Welcoming Messages from Chair & Chair Elect

Welcome to the GSC: A Message from the Chair!

Keisha Siriboe | Chair


Greetings Fellow Graduate Students,

It is my esteemed pleasure to welcome you to the AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC). I am deeply humbled to serve as the 2017-2018 Chair of the AERA GSC. Our focus for GSC this year is to create realistic, achievable, and impactful programming. We began in June with the webinar around AERA Proposal Submissions, and through our social media platforms we are working to create a sense of community where we not only share content, but we also encourage you to share your perspectives and experiences. The journey from graduate student to scholar is full of twists and turns. We hope that the GSC can serve as a place of encouragement and motivation as well as a conduit for networking and career advancement.

The importance of educational research in our ever-changing world is vital. As the next generation of educational researchers, we are challenged with guiding others through education systems that are dramatically different from what AERA encountered a century ago. Such navigation should not be faced alone. Within the GSC divisions, you will find a generous offering of various programs geared towards your professional development. I encourage you to utilize the various resources the council offers, but please don't stop there. Consider contributing your talents, and skills within the GSC as well.

As we prepare for AERA 2018 in New York, we do so under the current theme: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." How we interpret our educational experiences may influence our understanding of this phrase, and those experiences can vary dramatically depending on our geographic locations. AERA is international in scope with over 85 countries outside of the United States represented, providing us with an opportunity to access a wealth of perspectives through our membership ranks.  As your Chair, I am interested in exploring how an international outlook could further compliment GSC initiatives and organizational purviews for all graduate students.

Your ideas are always welcomed. Please email me directly with suggestions or if I may be of assistance in any way.

Kind regards,

Keisha Siriboe

Chair, 2017-2018 AERA Graduate Student Council
Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Education, The 
University of Hong Kong


A Message from the Chair-Elect

Weijia Wang | Chair-Elect

Weijia Wang

Greetings Fellow Graduate Students, 

It is my esteemed pleasure to welcome you to the AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC). I’m deeply humbled to serve as the 2017-2018 Chair-Elect of the AERA GSC.

The mission and the goal of the AERA GSC is to collaborate with the broader community of AERA to support student participation and engagement through GSC events, programs, and services with our commitment to advancing vibrant and engaging professional networks and social spaces for graduate student members of AERA.

With the upcoming 2018 annual conference - “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”, we are expecting to engage graduate student educational researchers around the world in conversations about meaningful research and scholarship and innovative practices to promote diversity and equity in education in this changing time at AERA meetings and the beyond.

As your new Chair-Elect, I’m looking forward to bringing in global perspectives and strengthening AERA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by supporting students throughout our vast network in their academic and professional development.

I sincerely hope this message has been able to convince you of the value of both the GSC and your participation, and I encourage you to visit our website and newsletter for further information regarding updated GSC events, programs, services, and this year’s annual conference.

Your ideas are always welcomed. Please do not hesitate to contact me at weijiaw2@uw.edu.

Hope to see you in New York!


Weijia Wang

Chair-Elect, 2017-2018 AERA Graduate Student Council
Ph.D. Student, College of Education, University of Washington

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