What We Are

The Harvard Graduate Council, colloquially known as the "Harvard Graduate Council" or "HGC" and formally known as "the HGSG" is the university-wide representative student government for the twelve graduate and professional schools of Harvard University. The HGC is responsible for advocating student concerns to central administrators - including the President of Harvard University, Provost, Deans of Students, and Deans for the nearly 15,000 graduate and professional students across the twelve schools, organizing large university-wide initiatives and events, administering and providing funding for university-wide student groups (USGs), and representing the Harvard graduate student population to other universities and external organizations. The HGC has become well known for creating and executing on advocacy initiatives and events focused on the "One Harvard" movement. The HGC also interfaces with its undergraduate counterpart, the Harvard Undergraduate Council.


All matriculated students of Harvard's twelve graduate and professional schools are members of the HGC:

  1. Harvard Business School (HBS)
  2. Harvard Divinity School (HDS)
  3. Harvard Extension School (HES)
  4. Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
  5. Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)
  6. Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)
  7. Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS)
  8. Harvard Law School (HLS)
  9. Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  10. Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
  11. Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  12. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

The governing body of the HGC is made of an Executive Board, Senators, and Committee Representatives. As of 2014, there were approximately 100 graduate and professional students serving on 7 committees and 23 subcommittees within the Leadership Council. Leadership Council meetings are held throughout the fall and spring semesters and are open to all students from Harvard’s graduate and professional schools.


  • Peter Dyrud, (GSAS/HKS) 2016-present
  • Mikal R. Mann, (HGSE) 2015-2016
  • Sudipta "Nila" Devanath, (HLS) 2014-2015
  • Philip Harding, (HKS/HES) 2013-2014
  • Scott Chilton, (GSAS) 2012-2013
  • Joseph Pasqualichio, (HBS) 2011-2012
  • Pukar Malla, (HKS) 2010-2011
  • Aaron Chadbourne, (HLS/HBS) 2009-2010
  • Christopher Laconi, (HKS/HBS) 2007-2009
  • Cheng Zhu, (HGSE) 2006-2007
  • John Kalis, (HDS) 2005-2006
  • Mey Akashah, (HSPH) 2004-2005
  • Beata Zolovska, (HMS) 2003-2004

Executive Vice Presidents

  • Simeon Bochev, (HBS) 2016-present
  • Dolly Amaya, (HES) 2015-2016
  • Helene Reola, (HBS) 2014-2015
  • Courtney Evans, (HGSE) 2013-2014
  • Sudipta "Nila" Devanath, (HLS) 2013-2014
  • Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, (HDS) 2012-2013
  • Philip Harding, (HKS/HES) 2011-2012

Chair of Internal Affairs

  • Tracie Gordon (HES) 2016-present

Former 'Vice Presidents of Internal Affairs'

  • Ornela Gjata, (GSAS/HES) 2015-2016
  • Haneen Sakakini, (HGSE) 2014-2015
  • Yifan Zhang, (GSAS) 2013-2014
  • Michael Cox, (GSAS) 2012-2013
  • Scott Chilton, (GSAS) 2011-2012
  • Gene Anthony, (HDS) 2010-2011
  • Richard Townsend, (GSAS) 2009-2010
  • Alicia Woodley, (HLS) 2006-2007
  • Jacob Hodges, (HLS) 2004-2005

Vice Presidents of Communications

  • Erik Zhang, (HES) 2015-2016
  • D. Gilbert Cassar II, (HES) 2014-2015
  • Selina Yi Lam Wu, (HBS/HES) 2013-2014
  • Leon Xueliang Liu, (GSAS/SEAS) 2013-2014
  • Philip Harding, (HKS/HES) 2012-2013
  • Divya Dhar, (HKS) 2011-2012
  • James Wang, (HMS) 2010-2011
  • Josh Stroman, (HDS) 2009-2010
  • Kristin Allen, (GSE) 2004-2005

Vice Presidents of Advocacy

  • Eric Stephen, (HDS) 2015-2016
  • Nick Zehner, (HDS) May 2014-2015
  • Juan Tellez Sandoval, (HKS) 2013-2014
  • Litcy Kurisinkal, (HKS) 2012-2013
  • Dev Saha, (HSPH) 2011-2012
  • Nikhilesh Chand, (GSAS) 2010-2011
  • Fabiano Romeiro, (GSAS) 2009-2010

Chair for Social Engagement

  • Sana Saeed, (HDS) 2016-present

Former 'Vice Presidents of Social Engagement'

  • Alexander Rodriguez, (HES/GSAS) 2014-2016

Vice Presidents of Event Coordination

  • Alvin Tran, (HSPH) 2015-2016
  • Dolly Amaya, (HES) Oct 2014-2015

Chair of Events

  • Krishna Rajendran, (HBS) 2016-present

Former 'Vice Presidents of Events'

  • Matt Harlan, (HES) 2013-2014
  • Karima Ladhani, (HSPH) 2013-2014
  • Steven Scales, (HGSE) 2012-2013
  • La Kiesha Landrum, (HES) 2011-2012
  • Virginia Hogsett, (HDM) 2010-2011
  • Erica Warner, (HSPH) 2009-2010
  • Sandy Hussain, (GSD) 2006-2007

Chair of Finance

  • Kevin Tian, (SEAS/GSAS) 2015-2016
  • Yue Zhang, (GSAS) 2010-2015
  • Mansoor Awan, (HLS) 2004-2005

Chair of Information

  • Andrey Berezin, (HES) 2016-present

Vice Chair for Communication

  • La'Toya Princess Jackson, (HES) 2016-present


University administrators often consult with the HGC on a variety of issues facing Harvard graduate students. HGC leadership also serves on various faculty-administrator-student committees and task forces focusing on issues such as the student health care, campus planning, Harvard presidential appointments, and sexual assault.

University-wide Student Groups (USG)

The Harvard Graduate Council (HGC) provides operational and event grant funding for recognized university wide student organizations through the University-wide Student Groups Sub-Committee of the HGC Finance Committee.

2013-2014 USGs

  • Harvard Argentine Student Society
  • Harvard Africa Student Coalition
  • Harvard Better Together: Students for Interfaith Action
  • Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance
  • Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • Harvard Colombian Student Society
  • Harvard Ecuadorian Student Association
  • Harvard Student Gender Equity Leadership Initiative
  • Harvard India Student Group
  • Harvard Latino Student Alliance
  • Harvard University Mexican Association of Students
  • Harvard Pakistan Student Group
  • Harvard Ukrainian Society: A Student Organization


The HGC creates and organizes university-wide headline events including the Harvard-wide Welcome Back Event, Harvard Masquerade Ball, Harvard Leadership Conference, Lectures That Last, and Post.Harvard.

(For references, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Graduate_Student_Government)