Student Advising

Your student affairs staff can address concerns ranging from academic policy to personal support services. Stop by the first floor of the Robinson Building Complex to visit the team during normal business hours or email to schedule an appointment.

  • Nancy Gilson

    Nancy Gilson

    Director of Academic Degree Programs

    Nancy holds a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley. She taught for seven years at Simmons College in Boston before moving to UC San Diego in 1993. Since coming to San Diego, Nancy has been a full-time lecturer, teaching courses for the Department of Political Science, GPS and the International Studies Program on U.S. and European immigration, the politics of race and ethnicity, civil liberties and civil rights law, and social policy. She spent five years teaching full time in the DOC Program. In addition to teaching, Nancy served three years as assistant dean of academic advising at Earl Warren College, working with central campus administration units to bring technology into advising in the six colleges, and developing transitional programs for transfer students and winter admits.

  • Laura Gracia

    Laura Gracia

    Assistant Director of Degree Programs

    Laura is a graduate of the Community-Based Block Master’s Program at San Diego State University, which seeks to develop a baseline of cross-cultural knowledge, awareness and advocacy in the training of multicultural counselors. Prior to receiving her master's degree, Laura attended UC San Diego where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. Her professional experience includes nine years at UC San Diego Student Affairs. She has held counseling positions in undergraduate academic advising, underrepresented minority retention programs and graduate-level student affairs. Her experience and perspective as a UC San Diego alumna equips her with a wealth of knowledge to assess students’ needs and help them to reach their educational and professional goals.

  • Jerry Pang

    Jerry Pang

    Academic Advisor

    Jerry is a graduate of UC San Diego with a B.A in communication and minor in sociology. Prior to transitioning to the Student Affairs Office, he worked in the Admissions Office at GPS. He also has prior experience working at UC San Diego’s Financial Aid Office and at University of San Diego’s Graduate Admissions Office. Jerry is responsible for the oversight and interface with the student organizations at GPS. He has prior experience working with the student group, Alternative Breaks @ UCSD, which cultivates globally conscious active leaders through direct service and education.

  • Argiria Williams

    Argiria Williams

    Intake Advisor

    Argiria is a graduate of UC San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in international studies and sociology. Prior to joining GPS as an intake adviser—a position that entails working between students and faculty—Argiria served as an intake adviser at the International Students and Programs Office at UC San Diego, directly assisting international students.

  • Julie Choi

    Julie Choi

    MAS-IA Program Coordinator

    Julie is the program coordinator for the Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) degree program at GPS, where she provides administrative support to prospective and current students and is responsible for program marketing efforts. Julie also is responsible for academic advising and coordinating special events. She has worked for the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco and for UC San Diego as a resident adviser and teaching assistant. An alumna of UC San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in international studies, Julie also holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from GPS, with a focus in international development and nonprofit management and international environmental policy.

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