Graduate Student Council’s Mission

Our mission is to voice concerns, provide support for, and to represent all graduate student on the CU Anschutz Campus. By working with campus administrators, chairs, and deans, we propose and implement improvements for students’ overall wellbeing.

We hold monthly GSC meetings that are open to all students and faculty on the CU Anschutz campus. During these meetings, we discuss ongoing events, DEI efforts, graduate student-driven goals, and receive ideas from students for improving their personal and professional development. We welcome feedback, suggestions, and ideas from all students and work with our deans and campus leaders to develop solutions. If you have an idea, please submit it on our “suggestion” tab, or bring it up during one of our GSC monthly meetings!

Goals for 2022-2023

Assist graduate students in navigating student health insurance

  • What is covered by my health insurance?
  • How do I submit a claim?
  • What are my options for, within and outside of network coverage?
  • How I make an appointment at student health resources?

Promote Diversity Equity and Inclusion

  • Dr. Aimee Bernard – Think Like a Scientist program, is a free after school program which aims to involve and engage diverse elementary level students in STEM with students from CU Anschutz. Dr. Aimee Bernard, an assistant professor at CU Anschutz, will present on TLaS at our GSC 2022 March meeting.Learn more about TLaS: https://tlasprogram.wordpress.com/about/
  • Dr. Julia Derk – Clear Direction Mentoring program, is a long-term (2+ years) mentorship to support Underrepresented Minority (URM) High School Students interested in pursuing STEM. Clear Direction Mentoring works to address the “leaky pipeline” and empower the youth towards a a future in STEM.



Carol Kiekhaefer – President

I am Carol Kiekhaefer and have the honor of serving as President of our GSC.  I am a student in our Biostatistics and Informatics Program and have worked in multiple roles in university government and organizations. Beyond campus, I love skiing, hiking, biking, and training with friends in the gym. My goals are to promote our success as individuals and our university as a community. I am working diligently to enhance our training within and beyond research, increase our equity, and enable a diverse environment.  I have a long-standing devotion to student advancement and welcome the opportunity to work with each of you.



Jamie Cronin – Vice President

Hello, I'm Jamie! I am originally from Alabama and moved to Denver to pursue a Master's in Anatomy. In my free time, I enjoy riding competitively, hiking, skiing, and gardening. This is my second year with GSC, and I have loved being a part of such a great team that strives to improve our campus! 



Abe Martinez – Outreach Coordinator

Hello, I’m Abe. I am from Chicago, and I am a second-year cancer biology graduate student and the Graduate Student Council’s Outreach Coordinator. My goal is to increase URM representation on our campus and in STEM. Outside of lab, I enjoy thrillers, camping, and traveling.



Lola Nyonyotsi – Diversity and Inclusion Officer

My name is Bissilola "Lola" Nyonyotsi. I am the Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the GSC and a first-year student in the Masters of Biostatistics Program. My goal is to assess and respond to students' needs and help in any way possible to achieve measurable results. During my spare time, I love cooking and painting. I am looking forward to serving the students.


Neeti Pratap Singh – Chief Communications Officer

I am Neetigyata, a second-year biomedical sciences and biotechnology program student. I enjoy doing science and working in the lab. I like to go out hiking and watch series in my free time. I am excited to work with GSC.

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