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 seven-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 dedicate a minimum of two work hours per week.

Executive Committee

Following is a list of Executive Committee officers for the 2019-20 academic year:

Barsa Barsa
Heller School for Social Policy and Management

I am pursuing my MA in Sustainable International Development at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Professionally, I am interested in environmental research, public policies, urban and sustainable development issues and education. I hold a BA in Environmental Policy from Columbia University. As the president of the Graduate Student Association Executive Board at Brandeis University, I am committed to serving you, making your life better and more enjoyable and standing by and with you through thick and thin, highs and lows. Please never hesitate to reach out to me.

Anyi Chen
Vice President
International Business School
I am a student in the Master of Science in Finance Program in International Business School. I got my BA degree in Business Administration in China and had my experience of holding events like TEDx there.  I gained a lot of joy and achievement feeling through these activities and made me a person who feels happy when supporting others. As the vice president of the Graduate Student Association, I am committed to help Brandeis graduate students' activities with funding-related issues and look forward to contributing to a better graduate student community. Be ready to listen, to care, and to support!
Oliver Wen
Director of Communications
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Billy Chau
Billy Chau
Director of Events & Marketing
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

I am a second year graduate student in the Professional Science Master’s Program in Biotechnology. I graduated from Brandeis as an undergrad in May of this year and so I am excited to be in my fifth year as a Brandeis student. As an undergraduate, I was involved with guiding first-generation college students through their first year as a peer mentor and as a member of the Student Leadership Board in SSSP. I helped design events geared towards supporting first-generation college students. I look forward to applying my skills to support the graduate student community.

Alexa Rose
Director of Advocacy & Collaboration
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Paris Cheyenne
Paris Cheyenne
Executive Advisor
Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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!

Salman Alam
Executive Advisor
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences