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GPSA

MSC03 2210
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Student Union Building
1021

Phone: (505) 277-3803

our team

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PRESIDENT – MUHAMMAD AFZAAL
(gpsapres@unm.edu)

Muhammad Afzaal is an International Student pursuing a Master in Community and Regional Planning. He also holds a degree in law. As GPSA President, he wants to establish a stronger collaboration between the different departments, and support graduate and professional students as they navigate available opportunities and funding sources. He aspires to increase funding sources for the students. He wants to advocate inclusion, diversity, gender equity, and the advancement of all graduate and professional students.  He would like to continue this mission and empower graduate students by further solidifying their reputation at UNM. 


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CHIEF OF STAFF – EMILY WILKS
(gpsacos@unm.edu)

Emily Wilks is a 3-2 student who graduated this spring with a BA in Communication, a minor in Management, and a designation in Honors. During her undergraduate career she was heavily involved on campus serving in leadership roles within her Greek organization, the student government while also being an orientation leader during the summer and spring seasons. She was a recipient of the Clauve Award among many other distinguished honors. She is currently pursuing a MBA in Strategic Management and Policy and plans to graduate this May. After graduation, she plans to move to Denver, CO to being her career as a Sales Management Associate with Pepsi! It's an exciting time for Emily and she's always happy to meet with students. If you're looking to get more involved on campus, please reach out to her and she can tell you about all that UNM has to offer their students!


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COMMUNICATION/MEDIA & OUTREACH CHAIR – SURAJ GHIMIRE
(gpsamedia@unm.edu)

Suraj Ghimire is the Communication/Media and Outreach Chair of GPSA. His goal is to keep a unified and well-informed graduate student body using various communicatory channels. Suraj is a second year PhD student of Economics. In his spare time, he likes to workout, hike or just travel to new places.


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COUNCIL CHAIR – BENJAMIN "BEN" BRANDLEY
(gpsacouncil@unm.edu)

Ben is a M.A. student in intercultural communication. As Council Chair, Ben hopes to pass bylaws that improve the lives of UNM professional and graduate students. He enjoys playing basketball, writing music and watching Netflix, but his nerdy passion for studying and teaching communication tops everything.


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ELECTIONS CHAIR – SHAIKH AHMAD
(votegpsa@unm.edu)

Shaikh is a first-year graduate student at the school of Public Administration. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sustainability Studies at Anderson School of Management. He is currently working as an Accounting intern at The Academic Affairs Fiscal Shared Service Center and would like to become a renowned Philanthropist someday. He is interested to conduct research on national security, social equity and international relations in the future. Some of his favorite spare-time activities are doing nature-photography, traveling different states, spending time with friends, and playing various sports.


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FINANCE CHAIR – BOUNTOURABY SYLLA
(gpsafin@unm.edu)

Bountouraby “Raby” Sylla is the Finance Chair originally from Guinea, Conakry but now resides in Albuquerque by a way of life. She obtained her dual bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Management with a Minor in French from the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Accounting at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management with a concentration in Non-profit. As the GPSA Finance Chair, she hopes to create a level playing field where all graduate student organizations can have access to funding and resources. Her goal is to contribute to the financial structure of GPSA by facilitating appropriations ethically and effectively.


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GRANTS CHAIR – RADHA SWAMINATHAN
(gpsafunding@unm.edu)

Radha Swaminathan is the Grants Committee Chair with GPSA and hopes to be able to bridge the ‘Lomas divide’ – acquainting graduate students from all parts of UNM with the process of writing persuasive proposals. Radha is currently working to develop a technology that will enable scientists in the future to sequence DNA from every cell of a tissue section. Radha is from Tamil Nadu and misses the pretty temples in the South-eastern part of India. She came to Albuquerque in 2015 and can never cease to be amazed by the patterns that the beautiful skies of New Mexico have to offer.


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LEGISLATIVE STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIR – NAGURU NIKHILESHWARA “NIKHIL” REDDY
(gpsalsc@unm.edu)

Nikhil is currently doing his Masters in Electrical Engineering specializing in 'Smart Power' along with his MBA from Anderson School of Management. He started his life at GPSA as a volunteer and remains actively involved with GPSA through Council as well as the Grants Committee. He loves food and during free time, he likes to hike to burn his calories.


LOBBY CHAIR - TBD

(gpsalobby@unm.edu)


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PROGRAMS CHAIR – URUSHA THAPA
(gpsaprograms@unm.edu)

Urusha Thapa is the Programs Chair for the Graduate and Professional Student Association. She previously contributed to GPSA as the Grants Chair in 2018. Urusha is an international student from Nepal and is currently pursuing her master’s in Business Administration. When she’s not working, Urusha spends time going for hikes, reading books and watching Friends.


OFFICE STAFF

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OFFICE MANAGER – VICTORIA MARTINEZ
(gpsaoff@unm.edu)

Victoria Martinez is the Office Manager for the Graduate and Professional Student Association. Her objective is to facilitate the success and growth of graduate students and graduate student organizations at UNM. She graduated from UNM with her bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and a minor in English, concentrating in Creative Writing – Fiction. Victoria finds herself always interested in learning new languages, writing and folklore. She loves to spend her free time by traveling, playing with her pets or playing board games.