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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

Mayowa Adegboyega

​Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor 2018-2019

Mayowa Adegboyega is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolutionary wing of the Anthropology Department here at UC Davis. Prior to entering the role as GSADC, Mayowa worked closely with several campus units and graduate student organizations to provide support and community for graduate and professional students. She has been the president of the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association and the Anthropology Graduate Student Association, and she has also served as a GSA representative in the Graduate Student Assembly and as a GSR in Graduate Diversity office. Mayowa is also a UC-HBCU Initiative fellow,  and she has used her experiences from participating in the program to inform her mentorship of for future UC-HBCU summer scholars and incoming black graduate students. In addition she participated in last year’s UC Davis Grad Slam competition where she emerged the People’s Choice winner. She  has also served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and an Associate Instructor (AI) for the Anthropology department.

As GSADC, Mayowa will be continuing her advocacy and programming efforts. Her aim is to address issues relating to graduate and professional student mentorship, retention, diversity and inclusion, professional development/career exploration, housing and transportation. In addition to advocating for policy changes and additional resources for these areas in relevant shared governance meetings, Mayowa’s aim is to produce tangible and immediate solutions to problems in the aforementioned areas and to develop more sustainable long range plans.

Email Mayowa 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.