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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 Office of Graduate Studies (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 Sarah Messbauer, this year's GSADC, at gradassistant@ucdavis.edu

Jeanelle Hope

​Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor 2017-2018

Jeanelle Hope is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies graduate group here at UC Davis. Prior to entering the role as GSADC, Jeanelle worked closely with several campus units providing support for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral scholars at the Internship and Career Center (Peer Career Adviser 2015-2017), the Graduate Academic Achievement and Advocacy Program (Graduate Student Director 2016-2017), and in the capacity of Teaching Assistant (TA) and Associate Instructor (AI) for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSW), African American & African Studies, and Asian American Studies departments.

As GSADC, Jeanelle is excited to continue her advocacy and programming efforts in the area of graduate and professional student retention. Her aim is to address retention in two ways, (1) bring key campus stakeholders together to begin crafting a graduate and professional student strategic plan and (2) by concretely addressing three retention-based issues this academic year— professional development/career exploration, food insecurity, and housing. In addition to advocating for policy changes and additional resources for these areas in relevant shared governance meetings, Jeanelle’s aim is to produce three tangible and immediate solutions to problems in the aforementioned areas. In addition to her retention initiative, Jeanelle is also involved in several campus diversity efforts including GDoPx and the Women/Nonbinary Scholars of Color Inclusion Project.

Email Jeanelle at gradassistant@ucdavis.edu 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.