Governance

 

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:

Twama
Twama Nambili
Board of Trustees Representative
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

 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, traveling, and meeting new people.

Ronunique Clark
Ronunique Clark
Co- Chair

 I am a 1st year MPP student concentrating in Economic and Racial Equity hailing all the way from Richmond,California. I am a recent 2021 graduate of Boston University with my Bachelors in Political Science and certificate in Criminal Justice. 

Yashodhan Damle
Yashodan Damle
Co-chair
International Business School
I am an MBA candidate, concentrating in Marketing and Data Analytics, at the International Business School. I hold a B.A (Hons) in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management-Aurangabad and Huddersfield University, UK. I have worked extensively in the Luxury Hospitality industry and Customer service at some of India's finest Hotels and Palaces. I love solving problems and helping people. I strive to make the world a slightly better place every day. I also love drawing, writing short stories, traveling, hiking, and meeting new people. Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions to help improve your graduate student experience at Brandeis. I look forward to hearing from you
Beatriz
Beatriz Pleites Lemus
Director of Communications

I am a first-year SID candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. I'm a highly motivated woman with a bachelor's degree in law committed to creating a more inclusive and tolerant community.  Curious by nature, I try to have fun at every opportunity I get.  My main goal as a member of the GSA is to become the link between the student body and Brandeis to build a united community.  Let's make a great team together!

Josh
Josh Mandell
Director of Events & Marketing
Brandeis Graduate Professional School
I am a student in the Graduate Professional School's Strategic Analytics MS program, a first-year graduate student. I hold a bachelor's degree in History and Anthropology from Brandeis University, and work in the Steinhardt Social Research Institute on campus while pursuing my studies. I am excited to help facilitate events that build a sense of community on and off campus. I'm also very passionate about storytelling and writing. Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions you have for events!
Michelle Guan
Michelle Guan
Director of Advocacy & collaborations
International Business School
I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Business Analytics at the International Business School. I also hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College. Prior to joining the Brandeis community, I spent seven years in live entertainment production, including work in advocating for diversity and inclusion in the Boston technical theatre scene. In my role as Director of Advocacy and Collaboration, my hope is that I can serve my fellow graduate students by providing space to communicate issues, as well as helping to navigate the resources that are available to us. In my free time, I enjoy participating in entertainment industry research (in the form of binging TV shows), and spending time with my dog.
Nicole
Yunuo (Nicole) Wang
Director of Treasury & Organizations
International Business School
My name is Yunuo Wang, and I can go by Nicole, but I appreciate your effort in trying to pronounce my name. From California, I moved to Boston to major in Business Analytics (STEM-Designated) at the Brandeis International Business School. As a member of the minority community, I always think of helping students from different cultural backgrounds to study, work and live here. I will be honored if everyone enjoys their time at Brandeis. Every single one of you can come to me with your ideas, and I promise to listen and speak for you.

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.

Senate Committee Members

Below is the current list of Senate Committee Members

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Sarah Beth Sortino
Senate GSAS
Office Hours: Fridays at 9:00 am

I am a fifth year PhD Student in the History Department. I grew up in Massachusetts and after 10 years working in various corporate jobs I moved back to start my PhD in 2017. I'm also a first generation college student and the parent of young children. I'm particularly interested in helping student parents and student caregivers navigate the challenges of graduate school as well as promoting alt-ac career development for students in the Humanities. I'd welcome any feedback or suggestions for how we can make the Brandeis community better for grad students!

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Ronunique Clark
Senate Heller
I am a 1st year MPP student concentrating in Economic and Racial Equity hailing all the way from Richmond,California. I am a recent 2021 graduate of Boston University with my Bachelors in Political Science and certificate in Criminal Justice. In addition to my role on the senate I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Heller Student Association. I hope with my role on the senate I am able to cultivate meaningful experiences and create cross-cultural collaborations amongst all graduate students
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I am Ishan Adhikari, an MBA student at Brandeis International Business School. I am from Nepal. Apart from studies, I love to play cricket and soccer. I am a vegetarian and my favorite food is momo.