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

Raymond Kao, President 
Gina Carton, Vice President of External Affairs 
Brittany Ekejiuba, Vice President of Communications/Marketing 
Maddie Kasik, Vice President of Programming 
Mari Kojima, Vice President of Events
Eric Inumerable, Vice President of Internal Affairs 
Nick Rhodes, Vice President of Finance 
Travis Welburn, Vice President of Academic Affairs
TBD, MAS-IA Representative
Hui Zhang, GSA Representative 
Meghan Scott, GSA Representative 
Zach Boise, GSA Representative
Samantha Beu, GSA Representative (Alternate)
Caroline Novit, First Year Representative - MPP
Josef Rein, First Year Representative - BA/MIA
Huizhong "Sonia" Tan, First Year Representative - MCEPA
May Thach, First Year Representative - MIA

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

Anju Kobayash, President 
Henry Cheng, Vice President of Internal Affairs 
Ryan Rosenberg, Vice President of Finance 
Wenlin Zhao, Vice President of External Affairs 
Naoki Ando, Vice President of Events 
Junichi Saito, Vice President of Logistics 
Takuya Uo, Vice President of Marketing 

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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

Constantine Stasinopoulos, President 
Noah Gerber, Vice President of Finance 
Luna Zeng, Vice President of Internal Affairs 
Rachel Finerman, Vice President of Events
Anju Kobayashi, Vice President of External Affairs
James Lee, Vice President of Logistics

Debate Club

The Debate Club provides a forum for GPS students to communicate their thoughts outside the classes and help them enhance the skills of critical and logical thinking.

Debate Club Leadership

Travis Gilbert, President 
Nikolay Zudin, Vice President of Finance 
Yufeng Cao, Vice President of Internal Affairs 
Mark Witzke, Vice President of External Affairs 

Development Club

The Development Club (DevClub) is a pre-professional student organization that serves as a platform for students to learn about international development issues and also engage with the greater development industry through hosted events.

The main goal of DevClub is to raise awareness at GPS and the greater UC San Diego community about pressing development issues in the world today and how to respond to those issues in a sustainable, positive and culturally sensitive manner. A secondary goal is to engage the larger student population to the faculty and their work focused in the development field.

The major activities of DevClub include hosting Development Night, a series of events that focus on the different career aspects of the development industry, and coordinating events that bring development practitioners and the student body together.

Development Club Leadership

Alexandra Murphy, President
Rohan Oprisko, Vice President of Faculty
Daniel Horan, Vice President of External Affairs 
Vy Nguyen, Vice President of Events/Marketing 
Daron Woods, 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

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Interaction Community

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

Interaction Community Leadership

Eric Inumerable, Executive Director 
Renee Johnson, Director of Logistics 
Amy Huang, Director of Finance 
Navi Singh, Director of Internal Affairs 
Inderpal Pamma, Director of Public Relations

Journal of International Policy Solutions (JIPS)

The Journal of International Policy Solutions is a student-led academic journal at GPS that provides a space for students to write about politics, international issues, current affairs and much more that contribute to the ongoing dialogue on creating effective policy solutions. For over twenty years, the journal has published new editions highlighting the work of graduate students from around the world.

Visit the JIPS website to read past issues and view our student blog. Have questions? Please contact us.

Gustavo López, Editor in Chief
Alexandra Murphy, Communications Director 
Noah Gerber, Content Director 
Nick RhodesPublication 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. LASO's program foci are community service, cultural enrichment, professional opportunities and social activities.

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

Mariana Rios, President 
Malena Hernandez Arregoitia, Vice President of Events 
Sara Sanchez Santana, Vice President of Social Media 
Federico Arroyo, Vice President of External Affairs 
Daron Woods, Vice President of Finance 



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

Gina Carton, President 
Amy Huang, Vice President of Marketing 
Raymond Kao, Vice President of Finance 
Madeline Kasik, 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 a 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

Talor Gruenwald, President
Jenny Aldrich, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Sebastian Sarria, Vice President of External Affairs
Rebeca Appel, Vice President of Events and Social Media 
Inderpal Pamma, 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 

Brittany Ekejiuba, President 
Travis Welburn, Vice President of Finance  
Val Macedo, Vice President of External Affairs 



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

Daniel Horan, President
Joseph “Joe” Bettles, Vice President of Events
Henry Cheng, Vice President of External/Internal Affairs
Caroline Novit, Vice President of Finance

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

Cory Rogers, President 
Vy Nguyen, Vice President of Internal Affairs 
Clarins Cecilia, Vice President of Events 
Navi Singh, Vice President of Marketing 

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

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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.

Like SSG on Facebook.

SSG Leadership

Eric Inumerable, Co-President 
Raymond Kao, Co-President 

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

Mariana Rios, President 
Malena Hernandez Arregoitia, Vice President
Brittany Ekejiuba, Vice President of Events 
Nicole Kalmus, Vice President of Communications 
Navi Singh, Vice President of Finance