The Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) strives to empower graduate students to contribute to the enrichment of their education and program through active scholarship, community building, and professional networking. SAGA also strives to uphold the mission and values of GVSU and the college of education in all its functions and programming.
Some of the opportunities provided by SAGA include social events, professional development opportunities, CSAL orientation events, and community outreach in the greater Grand Rapids and Grand Valley communities.
SAGA also provides financial assistance to students in the CSAL program. Guidelines for funding are determined by SAGA and the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For a full list of GFC funding regulations please visit the GFC website at www.gvsu.edu/gsa.
Brandon is a metro Detroit native who graduated from Wayne State University with dual bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Education focusing on Spanish with a minor in English as a Second Language and Romance Languages focusing on Spanish. Brandon loves to travel and explore new cities. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Brandon lived in Spain teaching English at an elementary school. His academic interests include student life, international students, learning communities, and orientation. Currently, Brandon holds a Graduate Assistantship in Housing and Residence Life and oversees both Murray and VanSteeland Living Centers as the Assistant Living Center Director.
Alyson graduated from Central Michigan University with her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Public Relations with minors in Leadership, Event Management and Public Affairs. During her undergraduate experience she was heavily involved with the Leadership Advancement Scholar program, Leadership Safari and Academic Orientation where she welcomed first year students and their families to campus. She also enjoys fast-paced working environments, meeting new people and focusing on the details within assignments. Her interest areas include housing and advising. Alyson currently holds a Graduate Assistantship in Housing and Residence Life where she oversees North C, Hills and Frey Living Centers as an Assistant Living Center Director.
Taylor currently serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. He is a native of South Carolina and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Appalachian State University. Taylor is an avid adventurer and outdoorsman who loves wildlife and enjoys activities such as fishing and camping. His adventurous spirit has taken him all over the world. His academic/research interests include assessment and evaluation, sociological trends in higher education, and African American Male student populations. Taylor has a passion for learning and getting to know other people and cultures. He is excited to see where Grand Valley takes him in the future.
Nicole attended Central Michigan University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Child Development and Spanish. She is currently a Graduate Assistant in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center, where she works with Science majors and Pre-Professional students. Her research interests include: women in STEM, mentoring and first generation college students, undocumented students and academic advising and retention. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and likes to stay active.