Advocacy and Statements

The GRO is committed to advocating for fellow graduate students and other community members. You can contact the GRO Chairs or other E-Board members if you have concerns. These can be general topics or personal problems in the realm of advocacy (e.g. academic probation, diversity). When you contact our E-Board members, feel free to ask them to treat your concerns and communication confidentially.

What we will try to do:

  • listen and think about possible options
  • connect you to appropriate resources
  • go with you to meetings, if possible***

What we cannot do:

  • provide legal advice
  • know every detail

These E-Board members focus (in particular) on advocacy issues (2017-2018):

  • Advocacy Chairs: Bria Macklin and Juliana Popovitz
  • Diversity Chair: Dean Rosenthal
  • Health Concerns Chair: Tristan Ford
  • Wellness Chair: Jaime Martinez Grundman

You can find their contact information here.


If you experience academic problems, we strongly encourage you to contact Christine Kavanagh (WSE) or Renee Eastwood (KSAS) from Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs. You can find their contact information on this website. Christine and Renee can provide detailed information on policies and compliance issues. Please feel free to contact the GRO. We try to help as much as possible.

If you are having problems with your advisor(s), you can talk to Christine and Renee. They can provide advice on how to communicate.

If you are threatened with or are on academic probation, make an appointment ASAP and read the policy.

If you have grievances, Christine and Renee can explain to you the grievance policy. If you do not want to file a grievance case: You can write a report about your experience(s) and file it with Christine or Renee. Please contact them for more information.


*** Please be aware that it is very likely that you have to notify all participants that you are bringing a GRO E-Board member to a meeting. At most official meetings, the E-Board member will come with you as a support person. This means that they do not have the right to interfere with the ongoing procedure. However, they can debrief the conversation with you and take notes afterwards.