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HCDE Graduate Student Association

The HCDE Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a registered student organization founded and operated by HCDE graduate students. The GSA's mission is to support learning, socializing, volunteering, and career-path opportunities for HCDE graduate students, and engage with the student body.


The GSA meets every other Thursday from 5–6 p.m. in 128 Sieg Hall.

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GSA Goals

  • Foster community in the HCDE program
  • Act as a voice for graduate students in HCDE
  • Organize skill shares, happy hours, UX for dubbies, social events, and more

GSA Benefits

  • Make lasting connections with UW colleagues
  • Learn from and work with industry leaders in UX
  • Add value back to the HCDE department

GSA Events

  • UX for dubbies (workshops to increase UX skills for dub programs, in conjunction with iSchool and MHCI+d grad programs)
  • Happy Hours/Meetups
  • Skill shares 
  • HCDE Department events, such as a Welcome BBQ and Winter Celebration (in conjunction with undergraduate student association) 
  • Social outings like Husky games, hikes, etc.

Every graduate student can be involved in the GSA, not just designated officers. The GSA mission is involvement, so please email the HCDE GSA at with ideas for activities.

GSA Officers 

President: Rigo Ordaz

  • Duties: Point person for communication for students, faculty, and department administrators. Oversees and facilitates meetings. Sets vision and priorities for the GSA. Liaison to the HCDESA (Undergraduate Student Association).

Vice President: Clara Jaquet

  • Duties: Assists and coordinates volunteer, recruitment, and social events. Responsible for communicating with the department and discussing any concerns or ideas from community members. Takes proactive steps to increase and develop HCDE representation and awareness on and off campus. Maintains relationship with RSO.

Chief of Operations: Anna Serra

  • Duties: Responsible for creating meeting agendas and taking minutes at weekly meetings, helping with the paperwork, and taking care of any logistics of HCDE GSA. Supports the association president with any administrative duties. Help maintain GSA online accounts.

Treasurer: Josh Baker

  • Duties: Responsible for keeping records of financial transactions, coordinating with the department regarding funding, and ensuring that HCDE GSA events can be funded. Tracks RSO resources and submits funding requests. Manages the bank account and takes lead of fundraising and funding. Help maintain GSA online accounts.

Community Relations Officer: Jessica Bao

  • Duties: The main point of contact with people outside of GSA and HCDE, and maintain relationships that GSA has already built. Build new relationships with professionals in the UX field. Coordinate marketing efforts for GSA events, including maintaining email lists, social media accounts, and print advertising.

International Student Representatives: Nichole Kim, Alex Olarnyk

  • Duties: representing and advocating for the international student body for GSA. Talk to people from different cultures and see how GSA can better serve our international students. Get more international students involved in GSA and help them get connected to the broader UX community in Seattle.

PhD Representative: Bonnie Chinh

  • Duties: Connects HCDE Master's students with HCDE PhD students. Identifies relevant areas of collaboration between the entire HCDE graduate student body.