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

Hi Grad Students!

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

I will probably be the first person you see when you come to Room 221 UMSU University Centre (right above the bookstore).

I’m the Office Manager, and I am cautiously optimistic that we’ve come through the COVID-19 pandemic, and 23/24 will be back to the campus life we lived and loved before March 2020. The UMGSA office is open for you to come and enjoy the personal interaction, and use the computers, printer, and scanner.

You can study, use the microwave, eat your lunch, or just relax and watch our jungle grow! 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, if you are interested just ask.)

I am so looking forward to having graduate students back in our office.

It has been too long!

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

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