The Graduate Liaison position fosters communication between the Graduate School and the students it serves. Graduate Liaisons are hired from arts, engineering, humanities, communication sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Liaisons are the primary contact for communicating to other graduate students in their representative area about Graduate School events and initiatives. Graduate Liaisons are also responsible for providing the Graduate School with information and feedback from students.

Each Graduate Liaison creates and leads a professional development activity. These initiatives are "Peer2Peer" Workshops, Podcasts or Webinars. Graduate Liaisons will also support cross-disciplinary connections, brainstorm ideas for program initiatives, and help turn student feedback into actionable goals.

 

Emily Loker

Emily Loker

Graduate Liaison for the Communication Sciences
Communication
I am a communication Ph.D. student in the community and social interaction emphasis. My primary research interest is communication activism for social justice, specifically communication activism for social justice pedagogy. I have a master’s in public service from the Clinton School of Public Service where I completed research projects on communicating the need for criminal justice reform, expanding access to education, and diversifying the STEM fields. I graduated with B.A...
Sarah Mauney

Sarah Mauney

Graduate Liaison for the Arts
Theatre & Dance
Sarah R Mauney is a second-year MFA Candidate in Dance & Choreography with a secondary emphasis in Somatics. Her research utilizes the lens of Motherhood to examine issues of equity, gender performativity, cultural curation of gender performance, body dysmorphia and the languaging of mothering in America. She strives to bring higher regard for embodied learning to non-performance disciplines. In addition to being a Grad Student and mother, Sarah teaches Beginning...
Emily Nocito

Emily Nocito

Graduate Liaison for the Natural Sciences
Environmental Studies
I am a doctoral student in environmental studies,where I focus on marine protected areas, marine conservation, and international governance. Previous to attending CU, I received my BS from Stony Brook University and her MS from University of Maine- Orono. Outside of academia, I am a 4th year pen-pal with Letters to a Pre-Scientist, and enjoys archery, reading, and playing with her guinea pigs.
Varsha Rao

Varsha Rao

Graduate Liaison for Engineering
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Varsha Rao is a Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. She did her Bachelor's at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Her doctoral research is focused on developing biomaterial systems to study and control the mesenchymal stem/stromal cell secretome for therapeutic and regenerative medicine applications. She enjoys skiing, hiking, watching movies, petting dogs, and playing trivia!
Marija Sajekaite

Marija Sajekaite

Graduate Liaison for the Social Sciences
Political Science
I am a PhD candidate in political science. I study political behavior with a focus on participation and environmental attitudes in developing countries. When I'm not working, I enjoy biking, running, reading novels, and playing video games.
Anabareen Shefa

Anbareen "anbo" Shefa

Graduate Liaison for the Humanities
Religious Studies
I am an interdisciplinary food scholar passionate about the regenerative power food has on individuals, communities, and ecology. As a second year MA student in the Religious Studies department, my research focuses on the intersection of food, religion, and the environment in contemporary American life. I completed my Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where I received a dual major in Environmental and Religious Studies. Outside of...