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Meet the New GAs of Off Campus Student Services

OCSS is Excited to Introduce Their New GA's

September 13, 2021 1:26 PM

Howdy, my name is Alex Getachew (he, his) and I am the Veteran Services Graduate Assistant here at Off Campus Student Services
I am currently a Ph.D. student in Public Policy. I enjoy various hobbies, interests, and passions, such as choral singing, poetry, philosophy, volunteering (in and out of my community), making new friends, and last but not least, imparting corny humor to unsuspecting humans.
My goal is to offer student veterans (and students who are dependents of veterans) opportunities to connect with all the resources UMBC has to offer them. I endeavor to make you feel welcome anytime you walk into our office for any reason whatsoever. Whether that be to inquire about a specific issue, drop in to say hello, have a quick chat, or even to make suggestions for future veterans’ related programming.
I will be on-campus in the office on Tuesday and Thursday this semester. You can reach me by email - or

Hello, my name is Grace De Oro (she, her) and I am the Adult Learner Graduate Assistant for Off-Campus Student Services. This August I celebrated 2 years of working alongside the Staff in OCSS.
I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Public Policy and recently graduated in May 2019 from UMBC with my Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy. I will be hopefully defending my dissertation proposal this year. I am currently focusing my research on nonprofit organizations’ resilience through the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as their relationship to government. I commute from Woodbine, MD (Western Howard County), where I live on a small  5-acre farmincluding cats, horses, a miniature donkey, chickens, ducks, goats, snakes, and many, many dogs.
I will be on-campus in the office on Mondays and Wednesday this semester and working from home on Tuesdays. You can always reach me by email - or
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