Graduate Student Association

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The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a student-led organization for the School of Education. The GSA offers membership to all School of Education graduate students regardless of program, modality, or status. The GSA works in partnership with the Office of Student Success.

Our Mission

The mission of the GSA is guided by three tenets: advocacy, collaboration, and communication. The GSA advocates for students by encouraging, amplifying, and creating space for their unique concerns and needs. It is with a collaborative spirit that the GSA provides a platform for active engagement between students, faculty, and administration. Our ethos of open communication is essential as we tear down silos that hinder cross-department partnerships.

Getting Involved

All School of Education graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend GSA events. To stay up to date with our latest events, please check out our Instagram, review the Monday Message, and visit our Upcoming Events page. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Another powerful way to become involved is to serve as a cabinet member. If you are interested in learning more about open positions and what involvement entails, please contact us at

Meet Our Cabinet

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Wendy McClung

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Program/Year:  Education Administration '23

Position:  President

I joined the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to foster a diverse and inclusive community within the School of Education. Within my role, I hope to build connections and aspire to elevate the experience of graduate students in the School of Education through connection, resources, and opportunities for growth and engagement.

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Benjamin Sundell

Pronouns: he/him/his

Program/Year: Learning and Teaching, Single Subject '24

Position: Senior Vice President

I joined the GSA, to represent the graduate student body. Through collaboration with students, faculty, administrators, and the local community, we can improve upon the foundation of our university's principles. I strive to be a voice of advocacy for a safe, equitable, and the quality for all students throughout their educational experience.

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Katie Abesadze

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program and Year: Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice '25

Position: Vice President of Academic Advising and Enrollment

I joined GSA to provide support to my fellow bulldogs. I wanted to join a fantastic group of likeminded individuals working towards building a community that focuses on justice, equity, and purposeful leadership. I look forward to being an advocate for the graduate student body and creating a safe space for all.

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Maria Gallegos

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: School and College Counseling '23

Position: Vice President of Administration

I joined GSA because I want to actively participate in educational and professional organizations and associations that advocate for adequate resources and facilities to ensure equitable opportunities for all students. I also joined GSA because I wanted to be in a space where I could advocate and support social justice and be a social change agent to create a better learning environment for our students.

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Melissa W. Lopez

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: School and College Counseling '23

Position: Public Relations Officer

The Graduate Student Association is an opportunity of growth and change. Working with other student leaders for the purpose of creating a student-centered, inclusive, culturally aware, and safe environment for student expression is one of the reasons I joined the Graduate Student Association. Part-taking in decisions, through collaboration with peers, staff and administrators, will allow me to learn and help make a lasting impact and positive change for our current and future students.

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Alicia Reyes

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: Higher Education and Student Affairs '24

Position: Program and Finance Organizer

I joined the GSA to improve the graduate experience, advocate for student voices, and make a positive impact on my community at the University of Redlands. During this experience, my goal is to help create events that will build further connection within the graduate community and make the University of Redlands feel like home to every graduate student.

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Emily Perez Ortiz

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: Higher Education and Student Affairs '24

Position: Department Liaison for Counseling and Human Services

I joined the GSA to advocate on behalf of the graduate student body. I also wanted to be actively involved within my school community and help foster a safer learning environment. GSA gives me the opportunity to build connections with my peers, staff, and faculty as well as help ensure that graduate students’ needs are being met. Throughout this role, I intend to bring a positive contribution by providing students with a well-rounded graduate school experience.

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Tameka Tataw

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program: Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice '25

Position: Department Liaison for Leadership and Higher Education

I was motivated to join the Graduate Student Association to create a well-rounded graduate experience. I am interested in developing my skills while contributing my experience to help others. I look forward to collaborating and connecting with my peers outside of the classroom setting.

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Moriah Thielemann

Program/Year: Learning and Teaching, Single Subject 23'

Position: Department Liaison for Teaching and Learning