Graduate Student Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Chancellor

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

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 UC Davis

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 offices or at the campus location of your choice. To set up an appointment or start a conversation by email, please email this year's GSADC, at

As a key leadership position, the Graduate Student Advisor 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.

2020-2021 GSADC
Meet Gillian Moise, 2020-2021 GSADC

Gillian Moise, a UC Davis Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, has assumed the role of Graduate Student Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies and to the Chancellor (GSADC) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Portrait of Gillian Moise

Gillian will serve as the primary student representative for graduate students at UC Davis, serving as a voice for graduate student concerns, needs and perspectives. Over the course of a year, she will work closely with Chancellor Gary May, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Graduate Council and other campus leaders.

Prior to assuming the role of GSADC, Gillian served as the Graduate Student Retention Coordinator for the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center, where she coordinated programming designed to help underrepresented graduate and professional students navigate the rigors associated with pursuing an advanced degree. Gillian also participated as a peer mentor in the First-Gen Grads Initiative Pilot Program developed to address the unique needs of first-generation graduate students. Working as a teaching assistant for the Department of Sociology, she has assisted undergraduate students better understand complex sociological theories.

Additionally, Gillian has a long history of serving school-aged children from marginalized communities. After attaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at St. John’s University and Master of Public Policy at George Washington University, she has worked at elementary and secondary schools where she created and implemented thought-provoking curricula designed to close critical gaps in standard education and prepare students for life beyond high school.

Email Gillian 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.

Previous Graduate Student Advisors to the Dean and Chancellor


Gillian Moise, Sociology
Project: The Graduate Alumni Mentoring Pilot Program and the Tuesday Talks with Alumni Speaker Series


Slande Erole, Political Science
Project: First-Gen Initiative Pilot Program


Mayowa Adegboyega, Anthropology


Jeanelle Hope, Cultural Studies
Project: Graduate Student Retention Assessment


Sarah Messbauer, Ethnomusicology
Project: Full-Scale Review of Graduate and Professional Student Experience (aka, “The Great Big Graduate Review”)


Erica Vonasek-Eco, Biological Systems Engineering
Project: Reimagining the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor (GSADC) Role and the Student Assistants to the Chancellor (SAC)


Angel Hinzo, Native American Studies
Project: Developing the First Friends Program with the SISS Graduate Student Researcher


Amandeep Kaur, Physics
Project: Emerging Leaders in Policy & Public Service (ELIPPS) and Diversity Dialogues on Graduate Education


​​Rosalyn Earl, Education
Project: Graduate Student Retention & Mental Health Workshops: Managing & Preventing Stress, Anxiety and Suicide


Lisceth Cruz, Education
Project: Leadership Development Series for Graduate Student Organizations

Cassandra Paul, Physics
Project: Graduate Teaching Community

Abigail Boggs, Cultural Studies
Project: Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) – Developing a Sustainable Organizational Structure

Cynthia Degnan, English
Project: Getting the Most Out of Mentoring Workshops: A Conversation Among Graduate Students


Toby Beauchamp, Cultural Studies
Project: Graduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Kara Thompson, English
Project: The Grad ComPost

Alison Sheets, Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Project: Graduate Student Mental and Physical Wellness Survey

Heather Wylie, Sociology
Project: Mentors Mentoring Mentors: Tips from Faculty for Faculty on Becoming a Better Mentor

Sheri Tatsch, Native American Studies
Project: Creating a Successful Graduate Student and Faculty Relationship: A Faculty Response

Joaquin Feliciano, Ecology
Project: A Review of Student Affairs Services to Graduate and Professional Students

Nicole Rabaud, Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry
Project: The Nature and Causes of Graduate Student Attrition at UC Davis

David Quijada, Education
Project: "What's Identity got to do with it?" roundtable discussions

Amy Lyn (Gerbrandt) WileyComparative Literature
Project: Facilitating Institutional Memory: Week of Orientation and Welcome

Jennifer Cross, Sociology
Project: Graduate Student Financial Support Survey

Alessia Ortolani​, Animal Behavior
Project: Mentoring Graduate Students

Arlene Alvarado, Animal Behavior
Project: Communication Through Computers

William K. Johnson, Genetics
Project: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium

Tami WinternitzHuman Development
Project: Co-organization of a Mentoring Forum for Graduate Students, Editing and Distribution of Graduate Student Grievance Handbook

Dorothy Ginnett, Ecology
Project: Coordination of Scientific Integrity and Professionalism Course, AWIS/GWIS Spring Conference and Graduate Student Grievance Handbook

Tony Waters, Sociology

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