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 gradassistant@ucdavis.edu

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

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 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.

Previous Graduate Student Advisors to the Dean and Chancellor

2020-2021

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

2019-2020

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

2018-2019

Mayowa Adegboyega, Anthropology
Project
 

2017-2018

Jeanelle Hope, Cultural Studies
Project: Graduate Student Retention Assessment
 

2016-2017

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

2015-2016

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)
 

2014-2015

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

2013-2014

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

2012-2013

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

2011-2012

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

2010-2011

Cassandra Paul, Physics
Project: Graduate Teaching Community
 

2009-2010

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

2008-2009

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

2007-2008

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

2006-2007

Kara Thompson, English
Project: The Grad ComPost
 

2005-2006

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

2004-2005

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

2003-2004

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

2002-2003

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

2001-2002

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

2000-2001

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

1999-2000

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

1998-1999

Jennifer Cross, Sociology
Project: Graduate Student Financial Support Survey
 

1997-1998

Alessia Ortolani​, Animal Behavior
Project: Mentoring Graduate Students
 

1996-1997

Arlene Alvarado, Animal Behavior
Project: Communication Through Computers
 

1995-1996

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

1994-1995

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

1993-1994

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

1992-1993

Tony Waters, Sociology
 

1991-1992

Michael Noh