Zachary Brooks | Vice President
Zachary Brooks the Vice-President of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) for 2015, In that role, he oversees the work of the board of directors and supporters the NAGPS President. In 2013 and 2014, Zachary served as the NAGPS Western Regional Chair. Since 2012 he has served as the Graduate Professional Student Body President at the University of Arizona (three-term President). He sees his role and the role of NAGPS as a means to advocate for dreams of graduate and professional students specifically, but for the betterment of the United States and the world specifically. In his words, “graduate and professional students represent some of the best people among us, yet they are often some of the most vulnerable due Congressional decisions about graduate and professional student education, the lack of graduate student support from state governments, and the focus on undergraduates on local campuses.” With debt graduate and professional students’ homeownership and entrepreneurship, two of the most fundamental drivers of the economy, are challenged. Dreams are the fuel to improve the world. Nearly every graduate and professional students entered graduate school with big dreams, but If our administrators and political leaders will not advocate on our behalf, it is incumbent upon graduate and professional leaders to advocate for our dreams.
Zachary is a PhD Candidate in Second Language Acquisition with concentrations in Cognitive Science and Management. His research is focused on bilingual decision making. He enjoys cycling, competing in triathlons, and traveling, and fantasy basketball.
You can see one of Zachary’s speeches here on YouTube.