Connor Strobel, President

Responsibilities

  • Setting the vision for AGS and with the help of the executive board
  • Planning the short and long term strategic, operational and organizational goals for AGS
  • Serve as the Chief Executive Officer of AGS. Chairing all meetings and deliberations of the AGS Council
  • Building and sustaining vital relationships with campus partners on all matters pertaining to graduate students
  • Recognizing graduate student needs and working with campus administration to fulfill those needs
  • Facilitate the creation and continuation of AGS Programs and Events
  • Developing the annual AGS Budget. Oversee the distribution and expenditure of funds depending on project needs
  • Along with VP Finance, spearhead fundraising efforts for AGS from both on campus and external business community to fuel increased programming serving all graduate students

Bio

Connor is a PhD candidate in UCI’s Sociology department. Prior to becoming President, Connor served as a Vice President for 4 years and helmed the UC Graduate and Professional Council, the systemwide advocacy organization. Drawing from his experiences prior to UCI, Connor has been a mentor to UCI’s club Students Consulting Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) for 6 years. He graduated early, summa cum laude with a BA from the University of New Hampshire.

Contact

president@ags.uci.edu

Reginald T. Gardner, VP of Internal Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Represent graduate and professional student interests to all on-campus entities that affect students’ needs and rights, such as the Coordinated Governance Group, Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee, and Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Campus Climate and Inclusion
  • Chair the Internal Committee, which advocates on behalf of graduate students
  • Liaise with other student groups, such as the International Student Committee, ASUCI (Associated Students of UCI), AMS (Associated Medical Students), MSA (Merage Students Association), PVRC and VRC (Palo Verde and Verano Residents Councils)
  • With the President, serve as a primary advocate on issues of campus housing, health care, parking, mental health, and campus climate
  • Coordinate programs related to Internal Affairs

Bio

Reginald is a third-year Ph.D. student in Informatics specializing in Games Studies. Under the advisement of Constance Steinkuehler, their work investigates fighting games and the communities around them, as well as esports in colleges and universities. Reginald has made public service a priority for their entire university career. An alumnus of Alpha Phi Omega, a national public service fraternity, they have served on several committees dedicated to improving student life during their time as an undergraduate and masters student. Here at UCI, Reginald continues to serve as a linkage between students and administration, and hopes to actively promote efforts that improve graduate life. Reginald remains dedicated to ensuring the success of AGS through their administrative and management support skillsets. As well as supporting those most affected by institutional shortcomings by collaborating with on-campus entities to bring graduate students the services that they need.

Contact

vpinternal@ags.uci.edu

Thomas A. Genova, VP of External Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Chair the External Committee which advocates at the systemwide and national levels on behalf of UCI graduate students
  • Maintain relationships with local, state, and national legislators representing UCI Students
  • Educate students on issues affecting graduate education at the local and national level
  • Lobby on behalf of UCI students at our local offices as well as Capitol Hill

Bio

Thomas is a 3rd year Masters of Public Policy student within the School of Social Ecology. His goals for the future include working in the policy advocacy sector, focusing on issues that will benefit people, as well as potentially going to law school. As the Vice President of External Affairs, Thomas will work on progressing significant student-focused legislation by collaborating with the local community, student advocacy organizations, and our local, state, and federal legislators on issues like eliminating student debt, expanding mental health services, providing affordable student housing, and reducing student homelessness.

Contact

vpexternal@ags.uci.edu

Canton Winer, VP of Social Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Social Committee to bring social and cultural events and programming to the graduate and professional student community
  • Oversee efforts to bring a wide variety of programming to students, including but not limited to hiking and outdoors activities, the Explore event series, the Happy Grad Project, family-friendly events, and more
  • Represent graduate student’ interests and needs on planning committees for campus-wide events like Graduate Student Orientation
  • Plan outreach programs and events that support graduate students’ health and well-being, academic success, and social lives

Bio

Canton is a Sociology PhD student studying sexuality, masculinity, and gender. He is originally from South Florida. Canton hopes to strengthen the sense of community among UCI graduate students and to make UCI more equitable and inclusive.

Contact

vpsocial@ags.uci.edu

Caitlin N. Suire, VP of Financial Affairs

 

Responsibilities

The Vice President of Finance provides oversight and allocates AGS resources in various graduate and professional student funding requests for travel, projects, and finance programs. He oversees the finance committee and represents graduate students on fees and referendums at the executive level. This position works closely with the Pub Advisory Board (PAB), Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC), the AGS Core Committee and AGS General Council.

Bio

Caitlin is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Her research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms by which Alzheimer’s disease is triggered. This is Caitlin’s third year serving as a representative for the School of Biological Sciences. In her spare time, Caitlin plays with her cat, Gumbo, and works on developing new mixed drink recipes! She’s very excited to serve as Vice President of Financial Affairs in the upcoming year!

Contact

vpfinance@ags.uci.edu

Cameron R. Wiley, VP of Administrative Affairs

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Communications Committee and the Campus Communications Director to ensure important issues and information are brought to the graduate community
  • Appoint graduate student representatives to external committees like UCI’s Academic Senate
  • Ensure transparency by keeping Council attendance and representation records
  • Manage AGS’ documentation including legislation, meeting agendas and minutes, governing documents, meeting calendar and website
  • When necessary, Chair a Constitution Revision Committee
  • Work with the Professional Development Committee and Symposium Co-Chair to put on events for all graduate students that enhance knowledge of soft skills and professional knowledge of graduate students

Bio

Cameron is a second-year doctoral student in the Psychological Science department with a concentration in Health Psychology. Under the supervision of Julian F. Thayer and Sarah D. Pressman, Cameron’s research focuses on detecting and quantifying individual differences in physiological and psychological measures that serve as markers of cardiovascular disease and inflammatory response. Cameron hopes to pursue a career in healthcare administration and apply his research knowledge to develop health policies that improve the patient experience. As VP of Administrative Affairs, Cameron intends to act on his passions for service, diversity, and professional development by creating policies designed to improve graduate life for minority and international students and promoting opportunities that guide and educate students who are pursuing non-academic careers.

Contact

vpadmin@ags.uci.edu