Student Groups

The Graduate Organization of GPS (GO GPS) is the student body government of the School. GO GPS and the many active student groups provide members the opportunity to focus on regions of study and professional development. Student-led regional focus groups are dedicated to increasing the understanding of a specific region’s culture, language, politics and economy through a variety of programmatic activities. We invite you to discover the current organizations.

Graduate Organization of GPS (GO GPS)

GO GPS is the student body government at the School. Its purpose is to represent and promote the academic, professional and networking interests of the students. It serves as a center for student communication, information and participation and as a forum for student development. GO GPS acts as a liaison to the faculty and administration. All registered full-time or part-time graduate students are members. 

The board consists of eight voting executive officers and two first-year student representatives. Four representatives to the Graduate Student Association (GSA) also are voting members of the GO GPS board. GSA representatives are the bridge between the School and the entire UC San Diego graduate community. They represent student interests by lobbying for university funding, voicing student concerns and facilitating School involvement in GSA programs and positions of leadership.

Executive Board

Nicholas Zinter, President
Vivian Wang, Vice President of External Affairs
Megan Liang, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Alicia Krueger, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Yevin Cho, Vice President of Programming
Jerin Tan, Vice President of Events
Erin Carson, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Jacob Throwe, Vice President of Finance
Simone (Simon) Jones, Vice President of Communications/Marketing
Yulia (Iuliia) Wilson, GSA Representative
Taylor Tielke, GSA Representative
Mikey (Buyuan) Zhang, GSA Representative
Yaw Dappa, MAS-IA Representative

Questions? Contact the board.


Asameshikai is an organization of students, faculty and professionals who share a keen interest in Japan's economy, politics, language and culture.

It presents a speaker series and holds informal roundtable discussions. Speakers typically are experts in areas such as Japanese business practices, trade and security relations, politics and political economy. Informal discussions may cover current events or Japanese society. Asameshikai also organizes social and cultural events that bring together students, fellows, faculty and members of San Diego's thriving Japanese community. 

The organization aids students in their career goals by creating links to local and overseas Japan-related businesses, foreign professionals and alumni. Information on internships, study abroad and job openings will help interested members with their Japan-focused job search. 

Asameshikai Officers

Vivian Wang, President
Takafumi Ushio, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Johnathan Perkins, Vice President of Finance
Yulia Korableva, Vice President of External Affairs
Akio Tomita, Vice President of Research
Yuko Sawamoto, Vice President of Events
Ryosuke Fujioka, Vice President of Marketing

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CeaseFire is a student-run organization dedicated to raising awareness about human rights violations in areas where there is political turmoil, civil war or intractable conflict. It also seeks to be a platform for them to express their opinions and to socially interact with community members that share the affinity for the international community. CeaseFire will pursue these objectives through documentary/triva nights, discussions regarding specific crises around the world, and a model negotiation conference whereby each student can be in a position of authority.

CeaseFire Leadership

Iuliia Wilson, President
Miwa Naito, Vice President of External Affairs
Janice (Han-Yuen) Lee, Vice President of Budget
Elizabeth Linn,Vice President of Advertising

China Focus

China Focus is the official student organization designed by and for scholars of the Greater China region. It provides an active forum for student, faculty and community participation in intellectual, academic, professional and social activities related to China and China's relations with the rest of the world.

China Focus organizes academic discussion forums and public lectures, networking and professional engagements, community service initiatives and cultural events for its community. It aims to provide a high-level forum for intellectual debate and discussion as well as a close-knit community of scholars centered around collective learning and networking as well as intellectual, professional and research collaboration.

Sign up for China Focus updates and event invitations, and visit the China Focus blog.

China Focus Board of Directors

Elizabeth Linn, President
Jacob Throwe, Vice President of Finance
Mikey (Buyuan) Zhang, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Liana Wong, Vice President of Events

Erin Carson, Vice President of External Affairs
Charlie Vest, Editor in Chief - Blog

Debate Club

The Debate Club provides a forum for GPS students to communicate their thoughts outside the classes and help them to enhance the skills of critical and logical thinking, especially for students who needs improvement on their debating skill.

