About HGC

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The Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), previously known as the Harvard Graduate Student Government (HGSG), is a student government representing all twelve of Harvard University's graduate and professional schools. HGC is responsible for advocating on behalf of graduate students before the school's central administrators, including the President of Harvard University and the Provost's Office. In addition, HGC organizes university-wide initiatives and events, administers funding for university-wide student groups (USGs), and represents the Harvard graduate student population in relations with other universities and external organizations. HGC also collaborates with its undergraduate counterpart, the Harvard Undergraduate Council.

HGC serves as a steward of the "One Harvard" movement, which aims to bridge the physical and cultural distance between Harvard's 12 graduate schools by means of inter-school collaboration, joint advocacy, and promotion of greater social interaction.


All degree-seeking students who are enrolled at Harvard's twelve graduate and professional schools are members of 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, School Representatives, 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.


  • Bryan Buckley, (HSPH) 2019-2020
  • Max Vani, (GSAS) 2018-2019
  • Kevin Tian, (SEAS/GSAS) 2017-2018
  • Peter Dyrud, (GSAS/HKS) 2016-2017
  • Mikal R. Mann, (HGSE) 2015-2016
  • Sudipta "Nila" Devanath, (HLS) 2014-2015
  • Philip Harding, (HKS) 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-Lewis, (HMS) 2003-2004

Vice Presidents

  • Chanthia Ma, (HMS) 2019-2020
  • Daniel Egel-Weiss, (HLS) 2018-2019
  • Aric Flemming, (HDS) 2017-2018
  • Simeon Bochev, (HBS) 2016-2017
  • 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, (HES) 2011-2012
  • Gene Anthony, (HDS) 2011

    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.