Hi everyone! My name is Marshall Case and I’ll be serving as the RSG President this semester. I’m a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering and my research is designing protein therapeutics. In my free time I enjoy doing things outdoors like hiking and kayaking and also playing guitar and piano. Some of my major initiatives in RSG are to foster the sense of community among graduate students through event programming, make sure RSG is aligned with the universities values in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to push our advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels to empower graduate voices.
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Hi! My name is Ashley Melnick. I am the Vice President of RSG and a third year PhD candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, researching T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. My main initiatives for this semester include distributing voter information to graduate students across campus through both tabeling and virtual efforts as well as including DEI efforts in our state and federal advocacy events. In addition to RSG, I am the Vice-Chair of Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE), a national coalition of 15 graduate institutions across the county, advocating on Capitol Hill for legislation supporting graduate student finances, research funding, immigration reform, mental health, campus climate, and other graduate student related topics. In my spare time I enjoy camping, playing board games, and hanging out with my dog.
English and Education
Hello, friends! My name is Jason Godfrey, and I grew up in rural towns in South Dakota, Iowa, and Idaho—the types of towns where agriculture is a communal, dynastic enterprise. My high school, for example, cancelled school for a week and a half every fall so that students could help harvest potatoes. Due to family commitments and local culture, a four-year, co-present college education is not a viable option for many high school graduates in these towns. My commitment, and much of the impetus behind my education, is to help create educational environments that can fit into otherwise occupied lives.
I’m Thomas Folk and I am the Internal Affairs Officer of the Rackham Student Government. I am a second year PhD student in Nuclear Engineering focused on reactor modeling. In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar and watching BIG10 football. My goals for this year is to create a strong social culture among the graduate student body. Check out our Friday Hangouts at Circ!
My name is Luke Miller and I am excited to be your Secretary this semester. I am a third-year PhD. Candidate in Chemical Biology. I am responsible for communications and outreach so hit me up if you need an event publicized! In my free time I like to cook and go on walks with my wife.
School of Information
Hello all! My name is Olivia Richards and I will serve as the Academic Affairs Officer for RSG this semester. In my role, I plan to focus on bridging connections amongst graduate students, and between us and Rackham administration. I am a second-year PhD student in the School of Information where I study how technology supports children + families. In my free time, I walk my fabulous dog Jean Grey!
Interim Federal Affairs Director
Interim Sustainability Director
Cellular & Molecular Biology
My name is Shannon Lacy and I am the Sustainability Director of RSG. This year, the sustainability committee will be focused on integrating sustainable initiatives through RSG’s individual committees as well as promoting sustainability to all Rackham graduate students. I am a third year graduate student in the Cellular and Molecular PhD program, and in addition to RSG I also help run a science summer camp called UMYScI and enjoy drinking too much coffee from Ann Arbor coffee shops!
Roles of the RSG Executives
- The RSG Executive Board is composed of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Internal Affairs Officer, External Affairs Officer, and Secretary. Together, the RSG Executive Board holds numerous meeting with members of the student body as well as with University and national leaders that are of importance to graduate students.
- The President of the Graduate Student Body serves as the chief executive officer of the Rackham Student Government as well as the chief spokesperson and advocate of the graduate student body. The president leads and manages the activities of the executive board and chairs the government’s legislature (the RSG Board).
- The Vice President of the Graduate Student Body serves as the chief administrative officer of the Rackham Student Government. The Vice President oversees the government’s legislative process as well as its six standing and ad-hoc committees. The Vice President is also responsible for the government’s brand management and communication strategy.
- The Treasurer of the Graduate Student Body serves as the chief financial officer of the Rackham Student Government. The treasurer oversees the government’s financial policies and in particular the government’s student activity funding apparatus.
- The Internal Affairs Officer serves as the chief programs officer of the Rackham Student Government, and is the primary contact for Rackham Student Government proceedings internal the University pertaining to Student Life. The Internal Affairs Officer also promotes collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity in RSG’s goals and activities across the University.
- The External Affairs Officer serves as the chief legislative advocacy director of the Rackham Student Government, and is primary contact for all Rackham Student Government proceedings external to the University, including city, state, federal offices/organizations not limited to: Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE), Ann Arbor City Council, Ann Arbor Department of Public Safety (DPS), Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AATA).
- The Secretary serves as the chief records officer of the Rackham Student Government, acts as the historian, and is the organizing and scheduling officer for each meeting. The Secretary also manages RSG’s internal and external communications apparatus including but not limited to email, newsletters, social media presence and official press releases.