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Students Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE)

SAGE is a student advisory board and leadership opportunity for graduate students at Illinois that fosters active engagement with Graduate College programs and initiatives. SAGE board members enrich graduate student community, build leadership skills, and strengthen Graduate College services and programs. This board contributes to the graduate student community at Illinois by providing varied perspectives that enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of graduate students at the university. They also provide valuable input for Graduate College programs, resources, and services.

The Graduate College strives to have an advisory board that reflects both the disciplinary and cultural diversity of our students, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region. We welcome applications from graduate students in master's, doctoral and online graduate degrees, who will be enrolled during the 2020-2021 academic year and are in good academic standing.

Membership for 2019-2020

Ademola (Ade) Akinrinola Global Studies in Education and Higher Education
Alexis Kim Informatics
Ana Irene Mitchell Nutritional Sciences
Ananya Tiwari Educational Psychology
Anastasia Olga Tzirides Learning Design and Leadership 
Brian Campbell History
Carmen Gallegos Spanish and Portuguese
Holly Mallinson Atmospheric Sciences
Kareem Rogers Human Resources & Industrial Relations
Katie Frye Microbiology / Molecular and Cellular Biology
Kaylee Hahn Nutritional Science
Lesley Owens English / Writing Studies Concentration
Liqian Ma Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Monica Porteanu Design, Technology, and Society Informatics
Preetha Sarkar Physics
Rama Paudel Crop Science
Sharon Christian iMBA (online)
Shriyaa Mittal Biophysics
Sriramya Bhamidipati Aerospace Engineering
Sulagna Chakraborty Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology
Tiffany Bullard Kinesiology
Widya A Ramadhani Architecture
Charlotte Bauer Graduate College
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko Graduate College



Read more about SAGE member on the GradLIFE Blog.

2019-20 Meeting Schedule


  • Tuesday, September 10, 4-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 4-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21, 4-5 p.m.


  • Friday, February 21, 4-5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23, 4-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 4-5 p.m.

Activities, Working Groups, and Committee Participation

Certifiates, Badges and Non-Degree Credentials Strategic Planning Group

  • Shriyaa Mittal
  • Kaylee Hahn

Online Student Experience Strategic Planning Group

  • Sharon Christian
  • Olnancy Tzirides

Mentoring Strategic Planning Group

  • Brian Campbell
  • Ana Mitchell
  • Monica Porteanu
  • Ananya Tiwari

Student Experience Assessment/gradSERU Strategic Planning Group

  • Ade Akinrinola
  • Katie Frye
  • Preetha Sarkar

Student Performance Indicators Strategic Planning Group

  • Widya Ramadhani
  • Holly Mallinson
  • Tiffany Bullard

Graduate College Diversity Council

  • Carmen Gallegos
  • Sriramya Bhamidipati

Communications Working Group

  • Sulagna Chakraborty
  • Rama Paudel

GradMAP Working Group

  • Liqian Ma
  • Kareem Rogers