Debate Club Leadership

Nathan (Bofei) ZhengPresident
Nikolay Zudin, Vice President of Finance
Travis Gilbert, Vice President of Communication
Bryan Coleman, Vice President of Events
Valeria Buelna Sainz, Vice President of Events

Development Club

The Development Club is an organization for students interested in international development. The club brings in speakers, coordinates educational and entertaining activities, and collaborates with other student groups and the San Diego community. Activities include:
  • career panels featuring alumni and others currently working in development-related careers who discuss their experiences and finding jobs in government or nongovernmental sectors;
  • community engagement activities allow students the opportunity to learn more about local nonprofit organizations through service days; and
  • social events to combine international development outreach with fun activities.
The organization's Community Consultants Program is a student-run consulting group that provides services exclusively to the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. The program provides students with opportunities to apply the analytical skills they learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios to make a difference in the San Diego community.

Development Club Leadership

Regan Kwan, President
Andres Prieto, Vice President of Faculty
Alyssa Tutterow, Vice President of External Affairs
Mikey (Buyuan) Zhang, Vice President of Operations & Events
Jae Ho Lee, Vice President of Marketing
Camila Gomez Wills, Vice President of Finance

Export Access

Export Access Global Consulting is a graduate student-run global market research and consulting group housed at the School.

Its mission is to provide high-quality, high-powered and cost-effective market research and consulting services to North American and foreign enterprises while offering real-world business experience to graduate students.

A unique business model has allowed Export Access to grow from humble beginnings to a group with the practical business experience and expertise to provide international business solutions to firms ranging from small-sized to Fortune 500 companies.

Export Access Leadership

Charlie Vest, Co-director
Eunji Kim, Co-director
Mark (Kangyu) Wang, Co-director

Interaction Community

Interaction promotes and fosters interaction between GPS and the Greater San Diego community through community service.

Interaction Community Leadership

Elizabeth Linn, President
Megan Liang, Vice President of Logistics
Julia Park, Vice President of Events
Teddy Martinez, Vice President of External Affairs
Carol Chen, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Michael Johnson, Vice President of Public Relations

Journal of International Policy Solutions (JIPS)

GPS students connect with their peers, share information and ideas, cooperate across institutional boundaries and, most importantly, find concrete solutions to international problems. It is for these reasons the School's student leaders created the journal. Visit the blog to view current and past issues.

Alicia Krueger, Editor in Chief
Savitri Arvey, Managing Director
Teddy Martinez, Communcations Director
Yulia Korableva, Publications Director
Hannah Campi, Content Director

Latin America Student Organization (LASO)

LASO is a student-run organization dedicated to increasing the understanding of Latin American politics, economics and culture. It seeks to provide students with opportunities to interact with fellow students and its community. LASO's program foci are community service, cultural enrichment, professional opportunities and social activities for its members.

Past activities include blanket drives in Mexico, the Preuss School Mentoring Program, public speaking and cultural events and the annual Latin American Festival. In addition, LASO serves as a liaison between the School’s administration, alumni and businesses to ensure that Latin American interests are represented.

LASO Leadership

Caio Scuarcialupi-Mansini, President
Alma Quintero, Vice President of Events
Isabelle Heilman, Vice President of Social Media
Savitri Arvey, Vice President of External Affairs



Mannam is a student-led graduate organization for those interested in learning about Korea. Its objective is to promote cultural understanding and cross-regional networking with other members of the community. It does this while enhancing academic and professional interests in all aspects of Korea, including politics, economy, language and society. Mannam seeks to:

  • promote connections to help create an interactive network within the School’s community, enhancing academic and professional opportunities for Korea-focused students;
  • promote dialogue on contemporary issues relevant to working with and in Korea by hosting academic seminars and events on current issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula; and
  • continue pursuing relationships with the Korean community on campus and in San Diego, as well as with other regional focus groups.

With increasing interest in Korea, Mannam's membership and activities have been growing steadily. One of its goals is to create an innovative networking system between current students, visiting scholars and alumni. Mannam currently is developing a mentoring program to help incoming students make their transition to the School easier.

Mannam Leadership

Jane Lee, President
Jae Ho Lee, Vice President of Marketing
Yevin Cho, Vice President of Finance
Miso Park, Vice President of Events

Net Impact

Net Impact is an international movement of people committed to using the power of business and innovation to solve the world's most pressing social and environmental problems. The new paradigm of what makes good business includes ambitious social and environmental goals. The free market is the powerful catalyst for social change, and Net Impact seeks to integrate these social advancement goals into the marketplace.

The UC San Diego GPS chapter aims to create a networking platform for members to engage in formal and informal advancement of their career goals in sustainable business.

