Graduate Advocates


Graduate Life Ambassadors (GLA) are volunteers who help run Center for Graduate Life and Learning (CGLL) events, promote events/programs to fellow students, and suggest new initiatives for the CGLL.

As a GLA you will:

  • Have the chance to impact the graduate student experience at UNC Charlotte
  • Have service opportunities to include on your resume/cv and stories to talk about in your interviews
  • Get free food and swag
  • Be a part of a positive, supportive, and driven community

Interested? Fill out this form.

Graduate Life Fellows

Each year the Center for Graduate Life & Learning selects seven graduate students to serve as liaisons to graduate student peers across campus. The Graduate Life Fellows act as mentors and listen carefully to their peers to discover new ways to support graduate student success. They then suggest, and help to create and execute programming. Their input and unique ability to provide the graduate student perspective is invaluable.  Grad Life Fellows  also build awareness of CGLL workshops, programs, courses, and initiatives through word-of-mouth, social media, and visits to graduate classes and organizations. 

The Fellows are leaders with the opportunity to impact graduate education at UNC Charlotte and obtain valuable professional development training. GLFs receive a $5,000 award (divided into 2 payments) for the academic year.

Eligibility requirements

GLFs must:

  • Be full-time students living in the Charlotte area during the academic year of their term
  • Have completed at least on year of graduate-level coursework at Charlotte
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be in good standing
  • Not have served as a GLF during a prior year

International students and students who hold an assistantship are welcome to apply! 

Applications have closed for the 2022-2023 year. Please look out for our next call for applications in the Spring of 2023!

2022-2023 Graduate Life Fellows


McKenna Cunningham (she/her/hers) | MBA | Belk College of Business

Hi everyone! My name is McKenna Cunningham, and I am a 2nd year full-time graduate student in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in entrepreneurship and corporate venturing. I completed my undergraduate education at UNCC as well, where I finished with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a major in finance and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religious Studies. I love to learn and teach so I plan on obtaining my PhD in Management and Entrepreneurship shortly after I graduate with my MBA so I can pave a path to becoming a university professor. I held a teaching assistantship during the 2021-2022 academic year and will continue on as a teaching assistant/graduate assistant during the 2022-2023 for the Belk College of Business. I am also the president of the Graduate Business Association and have really been enjoying getting to meet many of my fellow students outside of the classroom. I am really excited to have the opportunity to serve as a Graduate Life Fellow this year and get the opportunity to meet new people. If you have any questions or would like to chat, please feel free to email me at!


Hamideh Hosseiniirani (she/her/hers) | MS/PhD | College of Arts and Architecture

Hamideh has a master’s degree in Science in Architecture. She is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in the Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES) program. She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi since 2021 and has received the Love of Learning award from PKP (2021). She received the best Master’s Architecture Research Award from the School of Architecture (SoA) at UNC Charlotte (2022). Hamideh is a research assistant, working with Dr. Kyoung-Hee Kim at the IDR lab in the School of Art and Architecture. She has been involved in research studies on different areas including user performance enhancement, biofuel and bio-mass energies, thermal comfort, and natural ventilation. Currently, her research is focused on solar PV (photovoltaic) integrated facades. Outside of work, Hamideh enjoys hiking, reading books, and playing music.


Jannatul Ferdous (she/her/hers) | PhD | College of Computing and Informatics 

Hello everyone, this is Jannatul Ferdous Moon. I am a fourth year PhD student in the Bioinformatics and Genomics Department. I am working on Sequencing Covid-19 genome from different mediums of samples including clinical and wastewater. Before joining the University of North Carolina, Charlotte I did my undergraduate in Biotechnology from BRAC University, Bangladesh. As a graduate life fellow, my goal is to connect more with my fellow graduate students and help to articulate a community where everybody feels included no matter where they are from. I want to welcome you all to visit CGLL with your questions, suggestions, thoughts and cookies (just kidding)!  Cannot wait to meet and know more about all of you wonderful souls out there!


