Graduate Student Relations

Director of Graduate Student Relations

Emily VanZoest | she/her

Student Government represents all students, including the nearly 1/3 of the overall student body that is comprised of graduate students. The SG Graduate Student Relations Department was developed to ensure that the graduate student perspective is being considered when planning events and initiatives, as well as to create an avenue to voice grad student concerns that could be addressed through SG.

Emily VanZoest (she/her/hers) is a first year PhD student in the Education Leadership, Policy, and Human Development program and is serving as the GSA Vice President of Student Governance Relations. She is passionate about involving students in academic governance and the policy-development process at NC State. Emily served as the President of the Graduate student government at Michigan State University during her master’s tenure and on the executive board of the ASMSU undergraduate student government during her undergraduate education at MSU. Her research interests include women in leadership and how higher education institutions internally create policies on their campuses. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, reading, and trying new restaurants in Raleigh.  


To contact Emily, email