Graduate Association of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (GALAIC)
The Graduate Association of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (GALAIC) is a student-run organization constituted by the graduate students of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures of Columbia University. GALAIC is officially recognized by the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) as a “sponsored group," funded by the department but run independently by students. All graduate students in the department are members of GALAIC and are encouraged to participate in its activities.
The goals of the Graduate Association of Latin American and Iberian Cultures are to
- provide a forum for graduate students in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures to discuss and educate members about issues that directly affect them as graduate students, teaching assistants, and future academic professionals
- create a more cohesive graduate group by facilitating peer support networks and establishing student mentorship pairings
- officially represent the department’s graduate students to the department, the university’s administration, and the university’s graduate student body.
Throughout the academic year, GALAIC organizes monthly meetings, academic and professional roundtables, social hours, and other events. GALAIC is also responsible in alternate years for the organization of the annual Columbia-NYU Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures.
GASP officers for the 2011-12 academic year are:
President: Deneb Kozikoski
Social Chair: Mariana C. Velázquez
Conference and Events Chair: Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo
Roundtable Chair: David H. Colmenares
GSAC Representative: Adrián Espinoza