The Welfare Committee

The Welfare Committee is established as a specialized committee of the Graduate Institute Student Association to promote the welfare, mental health and health of the students of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. See the Welfare Committee's dedicated events calendar for Spring 2022. Read the committee's statutes here.

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Areen De


Melissa Keles

Administrative Director

India Belgharbi


Delcia Orona


Jamie Maaskant

Events & Partnerships

Logan Dupuy

Student Outreach

Sangeeta Godbole

Our mission

-The Committee is tasked with representing and advocating student interests to Institute administration as it relates to health, mental health, student welfare, and other related issues. This includes, but is not limited to, advocating for adequate funding and staffing to best meet the overall welfare needs of students.

-The Committee serves as a specialized committee of GISA. As such it is expected to make regular reports regarding student opinion and current welfare concerns of students. The Committee should seek out and survey student opinion in an inclusive and comprehensive way such that all student viewpoints and needs may be taken into account and represented to Institute Administration in an accurate and complete manner.

-The Committee will plan and execute, in consultation with the Institute or independently, innovative programming to support student welfare. The Committee will serve as the main conduit of coordination between students, GISA, the student support and various organs related to student health and welfare in the institute.


-Bollywood dance workshop with Anmol Yagnik on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm at Grand Morillon​

-Zumba classes with Laura Silva Aya on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at Grand Morillon

-Yoga sessions with Aishwarya Tendolkar on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at Grand Morillon

-Belly-dancing workshop with Angie Bittar on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 pm at Grand Morillon

Sanitary Program

-Organize the menstrual cup workshop with Dr. Tanaya Narendra, organized in collaboration with GISA, SIA, EC, Feminist Collective, Global Health Initiative

-Distribute free menstrual cups at the  various Student Residences in association with Paint It Red


We're here to support you and always excited for students to get involved!