Updated 9/28/17


Faculty Advisory Council on the Library and the Standing Committee:  The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences annually appoints seven FAS faculty members to serve on the university-wide Faculty Advisory Council. They include three professors from the humanities, two from the social sciences, and two from the natural sciences and are charged with representing the interests of the FAS in relation to the libraries. The seven FAS faculty members who sit on the Council, joined by two annually appointed undergraduates and two annually appointed graduate students, also meet regularly as the Standing Committee on the Library to provide advice in overseeing the many libraries that had evolved to become parts of the entity traditionally known as the Harvard College Library. The chair of the committee will be appointed annually by the Dean of the FAS from among the seven faculty members of the committee. The primary duties of the Standing Committee on the Library will be to gather information about the affairs of those libraries, to discuss their problems and possibilities, and to advise the dean as to the most effective policies for their administration.

kennedy_shafferLee Kennedy- Shaffer



GSC Constitution/ By-Law Committee: Chaired by the GSC Parliamentarian.

alperen_degirmenciAlperen Degirmenci

SEAS - Electrical Engineering

kristen_hunterKristen Hunter



Jack Nicoludis

Chemistry and Chemical Biology


GSC Election Committee: Chaired by the GSC Parliamentarian.  They determine the process for the GSC Election (i.e. will they post pics and bios on website of candidates, do we allow write-ins the day of (usually yes), how will the ballots work, etc). Parliamentarian should create and print ballots for election. 


GSC Funding Committee:

(Updated 9/27/17)

Chaired by the Treasurer ( Has a minimum of 5 committee members that determine the funding allocation (amount and who gets funded) for official, registered student groups. 

sophie_gilmoreSophie Gilmore

Film and Visual Studies 

kevin_hongKevin Hong

Human Evolutionary Biology

placeholderMichael McGarrah

placeholderTanvi Ranjan

kristin_torresKristin Torres

Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia


Conference Grant Selection Committee: Consists of the Vice President, Secretary, and one other member of the GSC as well as two GSAS Deans and one faculty member. Awards grants for travel to conferences and for summer research to graduate students.

Representatives: Elizabeth Jaensch (, Dawn Graninger (, Nava Gharaei (


HUIT Committee: The Student IT Advisory Board is made up of GSAS and College students, IT staff and administrators with the goal of providing student input into decisions impacting their technical environment and facilitating student technical contributions. We meet twice per semester.  There is one GSAS student chair, which will be held by Laine Stranahan for the upcoming year, and we can have 2 or 3 additional GSAS student members.  Our dates for 2015 will be: Friday, 9/11; Friday, 11/20; Friday, 2/5, and Friday 4/23. We always meet at noon and provide lunch.  (The Schedule is such that we meet the first Friday after Study Card day and the first Friday before reading period.) Patrick usually joins us to represent the GSAS administration.  Garth has also been to a couple of meetings in the past.  The members would be expected to come to the four meetings and also be someone we can reach out to with questions related to GSAS student use of IT services.   They also help us coordinate a student outreach event (to discuss IT issues of concern to students) in Dudley house once or twice per year. There are no requirements for technical skill. In fact, it is good to have a student without special technical skills, as they will be representing the typical GSAS IT user.

kadeem_gilbertKadeem Gilbert

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

nawar_sarafSaraf Nawar

SEAS - Applied Physics


Harvard College Safety Committee: GSAS Chair is Jackie Yun. The Harvard College Safety Committee was formed in response to a need for a venue in which students and staff could discuss issues related to safety at Harvard. The Committee includes undergraduate students, residential life staff, deans and administrators, as well as Harvard community representatives, including among others, University Police, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Women’s Center, Residential and Building Operations, Transportation Services, Community and Public Affairs, and representatives from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate Student Council. The Committee works to identify ways to improve safety on the Cambridge and Allston campuses. By identifying current student practices and responding to students’ requests, the Committee makes recommendations for policy changes and infrastructure modifications, including pathways, lighting, transportation, and communication devices. The Committee conducts safety campaigns throughout the year to educate students on the steps they can take to ensure their personal safety as well as the communities in which they live. Working with the City of Cambridge and Harvard’s physical resources departments, the Committee identifies areas on campus and within the City that could be improved.

placeholderBreond Durr

African and African American Studies

franchesca_ramirezFranchesca Ramirez

Clinical Psychology 


Committee on Graduate Education: The Committee on Graduate Education is responsible for considering all matters concerning graduate education that might come before the Faculty Council or the full Faculty of Arts and Sciences and for advising the Dean of the Faculty and the Deans of the Graduate School on matters pertaining to graduate education.

neelam_khojaNeelam Khoja

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations


Paul Tylkin

SEAS - Computer Science


Social Committee:

placeholderWenjiao Cai

East Asian Languages and Civilizations 


Sophie Gilmore

Film and Visual Studies 

vanesa_levineVanesa Levine

Digital Design

kimia_mavonKimia Mavon

SEAS - Computational Science and Engineering

placeholderMichael McGarrah

yihang_yanYihang Yan

SEAS - Computational Science and Engineering

teresa_younkerTeresa Younker

Regional Studies: East Asia


Student Health Planning Committee: President sits on the committee. Discusses the student health care plan. 

Representatives: Mina Gadalla (, Carrie Fry (, and Darcy Frear


Harvard Graduate Council: HGC is the official student government for the twelve graduate and professional schools of Harvard University. The organization’s primary goals are to:

-Develop a strong graduate community by creating opportunities for students to interact
-Address issues and concerns by working with administration, faculty, and organizations
-Improve quality of life of Harvard Graduate students.

Interested? Contact the President (


Committee on Graduate Student Family Life: Forming practical solutions to administrations to make university family friendly and provide childcare assistance. Developed on 10/7/15. 

Representatives: Jae Lee 


Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR): In 1972 Harvard established two committees to assist the University in addressing its ethical responsibilities as a large institutional investor: the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR) and the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR). The CCSR consists of three members of the Harvard Corporation. Acting on behalf of the President and Fellows, it decides how Harvard's shares should be voted on issues of social responsibility and oversees the consistent application of University policy with respect to investments in certain sectors and precedent, actively considering new circumstances or information that may suggest changes in policy or practice. The ACSR, a twelve-member committee made up of Harvard faculty, students and alumni, is responsible for analyzing proxy issues and making recommendations on how Harvard should vote its shares. The investigation of issues and communication of analysis is the central function of the ACSR, which provides the CCSR with the reasons underlying each recommendation, including the rationale for divergent views on how the University should vote. From time to time the ACSR has also suggested new policy approaches regarding investments or proxy voting. The purview of these two committees encompasses the range of issues of social responsibility that are put before corporate shareholders. Shareholder proposals addressing corporate governance matters are decided by the Harvard Management Company. With regard to schedule, the ACSR meets on Monday evenings in the spring--usually from about mid-March to mid-May.  Sometimes the meetings begin earlier in the year, depending on the Committee's work load.  According to the membership rotatation schedule, GSAS is asked every four years to nominate a student to serve a two year term on the ACSR.  In regard to the selection process, student government involvement has been the normal route for selecting student members.  It is important, for continuity, that potential nominees are able to serve the full two year term.  There are no other limitations with regard to the nomination (that is, it is not necessary to chose the President or an officer of the GSC).