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

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 . . . . 

Ore Joda, Governance & Communications Coordinator

Ore Joda, Governance and Communications Coordinator

Hello Grad Students! I’m Oreoluwa (Ore) Joda, your UMGSA Governance and Communications Coordinator.

I manage the UMGSA Social Media platforms, send out the newsletters and collate the UMGSA Handbook, while performing other governance duties.

To offer a brief and academic centric self-portrait:

I am an alumna of the University of Manitoba. I graduated with a B.A in Economics and Management from the U of M. I also hold a joint Master’s degree in Global Affairs, from the University of Prince Edward Island and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain. My areas of concentration include; International development and policy. I am a visionary, pioneer, trailblazer, challenger, and most significantly an EXPLORER! Whenever I’m not in the skies or out exploring and immersing myself in different cultural settings, I’m learning about the world and my place in it!

I am also passionate about SDG 4- “Quality education”, and I enjoy working with youth in the community to develop strategies that ensure their personal growth and development. 

I am thrilled to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to communicating with you all!!!