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Graduate Student Affairs Council (GSAC)

Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to provide professional development and offer a support structure for graduate students studying or working in the student affairs field. GSAC provides social, professional, and academic opportunities to enhance the holistic development of the future of student affairs professionals.

What We Do

  • Site visits to other universities
  • Professional development workshops
  • Conferences
  • Socials
  • Service Learning
  • Fundraisers

Member Benefits

  • Scholarships for professional development (up to three $100 scholarships awarded per semester)
  • Graduation stole
  • Member T-shirt
  • Networking

2020 GSAC Executive Board Members

Lesley Caron | Executive Director

 Executive Director
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Undergraduate Degree: Public Relations and Mass Communication
  • Undergraduate Institution:  Texas State University
  • Why you choose Student Affairs: After serving as a New Student Orientation Leader in my undergraduate career, I knew that I wanted to make a living that allows me to engage with student leaders and be a part of their growth and development during their college career.
  • Areas of interest after graduation: New Student Orientation, Fraternity and Sorority Life, or Leadership Programs
  • Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Disney+, Marketing and Social Media, listening to Ariana Grande 24/7, and taking long walks on a beach!

Qy’Darrius McEachern | Director of Administration

Director of Administration
  • Hometown: Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Degree: Psychology (B.A) w/ minors in Education & Social and Economic Justice
  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Why you choose Student Affairs: I chose student affairs because I want to continually help students that experienced a similar path as me. I had a LOT of support from SA professionals throughout my journey through UNC, and I want to serve as that pillar for students as well. I think it is important to pay it forward.
  • Areas of interest after graduation: I am not sure, as of now, of any functional area I am particularly interested in. I am using this year to venture deeper into the various aspects of working with students and will figure out my path!
  • Hobbies/Interests: Sneakers, Hip-Hop, Pluckers, Chipotle, & Gold Peak Sweet Tea.


Elijah Serena | Director of Finance

Director of Finance
  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX
  • Undergraduate Degree: Wildlife Biology
  • Undergraduate Institution: Texas State University
  • Why I chose Student Affairs: To help students pursue their postsecondary educational goals as I was assisted by my mentors, advisors, and supervisors
  • Areas of interest after graduation: Equity & Access, TRiO programs, diversity & inclusion
  • Hobbies/Interests: Live music (playing my trumpet), boardgames/card games/videogames, movies/TV, anime, trivia, nature documentaries/museums


Princess Lane | Director of Professional Development

Director of Professional Development
  • Hometown: Eden, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Degree: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Why you choose Student Affairs: I chose Student Affairs to support students on their journey through higher education by utilizing my passions of building relationships, cultivating leadership, and celebrating identities. I had a lot of support from mentors, supervisors, and peers throughout my undergraduate experience that allowed me to see my identities, perspective, and background as unique strengths which is something I hope to emulate for other students. 
  • Areas of interest after graduation: I am not committed to a functional area after graduation, but I would like to support or advise some type of student organization as building close communities is a passion of mine.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Being active (I love yoga and being outdoors), cooking, reading, watching movies, and hanging with my friends! 

Lanita Legan | GSAC Advisor and Associate Director of the LBJ Student Center

GSAC Advisor
  • Hometown:  Walden, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Degree:  B.A.  Communication, University of Northern Colorado
  • Graduate Degree:  M.Ed.  College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University
  • Why Student Affairs:  As a collegian, I found my out of classroom experiences to be excellent opportunities to practice leadership and organizational development.  When I discovered that I could have a career in doing just that, I was hooked!  Making a difference in students’ lives since then has been my mission and my passion!
  • What I like about GSAC:  This is an amazing group of students with whom to work.  They are passionate about their chosen career field and about bringing exceptional experiences to their cohort to enhance their academic work.  It is with great pleasure and pride that I serve as their advisor.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Golf, camping, reading, travel, my two dogs, family, photography, home improvement projects (of late).

GSAC Professional Development Scholarship

This scholarship will financially support members of the Graduate Student Affairs Council who choose to expand their student experience through various professional development opportunities. This scholarship covers up to $100 of a given registration fee for a professional development conference or webinar; reimbursement of registration or travel fees for a professional development conference or webinar; or a professional development non-textbook resource. Each academic year, the Graduate Student Affairs Council will award up to three $100 scholarships in the fall and spring semesters or a total of six scholarships for the year.