About Us

The Graduate English Students Association (GESA), established in 1975, is the primary graduate student organization within the University of Virginia’s English Department. GESA advances the interests of graduate English students to departmental and university administrators, fosters and supports a vibrant intellectual community, and provides valuable resources to members at every phase of the University’s program in English.

GESA affords students the unique opportunity to become familiar with and have a hand in the administration of a large academic department. Each year we elect new officers, appoint members to departmental committees, convene monthly GESA meetings, and organize a number of intradepartmental activities.

We encourage all graduate English students to participate in GESA, and to take an active role in the academic milieu to which they belong while at UVA.