The purpose of the Graduate Student Association is to:

  • Represent the students of the various graduate programs in relation to any office or organization within or outside of the university.
  • Disseminate information to the graduate student community.
  • Provide support not available elsewhere to enhance the educational and professional development of its members.
  • Improve the quality of life for graduate students at Xavier University.

2013-2014 GSA OFFICERS

President:  Hillary Restle, MHSA

 Hillary is a current MHSA Student working   towards a career in hospital management. She  graduated from the University of Louisville with a BS in Biology and Political Science. After working in translational research at a small cancer research laboratory she has come back to school and has enjoyed getting to know the city of Cincinnati as a young professional. She looks forward to improving the graduate student experience here at Xavier.

Vice President:  Hannah Kramer, MHSA

Hannah is a dual-Masters student, pursuing a MHSA as well as a MBA. She graduated from Ohio State and has returned home to Cincinnati for graduate school here at Xavier. Her main career interests include innovation and healthcare. She is very excited for the school year and the GSA?s plans. She is eager to meet students from all different disciplines and collaborate to improve the connectivity among programs.

Treasurer:  Niles Lingard, Psy. D

Niles is a second year student in Xavier?s clinical psychology doctoral program (Psy. D). Originally from the Boston area, Niles attended Emory University in Atlanta where he met his beautiful wife. After working in corporate finance for a few years, he decided to switch career paths and pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Last year he was a member of the Academic Research and Conference Fund award committee and is excited to promote this valuable resource for graduate students.

Secretary: Saphir Niakadie, MHSA

 Saphir is originally from the Ivory Coast, Africa and currently a second year MHSA student. She grew up in New York City and continued her studies a St. Bonaventure University where she focused on obtaining a BS in Biology. She is passionate about healthcare and dedicating her life to helping build a better healthcare system for the  next generation. Serving as Secretary is an honor and she looks forward to advocating for the graduate student body in any way, shape, or form.



All full-time and part-time students registered for a given term (summer, spring and fall semester) in a graduate program at Xavier University are automatically members of the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

All graduate students are invited to attend our GSA meetings which are scheduled monthly during the academic year. 

The GSA needs the help of all graduate students to continue improving life for Xavier's graduate students. There are financial scholarships available for those who hold leadership positions within GSA, such as executive officers and program representatives.  So pitch in and help yourself as well as other graduate students!

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, contact current GSA President, Hillary Restle at or the Graduate Services Office at 513-745-3360 (Hailstones Hall Room 100).

Check out GSA's Facebook page and stay updated on the latest events!