AGS connects students to UCI through three different types of committees: AGS Committees, Academic Senate Committees, and UCI Campus Committees.

AGS Committees

AGS Committees are open to all graduate and professional students who want to participate. Committee meetings and schedules can be found here.

The Internal Committee actively represents graduate student concerns regarding on-campus housing and parking, healthcare and insurance, academic units, and student life. The Internal Committee also plans student life-oriented events to support and enrich the graduate and professional student community. In addition, the Internal Students Committee seeks to represent the interests of international graduate and professional students at UCI. They address issues directly relevant to the international student community, and host events that reflect international student interests and enrich international students

Have complaints or concerns about Housing, Healthcare, or your academic unit? Have an idea for a student wellness event?  The Internal Committee is looking for student feedback about their experiences.

  • Committee Chair: Jared Celniker
  • Supervising Exec:Jared Celniker, VP Internal
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The Professional Development Committee actively represents graduate student concerns regarding the academic and non-academic job market. The Professional Development Committee also plans graduate events to help train, inform, and prepare graduate students for the job market.  The Professional Development Committee is looking for student feedback about their experiences and concerns.

  • Committee Chairs: Caitlin Suire, VP Admin
  • Supervising Exec: Caitlin Suire, VP Admin
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  • Symposium Coordinator:
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The External Affairs committee monitors active and pending legislation on the state and federal levels, lobbies in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and raises awareness about political issues affecting the graduate student body. The External committee is the representative to the UC Student Association (UCSA), the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) and Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE).

The Communications Committees plans and coordinates all strategic communications, social media campaigns, and publicity on behalf of AGS. They work in close relation with all AGS committees and leadership to ensure graduate students are informed of issues that affect them.

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing Project Funds—small grants for student organizations hosting events open to the whole campus—and Travel Grants, small grants for graduate students to present original research at conferences at which they’ve been admitted. The Funding Committee also looks for new sources of funding for AGS including corporate partnerships and is a hub of entrepreneurial program development at AGS.

  • Chair: Brian Casas, VP Finance
  • Supervising Exec: Brian Casas, VP Finance
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Part of AGS’ effort to become independent of student fees’ funding, AGS’ receives 7% of the profits of UCI’s Anthill Pub & Grill and is its primary stakeholder. The Pub Advisory Board, comprised of AGS members and other stakeholders, meets to discuss issues that affect the operation of the Pub. Students interested in serving on this board should contact the PAB Chair to inquire about new member selection.

  • Chair: Brian Casas, PAB Director
  • Supervising Exec: Brian Casas, PAB Director
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The primary goal of the committee is to organize social events geared toward the interests of the graduate-professional student body at UC Irvine. To stay up-to-date with the latest event information, check out the AGS Social Committee Facebook page here.

Academic Senate Committees

Academic Senate Committees represent UCI’s shared governance between faculty, administration, and students. AGS appoints graduate representatives to these committees each fall for 1-year terms.

2018-2019 Membership

Graduate Council
Cailtin Suire, Shane Wood, and Yenda Prado

Council on Educational Policy
Amy Shine

Council on Planning & Budget
Matthew Brand

Council on Faculty Welfare
Jared Celniker

Council on Research, Computing & Libraries
Richard Prince

Subcommittee on International Education
Shan Tian

Council on Teaching, Learning and Student Experience
Neil Kaplan-Kelly and Evelyn Valdez-Rogel

Council on Undergraduate Admissions & Relations with Schools
Emily Slonecker

Subcommittee on Courses
Melissa Dahlin

UCI Campus Committees

UCI Campus Committees govern various student centers and resources across campus. AGS appoints graduate representatives to these committees each fall for 1-year terms.

Student Center Board
Prince Heto

Bren Events Center Board
Sina Labbaf

Anteater Recreation Center Board
Maureen Purcell

Wellness Building Committee
Kasra Moazzemi

Housing Commission
Van Wifvat

Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee
William Gaick, Neil Kaplan-Kelly, Navied Akhtar (voting), and Matthew Brand (non-voting)

Student Fees Advisory Committee
Michelle Chan, Connor Strobel, and Amy Shine

The Hill Advisory Board
Daniel Kim

Esports Advisory Committee
Becky Grady and Kate Forrest

COMPASS Advisory Council
Bruno Meza

Alumni Association Board of Directors
Michelle Herrera

Young Alumni Council
Michelle Herrera

Academic Planning Group
Michelle Herrera

Council on Student Enrollment and Success
Michelle Herrera

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution Task Force
Michelle Herrera