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The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is an organization of graduate students dedicated to enhancing graduate student life at Texas Tech University. We meet once a month in the Graduate Center. These monthly meetings include an Open Forum during which any graduate student is welcome to speak on issues of concern to graduate students at Texas Tech. For the day and time of the next GSAC meeting, please see our Calendar of Events.

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Our commission members focus on specific graduate student interests at Texas Tech and perform the majority of our work in the university and local communities to better graduate student life.

The Academic & Professional Development Commission focuses on the career, professional, research, and academic development of the graduate student body and develops programs and organizes functions to achieve these goals.

The Community Outreach Commission serves as a liaison between the GSAC and the community and creates positive connections with alumni, scholarship donors, and external entities willing to assist and promote the graduate student body and the GSAC.

The Distance Education Commission serves as a liaison between distance education graduate students, graduate student organizations, campus staff, and administration, facilitates online access to on-campus workshops and   events of interest to graduate students, and advocates for the interests of graduate students in distance education programs.

The Student Advocacy and Welfare Commission establishes ways in which to improve graduate student life, provides a forum for the communication of grievances, issues, and concerns, and acts as a direct link between the GSAC, graduate organizations, departments, and other groups. In addition, this commission highlights, promotes, and reinforces the international and cultural diversity of the graduate student body.

The Social Commission promotes the social environment of the graduate student body and organizes functions, events, socials, and other gatherings involving students, administration, and community members.


The GSAC constitution, bylaws, meeting agendas, and approved meeting minutes are available to the public. If you cannot access a document on this page, please contact

Executive Council

Our Executive Board conducts long-term planning for the Graduate Student Advisory Council and delegates charges to the Commissions that work to realize those plans.

  • Tala Karkar-Esperat, President

Associate Members


  • Abies Carlo
  • Amber Kelly
  • Andrea Forest
  • Ankush Saha
  • Anna Gonzalez
  • Anthea Billie Parsons
  • Brandi Harris
  • Chen Wang
  • Chinagorom Duru
  • David Lipps
  • David Pointer
  • Diane Wittie
  • Enayet Razu
  • Ezinne Osuji
  • James Higgs
  • Jamie Thomas
  • Jeff Morris
  • Jessica Ulmer
  • Johnny Haynes
  • Jory Neff
  • Joseph Ji
  • Kelsey Moffitt
  • Kenneth Head
  • Kerry (KT) Manis
  • L. Ethan Dodson
  • Lei Xu
  • Li-Ling Peng
  • Melissa Martinez
  • Nan Wu
  • Naveen Tiruvengadam
  • Nicole Borrenpohl
  • Olabode Thomas Ajibola
  • Pat Antinone
  • Rachel Masten
  • Rafikul Islam
  • Redha Gheraba
  • Saman Bina
  • Samila Muthumuni
  • Sara Hoppe
  • Siddhartha Gupta
  • Tala Karkar Esperat
  • Veronica Marks
  • Wasana (Sue) Warnakulasooriya
  • Wayne Swink
  • William Graue
  • Yilan Liu



  • Jacek Jonca-Jasinski, Ph.D., Advisor and the Director with Texas Tech University’s Division of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affaiars, jacek.jonca[at]

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