Graduate Student Council

About the Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) serves Stanford’s graduate student population by representing student interests in University affairs, supporting graduate student organization, and providing community events for graduate students.  The GSC is comprised of 15 elected voting members, 10 who represent Stanford’s seven schools and 5 at-large representatives.


Advocate: The GSC advocates for graduate student interests at the University level. In the 2021-2022 school year, the GSC was instrumental in securing full healthcare subsidies for all funded graduate students and large improvements to supports for graduate students with families. In the 2022-2023 school year, our platform is Affordability, Benefits, and Mental Health

See our newly passed Bill on Affordability.

Fund: The GSC oversees the distribution of the Graduate Student Activities Fee.  Student organizations can request funds for events that are open to the entire graduate student community.

Plan: The GSC plans large campus events to support and foster community among graduate students. Recent events include NGSO SpeedFriending, EVGR Pub Nights, and the annual Grad Formal.

Meeting Agendas, Zoom Links, and Minutes

This Fall, the GSC meets on Tuesday nights from 6-8 PM PDT (every week during the academic year). Because of COVID-19, we have moved all our meetings to a hybrid in person and Zoom format. These meetings are open to the public, and we send out reminders via the email list.

The in-person location is EVGR Building B Room 170. The Zoom link for each meeting is here and the password is 706762.

The GSC records detailed minutes of each general meeting that occurs.  The meeting minutes from the 2022-2023 Council can be found here.

All graduate students (including professional students) can join the GSC mailing list here to keep informed of meetings. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the GSC co-chairs at

Resolutions and Bills

The GSC has authored resolutions and bills that impact student lives.  You can view the resolutions and bills from the 2021-2022 academic year here.


To learn more about the work and membership of prior Graduate Student Councils, click here

To highlight prior advocacy, GSC is responsible for advocacy efforts that led to the university deciding to 100% subsidize CardinalCare for funded graduate students, increasing the family grant, the start of the summer funding guarantee, and the start of the food pantry.

Estimated Payment Tax Seminar.

Domestic students on fellowships (paid lump sum quarterly, *not” bi-monthly) do not have taxes withheld. They must make estimated payments to the IRS quarterly (first deadline 15 Jan) or they will levy penalties when filing their taxes and owe large unexpected sums on 15 April. The GSC brought in a CPA to help students understand this during a seminar on 31 October 2022; the recording is found here. And slides here. Note a typo on the last slide (CA Tax: $1358.47). All of this information is for 2022 tax year.


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2022-2023 GSC Councilors

Emily Schell, Co-Chair

Jason Anderson, Co-Chair

Christie Chang, Treasurer 

Kavya Sreedhar, Co-Social Chair

Leslie Luqueno, Co-Social Chair

Kristen Jackson, Diversity and Advocacy Chair

Guillem Megias i Homar, Benefits and Affordability Chair

Lawrence Berg, Representative to the Faculty Senate 

Yiqing Ding, Representative to the Faculty Senate 

Liz Park, Secretary

Whit Froehlich, Graduate Student Councilor 

Nya Kai Hardaway, Graduate Student Councilor 

Tyler Hall, Graduate Student Councilor 

Harshit Kohli, Graduate Student Councilor 

David Schafer, Graduate Student Councilor