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Graduate Student Senate (GSS)

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the official representative body for graduate students at Texas Christian University, providing professional and financial support as well as open forums for discussing issues, events, and other matters pertinent to graduate students. There is no membership fee. All graduate students are eligible and welcome to attend GSS events and run for GSS officer positions.

Contact GSS by emailing the executive board at or by directly emailing a board member.

Message from the President


Dear TCU Graduate Family,

It is hard to believe that we are about to begin another academic year. Undoubtedly, this past academic year has been a year unlike any other. I am very proud of how our community members at various levels have responded. Despite the weight of social distancing for much of the year, we have found creative ways to interact, connect, learn, and support each other. While we faced new challenges in these uncertain times, we also proved to be resilient and found new opportunities to thrive as a community. I am appreciative to each of you for your unique spirit of perseverance. Whether you are a new graduate student or a returning graduate student, I wish you well and the best in your future endeavors. As we continue to maneuver through this new normal, I want to remind you that you are an essential part of the TCU community.
I want to assure you that the Graduate Student Senate is enthusiastically working on scholar-led initiatives for our community members. We are interested in learning how we can better engage and serve you as scholars.
With love,
Leslie Ekpe


Current Constitution: Graduate Student Senate Constitution (Updated 2015)

Platforms 2020-2021
Public Statement: BLM Statement (June 2020)

Platforms from 2019-2020
Child Care for Graduate Students: GSS Child Care Report
Survey on Graduate Needs: GSS Needs Assessment Report
Expansion of GSS with Senate Model: Senators and Officers

Platforms from 2016-2017
Rock the Vote
Spotlight on Graduate Student Experience: Graduate Student Dinner flyer
Third Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week: GSAW Flyer

Platforms from 2015-2016
Health Insurance Proposal Committee Report: TCU Committee on Research for Graduate Student Health Insurance
Campus Carry Opinion: Graduate Student Senate Opinion
Second Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week: GSAW Flyer

Platforms from 2014-2015
Inaugural Graduate Student Appreciation Week:GSAW Flyer

2020-2021 GSS Officers

2019-2020 GSS Officers
President – Tim Ballingall (English)
Vice President for Logistics – Katie Tran (Business) & Isuru Perera (Liberal Arts)
Vice President for Student Engagement – Kelcia Righton (Women & Gender Studies)
Vice President for Finance – Amy Ray (Physics)
Historian – Courtney Kimmel (History)

2018-19 GSS Officers
President – Nathan Brasher (Business)
Vice President for Logistics – Pavle Mamul (Business)
Vice President for Student Engagement – Dana Shaaban (English)
Vice President for Finance – Alok Bhargava (Business)
Historian – Jongkeyong Kim (English)

2017-18 GSS Officers
President – Elizabeth Hood (Business)
Vice President for Logistics – Sara Kelms (English)
Vice President for Student Engagement – Whitney James (English)
Vice President for Finance – Jon Gulbransen (Business)
Historian – Annette Wren (English)

2016-17 GSS Officers
President – Dan Kamin (Business)
Vice President for Logistics – Blake Hill (History)
Vice President for Student Engagement – Ashley Hughes (English)
Vice President for Finance – Sharif Islam (Mathematics)
Historian – Amanda Milian (History)

2015-16 GSS Officers
President – Jackie Hoermann (English)
Vice President – Jay Jay Stroup (English)
Treasurer – Guillermo Patino (Business) / Matt Brown (Business)
Secretary – Meta Henty (English)

2014-15 GSS Officers
President – Jay Jay Stroup (English)
Vice President – Amanda Barnett (English)
Treasurer – Kyralyssa Hauger (Chemistry)
Secretary – Nelli Bodiford (Chemistry)

2013-14 GSS Officers
President – Chris Williams (Business)
Vice President – Christine Dallao (Business)
Treasurer – Mirza Hasan (Chemistry)
Secretary – Nelli Bodiford (Chemistry)

2012-13 GSS Officers
President – Kaitlin Phillips (Communication Studies)
Cayce Jones (Communication Studies)
Nishant Maller (Business)
Marielle Kahn Weintraub (Psychology)

2011-12 GSS Officers
Matthew Acuff (Business)
Miriam Villanueva (History)
Jordan Ditty (Business)
Marjorie Buckner (Communication Studies)

2010-11 GSS Officers
Keith Altavilla (History)
Megan Smith Gratch (Art History)
Emilee Taylor (English)
Nicole Green (English)