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Photo of students from the Asameshikai group; the right side has a blue overlay with the UC San Diego branded element of a stylized tridentStudent 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

Robert Daquila, President
Jeff Myers, Vice President of Internal Affairs
Peter Wilborn, Vice President of External Affairs
Marissa Myers, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Brenna Wayne, Vice President of Communications/Marketing
Christine Wan, Vice President of Finance
Jared Hernandez, Vice President of Programming
Viora Soetedjo, Vice President of Events

Questions? Contact the board.

Asameshikai

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

Cashin Brown, President
Kosuke Iguchi, Vice President of Events
Yusuke Sekine, Vice President of Finance

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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

Sam Yeung, President
Will Gao, Vice President
Zeyu Li, Vice President of Marketing and Communication
Swati Nair, 21CCC Liason
Zeyu Li, Digital Media Manager
Chi Gao, Editor in Chief - Blog

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

Tyler Spencer, President
Hannah Kase-Woods, Vice President of Faculty
Deepika Bagaria, Vice President of External Affairs
Steven Zhang, Vice President of Events
Aaron Gomez, Vice President of Finance
Daniela Hall Lagunes, Vice President of Marketing

GPS Consulting Club (GPSCC)

The GPS Consulting Club’s (GPSCC) mission is to provide opportunities for students to apply the tools taught at GPS to real-world challenges in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Additionally, GPSCC sponsors career panels and information sessions for students to engage with the broader consulting community.

For clients, GPSCC offers integrated solutions by specializing in the School of Global Policy and Strategy's core competencies of international business, economics, and politics.

Michael Berman, President
Bonnie Devenney, Vice President of Accounts & Operations
Ale Guzman, Vice President of External Affairs

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.

Ziqra Raza, Editor in Chief
Emerson Xu, Managing Director
Anthony Nguyen, Communications 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

Juan Carlos Rivas, President
Grant Adams, Vice President of Events
Tiffany Ma, Vice President of Communications
Aaron Gomez, Vice President of External Affairs

Mannam

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

Anthony Nguyen, President
Laney Crabtree, Vice President of Events
Brenna Wayne, Vice President of Marketing
Brandon Chen, Vice President of Outreach
Bonaly Phrasavath, Vice President of Secretary
Jeff Kim, Vice President of Finance
John Kim, Vice President of Operation

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

Elissa Bozhkov, President
Deepika Bagaria, Vice President of External Affairs
Ziqra Raza, Vice President of Finance
Sam Cohen, Vice President of Events and Social Media

QuIRPS

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

Jorge Mata Ochoa, President
Cashin Brown, Vice President of Finance
Harrison Tang, Vice President of Events

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

Harrison Tang, President
Anthony Nguyen, Vice President of Finance
Nicholas Heimann, Vice President of Events

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

Grant Adams, Chairman of the Board
Jade Reidy, Vice Chairman
Brandon Patterson, External Outreach and Event Coordinator
Christopher Radka, Finance Director
Mckenzie Richardson, Internal Relations Coordinator
Issac Wang, Board 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.

Email us to learn more.

Women Going Global Leadership

Elissa Bozhkov, President
Hannah Kase-Woods, Vice President of Social Programming
Nikki Jazayeri, Vice President of Internal Affairs (Finance)
Swati Nair, Vice President of Communications
Laura Nora, Vice President of Educational Programming