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  • GSA Executive Officers pose on the porch of hickory tavern.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is dedicated to the advancement and development of the nearly 7,000 graduate and professional students at the University of South Carolina.

Executive Officers

Maxwell Akonde Headshot

Maxwell Akonde, President

Maxwell Akonde: a third year PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the Arnold School of Public Health with interest in cancer and infectious disease epidemiology. I previously served as the Secretary for Data Management and Vice President of the Graduate Student Association, and this year I am excited to serve as the President of GSA. I am particularly passionate at repositioning GSA so that we can advocate better and be well represented at all levels of the university where the voices of graduate and professional students are needed. One of my leadership philosophies is that "representativeness matters", and so I would like to encourage all graduate students and professional students across the University to get involve with GSA, attend our events and programs, so that we can better understand their concerns and continue to advocate for a better experience for all of us.

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Idris Kambala GSA Headshot

Idris Kambala Mohammed, Vice President

Idris Kambala Mohammed. 
Idris Kambala Mohammed is a third-year PhD student in Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business. He previously served as the Secretary of Graduate Student Recognition Awards (GSRA). 

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Rajat Headshot

Rajat Das Gupta, Graduate Council Representative

Rajat Das Gupta is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology in the Arnold School of Public Health. He is the graduate council representative at GSA in 2022-23. He previously served as the co secretary general health at GSA in 2020-21. 

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Secretary of Social Media

Palmer Garrison

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Social Media Strategy and Secretary of Mental Health 

Leah TolanShe/Her/HersContact Leah

Secretary of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jess Minor

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Co-Secretary of Women's Affairs

Tricia Simon

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Secretary of International Student Affairs

Emily Waigi

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Merrell LoweHe/Him/HisContact Merrell

Secretary of Health and Wellness

Ryan Albino

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Secretary of Health and Wellness

Analisa Wolff

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Secretary of Disability Affairs

Rainie Gordon

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Secretary of Legislative Affairs

Jack DeOliveira


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Secretary of Legislative Affairs

Lee Augenblick

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Secretary of Professional Development

Beliz Eker

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Secretary of Student Life

Fadi El Kalach

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Secretary of Student Engagement

Samantha Udeaghea

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Secretary of Campus Relations

Moet Lewis

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Chairs of the Graduate Student Senate

Shashank Nema

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Sagar Patadia, Chair

Ryan Albino

Jess Minor

Beliz Eker

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