Net Impact Leadership

Hannah Campi, President
Andres Prieto, Vice President of External Affairs
Alma Quintero, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Isabelle Heilman, Vice President of Events and Social Media
Alicia Krueger, Vice President of Finance

Public Policy Series (PPS)

PPS seeks to expose GPS community members to policy from different sectors, encourage the expression of different points of view, and further social interaction with community members that share the affinity for policymaking. PPS will pursue these objectives through events that promote increased consciousness and better understanding of issues in need of policy intervention. Main events seek to bring students close to the issue, think about current policy and be agents of change in the form of volunteer projects.

PPS Leadership 

Valeria Buelna Sainz, President
Eunji Kim, Vice President of Finance
Jerin Tan, Vice President of Public Relations/Events



The mission of QuIRPS is to foster community among queer and nonqueer members of the School and raise awareness of the challenges faced by queer people around the world, as well as fostering professional development for queer students and allies.

Visit the QuIRPS Facebook page for news and events.

QuIRPS Leadership

Alyssa Tutterow, President
Isabelle Heilman, Vice President of Finance
Jessica Patrick, Vice President of Events
Nic Zinter, Vice President of External/Internal Affairs

Southeast Asia Link (SEAL)

SEAL is a student-run organization that is dedicated to fostering an in-depth understanding of the diversity of Southeast Asian nations in terms of their unique culture, politics and economy. SEAL works with the community and faculty to create an innovative speaker series, which is its cornerstone academic offering that takes place over the course of the academic year.

SEAL serves as a liaison between the School and the Southeast Asian world at large by creating volunteer opportunities in the San Diego area and by linking Southeast Asia regionalists with current Southeast Asia professionals, jumpstarting career opportunities for graduates.

Creating a sense of community within SEAL, as well as within the broader community, is an important aspect of the organization. Events like the annual SEAL cooking class give Southeast Asia students and their faculty an informal opportunity to discuss current events, regional concerns and future goals.

SEAL also collaborates with other regional student events and organizations in order to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, such as the Asian New Year Festival held every winter quarter.

SEAL Leadership

Anh Nhat Nguyen, President
Julia Park, Vice President of External Affairs
Jerin Tan, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Benjamin Irvine, Vice President of Finance
Ha Pham, Vice President

Strategic Community Consulting (SCC)

SCC was founded in 1995 at the School. Leveraging the specialized skills of graduate students, SCC provides nonprofit, nongovernmental and development organizations with quality, affordable and individualized management solutions that enable organizations to better serve their target communities.

SCC Leadership

Elizabeth Linn, Director
Caio Mansini, Vice President
Hannah Ashby, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Renee Johnson, Vice President of External Affairs
Elizabeth Nguyen, Project Manager

Strategic Studies Group (SSG)

An interdisciplinary forum for the study of strategy and security policy, SSG was founded by student professionals in the MAS-IA program at GPS, and is open to all students at GPS. SSG seeks to focus the ideas and expertise of UC San Diego students, professors and practitioners toward difficult strategic questions facing nation states in the 21st century.

The group meets bimonthly. It hosts guest speakers, professional development clinics and networking socials at group meetings. Guest speakers include university professors and security professionals from the San Diego area. In spring quarter, the group hosts a capstone to showcase its ideas, contributions and lessons learned. 

In addition to advancing strategic studies at UC San Diego, SSG also serves as a networking and professional development organization for students and professionals pursuing careers in national security. Members are encouraged to engage San Diego-area security resources through participation in field exercises, strategic conferences and strategy lectures. The success of the organization relies on the active involvement of its students, university professors and sponsoring security professionals.

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SSG Leadership

Jacob Throwe,President
John Edwards, Alumni Advisor
Bryce Crandall, Principal Member
Emery Dawson, Principal Member
Eric Inumerable, Principal Member
Raymond Kao, Principal Member
Ashley Kisselman, Principal Member

Women Going Global

The mission of Women Going Global is to increase awareness and the development of women in future leadership roles within international professional and academic realms. Women Going Global offers an opportunity for students, faculty and the Greater San Diego community to exchange in discourse that promotes women’s issues on a global level.

Visit the Women Going Global Facebook page for news and events. Email us to learn more.

Women Going Global Leadership

Alyssa Tutterow, President
Amanda Morse, President
Taylor Trummel, Board Member
Meghan Ramsey, Board Member
Erin Carson, Board Member
Brittany Ekejiuba, Principal Member
Pamela Nguyen, Principal Member
Mariana Rios, Principal Member