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Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies & Chancellor

The Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Chancellor

As a key leadership position, the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies and to the Chancellor (GSADC) is the campus graduate student representative serving as a voice for graduate student concerns, needs and perspectives. In addition to their work with the Chancellor, the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Council and other campus administrators, the GSADC meets with graduate students, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and other graduate student groups and organizations. This position also provides the opportunity for professional development during which the GSADC may hone their leadership skills while also becoming familiar with university administration, particularly in relation to graduate education.

When to Contact the GSADC

Are you a current graduate or professional student at UC Davis? If so, the GSADC is available to assist you with a range of issues related to your experiences at UCD. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Questions about where/how to access campus resources
  • Confidential advice on dealing with difficult situations surrounding faculty, staff, or peers
  • Discussions about concerns related to administrative policies or graduate/professional student representation

The GSADC is ready and willing to engage with students via email or in person; in person meetings may take place in the Graduate Studies office (Mrak 250) or at the campus location of your choice. Meetings at off-campus locations, including downtown Davis, the Sacramento campus, or remote labs (Bodega Bay, Tahoe) are also possible. To set up an appointment or start a conversation by email, please email this year's GSADC, at

Slande Erole

​Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor 2019-2020

Slande Erole is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis. Prior to her role as GSADC, Slande served as President for the Graduate Association of Political Students, an organization geared toward toward the advancement of graduate student interests in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis. Slande has also served in various programs around campus. First as a mentor at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center, a program designed to provide undergraduate students with hands on research experience, and then as a mentor in the First Friends Program, helping international, domestic, and undocumented graduate students integrate into the UC Davis campus community. Slande is also a Teaching Assistant Consultant Fellow for the Center of Educational Effectiveness, where she conducts experiential workshops and teaching consultations for graduate and postdoctoral students using evidence-based teaching practices. In addition, Slande has served as a Teaching Assistant as well as an Associate Instructor for the Department of Political Science. 

As GSADC, Slande will continue to serve the UC Davis community by advocating for students from underrepresented backgrounds and graduate groups, highlighting the need for mentorship programs geared towards first generation graduate students, as well as partnering with existing programs to ensure that graduate students have opportunities to explore the many diverse career paths available to Ph.D. graduates. 

Email Slande at if you would like to arrange a meeting to voice concerns about administrative policies, input your opinion on graduate student representation, or discuss difficulties encountered in your course of study.