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.
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.
Raymond Kao, President
Gina Carton, Vice President of External Affairs
Laura Vossler, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Maddie Kasik, Vice President of Programming
Mari Kojima, Vice President of Programming
Eric Inumerable, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Nick Rhodes, Vice President of Finance
Brittany Ekejiuba, Vice President of Communications/Marketing
Yaw Dapaa, MAS-IA Representative
Hui Zhang, GSA Representative
Meghan Scott, GSA Representative
Zach Boise, GSA 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.
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
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 interact with community members that share the affinity for the international community. CeaseFire pursues 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.
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.
China Focus Board of DirectorsConstantine Stasinopoulos, President
Noah Gerber, Vice President of Finance
Luna Zeng, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Rachel Finerman, Vice President of Events
James Lee, Vice President of Logistics
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
- 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.
Development Club LeadershipAlexandra Murphy, President
Daniel Horan, Vice President of External Affairs
Vy Nguyen, Vice President of Events/Marketing
Daron Woods, Vice President of Finance
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 promotes and fosters interaction between GPS and the Greater San Diego community through community service.
Interaction Community LeadershipEric 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 LeadershipDaniel Horan, President
Nahal Mirfendereski, Vice President of Events
Henry Cheng, Vice President of External/Internal Affairs
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Women Going Global LeadershipMariana Rios, President
Malena Hernandez Arregoitia, Vice Principal
Brittany Ekejiuba, Vice President of Events
Nicole Kalmus, Vice President of Communications
Navi Singh, Vice President of Finance