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.

2021-2022 GSADC
Meet Daisy Hernandez, 2021-2022 GSADC

Daisy Hernandez, a UC Davis Ph.D. candidate in Plant Pathology, has assumed the role of Graduate Student Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies and to the Chancellor (GSADC) for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Daisy 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, Daisy served as President of the Department of Plant Pathology Graduate Student group, where she coordinated networking events, fundraisers, and professional development workshops. Daisy has also mentored first-generation undergraduate students interested in mycology and worked as a teaching assistant for the Department of Plant Pathology, where she assisted undergraduate students better understand the interdisciplinary concepts of Global Disease Biology.

Additionally, Daisy has dedicated her time in academia to helping underprivileged youth prepare for success in STEM fields. As a member of the Mexican American Student Association, she tutored K-12 Pomona students in math, science, and English. She has regularly visited her hometown in the Imperial Valley to present at local elementary and middle schools about pursuing and preparing for STEM majors at four-year universities. She has also engaged K-12 students in learning and science as a camp counselor at the CPP Science Discovery Camp.

Email Daisy 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) Wiley, Comparative 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 Winternitz, Human 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


Michael Noh