Mission Statement and Purpose​
The graduate student relations committee is focused on advocating for graduate students' needs at the 17 UNC system schools and to better connect students to resources needed to be successful in graduate school.

Graduate Student Relations Committee

2020-21 Platform

Graduate student mental health

Our committee wants to improve accessibility to mental health resources for graduate students, so we are making this website a one-stop-shop for any and all mental health and wellness resources.


We want to improve visibility for graduate students by giving their voice a platform to enact positive change at their institution.

Building Connections

This committee is improving graduate student networking and communication between graduate student government groups to help foster new connections and collaborations between the UNC system schools.

2020-2021-Graduate Student Relations Committee

  • Derick D. Jones, Jr_

    Derick D. Jones Jr. 


    Vice President

    PhD Candidate at UNC Greensboro

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    Megan Damico


Committee Delegates

Jack Stucky

Representative from Western Carolina University

Ryan Collins 


Representative from UNC-Chapel Hill

President of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation at UNC-Chapel Hill

Email: ryan.collins@unc.edu

Taheerah Smith

Representative from UNC Charlotte

James Withrow

Representative from NC State

Jenna Cusak

Representative from UNC School of the Arts

Jakobe Busey

Representative from Appalachian State University 

Pele Rankin

Representative from Elizabeth City State University 

Peyton Upchurch

Representative from UNC Greensboro

Samuel Folaranmi

Representative from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University

Ethan Norris

Representative from Eastern Carolina University

Robert Fensom

Representative from UNC Wilmington

Livvy Barnes

Representative from UNC Asheville

Julian Woods

Representative from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University

Rohit Lila Ram (He/Him/His)

Representative from UNC School of the Arts

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