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 one representative from each program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 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, a five-member Executive Committee is elected from among the Senate membership. 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 hold regular office hours each week.
Following is a list of Executive Committee officers for the 2018-19 academic year:
I want to lead the kind of Graduate Student Association in which all students believe and respect. I want all students from diverse backgrounds, whether they were active in student government or have never seen student representation in school, to feel comfortable coming to us and raising your concerns. We serve as a liaison between Brandeis University and its students, and we assure you that we are right here for you.
I was brought up and schooled in the province of Balochistan, in Pakistan, and have been active doing social and volunteer work since the age of 9. I am founder and CEO of several initiatives, including the Welfare Association for New Generation, a Balochistan-based NGO that advocates for a fairer society through its various interventions with young people. I am enrolled in Heller's accelerated MA in Sustainable International Development program.
I am originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, where I got my first taste of conflict resolution through the peer-mediation programs in middle school and high school. After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, I served as a team leader for AmeriCorps NCC and, later, worked at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. I chose Brandeis for its joint program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (Heller) and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (GSAS). I am very interested in bringing mediation workshops and conflict resolution curriculums to schools through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Holocaust to promote inclusion, culture understanding and peacebuilding skills in young people. I also enjoy drinking coffee, being outdoors, running and watching "The Office" — and doing those activities with my dog, Lucy, at my side!
I am enrolled in the Master of Science in Finance program at the International Business School. I have always considered leadership and team management skills to be the most vital part of my career aspirations. I have also actively sought and participated in such roles, serving as head/president of various clubs through undergrad and postgrad back home in India. I consider myself to be very friendly, empathetic, pragmatic and a highly efficient problem solver.
I am pursuing dual MA degrees, in Sustainable International Development, and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, both through the Heller School. It is an honor to serve as the 2018-2019 advocate, ambassador and collaborator for GSA. I’m primarily responsible for ensuring GSA’s positive image at Brandeis, advocating for all graduate student concerns and uniting students across each of the three graduate schools. Please feel free to email anytime.