​Graduate Student Organizations

SOLES recognizes and appreciates that a great deal of learning is done outside of the classroom through student involvement. Students are invited to engage with the myriad organizations, events, speakers and support services made available within our school and the wider university.

  • Asian Students In Alliance (ASIA)

    Our Mission: Asian Students In Alliance (ASIA) is a graduate student organization with the goal of supporting and promoting diversity within the USD community by enhancing educational growth and compassionate community service through collaboration. We provide opportunities for professional development for our members.

    Our activities include events, research and academic educational programming that will support awareness, service and excellence with regards to working as future leaders focused on multicultural and diversity aspects of the graduate Asian students at SOLES and within the USD and local constituents.

    Faculty Advisor

    • Maya Kalyanpur
      Professor and Chair for the Department of Learning and Teaching
  • Black Graduate Student Association

    The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an interdisciplinary, student initiated, student-run organization that is dedicated to uniting students, faculty and alumni of African descent to create a sense of community at the University of San Diego. We encourage scholarship opportunities, promote social connections, community service and self-determination.

    The purpose of BGSA is to serve as a support network for graduate students of African descent and provide resources that will enhance academic and career success of current graduate and professional students. In addition, the purpose is to develop a network of emerging scholars who are dedicated and sensitive to the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse academic community.

    BGSA membership is open to all graduate students, scholars, and/or individuals who are interested in supporting students of African descent in the pursuit of graduate and professional educational excellence. BGSA does not discriminate or limit its membership to any individual or group based on race, creed, color, nationality, ability or sexual orientation.

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    Executive Council

    • Betelehem Desta
    • Emmanuel Molin
      Communications Director
    • Sean Green
      Member at Large


    • Joi Spencer
      Associate Dean and Professor
  • Chi Sigma Iota

    The mission of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in Counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the Counseling profession. Chi Sigma Iota annually sponsors co-curricular and professional networking events for prospective counselors.

    Chi Sigma Academic and Professional Honorary Society International

    Executive Council


    • Vacant, CMHC 1st year
    • Vacant, SC 1st year


    • Dr. Kristopher Hall
      Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
  • Graduate Student Council

    We serve the needs of the graduate and law students, building a strong and successful graduate community. We invite you to join us in realizing these goals.

    The purpose of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is to represent all USD graduate and law students to the university administration with the mission to:

    • build and maintain a strong USD graduate student community;
    • advocate for graduate student issues;
    • ensure adequate graduate student representation on university committees;
    • work collaboratively with, and advise, university administration to improve the level of graduate studies.

    The Graduate Student Council By-Laws, originally ratified by unanimous vote of the Graduate Student Council on the seventh day of the month of September in the year 2009 in the city of San Diego, California, are recognized to be the governing document of the Graduate Student Council of the University of San Diego. 

    Graduate Student Council Goals 2016 - 2017


    Contact Us

    Office: Student Life Pavilion, Room 401
    Phone: (619) 260-2227
    Email: usd.gsc@gmail.com

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  • Latinx Graduate Student Association

    The Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is an organization dedicated to creating a support and social network for Chicanx/Latinx graduate students at the University of San Diego (USD).

    LGSA contributes to USD's principles by upholding values of social justice, equity, family, culture, and academic excellence through the promotion of scholarship, advocacy, and qtorship/femtorship/mentorship. We encourage and facilitate communication between graduate students and faculty who identify as Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx, Mexican/Mexican-American, Filipinx/Filpinx-American and other underrepresented communities at USD through coalition-building and allyship.

    LGSA brings together Latinx graduate students who are committed to:

    Existing and thriving at the University of San Diego
    Advocating for equitable opportunities, educational outcomes, and representation at the student, administrative and faculty level
    Creating comunidad together at SOLES and USD
    Promoting the recruitment and retention of Latinx graduate students
    Qtoring/Femtoring/Mentoring and supporting SOLES Latinx graduate students in pursuit of academic excellence, degree completion and professional goals
    Stimulating and supporting scholarly efforts, research and publication opportunities to include the study of Latinx culture and its contributions to academia, education and leadership
    Increasing scholarship funds and financial support for SOLES Latinx graduate students;
    Supporting the professional development of Latinx Graduate students; and
    Connecting with SOLES Latinx alumni

    Faculty Advisor

  • SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA)

    The SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA) is a student-governed association supporting our graduate and doctoral students in their scholastic, co-curricular and social experiences. The goal of the SGSA is to support the development of a professional, scholastic and social community in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

    The SGSA hosts a number of events for students and faculty, including the SOLES holiday party, local volunteering trips and networking socials. The SGSA also awards professional development, research-oriented grants to SOLES students.

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    For more information contact usdsolesgsa@gmail.com

    Executive Council

    • Jelitsa Fonseca
    • Meagan Trudeau
      Communications Director
    • Kalena Michalec
      Special Events Director
    • Matthew Becerra
      Financial Director


    • Vacant
    • Betty Desta
      Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
    • Carli Danaher
      Learning and Teaching
    • Andrea Dame
      Leadership Studies
    • Camille Ramirez
      Graduate Student Council
    • Elizabeth Aiello-Coppola
      Graduate Student Council
    • Mariana Ortega
      Graduate Student Council
    • Rosa Hernandez
      1st year
    • Donnaly Atajar
      1st year