My name is Emma Frieh and I am from Buffalo, New York. I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Sociology here at IU. I study the sociology of mental health and illness, gender and sexuality, and science and technology. Prior to coming to Bloomington, I received my BA in sociology from SUNY Buffalo. While living in Buffalo, I worked as a research assistant and was also an organizer for the Fight For $15 and a volunteer for multiple community groups. Now as a GPSG representative, I continue to value advocating for my peers and for my broader community. I serve on the Health and Wellness Committee through the GPSG, and through my position on this committee, I help promote and enact changes that make IU a more supportive and accessible environment for graduate students. I am also the co-organizer of the Sociology Department’s Public Sociology Forum, which combines research with activism and emphasizes community involvement. For me, it is important to reach out to and work with individuals and groups in Bloomington and at IU – our communities are strongest when we all work together to address shared concerns. I look forward to working with graduate students and others at IU to create positive, sustainable change that ensures all voices will be heard.