Comprised of students elected annually from each degree program, the Student Forum works to improve student life at the GSD and serves as a liaison between the student body and the school administration. Members of the Forum participate in the meetings of the Student Affairs Committee and meet weekly with Student Services to help foster a continuous dialogue between students and the administration. The Forum meets regularly with the Dean, the Visiting Committee and the Alumni Council to communicate students’ concerns. Members of the Forum represent the GSD on the university-wide Graduate Student Council and other ad-hoc administrative and student committees.

The Student Forum also has a great impact on students’ social lives, throwing the GSD’s biggest bashes and manages the Student Activity Fee. The Forum meets weekly with Student Services and has regular meetings open to all students. It’s a great way to feel connected and contribute your ideas—from how the plotters work, to how clean the bathrooms are, to fostering studio culture— Student Forum makes sure your voice is heard.

The Student Activity Fee provides funds for student groups as well as activities hosted by the Forum, other student organizations and special interest groups. Income from the fee is administered by the Forum.

The Student Forum officers are elected by the GSD student body each December. They serve one-year terms starting in the beginning of the Spring Semester and continuing until the end of the Fall Semester. The specific officer positions and the current representatives are below:

President: Lane Raffaldini Rubin

Diversity and Inclusion Chair: Marcus Mello

Student Groups Chair: Carla Ferrer

Professional Development Chair: Oliver Curtis

Social Events Chair: Esther Bang

Academic Officer: Bryan Ortega-Welch*

Infrastructure Officer: Amanda Miller

Title IX Outreach Officer: Kelly Clifford

Social Events Officer: Chieh Chih Chiang

Social Events Officer: Haram Kim

(*An Academic Officer was appointed mid-year following the resignation of the elected Academic Chair)

To download a pdf of the 2016-2017 student forum officers, click here.

To contact the Student Forum officers, email