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.


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.

Latest Senate Roster


The GPSS Officers provide a critical link between students, administrators, faculty, the community, and the legislature. GPSS Officers select graduate student representatives to serve on over 150 University committees. These committees deal with such diverse issues as the quality of academic programs, sexual harassment, campus recycling and ownership of research, to name a few.

List of Officers


Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim

HUB, Room 314B
(206) 543-8968


Sarah Loeffler
Vice President of Internal Affairs

HUB, Room 314C


James Moschella
Vice President of External Affairs

HUB, Room 314C


Randy Siebert

HUB, Room 314A
(206) 543-8988


Michaella Rogers

HUB, Room 314D
(206) 543-7024

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.

List of Executive Senators


Erin Firth
Executive Senator


Peder Digre
Executive Senator


Laura Taylor
Executive Senator


Michelle Brault
Executive Senator


Monica Cortes Viharo
Executive Senator


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.

Read the GPSS Constitution


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.

Read the GPSS Bylaws


Number Records
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
M-11-16 Memorandum on GPSS Liaison