Maria del Mar (she/her/hers) is a 5th-year PhD candidate in Yale’s English Department. This is her fifth year serving as a GSA representative and her first serving as Chair. She has previously served as Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Chair of the Service Committee. Maria’s research is on Early Modern English individuals who were teaching, writing, or learning at the margins of established scholarly and publication communities, and on what they can teach us about serving underrepresented students in higher education today.
This year, Maria del Mar will continue working on the GSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Through her work with the GSA, she wants to provide graduate students with as many resources, information, and support as possible to help them construct lives that allow them to pursue their work and the many things that fulfill them beyond that work. She’s invested in opening more avenues for graduate students to form and deepen relationships with their advisers, with university leadership, with fellow graduate and professional students, and with the wider New Haven community.