Comprised of students elected annually from across the GSD student body, the Student Forum works to improve student life at the GSD and serves as a link between the student body and the school administration. Members of Student Forum participate in the meetings of the Student Academic Affairs Committee and meet weekly with Student Services to help foster a continuous dialogue between students and administrators. Student Forum members also meet with the Dean and the Alumni Council to communicate students’ interests and concerns. Meetings open to the entire student body are scheduled every semester, including an open meeting with the Dean. Members of Student 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 managing allocations to student groups and activities funded by the Student Activity Fee. Being part of Student Forum is 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 other activities and projects hosted by Student Forum. Income from the fee is administered by Student Forum and disbursed by Student Services staff.

Student Forum officers are elected by the GSD student body each spring. They serve for a full academic year, taking over from the outgoing leadership each May, and serving for the following fall and spring semesters.

Student Forum 2016-2017:

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)

Download a PDF of the 2016-2017 Student Forum

To contact Student Forum, email


Elections for 2017-2018 Student Forum

Info Session: Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 pm, Gund 518

Candidate Forum: Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 pm, Gund 124

Nomination deadline: Friday, April 14

Election: Friday, April 21

2017-2018 Student Forum roles up for election:

  • President
  • Academic Chair
  • Student Groups Chair
  • Social Events Chair
  • Diversity and Inclusion Chair
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Resources Chair

Note that the Student Academic Affairs Committee (class reps) elections will take place in the fall, with the exception of the Design Studies Liaison, elected in the Spring.


Students interested in serving on Student Forum should plan to be enrolled and in residence in Cambridge for the full academic year term for which they are running. Questions can be addressed to Erica George.