The Pacific and International Affairs Student Organization (PIASO) is the student body government of IR/PS. Its purpose is to represent and promote the academic, professional and networking interests of the students. It serves as a center for student communication, information, and participation, and as a forum for student development.
PIASO acts as a liaison to the faculty and administration at IR/PS, and organizes social events to promote interaction among students, faculty, and administrators. Any registered full-time or part-time graduate student at IR/PS who pays their PIASO dues is a member of PIASO.
The PIASO Board consists of eight voting executive officers and two first-year student representatives. Students from the second year class hold the executive positions: President (bears tie-breaking vote only), Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Events, Vice President of Internal Affairs, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Social Media.
Four IR/PS Representatives to the Graduate Student Association are also voting members of the PIASO board.
PIASO Executive Board
- Elaine Chen, President
- Akshay Bharadwaj, vice president of external affairs
- Stephanie Coba, vice president of academic affairs
- Melissa Labouff, vice president of programs
- Paul Spitsen, vice president of events
- Josh Twisselman, vice president of internal affairs
- Aleksandr Karpekov, vice president of finance
- Miles Kwon, vice president of social medai
First Year Class Representatives
The First Year rep position distinguishes individuals as leaders and champions of their class.
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representatives
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