The UMGSA office staff members are here to assist you with any and all needs you may have as a graduate student. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have about the UMGSA, our resources, or anything about graduate student life. If you have a question we can’t answer, we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

Ruth Prokesch, Office Manager (She/ Her) | 204-474-9181

Ruth Prokesch, Office Manager

Hi Grad Students!

I would like to introduce myself to those of you who are new to the UMGSA.

I’m the Office Manager, and who would have believed a year ago, that at the start of  21/22 we would still be operating under the effects of COVID-19. When it no longer determines our actions, and the office is open for personal interaction, I will probably be the first person you see when you come to Room 221 UMSU University Centre (right above the Bookstore).

I love graduate students, and learning about who you are, and where you come from.

The UMGSA Office is YOUR office. Once the office is open again, you are always welcome to come by to use the three new student computers, the printer, or the scanner. You can study, use the microwave, eat your lunch, or just relax and admire our jungle! We have floor to ceiling windows, and wall-to-wall plants! It is bright and welcoming, and a relatively quiet space and we encourage you to use it. (And we sometimes have baby plants to give away, so if you’re interested, just ask.)

I am looking forward to meeting you . . . . 

Willow Josephson, Governance & Communications Coordinator (She/ Her)

Willow Josephson, Governance & Communications Coordinator

Hello graduate students!

My name is Willow and I am the Governance and Communications Coordinator for the UMGSA. I run the UMGSA social media accounts, send out UMGSA newsletters and act as a secretary to UMGSA council.

I am a Business Administration Diploma Program graduate from Red River College. There I majored in Marketing and gained experience in many different business sectors. I am also a Willis College School of Photography graduate. In my spare time I like to take photos and hope to incorporate this skill into my role as GCC.

Feel free to email me any questions or concerns at