Madelina Nuñez is a Doctoral Fellow in American Studies and serves as the President of Purdue Graduate Student Government. Her current research is on halal, or Islamically permissible, Latino food and Latino Muslim culture in the United States. She is a first generation college student and a second generation Cuban-American. Before becoming a Boilermaker, she received her M.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The President has the honor of serving the graduate student body of Purdue University and is available for questions and meeting requests via email. The Purdue Graduate Student President is responsible for the following:
Attending all meetings of the PGSS and the Executive Board
Preside over all meetings of the Executive Board
Organize the agenda of all Executive Board meetings and collect officer reports
Be a non-voting, ex-officio member of all boards, councils, committees, and commissions of the PGSG
Oversee the Executive Board’s execution of the Senate’s priorities
Provide information and recommendations to the Senate regarding matters of student welfare and University policy
With the assistance of the Executive Board and the approval of the Senate, make appointments to University Faculty Senate committees or University Boards
Oversee and receive reports from delegates to University Faculty committees and University Boards
With the approval of the Senate, appoint the Parliamentarian
Be the primary representative of PGSG to university administration and board of trustees and or appoint proxies from within PGSG to represent the President in absentia
Assist the graduate school in the design of the new graduate student orientation
Establish the calendar of meetings for PGSS, executive board, and team meetings with assistance from the PGSC Secretary and in accordance with the bylaws governing their acceptable dates
Be the primary representative of PGSG to the University Senate as defined by University Senate procedure.