The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is a University recognized organization open to all students, faculty and staff.  The objective of the GSG is to meet the unique needs of the students, to foster intrapersonal understanding, to build upon cooperation in field education, and to facilitate problem-solving between the School of Social Welfare administration, faculty, and students.  This organization functions as the propelling force of the SSW by advocating for students, advancing interests, and fostering activities.  It stresses the importance of the values of the profession of social work and is a collaboration of faculty and students to achieve these goals.  Feel free to attend a meeting and check the SSW Update for upcoming events! 

Coming Soon: Your Graduate Student Government Representatives for 2019-2020. Below are the reps for 2018-2019.



Yamirelis Otero-RamosPresident

I am a 2nd year MSW student specializing in Community, Policy, and Political Social Action. I am a resident of Puerto Rico. My interest is in understanding policies and its effects at the individual level to better advocate for individuals in the midst of their unique situation. The social issue I am most interested in is policies that have been established in Puerto Rico that restrict the equal access to services for the people on the island. As president of the GSG, I aspire to work with the executive board to create a space that enables community building within the School of Social Welfare. Another one of my goals is to actively listen to the student body and understand your experiences in order to be a voice for you. I look forward to working with you and for you this year, and hope to see everyone engage with the GSG! 




Jonathan Rosen - Vice President

Jonathan Rosen, 2nd year MSW Candidate, specializing in Integrative Health in Social Work. Jonathan is committed to using the most thorough social work practices in a collaborative effort with his clients to enhance their overall health, and well-being. In Jonathan’s mind, social work practice is the key he needs to heal and augment the livelihood of people in need. Jonathan is an LGBTQ+ ally and advocate, as well as a multicultural and diversity trained ally, and is excited to serve the GSG executive board! 




Daley Dicorcia - Secretary

Hi there! I am a second-year M.S.W. candidate who is excited to start her specialization courses in Integrated Health: Physical, Psychological, and Social Well Being this academic year. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016, where I studied Psychology and LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies (Department of Women’s Studies). I have experience in psychiatric, psychological, and social work research, and am very excited to be gaining many new clinical skills through my education at the School of Social Welfare. I very much look forward to assisting the Graduate Student Government team in our goals to advocate for and augment the experience of all students at the School of Social Welfare!




Melanie Ginel  - Manhattan Representative

Hello everyone ! I am Melanie Ginel, a full-time 1st year MSW Student in Manhattan. My interests include working with children and families in low-income areas, and community outreach. I am honored to be your Graduate Student Government Manhattan Representative for the 2018-2019 year! I am excited to help create a sense of community at our Manhattan campus and give you an amazing ‘on-campus’ experience in the middle of our busy city. Look out for some awesome events and workshops coming up, you won’t want to miss them. Here’s to a great year!




DeAnna Bizarro- Treasurer

Hello everyone! I am a second year MSW student who earned a BA in psychology and business administration at Plattsburgh State University. I am excited to be part of the Graduate Student Government this year and to serve as your treasurer. I have five years experience in leadership roles for numerous clubs, activities and my sorority. I have a passion for working with young children specifically with disabilities and someday hope to become a school social worker! I look forward to working with the GSG to create events, networking opportunities, sense of community, and growth of the graduate student government! If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel free to contact me!




Ashley Culoso - Second Year Representative

Ashley is excited to serve as the Second Year Representative during the 2018-2019 academic year. Specializing in Community, Policy, and Political Social Action, she is interested in examining the ways systemic oppression and marginalization affect policies at the local, state, and federal level.