The Graduate Student Board (GSB) is made up of students who are committed to being leaders and advocates for the Graduate Student Network. The GSB is made up of eight core positions as well as any students who are passionate about supporting the Graduate Student Network. The Board's work is guided by three main pillars:
Advocacy: Serve as a voice for graduate students to express their needs, concerns, and ideas to leadership, faculty, and staff, in order to take action to address them.
Community: Ensure that graduate students are well-informed about their rights and resources, and stay meaningfully connected to each other and the broader USM community.
Engagement: Provide opportunities to connect, collaborate, and network with alumni, employers, and System-wide partners to pursue career development and civic engagement.
Please feel free to contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any questions, ideas or initiatives you have for the Graduate Student Network. You can also contact any of the Chairs to discuss specific issues. Please find their contact details below. If you are interested in joining the Graduate Student Board, please fill out this form.
Friday, March 13th from 12:00pm-1:00pm, 427 Wishcamper (Portland Campus), Zoom link
Friday, April 9th from 9:00am-10:00am, 427 Wishcamper (Portland Campus), Zoom link
All graduate students are welcome to attend our meetings either in person or via Zoom.
Graduate Student Board Chairs
Each Chair of the Graduate Student Board has written a short description of their role and included some of their goals for the year. Please feel free to contact any of the Chairs below with any questions, issues or ideas you may have regarding the Graduate student experience.
In my final year as a graduate student at USM, I am honored to be completing my masters degree research while working with this great group to establish graduate student representation for the greater USM community. Relying on my background as a project manager where I helped bring projects and events to fruition, I am equally interested in facilitating the work of this group to create a space for Advocacy, Community and Engagement - for both online and in-person programs. My goal for this year is to establish the GSB and the GSN as entities that are vital to USM Graduate Students. This includes ratifying our charter, better understanding the needs of the graduate student populace, and supporting the work of the chairs and subcommittees. Personally, I would love it if we can make progress toward establishing a student-run bar/brewery!
Currently, I am working on creating some matrices and documents that will benefit the team. My goal for this year is to spread out the word as much as we can and to reach out to as many graduates in the university. I 'm hoping to use my knowledge, skills, and experience to help move this group forward and to solve students' conflicts.
Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM)
I started my Masters in Public Policy and Management after 10 years of organic farming and carpentry. My concentration is Public Management, and he would like to work as a town manager in Maine. My work chairing the Advocacy Committee includes empowering student agency and advocating on students' behalf. If that is work that interests you and you would like to join the Committee or get involved, I would be delighted to hear from you.
Suheir Al Askari
Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM)
As a Community Chair, I will do my best to ensure that all USM graduate students are well- informed about their rights and resources; that they are well presented and informed. My goal is to create a welcoming, supportive community that connects graduate students to each other, as well as to the whole USM community. My first year will have a list of events and activities that make sure all USM graduate student has positive, energetic education experience and memories.
Business Administration (MBA)
In my role as GSN Engagement Chair, I'm excited to work to provide opportunities for USM grad students to connect, collaborate, and network with alumni, local employers, and key partners to pursue career development and civic engagement. I believe every grad student deserves added value to our education outside of the classroom. By hosting events and offering opportunities for connection and mentorship, we can foster USM's relationships with professionals in the community and better prepare grad students to excel as leaders.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
My focus as the Communications Chair of the Graduate Student Board is to be a bridge between the Board, the wider Graduate Student Network and the USM community. I want to highlight the amazing things our graduate students are doing, promote the resources and support for graduate students and give a voice to our community. One of my main goals for the year is to focus on transparency and so I will be publicizing our plans, meetings and updates from the Chairs in order to raise awareness of this new resource for grad students.
Adult and Higher Education
As the Online Student Chair, I will do my best to create a sense of community for online and distance graduate students at USM. My goal is also to be a support for online graduate students and to connect them with the resources they need, because it can often be difficult for online students to find support systems. Engaging with online students is especially important to me, since I am an online student myself. If you are an online graduate student, feel free to reach out to me if you have ideas or would like support.