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SPA Graduate Student Council

School of Public Affairs. Graduate Student Council.

The SPA GSC Executive Board

President, Elizabeth Ogunsuyi
Vice President, Krishna Patel
Chief of Staff, Zac Barger
Director of Finance, Jack Gandolfi
Director of Communications, Allison Wiseman

Mission Statement

The School of Public Affairs' Graduate Student Council ensures that SPA graduate students receive a well-rounded experience at American University by providing opportunities to serve, network, and develop both academically and professionally amongst our peers, faculty and in the greater Washington public affairs arena. Additionally, we aim to advocate for the expressed concerns and needs of the student body to ensure all desires are met and or at least addressed by the AU administration.

About Us

The Graduate Student Council is composed of an Executive Board, Program Representatives, and Committee Chairpersons. Together, we foster programming aimed at building community and targeting areas of both professional and personal growth for graduate students. 

Each fall semester, we run elections for Program Representatives and Committee Chairpersons and each spring semester, we run elections for the Executive Board. We encourage all students with an interest in student leadership and giving back to the SPA community, to run. Details are shared via email and social media.

The Public Purpose Journal

The Public Purpose is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal presenting the work of graduate students from the SPA Departments of Government; Justice, Law, and Criminology; and Public Administration and Policy. Founded in 2003,The Public Purpose is supported by the SPA Graduate Student Council, with involvement and guidance of SPA faculty. More information can be found at the Public Purpose website.

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