Victor Wang is a 4th year PhD candidate at UC San Diego. In addition to being Council Chair, Victor is also the current GSAUCSD Vice President of Academic Affairs, working on improving faculty-student mentorship quality. He has previously served as a UCGPC Board Member, representing UC San Diego. He is committed to supporting UCGPC’s growth as an organization and increasing the voice of graduate students in policy processes. When not setting meeting agendas or answering emails, Victor can be found at the research bench synthesizing molecules that forces us to reevaluate our understanding of carbon and organic molecules. In his spare time, Victor enjoys trying new foods, hosting wine nights pre-COVID, and going to the San Diego beaches (of course!).
Gwen Chodur is a 5th year PhD candidate at UC Davis in the Graduate Group of Nutritional Biology. She is concurrently serving as the EVP for the UC Davis Graduate Student Association, her fourth year as a member of that board, and as the Director of Social Justice Concerns at the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. When she’s not advocating for graduate students or working on her research, Gwen is a doting single parent to her cat and enjoys cooking and gardening.
Ernesto Arciniega is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literatures at UCLA. Ernesto’s research interests are Contemporary Latin American, Mexican, and Chicanx literatures and cultures, immigration law in the U.S., border studies, and protest art. Ernesto is a strong advocate for social justice and immigrants’ rights. He is the founder and former President of UCLA Hispanic Latinx Graduate Students Association (2017-2019), was the inaugural GSA Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at UCLA (2018-2019), has served on the ASUCLA Board of Directors (2019-2020), and was a National Fellow at the UC National Center for Free Speech (2020-2021). Today, Ernesto is an elected Councilmember for the North Westwood Neighborhood Council in the 5th District of the City of Los Angeles, where he advocates for building student affordable housing, improving public transportation, and fighting for Westwood’s disfranchised. During his free time, Ernesto loves watching queer-themed films and series, practicing world languages, and hanging out with his friends in West Hollywood.
Valeria Dominguez is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside studying Higher Education Administration and Policy. Influenced by her identity as a first-generation Latina, Valeria’s work, advocacy, and scholarship has focused on equity and social justice. She has a distinct concentration on Women of Color who serve on governing boards at U.S. higher education institutions and their experiences navigating the trusteeship. Valeria has eight years of administrative experience in student affairs, student government, university service, mentorship, and higher education research at the University of California. She is the former Vice-President for the UC Riverside Graduate Student Association (2020-2021). In her free time, Valeria can be found outdoors spending time with her husband and co-parent to their two mini-Australian Shepherds.