Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA)
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.
2018-2019 SAGA E-Board Members
Executive Vice President
Holly is from northern Michigan and attended Central Michigan University (Fire Up!) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology. Through her involvement at Central, she learned that she loved working with students and providing avenues for students to grow and learn both in and out of the classroom. Holly decided to pursue student affairs at Grand Valley and has an assistantship in the College of Community and Public Service Undergraduate Advising Center as an Academic Advisor. Some of Holly’s favorite things to do in Grand Rapids include visiting local breweries/restaurants, seeing musicals, and spending time with family and friends at local events like Art Prize or sitting in coffee shops downtown.
Justin is the Executive Vice President for the Student Affairs Graduate Association at GVSU. Justin attended the University of Maine at Orono where he majored in Secondary Education and History. Working in the Department of Housing and Residence Life as an Assistant Living Center Director, Justin oversees the North C, Hills, & Frey (NHF) Living Centers that house first-year students. If he is not in his office, you will most likely find Justin hammocking around the many beautiful parts of campus!
Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Programming
Kate has called Grand Rapids her home for the last 16 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University. She also earned her TEFL certificate in Spain. Prior to joining the CSAL program at Grand Valley State University, Kate worked in the non-profit sector for 8 years. Through her work Kate realized she was passionate about providing access to education for all that wanted it. Kate currently has an assistantship in the Career Center. She lives downtown with her partner, their dog, cat, and two chickens.
Joshua Scarbrough is a 2nd year CSAL student hailing from Southgate, MI just 20 minutes south of Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan – Dearborn and received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2016. After becoming friends with his advisor, working alongside students in the classroom, and studying abroad in Poland, he was drawn to higher education and student affairs. He wishes to enter into the field through Housing and Residence Life and hopes to one day become the director of a department. His other interests in student affairs include diversity and inclusion, assessment, student employment, and academics. He hopes to one day work for a large university and strives to help foster a positive campus culture.