The UTGSU Team

Dhanela Sivaparan (she/her)
Academics and Funding Commissioner: Divisions 1 and 2

The Academics and Funding Commissioner provides guidance and advocacy for students who may encounter any number of institutional barriers to their academic success.

If you have been the subject of unfair treatment by your graduate unit, have encountered difficulties in receiving funding instalments, or need assistance navigating any of the university’s various support systems you can contact them for support.

Danielle Karakas (she/her)
Academics and Funding Commissioner: Divisions 3 and 4

The Academics and Funding Commissioner is responsible for helping members to address academic and funding issues, and for advocating for increased funding resources and academic processes and protections that help graduate students.

Need help submitting a funding complaint or having issues getting feedback from your supervisor? Email them or come to their office hours to talk about a solution!

June Li (she/her)
Finance Commissioner

The Finance Commissioner acts as the UTGSU’s Chief-Financial-Officer (CFO) and works directly with the UTGSU’s Finance Office, Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and Board-of-Directors to facilitate all matters and decisions related to the Union’s finances.

Until the Finance Commissioner position is filled, please address financial matters to Lwanga Musisi, the Finance Committee Vice-Chair, at

An-Noûra Compaoré (she/her)
Civics and Environment Commissioner

The Civics Commissioner is in charge of promoting activities that aim to make UofT a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community, as well as encouraging civic engagement amongst graduate students. These initiatives are fostered in both the Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee and the civics committee.

Interested in joining these committees? Email them for more information.

Justin Patrick (he/him)
External Commissioner

The External Commissioner is the chair of the Equity and Advocacy Committee, is in charge of the Mobilization Working Group, and is the main liaison between the UTGSU and external bodies. 

Contact them for any inquiries in equity or advocacy based UTGSU initiatives, for information on what external resources and organizations UTGSU members have access to, for information on provincial and federal student policies and affairs, and for information on how the UTGSU can support your own advocacy initiatives.

Lwanga Musisi (he/him)
University Governance Commissioner

The University Governance Commissioner acts as a liaison between the UTGSU and the University of Toronto administration by representing the UTGSU on various University of Toronto committees. 

Do you have governance and or representation concerns in your department? Feel free to email them for your collective voice to be heard.

Sarah Alam (she/her)
Internal Commissioner

The Internal Commissioner is responsible for preparing and organizing Director and Executive meetings, chairing both the Policy and Operations  Committee and the Building Management Subcommittee, managing records of proceedings, and tracking our Bylaw and Policy updates.

Interested in our proceedings and/or drafting and revising policy?  Email them to join the conversation!

The UTGSU Logo of a graduation cap with 'UTGSU' underneath

Executive Member-at-Large

The Executive Member-at-Large is responsible for supporting the rest of the Executive Committee in carrying out campaigns and events throughout the year. They sit in Executive Committee meetings, attend Council Meetings, and advocate on behalf of Graduate Students. This position is elected in September and is held for a shorter period of time than other Executive Positions.