As president of Graduate Student Council (GSC), sixth-year PhD candidate Aaron McPeck is an essential link between the university’s administration and its graduate and professional students. It’s a role he relishes as an aspiring higher education administrator. McPeck joined the GSC leadership during the 2019-20 year as the director of academic affairs, and soon landed his position as president. But he stepped into that role amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when graduate students faced unique challenges. It led him to reconsider much of what he knew GSC to be. While GSC traditionally focused on programming like a back-to-school picnic and weekly happy hour gatherings, the organization’s work shifted to advocate for what graduate students needed most amid the pandemic, including access to mental and physical health resources.
April 09, 2021