Sheree Harper (she/her/hers) | CERT/PhD | College of Education

Hello everyone! My name is Sheree Harper, and I am a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education & Supervision program in the Counseling Department. I am a first-generation college graduate, and I am a member of First Gen Niners Student Organization! I have held Graduate Assistant roles in the School of Social Work Department, CAPS, and Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion. Originally from Chattanooga, TN (& grew up San Diego!), I received my B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from MTSU. I obtained my M.A. in School Counseling in 2013 right here at UNCC! In addition, completed my Grad Certificate in Play Therapy and began my Addictions Counseling Grad Certificate here at UNCC. I am a Spring '22 recipient of the Boris L. Henson Foundation's Mental Health Scholarship Fund/Kyle Pierre Johnson Scholarship.

As a NC Licensed School Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and National Certified Counselor, I have worked in the school, clinical, and college counseling settings collectively for over 9 years counseling and supporting diverse populations across the lifespan. I am serving as a Graduate Student Representative for Mu Tau Beta Chapter (Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society). I am also a proud member of UNCC's Urban School Counseling Collaborative, and many professional counseling organizations (ACA, NCCA, ASCA, NCSCA, & ACES). My research interests include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/trauma and child-centered play therapy, multicultural issues, social justice and advocacy, and Black mental health. I am thrilled to be a GLF! My goal is to strengthen connections with graduate students across academic disciplines and colleges and link them with the awesome resources and events CGLL offers! As a fellow graduate student, I am here to listen, understand, support, and uplift in any way I can! Please feel free to reach me at to connect!


Micheal Uduebor (he/him/his) | PhD | College of Engineering 

Mike is a creative academic with a love for research. He is currently a graduate (Ph.D.) research student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering carrying out research on mitigating the challenges of frost action using engineered water repellency on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project. He is the immediate past Vice-President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) (2021-2022) and serves on a number of committees representing graduate students' interests. As an international student, Mike brings a unique perspective in advocating for and helping graduate students get the best campus experience through diverse graduate student-led/focused communities and activities. When he is not in the laboratory working, he enjoys soccer, adventure gaming and the great outdoors exploring the beautiful landscapes of North Carolina.


Claire Dundon (she/her/hers) | MHAD | College of Health and Human Services

Hi everyone and welcome, we are so happy you've chosen UNC Charlotte as your home!

My name is Claire and I am a second-year Master of Health Administration student. Originally from New Jersey, I completed my undergraduate degree in 2019 and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I was also a member of the Division 1 Women's Soccer team and had the amazing opportunity to win our conference my senior year and go to the NCAA Tournament. After graduation I accepted a position with Oak Street Health, a value-based healthcare organization, where I presently work while I go to school. Within my organization I am also the co-founder of the People Resource Group FM^2 (Female Minorities in Medicine) that exists to support female racial minorities in the healthcare field and promote opportunities for education, networking, leadership and mentorship.
In addition to being a Graduate Life Fellow I also serve as the 2022-2023 Charlotte Healthcare Executive Student Organization (CHESO) President. I am the immediate past CHESO Secretary and am also involved with several amazing organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA), and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). This summer I completed an administrative internship with Providence Health in Los Angeles, CA through the American Hospital Association (AHA) Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE). I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, health equity, and accessibility.

In my free time I enjoy working out, playing soccer, reading books, and trying new restaurants. I also have a rescue pitbull named Nala who loves taking naps and going to the park. If you have any questions or would like a friendly face to connect with, please reach out! We look forward to seeing you at events and helping you through your journey. 


Mahrukh Maqsood (she/her/hers) | MA | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mahrukh Maqsood is a graduate student pursuing her master’s in communication studies. Belonging to Lahore, Pakistan which is identified as a “multicultural” and “literary” city, she has a special disposition for sharing her own and learning and understanding new cultures. She is always enthusiastic about guiding new students through their graduate studies and life. She has been a DAAD (Germany) cultural ambassador representing Pakistan, and on the campus, she is the president of Communication Studies Graduate Students Association (CSGSA) and Expanding Your Horizons and advocates for food equity.  Importantly, she is also a huge movie and music person and never shies away from a long talk about either of the two over a good cup of coffee. By the way, Peets café (Atkins Library) is her favorite spot on the campus!