Bloustein Graduate Student Association

Mission Statement

The Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA) seeks to encourage and facilitate open communication among students, faculty, staff and administration, to represent and advocate for the interests of planning, policy, and health administration graduate students, and to promote and enact necessary improvements, so as to enhance the overall educational experience.

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About BGSA

The Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA), formerly the Rutgers Association of Policy and Planning Students (RAPPS), is an advocacy group for students of the Public Policy, Urban Planning & Policy Development and Health Administration master’s program. We are a liason between students and the departments, the Bloustein School, and Rutgers University. We provide an organized voice for students and also a means of organizing for issues (including socializing) of student interest. In Spring 1999, urban planning students joined together with policy students to change the name and purpose of RAPPS to include Public Policy students. In Fall 2017, the group further evolved to the BGSA to incorporate students in the health administration graduate program.


President Han Le
VP Planning Zainab Kazmi
VP Policy Garin Bulger
VP Health Saif Siamwalla
VP Public Informatics Ali Naim Butt
VP of PhD Franklin Halprin
Secretary Liliana Ordonez
Treasurer/GSA Representative Ogechukwu Erechukwu (Oge) 
Service Chair Carla Stephens
Social Justice Chair Elana Simon
Communications Chair Tianrun Jiang
APA Representative Noah Harper
Social Chair Danica Cordon 
RU Senator Margaret Cavanagh