Kroc Graduate Student Association

The Kroc Graduate Student Association (KGSA)’s mission is to enhance and empower graduate students while adding value to their overall academic experience at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

KGSA provides various resources including a place to discuss ideas and concerns alike while bringing higher visibility to the school not only within the USD community but on a local, national, and international level. The Association supports student-organized events for students and faculty, both on- and off-campus, that raise awareness for important issues that are relevant to the mission of the Kroc School and of the KGSA.

Some of the great events and initiatives managed by the KGSA include:

  • Kroc Fest
  • Film Screenings
  • San Diego Community Field Visits
  • Clothing Drive
  • Beach Bonfire Nights

Follow KGSA on Instagram @usd_kgsa and learn about upcoming events and initiatives!

If you’re interested in getting involved with KGSA, reach out to President Shandi Eissa at

2023-2024 KGSA Executive Board

  • President: Shanadi Eissa
  • Executive Board:
    • Leeya Appleby
    • Sara Kuhn
    • Maria Jose Molina Sanchez Odell
    • Raquel Rodriguez
    • Jessica Schwartz