Second year Ph.D. student Annie Rappeport was elected as the University of Maryland's GSG president, according to election results released Thursday.
Rappeport, who studies international education and policy, ran unopposed for the position, on a platform of encouraging greater representative participation in the group and establishing a dialogue with international graduate students on the campus.
"I am really honored and I'm excited to serve in this role, and I couldn't be more grateful to the current executive board and to the current president, Michael, who already really reached out to me to help with a smooth transition," Rappeport said.
She will officially take over the position on July 1, and currently represents College of Education graduate students in the University Senate.
Current GSG President Michael Goodman, who also studies in the College of Education and serves with Rappeport in the senate, said he is excited to help and support her transition to the role. He also ran unopposed in a December special election, after previous president Stephanie Cork resigned.
"I've seen, over the past year, many emails from her to the [College of Education], asking for feedback, asking for things to report to Senate, asking for people to fill out a survey," he told The Diamondback in April. "She's going to make an amazing president."
Of the seven GSG executive positions on the ballot, only two had contested races. Second year Ph.D. student Binbin Peng beat first year master's student Gireesh Suresh to become academic affairs vice president. Devin Scott, the current vice president of financial affairs, won his bid for re-election over first year master's student Mingjie Feng.
"I'm just excited to continue to advocate for graduate students and balancing the budget while also making sure graduate students have the most opportunities and the most services," said Scott, who is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication.
"I'm just excited to continue to advocate for graduate students and balancing the budget while also making sure graduate students have the most opportunities and the most services," said Scott, who is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the communication department.
Four other graduate students were also officially elected to serve as vice presidents for community development, diversity and inclusion, legislative affairs and student affairs — Casey Cavanagh, Monica Morell, Roozbeh Bakhshi and Xu Han, respectively.
The group's assembly will shrink by 17 members next year — only 28 representatives were elected to serve. There are currently 45 active representatives.
Two executive positions remain vacant. The group will hold a midterm election at its June meeting to elect a public relations vice president, as no one ran to succeed current vice president Katie Brown. They will also vote for a government affairs vice president, a position newly created in May.
"Once we have a fully composed group, I'd like to start figuring out agenda items and why people want to be engaged, what causes are the most important to them, and really act in what I think the goal should be, which is advocating for graduate students," she said.