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ASHE Grad Student Representatives

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith(2019-2021)                      Eileen Galvez (2020-2022)
(She/Ella)                                                                         (She/Ella)

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Gabrielle Smith (2020-2021)


Meet the ASHE Grad Reps

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith, Michigan State University  She/Ella
Stephanie Aguilar-Smith is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas. Stephanie has 10 years of professional experience in higher education, spanning enrollment management, academic counseling, program development and evaluation, and writing center administration. As a first-generation Venezuelan immigrant and graduate student, across all of her work, Stephanie considers: How might educational policies and practices be more equitable across the stratified and hierarchical system of U.S. higher education? Her broad research interests include: Hispanic-Serving Institutions, grant-seeking and management, and community colleges. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and a graduate certificate in Chicano & Latino Studies at Michigan State University, and she holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in Higher Education Administration, a B.A. in journalism, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.
Fun facts:
  • What’s your favorite word? Catawampus
  • What would your last meal on Earth be?  Pabellon Criollo with a Coke Icee. 
  • What do you do outside of work? I hike with my two geriatric pups—Dominic Jose and Benjamin Jose—and my partner.
Eileen Galvez is a scholar-practitioner, as a Ph.D. student of the Higher Education Leadership program of Colorado State University, and she is an Assistant Dean at Yale College and has been Directora of Yale’s La Casa Cultural de Julia de Burgos: the Latinx Cultural Center since 2015. She is Salvadoran American, making her the first Central American director of La Casa. She is a first-generation college graduate, and grew up low-income in South Central Los Angeles. For the past ten years she has worked at various higher education institutions, working with and for marginalized student groups. Her scholarly work aims to center the experiences of U.S. Central Americans in higher education and explores their racial and ethnic identity development. Eileen holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.Ed. in Counseling & Guidance from Texas State University. 
Fun facts:
  • What do you do when you’re not working on writing? I'm probably with students. I'm quite lucky to work with passionate students that keep me on my toes and they have me laughing from deep within my belly!
  • What is your favorite show to binge? If podcasts count, I like to binge on shows like Reveal, Criminal, LatinoUSA, In the Thick, Latinx Intelligentsia, and Student Affairs NOW.
  • What do you dream about? Well, I dream about getting better sleep. However, I do daydream about not having to be so resilient. Honestly, let's stop making that a thing!

Gabrielle Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Old Dominion University (She/Her)
Gabrielle Smith is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Old Dominion University. She recently received her Masters Of Science in Higher Education at Florida International University. Currently working as a graduate assistant, her passion and research interests include marginalized students and education in correctional facilities. With experiences working with system impacted peoples, she prides herself for creating change from within. Outside of her scholarly pursuits, she has always loved digital media and tries to find an outlet to showcase her creativity. 

Fun Facts:
  • Where do you find inspiration to write? Rage and hope inspires me the most. My experiences as a Black women have me in a constant state of rage but also so hopeful because of the collective effort of organizers. The marathon continues. 
  • Where is your favorite place to travel? Anywhere without my laptop is my go to vacation. 
  • What is your favorite TV to watch? Snowfall, This Is Us, and Pose are my favorite shows at the moment.

Graduate Student Committee or Council Representatives

  • Awards Committee: Charlie A. Scott (Diné)
  • Professional Development Committee: Jacqueline Pedota
  • CEP Committee: Sergio Gonzalez
  • CIHE Committee: Rudisang Motshubi
  • ASHE Strategic Working Group on Scholarly Communications: Sergio Gonzalez
  • UNLV GAs: listed on the staff website
  • RHE managing editors: 
  • Accessibility Workgroup: Julia Karpicz & Emily Koren
  • Budget, Finance & Compliance Committee: Christine Licata-Hoang


  • Karen Bussey (2018-2020)
  • Genia Bettencourt (2017-2019)
  • Valerie Crespin-Trullio (2016-2018)
  • Katherine Wheatle (2015-2017)
  • David Nguyen (2014-2016)
  • Jill Jones (2013-2015)
  • Amalia Dache-Gerbino (2012-2014)
  • Brian A. Burt (2011-2013)
  • Lisa Millora (2010-2012)
  • Emma Maria Xochitl Flores (2009-2011)
  • Amanda Suniti Niskodé-Dossett (2008-2010)
  • Judy Marquez Kiyama (2007-2009)
  • Kelly Risbey (2006-2008)
  • Ashley Sieman (2005-2007)
  • Kimberly Rogers (2004-2006)
  • Diane Dean (2003-2005)
  • Amy Metcalfe (2002-2004)
  • Katherine Garlough (2001-2003)
  • Shederick McClendon (2000-2002)
  • Joyce Raveling (1999-2001)
  • Leonor Xochitl Perez (1998-2000)
  • Melissa Anderson (1997-1998)
  • Cheryl Ponder (1996-1997)
  • Octavio Villalpando (1995-1997)
  • Anna V. Shaw-Sullivan (1995-1996)
  • Amaury Nora (1994-1995)
  • Gary Rhoades (1993-1995)
  • Anna V. Shaw-Sullivan (1993-1994)
  • Bridget Price (1992-1993)
  • Judy Grace (1990-1991)
  • Michael Olivas (1990-1991)
  • James Ratcliff (1988-1989)
  • John Thelin (1988-1989)
  • Shelia Slaughter (1986-1987)
  • Susan Twombly (1986-1987)
  • Clifton Conrad (1985-1986)
  • John Smart (1985-1986)
  • Robert Birnbaum (1984-1985)
  • Kathryn Moore (1984-1985)
  • Jack Schuster (1983-1984)
  • James Morrison (1982-1984)
  • John S. Smart (1982-1983)
  • Joyce Marlier (1981-1982)
  • Ann Morey (1981-1982)