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 | 204-474-9181

Ruth Prokesch, UMGSA Office Manager

Welcome Grad Students! I’d like to introduce myself to those of you who are new to the GSA.

I’m the Office Manager, and will probably be the first face you see when you come by the office at 221 University Centre (right above the Bookstore). Check out all the services that the GSA has to offer you. If you’re attending a conference, and have applied for a Conference Grant, I will be the person to see to get your cheque.

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

The GSA Office is YOUR office. You’re always welcome to come by to use the computers, printer, or scanner. You can study, use the microwave, eat your lunch or have a tea or coffee, or just relax! We have floor to ceiling windows, and wall to wall plants! It’s bright and welcoming, and a relatively quiet space, and we encourage you to use it. I’m looking forward to meeting you . . . . 

Jayne Hammond, Governance & Communications Coordinator (on leave June 2019 – March 2020)

Jayne Hammond, UMGSA Governance & Communications Coordinator

I’ve been lending my first-hand experience as a former graduate student to the UMGSA since joining the office staff here in 2017. If you have any questions about how Council works, what committee you should join, where to find anything in our governing documents, how to apply for a conference grant, or anything else, please feel free to ask!

I also coordinate the monthly UMGSA email newsletter, manage our annual Student Handbook, our social media accounts and our websites. If you have an initiative or event that you’d like to promote to the grad student body, get in touch with me and we can figure out the best way to do so.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me singing in operas and concerts around Winnipeg. I earned a Masters in Music from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba in 2017 and a BMus Honours and Diploma in Opera from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. During my undergrad, I was a representative on both House Council and Arts Council.  I hope to use my first-hand knowledge of graduate student life to help you in whatever way I can. Enjoy your time at the University of Manitoba!

Colin Ijebor, Governance & Communications Coordinator (temporary)

Colin Ijebor, UMGSA Governance & Communications Coordinator (temporary)


I first joined the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association (UMGSA) as a Councillor in 2018 and it has been an exciting and intriguing experience. I enjoy providing relevant information to graduate students, especially those that support in the navigation of the sometimes confusing world of graduate studies. I am available to assist with various matters pertaining to the UMGSA such as applying for a conference grant, lounge bookings, locating information in our governing documents or UMGSA general communication queries.

I am currently an MA student in the Political Studies Department at the UofM, with a research focus in innovation, strategy and artificial intelligence, and also the Vice-President for Marketing and Special Events for the Student Association for Masters’ of Politics and Public Administration (SAMPA). In addition, I serve as a Board Member with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) in Manitoba. These roles have afforded me important experience with cutting-edge public administration theory and practice and also endeared a service culture in me.

I look forward to working with you, my fellow grad students, and in offering any support that you may need.

Hope to hear from you soon!