GSA Executive Board of Directors

The GSA 2016-2017 Executive Contact Information:

The President is the chair of the GSA’s Board of Directors and enforces the by-laws of the organization. They are the official spokesperson of the GSA. The President sits on the Board of Governors as the GSA’s representative.

The VP Student Life is generally responsible for all matters that pertain to the GSA an internal organizations of the university that relate to non-academic matters of the student experience. Some aspects of their portfolio include: DGAs, the International Student Committee, and overseeing the graduate newsletter.

The VP Finance and Services is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the GSA and the services it provides such as the health and dental plan and the mentorship program. Some aspects of their portfolio include: overseeing the Finance Standing Committee and organizing GSA workshops.

The VP Academic is responsible for all academic matters that affect graduate students at the University of Calgary.

The VP External is generally responsible for all matters that pertain to the external relations of the GSA. They maintain an awareness of current issues and developments related to all levels of government. The VP External, along with the President, are responsible for the participation in student advocacy organization.

The GSA is always looking for volunteers.

To get involved and volunteer, please email the Vice-President Student Life at


Sam Hossack – President 2016-2017

Sam Hossack is entering the final year of her Master’s of Strategic Studies at the Centre of Military, Security, and Strategic Studies, studying the relationship between military intelligence and policy making. Sam also holds two BA (Honours) degrees from the University of Calgary in English and Military History where she studied the effects of war and political disparity on societies, and how military intelligence can help governments to alleviate these difficulties.

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Adrianne Offenbecker – VP Student Life 2016-2017

Adrianne is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology with an interdisciplinary specialization in Biological Antrhropology. Her doctoral research examines the relationship between violence, social status, and geographic origins in prehistoric northwest Mexico. In addition to her work in Mexico, Adrianne has also conducted field work in Thailand and the Caribbean.

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Arash Afshar – VP Finance & Services 2016-2017

Arash is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at iCore Information Security Lab, Department of Computer Science. Arash’s field of research is Secure Two Party Computations (2PC) with the goal of preserving privacy of users when they engage in online interactions.

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Abu Abdelhafiz – VP Academic 2016-2017

Abu is a PhD Candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department working at the iRadio Lab studying fifth-generation wireless communication technologies. He obtained his BSc. Degree at the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 2009, and his MSc. in King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Saudi Arabia in 2013.

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Yangyang Fang – VP External 2016-2017

Yangyang Fang Xiao Yang Fang (Yangyang) took on the role of VP External on May 1st 2016. Her responsibilities include sitting on the University Senate and the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC), advocating on behalf of the university’s graduate student to municipal, provincial and federal government.

Yangyang is a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Community Health Sciences specializing in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Utrecht and holds a diploma of Fine Arts from the Utrecht Academy of Arts. She received a Master’s in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s in Art Therapy from New York University. Her current research focuses on childhood relationships in inclusive educational settings and psychotropic drug use among elementary and school children. Beyond that she is more than happy to engage in conversations pertaining to mental health, culture-specific treatment modalities, and, since recently, applications of augmented reality in health care.

Yangyang was born in China and grew up in the Netherlands. She love travelling and learning new languages. Outside of her academic pursuits, she spend time biking, volunteering with arts organizations, and brushing up her Italian.

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