ISCHOOL GRADUATE ORGANIZATION (ISGO)
I know myself well enough to know that if I'm not busy, I'm not happy, and I thrive in a fast-paced atmosphere. Upon my arrival in Syracuse, I went out for the a leadership position representing the LIS program in the iSchool Graduate Organization (iSGO). Not really expecting to be elected, I was forced to immediately engage with my new home and environment. We had a year full of wide-ranging events targeting all degree programs within the iSchool, particularly the Information Management program. My personal pet project was the development of an iSGO podcast series, interviewing current students about their research, background, interests, and ideas.
LIS Student Assembly (LISSA)
I joined LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Assembly) in the Fall of 2013, and knew it was the organization for me. It was free-form and malleable, and thus full of possibilities. In the Summer of 2014 I took up a leadership role (Vice President) and started restructuring our communications and workflows from the ground up using Google Drive, primarily. Along with our President, I helped lead LISSA through a larger-scale restructuring as well, imposed by the iSchool. We had to adapt and adjust in many (some slightly uncomfortable) ways, but now LISSA is the best it's ever been! We have put on a number of successful professional development, networking, and advocacy events over the past year, increased our membership/reach, and I am certain that the next iteration of LISSA will continue to improve upon the progress we've made.
GRADUATE STUDENT ORGANIZATION (gso)
As a member of the Executive Board within iSGO, I was also a Senator within the larger body of Syracuse University's Graduate Student Organization (GSO). Here I debated and voted on GSO budget proposals, various calls for advocacy and transparency, and other student-related issues.