THE GRADUATE STUDENT ADVOCATES

Similar to the Ombuds Office, the Graduate Student Advocates (GSAs) can help resolve problems you may encounter during your graduate studies at Stony Brook. In many situations, you may simply need more information or assistance finding and contacting the appropriate people within the University. We’re here to help. 

 

WHEN TO CONTACT US

Contact us anytime you have a serious problem or concern that you don’t know how to handle. When faced with a conflict or issue, it is always best to start locally. Talking first to your advisor, graduate program director, graduate program coordinator, or department administrator can often remedy the situation. In most cases they will be in the best position to handle your problem quickly and efficiently as they are most familiar with your specific field. When this is not possible, or if you are unsure of how to proceed, we are here to help.

Students come to us with a variety of concerns. We’ve addressed conflicts with faculty advisors, health insurance problems, housing problems, cases of discrimination, questions of academic standing, problems with funding, and other work-related issues. Work-related problems involving Graduate Assistants (GAs) and Teaching Assistant (TAs) are the jurisdiction of the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) and must be referred to union representatives. In cases where the issues are particularly serious or where students may wish to work with an independent professional conflict management specialist, we can refer you to the Ombuds Office.

Whatever the issue, we will help you navigate the University’s resources to find the help you need.

HOW WE HELP


• Explain University policies and procedures. 
• Assess possible courses of action and offer guidance in pursuing the options best suited to your specific situation. 
• Refer you to the person most capable of addressing your concerns, arranging introductions and meetings as necessary.
• Provide support on personal matters that may be effecting your academic performance. 
• If necessary or appropriate, intercede on your behalf or mediate for you 
• Recommend specific changes to University policy to address student issues and concerns.

CONTACT US

We have two Graduate Student Advocates for the 2015-2016 academic year. Zahra Ebrahimi is the Doctoral Student Advocate; Caitlin Weisz is the Masters Student advocate. Their contact information is below.

Zahra

Zahra Ebrahimi, Doctoral Student Advocate

Email: Gradadvocate@stonybrook.edu

Office Location: The Graduate School, 2401 (old) Computer Science Building

Office Phone: 631-632-1947 (ext. 2-1947 on campus)

Alternative Office Location: N 616, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Building.

Appointment Hours: 

Monday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Tuesday: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 

 Zahra Ebrahimi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics. She comes to Stony Brook from the Technical University of Vienna where she earned a M.Sc. in mathematical economics. A second-term GSA and an international graduate student, Zahra is well versed on the variety of challenges students may encounter.

 

Ann

Caitlin Weisz, Masters Student Advocate

Email: Gradadvocate@stonybrook.edu

Office Location: The Graduate School, 2401 (old) Computer Science Building

Office Phone: 631-632-1947 (ext. 2-1947 on campus)

Alternative Office Location: N-240, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Building

Office Phone: 631-632-3211 (ext: 2-3211 on campus)

Appointment Hours: 

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 to 11:30 AM

Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Caitlin Weisz is an MBA candidate in the Masters in Business Administration through the College of Business. She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, a B.A. in Economics, and a Leadership Minor from Stony Brook University. Her leadership in various student groups as an undergraduate sparked her passion for connecting with others and advocating for an environment conducive to student needs and student success.  

 

Other Advocacy Links:
Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Homepage
Campus Community Advocate Homepage
Disabled Student Services Homepage