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. Every graduate student is encouraged to participate in meetings, events, and run for elected office. The GSA works in partnership with the Office of Student Success.


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.

Elected Representatives

Elections are open for the 2022-2023 GSA Cabinet! As this nomination form is open to all School of Education students, faculty, and staff, we thank you for your interest in serving as an elected member of the GSA or for nominating a peer/student you believe would be interested in representing the graduate student body. Nominations will be open from June 13-27.

Nominate yourself or a peer for the 2022-2023 Cabinet!

Available Cabinet Positions

The GSA operates through elected Cabinet officials, department liaisons, and program representatives. This structuring ensures widespread representation across myriad departments and programs.

The GSA cabinet meets regularly with high-level administrators concerning the student experience. Department liaisons work closely with each of the three departmental chairs for programming, collaborating, and addressing concerns. Program representatives operate at the grassroots level, carrying out the GSA mission among their respective programs.

Getting Involved

Please feel free to reach out to any elected official regarding GSA programming, meetings, or other activities. A powerful way to become involved is to serve as an official. Please contact us at to find out which positions are open and how you can apply!

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Meet our Cabinet

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Loren Bassil

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Program/Year:  Higher Education, Student Affairs '22

Position:  President

I joined the Graduate Student Association to advocate on behalf of the graduate student body and enhance the graduate experience for all School of Education students. I saw that becoming involved in the GSA was an opportunity to work alongside my peers to create a culture of community and inclusion within the School of Education. 

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Carla Flamenco

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: Higher Education, Student Affairs '22

Position: Senior Vice President

I joined GSA to make a difference in the graduate student body college experience. By being their voice and making change, becoming a member of GSA has helped me understand that change wont come easy but by working together we can make a difference.

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Jeremy Collins

Pronouns: he/him/his

Program and Year: Higher Education, Student Affairs '22

Position: Vice President of Academic Advising and Enrollment

I joined the GSA because it provides excellent leadership development. It gives me the opportunity to network and collaborate with other cabinet members, students, faculty, and administration on common goals. Lastly, I joined the GSA because it gives me the opportunity to serve as an advocate for graduate students at the University of Redlands. 

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Lizbeth (Liz) Gastelum

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: Higher Education, Student Affairs '22

Position: Program and Finance Organizer

As a graduate student, I want to partake on impactful decisions and changes that are followed by students voices. Learning from the student body and advocating; along with delivering information, resources, and opportunities to create a safe and educational environment for all.

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Katie Rogers

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Program/Year: School and College Counseling '22

Position: Department Liaison for Counseling and Human Services

It is important to me that all voices are not only heard but taken into consideration when creating policies and procedures. I feel I can be a vehicle for inclusion as well as change at University of Redlands. I enjoy being a leader in my field and feel as though I have earned the trust of many of my classmates to be a liaison between them and the administrators. Overall, I feel GSA is a fantastic organization that allows graduate students to build a sense of belonging and become further engaged in their grad school experience. I am proud to be a part of it.

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Michelle Castillo 

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program: School and College Counseling '22

Position: Vice President of Administration

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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Angella (Angie) Terres

Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Program and Year: Higher Education, Students Affairs '22 

Position: Department Liaison for Leadership and Higher Education

I decided to be part of GSA because I want to contribute to the positive impact of Graduate students at the University of Redlands. I believe this will be a great opportunity for me to learn and make a difference on our campus while building lifelong relationships with peers, staff, and faculty. 

Program Representatives

Maria Gallegos
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program: School and College Counseling
Position: Program Representative (School and College Counseling)
Wendy McClung
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program: Educational Administration
Position: Program Representative (Educational Administration)
Nikole Bielke
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program: Learning and Teaching, Multiple Subject
Position: Program Representative (Learning and Teaching, Multiple Subject Pathway)