The Graduate Student Senate makes important decisions on bettering the lives of graduate students.

The Senate is composed of one member from the Heller Student Association, one member from the International Business School Student Association and two members from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, one from the division of sciences and one from the division of humanities. social sciences, and the arts. The body meets monthly throughout the academic year to discuss issues, work on initiatives and gather feedback from the graduate student body.

At the beginning of each year, the GSA Executive Committee is elected by the broader graduate student body. The Executive Committee oversees the Senate budget and all GSA activities, can make appointments to fill Senate vacancies and can charter and disperse funds to graduate student clubs and organizations. Executive Committee members are expected to dedicate a minimum of two work hours per week.

Executive Committee

Following is a list of Executive Committee officers for the 2020-21 academic year:

Salman Alam
Executive Advisor
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
I am a third-year PhD student in Physics at Duclos Lab with a research focus on Microtubules Based Active matter and Liquid crystals. I got my Master's degree in Physics from the Department of Atomic energy, Mumbai University. One year back I decided to join GSA-E board as an Executive Advisor with the purpose of supporting the board members, advocating for graduate students and bringing our diverse pool of graduate students together. I am continuing this year as an executive advisor at GSA with the hope that together we can add some positivity in our graduate students life during this difficult time. In my free time, I like going for hikes, being in nature, playing football (soccer).
Twama Nambili
Co- Chair
International Business School
I am an MBA candidate, concentrating in Strategy & Innovation and Data Analytics, at the International Business School. I hold an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics from the University of London and a BBA in International Business from St. Norbert College. Professionally, I am a Management Consultant, former FinTech company Founder and I have worked mainly in the Financial Services Industry. I love solving problems as well as helping people discover and reach their full potential. I’m very interested in Social Networks and the Beauty Industry. I also love drawing, writing short stories, drinking tea, travelling, and meeting new people.
Carlos Vargas
International Business School
I am a first-year MBA Candidate (STEM-Designated) | Data Analytics and Strategy & Innovation at Brandeis International Business School. I am originally from El Salvador and a huge fan of my soccer team FAS. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics at ESEN where I have been a teacher’s assistant as a part-time job since I graduated. For this reason, the Dean of Business and Economics of ESEN nominated me for the Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar, I identify with the mission of GSA is organizing and promoting activities beneficial to graduate student life.  As a Co-Chair of the Executive Committee I would help others to enjoy their experience at Brandeis as much as possible. My professional background in finances and commercial areas at the coffee and banking industries are some tools I would use to lead in this role.
Jerri Zhou
Jerri Zhou
Director of Communications
International Business School
I am in the International Business School pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree. I was part of the International Student Ambassador team with my Undergraduate institution to help international students better fit into the community. I hope to help students feel comfortable being in the Brandeis community especially during this unpleasant period of time. As the director of the Communication Committee, I want to help all graduate students in different schools feel united and learn more from each other. I am really excited to work with all of you and make a better graduate community!
Keshia Engwenyi
Director of Events & Marketing
Heller School of Social Policy and Management
I am a first year MBA/SID candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. I am interested in advocating for sustainable and quality education, youth developments, as well as providing resources and opportunities for women to be empowered and financially independent. I hold a BA in Women's Studies and French from the University of Massachusetts Boston. As the Director of Events and Marketing, I am committed to creating enriching and memorable events, to foster interdepartmental relationships and build long-lasting relationships amongst Brandeis students. Please reach out with all exciting events you have in mind! 
Mariela Martinez
Mariela Martinez
Director of Advocacy & collaborations
Heller School of Social Policy and Management
I am a first year, pursuing a MA in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University I immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico when I was seven and grew up in Southern California. I served in Uganda for two years as a Peace Corps education volunteer. I focused on literacy education, girl’s empowerment, and training volunteers. I am passionate about how policy advances social justice, programming, and community engagement. Currently in my role as Director of Advocacy & Collaborations, I will advocate for policies both at Brandeis and across the Mass Grad Federation, that help low income-first generation students navigate the academic world and receive resources that empower them to continue their education and be powerful agents for social change. Building collaborations across the Brandeis campus is instrumental in making Brandeis equitable for all.
Xiwen Zang
Director of Treasury & Organisations
International Business School

I am an International Economic and Finance Master's degree student at IBS and also has a Finance bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida. I am fascinated by Musical theater and other arts activities. If you are also interested in arts, I'm more than happy to chat with you. I'm interested in communicating with people and helping others as much as I can. I have experience in funding budgets back to my undergrad school. I think I will do better in this position. I am pleased to pursue my  master's degree Brandeis University because of the mission of the school is to build better opportunities and environment for everyone. Let us know you, help you, and finally support you!

We are looking forward to hearing from you in the future.