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Global Governance Student Association

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About GGSA

The Global Governance Student Association (GGSA) is an organization geared towards graduate student advocacy, news, and assistance for the Department of Political Science and International Relations. The 2017-18 office holders are: Susan Weaver - President; Kelsey Obringer- Vice President; Busra Soylemez- Secretary/Treasurer; Luisa Turbino Torres - Peer Mentor Coordinator.  Dr. Claire Rasmussen is the GGSA’s faculty advisor. GGSA always welcomes any graduate student in the Department who wishes to help out in organizing and undertaking its activities.

Our mission, as stated, is first and foremost graduate student advocacy in the Department: giving a voice to student concerns, prerogatives, and achievements. In service of this mission, the GGSA will hold a number of town hall-style meeting open to student discussion throughout the fall and spring semesters.

GGSA places at the top of its agenda the construction of a mentorship program for first-year students and assistance in designing a graduate student professionalization seminar for first and second-year students.

The GGSA mentorship program aims to better integrate first-year graduate students within their new environment, concentrating on the team of graduate students, the Department, the University of Delaware and the city of Newark. The program intends to match each first-year student with a senior graduate student (in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year) according to similar academic interests. The main role of the mentor is to answer the new students' questions and guide them throughout the first months of the program. Mentorship activities, once students have been admitted, will also serve as a further recruitment tool; new students are given an orientation in acclimating them to the Department, the University and Newark. Incoming students are able to come on campus, visit the Department and have lunch or contact their mentor if they have any questions regarding their future life in Newark.

By extension, the mentorship committee also ensures that  former graduate students of the Department continue to mentor current students, encouraging alumni to come home and share with us their professional experience and advice for our own career development.

The GGSA will also provide advice to the Department about designing a graduate student professionalization seminar. This course will be required for first year graduate students as a means of informing them of the many nuances to success in graduate school and the career of an academic. Furthermore, GGSA will provide assistance to the Department for any revisions to the graduate student handbook, curriculum, and/or clarifications of the requirements of the graduate program.

With these efforts, the members of the GGSA hope that this organization will effectively advocate and express the needs and wishes of the Department's graduate students. We hope these efforts will spark interest and greater involvement among the Department's graduate students in crafting their experience at the University of Delaware.

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Meet the Board

President Susan Weaver

I am Susan Weaver, a fourth year PhD student. My research is centered on women in post-conflict development, general research interests include feminist IR, gender and international development, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, and global political economy. 


Vice President Kelsey Obringer

My name is Kelsey Obringer. I am originally from New Jersey. I am a current third year studying food politics, alternative agro-food systems, and social movements.


Treasurer/ Secretary Busra Soylemez

I am Busra Soylemez, a fourth year PhD student in the department of Political Science and International Relations. I am interested in comparative and international political economy, politics of developing countries, and political theory. 

Peer Mentor Coordinator Luisa Turbino Torres

My name is Luisa Turbino Torres, I'm from Brazil, and I'm a second-year doctoral student. My research is about gender dynamics in sports and national identity. My areas of interest are: security studies, critical IR theory, feminist IR theory, post colonialism, gender studies, and Latin American politics.

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Global Governance Student Association
  • Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • 347 Smith Hall, 18 Amstel Ave, Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2355; Fax: 302-831-4452
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