Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Graduate Student Advisory Council

Mission Statement

  1. To act as the voice of the graduate student body by facilitating communication between the students, faculty, and administration
  2. To encourage greater interaction between graduate students across all campuses through social events and an interdisciplinary conference
  3. To assist graduate students both academically and financially by acting as a source of grants and funding
  4. To promote service within the university as well as throughout our surrounding communities, as part of our commitment to the Jesuit traditions of Loyola University

Students should contact their departmental representative with any questions or concerns that they have.

GSAC Constitution 2021

Executive Board & Department Representatives


Executive Board 
President Lillian Platten  
Vice President Elisa D'Amico  
Treasurer Emma Kelley  
Secretary Megan Larson  
University Senate Representative Jon Okstad  
GPAC Representative Danny Blough   

Departmental Representatives

Applied Social Psychology (MA, PhD) Asura Osborne
Bioethics and Health Policy (MA, DBe) Haley Thompson   
Bioinformatics (MS)  
Biology (MS) Liz Kazmierczak
Chemistry and Biochemistry (MS, PhD)    
Child Development (PhD) Anita Evans 
Computer Science (MS) Mujtaba Nazari; Faisel Ali (non-voting member); Brianna Chou (non-voting member); Eliora Horst (non-voting member)  
Criminal Justice (MA) Grace Gattorna   
Data Science (MS) Akhil Ghoush
Digital Humanities (MA) Felix Oke   
English (MA, PhD) Courtney Walton  
Health Sciences Representative Bridie Hulsebosch
Higher Education (PhD) Dre Parker   
Hispanic Studies (MA) Jacob Stuckert
History (MA, PhD) Rachel McGough  
International Affairs (MA) Carmen Tucker
Mathematics and Applied Statistics (MS) Alyssa Parafinczuk   
Nursing (PhD) Paula de la Pena    
Philosophy (MA, PhD) Rhea Ienni   
Political Science (MA, PhD) Destiny Onyeise   
Public History (MA, PhD) Brooke Sapper   
School Psychology (PhD) Shanna Chakkalakel   
Social Work (PhD)    
Sociology (MA, PhD) Julie Szamocki  
Theology (MA, PhD) Megan Wines  
Urban Affairs (MA)  
Women’s Studies & Gender Studies (MA) Jade Riedel   

If you have any questions or would like to serve in an open position, please send an e-mail to GSAC@luc.edu. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.