Three words summarize our platform for the 2016-2017 academic year: community, advocacy, and mentorship. We seek to strengthen the bonds between UCLA’s History graduate students across fields and areas of academic emphasis by initiating programs and activities that build upon the strong community established by our HGSA predecessors. We also seek to enhance HGSA’s function as an advocate for graduate students. As the representative of all UCLA’s History graduate students, HGSA plays an important role in shaping the future of the department. Our advocacy efforts will be focused on ensuring that graduate students have a voice in decisions that affect the short- and long-term future of the History Department. Finally, we seek to establish mentorship programs that connect students at all stages of the degree process. This will help facilitate new students’ transition into graduate school, maintain connections between graduate students in the advanced stages of their dissertation, improve graduate student retention rates, and, ultimately, help build the kind of supportive community we seek to foster through HGSA.

Goal: To strengthen ties between UCLA History graduate students across fields and areas of scholarly interest.

Goal: To increase HGSA’s activity as a graduate student advocate, both within the History department and across the broader University community.

Goal: To create bonds between the department’s more advanced graduate students and newer students that will serve as a supportive mentorship community to help new students through the first two years of graduate school.

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Who’s who: 2016-2017

President: Madina Thiam
Vice President: Iris Clever
Treasurer: You Wang

Advisory: Nicole Gilhuis
Undergraduate Mentorship Program: Sebastiaan Broere
Admissions: Madina Thiam
Academic Affairs/Graduate: Josh McGuffie
Awards: Adam Woodhouse Mowl
Bylaws: Iris Clever
General Meeting: N/A
Intelletual Life: N/A

Africa: Madina Thiam
Ancient: Anna Accettola
China: You Wang
Europe: Jeff Dymond
Japan: John Leisure
Jewish: Max Daniel
Latin America: Tania Bride
Medieval: Rob Iafolla
Middle East: Herman Kaleb Adney
Science: Iris Clever
South/Southeast Asia: Naveen Kanalu
United States: Peter Chesney
World: Nicole Gilhuis
Javier Muñoz, Michael Dean, Juan Pablo Morales Garza, Sebastiaan Broere