UGGS is comprised of an Assembly and the Executive Board. The Assembly consists of a representative from each academic department on campus while the Executive Board is a nine-member elected board composed of UGGS Officers.

Members of the Executive Board hold office hours in UMC 127 every week so that students can visit, share feedback, and voice concerns about their experience as graduate students at CU.

Meet Your Current Departmental Representative


UGGS Officers


UGGS Executive Board

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Juan Garcia Oyervides

UGGS Executive Board
Juan García Oyervides is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his B.A. in Literature and Language Sciences at the Universidad Finis Terrae (Chile) and his M.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research studies the relationship between journalism, media and literary writing in Latin American 20 th and 21 st centuries.
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Varsha Rao

VP of Internal Affairs
UGGS Executive Board
Varsha is a third year PhD student in Chemical Engineering and she works in the Anseth Research Group. Her research is focused on developing biomaterials to control cell function, specifically to study the effects of secreted factors on immune cells. Contact me if: You are a graduate student, undergraduate student, CU staff or faculty and would like to learn more about or collaborate with UGGS Hometown: Hamilton, Montana
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Sarah Fahmy

VP of External Affairs
UGGS Executive Board
Sarah is a second year Theatre and Performance Studies MA student. She is interested in the post colonial representation of Arab women in the 21st century, and the intersectionality between arts and sustainability. Her research focuses on using applied theatre to vocally empower young women, increasing their self authorship and engagement with sustainable development. Contact me if: You are not a CU Boulder Graduate student, and are interested in learning...

Internal Affairs

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Shirley Huang

Director of Finance
Internal Affairs
Shirley is a second year doctoral student in the Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Department. She is studying socioemotional development and narrative skills in bilingual children with and without a language disorder. Contact me if: You have questions about the UGGS Student Group Grants, Travel Grants or Legislative Discretionary Funds. Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
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Hillary Steinberg

Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Internal Affairs
Hillary is a fourth doctoral student interested in studying health, childhood, and gender. She received her B.S. from Stony Brook University. The focus of her research is on childhood experiences with medical challenges. She previously served as social chair and executive vice president. Contact me if: You want to learn more about diversity and inclusion initiatives for graduate students. Hometown: New York.

External Affairs

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Elana Friedland

Director of Communications
External Affairs
Elana Friedland is a 3rd year MFA candidate in Creative Writing through the English Department. They are also affiliated with the Program in Jewish Studies. Their work focuses on gender, sexuality, the intersection of both with Jewishness, writing and performance, and the ways technology can be integrated into storytelling on the page and on stage. Contact me if: you have media requests, you would like to share news with UGGS,...
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Danica Petrovska

Social Chair
External Affairs
Danica (pronounced Danitsa) is fifth year French literature and French cinema PhD student. She is writing her doctoral dissertation on contemporary banlieue and beur cinema. Her main research interests are the cinematic space of the marginalized communities and the post-colonial subject in the 21st century. She is also interested in how hybridized identities challenge the dominant narratives of "Frenchness". In her very little free time Danica enjoys going out, skiing...

Drew Korschun

Social Relations Committee Member
External Affairs
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Jasmine Baetz

External Affairs
Jasmine Baetz is a second year ceramics MFA student in the department of Art and Art History. She works with history, assumptions, clay, waste and other raw materials. Contact me if: you have questions/comments about the UGGS Assembly Meeting minutes. Hometown: Dundas, Ontario.

UGGS Campus Representation

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Jennifer Reeve

Student Health Board Representative
UGGS Campus Representation
Jennifer is a second year PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences researching the co-evolution of life and Earth. She is passionate about quality of life for graduate students and equity in education and science. Contact me if: you are interested in on-campus/affordable health care and mental health resources. Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
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Javan Carter

CUSG Co-Senator
UGGS Campus Representation
Javan is 2nd Phd EBIO student that studies evolutionary biology. He looks at trait evolution and how the trait manifest, so its origin. He is currently studying Barn swallow and doing whole genome sequencing to find certain traits within the DNA and trying to correlate it to environmental factors that could have influenced natural selection. Contact me if: you want to understand the relationship between UGGS and CUSG Hometown: Chesapeake,...
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Emily Jensen

CUSG Co-Senator
UGGS Campus Representation
Emily is a 1st year PhD student in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. She uses machine learning methods to develop personalized and adaptive educational environments for students of all backgrounds. Contact me if: you want to know more about initiatives of CU Student Government as a whole or want to develop legislation.