Meet the Student Affairs Team

We’re here to offer support from the moment you arrive at Princeton to graduation!

The Graduate Student Affairs team is committed to serving diverse needs, fostering a sense of community, enhancing the quality of the Princeton experience, and resolving campus and community concerns. Please reach out to us at 609-258-3028 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Summer hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or by emailing gs@princeton.edu. We’re always here to assist and support you.

    How We Can Help

    • Support: Get proactive insight and referrals to navigate personal difficulties.

    • Engagement: Find ways to engage with your community through intellectual, cultural, social, and service-oriented programs.

    • Residential Life: Manage your residential, dining, and apartment life, and understand policies and procedures.

    • Policy: Navigate institutional policies, find mediation assistance in the case of grievances or complaints, and find resolutions to your concerns.

    • Crisis Management: Get help if you ever experience medical, psychological, or other emergencies.

    • Orientation: Find your place as you join the Princeton graduate community.

    • Commencement: Celebrate your accomplishments during our Hooding and Recognition Ceremony and Commencement events.

    • Family-focused initiatives: Meet the needs and demands of your personal and family life while successfully pursuing your degree.

    Meet Your Community Associates

    Community Associates (CAs) are full-time graduate students who are part of the Graduate Student Affairs team. They work on a part-time basis to: 

    • Enhance graduate student life

    • Build a sense of community

    • Plan a variety of events and programs

    • Help with residential matters

    Gabrielle "Gabi" Leon

    Community Associate

    G4

    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    (organizes events at the Graduate College, on-campus, off-campus)

    Hey everyone! I'm a fourth year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering studying how bacteria survive antibiotic treatment. When I'm not in the lab, I like swimming, baking, eating great food, and visiting my sister and her cat in Philly. I'm looking forward to planning tons of fun events and meeting you all!

    Ksenia Sokolova

    Ksenia Sokolova

    G4
    Department of Computer Science

    (organizes events at Lawrence Apartments, on-campus, off-campus)

    Hi everyone! I’m Ksenia, a fourth year PhD student in the Computer Science department, studying machine learning and its applications to genomics. I spent my childhood in Russia and moved to US in high school. In my spare time I enjoy photography, playing board games, hiking, traveling, and annoying my cat. I’m looking forward to meeting everybody this year!

    Daniel Shaw

    Daniel Shaw

    G3
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    (organizes events at Lakeside apartments, on-campus, off-campus)

    Hey Grads! I’m a 3rd year student in Mech. & Aero. Engineering studying the physics of fluids. I grew up on a horse-farm in Pennsylvania and love spending time outside - playing tennis, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. I’m excited for an eventful year of meeting new people, trying new foods, and making new friends!

    Midori Kawaue

    Community Associate

    G5

    History of Science

    (organizes events at Lawrence apartments, on-campus, off-campus)

    Hi everyone! I’m a fifth year grad student in the History department. My focus is on the history of science and gender and sexuality studies. In my free time, I love sewing, hanging out with my cats, and baking! Looking forward to a wonderful year!

    Lauren Konken

    Lauren Konken

    G5
    Department of Politics

    (organizes events at Lakeside apartments, on-campus, off-campus)

    Hello! I’m Lauren, a fifth year PhD student in the department of Politics. I study the design of international law and organizations, with a specific focus on the World Trade Organization. I'm originally from the greater Vancouver area in Canada, and I love to cook, row, walk my dog, and play board games in my free time. I look forward to building community on campus, and I can't wait to meet you all!

    Samuel Moore

    Community Associate

    G4

    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    (organizes events at the Graduate College, on-campus, off-campus)

    Hi there! I'm a fourth year chemical engineering student studying catalysts that facilitate reactions useful in addressing environmental issues. I grew up in Maine originally, and love spending time outdoors when I'm not baking, playing board games, tinkering, or telling people how beautiful Maine is. I can't wait for a year full of exciting events and look forward to meeting you!    

    Become a Community Associate

    Meet new people, develop your leadership and administrative skills, and gain useful C.V. or resume experience. Community Associates enhance the graduate experience while creatively exploring academic, professional, and social interests. 

    • Apply: Complete an application and submit it via email to Dean Secora
    • Due date: January (for the upcoming academic year)

    AY22-23 Benefits

    • Housing stipend: $3500/academic year* 
    • Housing draw: Priority in the graduate housing draw

    CAs are supervised by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Residential Life and Student Affairs and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

    *The stipend is in addition to any research, teaching and/or fellowship awards, subject to Graduate School and University policies.