Graduate & Professional Student Senate

About GPSS

 

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is the official student government representing the 15,000 graduate and professional students at the University of Washington. GPSS provides and advocates for the tools needed to enhance personal and professional development, and safeguards the interests of the students it represents.

GPSS actively supports graduate and professional students and builds community among them with regular communications and opportunities for involvement as well as social events throughout the year. GPSS represents students to the University and the Legislature, funds graduate programming, and hosts regular social events.

 

Officers

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim
President
HUB, Room 314B
(206) 543-8968 gpsspres@uw.edu

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Tori Hernandez
Vice President of Internal Affairs
HUB, Room 314C
(206)-543-8760 gpssvpin@uw.edu

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Matt Munoz
Vice President of External Affairs
HUB, Room 314C
(206)-543-8760 gpssvpex@uw.edu

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Giuliana Conti
Secretary
HUB, Room 314A
(206) 543-8988 gpsssec@uw.edu

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Brad Copenhaver
Treasurer
HUB, Room 314D
(206) 543-7024 gpsstres@uw.edu

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Senators

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate is responsible for identifying and discussing issues affecting the graduate and professional student body at the University of Washington. The Senate elects four officers and all internal GPSS committees, approves the annual budget, votes on resolutions and gives general guidance to the officers and Executive committee on various issues. Each degree-granting department has two Senate seats.

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Executive Senators

Each year, senators are elected to serve on the GPSS Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for a multitude of various issues related to GPSS and the Senate. Specific tasks include addressing the issues and concerns identified by the Senate, review and recommend an annual budget to the Senate for the following fiscal year, annually approves funding guidelines and criteria to be used by the Financial and Budget Committee, and much more.

Grant Williamson
Executive Senator 

grantwil@uw.edu

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Peder Digre
Executive Senator

pdigre@uw.edu

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Laura Taylor
Executive Senator

ltaylor1@uw.edu

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Michelle Brault
Executive Senator

mrb318@uw.edu

Elizabeth Oestreich
Executive Senator

o2@uw.edu

 

Alumni

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Constitution

GPSS is governed by a Constitution and Bylaws. The Constitution establishes the GPSS and sets down high level rules of operation. Amendments to the Constitution require the approval of two-thirds of the Senate.

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Bylaws

The Bylaws expound on the Constitution by setting out detailed rules of operation, but is subservant to the Constitution if they are in conflict. Amendments to the Bylaws require the approval of a majority of the Senate.

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Memorandums

M-11-16Memorandum on GPSS Liaison

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M-01-16 Memorandum on GPSS Resolution Sponsorship and Submission Policy
M-02-16 Memorandum on Attendance and Proxy Policy of GPSS Senators
M-03-16 Memorandum on Science and Policy Committee
M-04-16 Memorandum on Graduate Student Experience Committee
M-05-16 Memorandum on State Legislative Advisory Board
M-06-16 Memorandum on Federal Legislative Advisory Board
M-07-16 Memorandum on Diversity Committee
M-08-16 Memorandum on Travel Grants Committee
M-09-16 Memorandum on GPSS Resolution Submission Policy-copy
M-10-16 Memorandum on GPSS Executive Senator