President: Emily Schumacher
Emily Schumacher (M.A., May 2016) is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology with a primary research interest in the historical archaeology of the Caribbean, specifically the former Danish West Indies (modern United States Virgin Islands). Her extra-academic interests include nerding out over Harry Potter, Supernatural, and the MCU. She also enjoys as attending various concerts, going to the gym, and reading about whatever she can get her hands on that’s not school related. Finally, Emily is an active member of Labda Alpha National Honor Society for Anthropology.
Vice-President: Paul Bowman
Secretary: Autumn Slaughter
Autumn Slaughter is a second year Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program. Before attending TU she completed a masters in counseling at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. As a psychology student, Autumn’s research focuses on journalism and trauma. Outside of psychology, Autumn is involved in various spoke word activities and is the mental health ambassador for the poetry, non-profit Muse.
Treasurer: Arpan Pal
Event Coordinator: Taylor Tate
Welcome from the President
Welcome one and all to the 2017-2018 academic year! My name is Emily Schumacher, and this year I have the pleasure of serving as the President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) here at The University of Tulsa.
As a member of our vibrant, multi-cultural graduate student community you are automatically part of the Graduate Student Association on campus. Graduate student life is often hyper-focused around our individual degree programs and research, causing us to stay within our respective bubbles; however, that does not necessarily have to be the case. Getting involved in GSA is a great way to take a break from the stresses of classes and research and meet fellow graduate students from other departments. Though our degree programs, research interests, and cultural backgrounds may differ, the shared experiences of graduate school can bring us together.
One such way of getting involved in GSA is to simply attend the various events we put on throughout the year. We traditionally have a Welcome Back Party at the start of the fall semester as well as a Graduation Party at the end of the fall and spring semesters. In the spring we also sponsor a week-long series of events known as Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Our goal at every social event is to create a space for the grad student community to come together and take a break from their everyday stresses with good food and great company, and quite often friends and family are more than welcome to attend as well.
Another option is to go behind the scenes and join the GSA Senate. Every department containing graduate students requires at least one senator to receive GSA funding, but many departments have two and even three open seats. These senators serve on one of the Senate’s three standing committees: Academic and Professional Development, Allocations, and Events. Each committee has a unique purpose and allows the senators to truly become active in serving the needs of their fellow graduate students, whether it be through sponsoring the TU Student Research Colloquium, assisting the Treasurer in allocating funds to graduate students and graduate organizations, or helping plan Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
The University of Tulsa Graduate Student Association exists to enrich and advance the experience of every graduate student at TU through academic and professional development, advocacy, interdisciplinary interaction, and awards and grants. We truly want to aid our fellow graduate students in reaching their academic and professional goals. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, I urge you to reach out and get involved: like us on Facebook, get to know your senators, attend our events, and/or join the Senate.
Once again, I welcome you all to The University of Tulsa. I am so glad that you are here, and I cannot wait to get to know and serve you. I hope the year treats you well.