychology. She serves as the Director of Communications, 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 pass-times 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.


Kate Karayannis, Director of Community Engagement 

Kate is a first year graduate student studying Accounting at the Daniels College of Business. She serves as the Director of Community Engagement, striving to connect students with one another. Her major goal for the year is to provide opportunities for all graduate students, to find their community at DU through meaningful and strategic event programming. Kate was heavily involved at DU during her undergrad and is honored to be able to continue her commitment towards improving the University. When not on campus, you can find Kate trying to find the best local coffee shop or studying for the CPA.


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Ammiel Williams, Director of Inclusive Excellence |

Ammiel is a second year graduate student at the University of Denver's Korbel School, studying International Security and Global Business. He serves as the Director of Inclusive Excellence. His position has three overall goals: one, to take account of incidents that sow distrust and exclude groups from the greater DU community; two, communicate those issues to GSG and DU administration; and three, to strengthen community partnerships. Ammiel is dedicated servant-leader and an avid communicator. He takes care to provide in-depth analysis of problems and effective solutions.


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