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Graduate Student Council Cabinet Representatives



Manisha Tanwar - President

President: Manisha Tanwar

I am from India, joined Villanova in Spring 2020 session as a Computer Science Graduate student. I completed my bachelor's in Information Technology from India and backed up with an experience of 6 and half years as a Senior Software Professional. My last organization helped to boost my technical and professional front to another level. I love playing outdoor games, dancing and sketching in my free time. Also, love to be part of social events like fund raising activities, fests and pink marathon. Feeling excited to connect with more fellow students and looking forward to make best out of my managerial and interpersonal skills at Villanova.


Maitreayi Rudraraju
Maitreayi Rudraraju - V.P. of Social Activities

V.P. of Social Activities: Maitreayi Rudraraju

PoojaMaitreayi Rudraraju is currently pursuing her Master’s in Software Engineering. She completed her under graduation from S.R.K.R Engineering college (India) in the year 2019 under the Information Technology stream. Having served as the Secretary of Computer Society of India (Student Body) for 2 years, she experienced enough challenges and overcame them with the sense of positivity. She is incredibly excited to place her leadership skills to use at Villanova as the new VP of Social Activities! Maitreayi along with her council members would love to plan and host meaningful social activities which provide students with experiences that stress responsibility, self-confidence, self-accomplishment, dedication, respect, and integrity.

Lirona Joshi
Lirona Joshi - V.P. of Communication

V.P. of Communications: Lirona Joshi

Lirona Joshi is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, where she works as a graduate research assistant. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Lirona obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Troy University in Alabama. Her research interest lies in the study of identity politics and democracy. Outside of school, she loves playing basketball, hiking, and joy reading books. Serving in the GSC executive board, Lirona hopes to give back to the Villanova community and work in making the graduate experience of her fellow cohort as nourishing as it has been for her.



Shama Huq
Shama Huq - V.P. of Philanthropy

V.P. of Philanthropy: Shama Huq

Shama Huq is a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, where she is involved in three research labs. After obtaining her M.S. degree, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the area of psychopathology, specifically investigating the mechanisms underlying depression and anxiety. She currently works at Rutgers University, where she coordinates administrative functions for an office that supports over 500 undergraduates every year. Prior to attending Villanova, Shama received her B.A. in Economics with double minors in Physics and English from Rutgers University. She has served in multiple leadership roles for local chapters of philanthropic organizations since high school, including 4-H, Oxfam America, and ONE Campaign. Shama is excited to share her passion for service and collaborate with her fellow grad students in her role as V.P. of Philanthropy! 

Carson Schatzman
Carson Schatzman - V.P. of Academic Affairs

V.P. of Academic Affairs: Carson Schatzman

Carson Schatzman is a MA student in the English department. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Carson attended the University of Oklahoma where he majored in Philosophy with minors in English and Classics. There he developed a passion for aesthetic theory and ethics, and he is now pursuing similar questions in the realm of poetry, Modernism, and Philosophy of Literature. Carson would like to read books for a living, so after Villanova he plans on attending a PhD program in English. In his free time, Carson enjoys basketball, writing, and long conversations with friends and family. He is excited to work with, and learn from, Villanova’s Academic Policy Committee as well as his fellow grad students.  

Rachel Flores
Rachel Flores - V.P. of Finance

V.P. of Finance: Rachel Flores

Rachel Flores is a second-year graduate student in the Public Administration program. She is interested in working with nonprofits to create nonpartisan solutions to societal needs. She is currently researching immigration organizations in the United States with Dr. Catherine Wilson. Rachel is from Utah, but she is enjoying the change of pace on the East Coast. She attended Brigham Young University and obtained her Bachelors's in Sociocultural Anthropology and minored in Nonprofit Management. She hopes to work in social corporate responsibility or with nonprofits that empower women and Hispanic immigrants. She is excited to serve the Villanova graduate community!