Graduate & Professional Student Senate

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Become a Senator

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is the official student government for all graduate and professional students at UW-Seattle. GPSS represents students to the UW administration and state and federal governments and puts on regular social events. Each UW department sends two Senators to a meeting every other week on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PM in HUB 332.

Senator requirements

Senator requirements

  • Attend at least two Senate meetings per quarter
  • Get input from students in your department
  • Relay information from the Senate to students in your department

Why become a Senator?

  • Ensure students in your department are heard
  • Meet people from other parts of campus
  • Boost your resume

If you are interested, talk to your Graduate Program Advisor about the process for becoming a Senator in your department. If you have any questions email us gpss@uw.edu.

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Senator handbook

Senator handbook

The GPSS Senator Handbook contains information about the history, purpose, and operations of the GPSS. Below is the list of topics addressed in the handbook:

  • GPSS History
  • GPSS Structure
  • GPSS Function
  • Committee Information
  • GPSS Organizational Chart
  • Officers & Staff 2015-2016
  • Meeting Dates 2015-2016
  • Senator Rights & Responsibilities
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Parliamentary Procedure Guide to Common Motions
  • GPSS Constitution
  • GPSS Bylaws

Download the most current GPSS Senate Handbook 2015-2016

GPSS Exec and Senate Meeting Schedule 2017 – 2018

Quarter Exec (HUB 303) Senate (HUB 334)
Fall October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15
December 6
October 11
October 25
November 8
November 29
Winter January 3
January 17
January 31
February 14
February 28
January 10
January 24
February 7
February 21
March 7
Spring March 29
April 11
April 25
May 9
May 23
April 4
April 18
May 2
May 16
May 30

 

GPSS Commitees

GPSS has a variety of internal committees that participate in decision making for the organization. One of the ways that students can voice graduate needs across campus is through various committees. There are several standing committees that exist every year and are run by Student government itself and take care of various issues. Each committee has a specific set of responsibilities and issues that they cover. Members of these committees are appointed according to the GPSS Bylaws. To apply for a committee, fill out the application and email it to the committee chair.

List of committees

Executive

Executive

Composition

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, four Executive Senators, and an ASUW Board of Directors member.

Functions

  • Takes specific actions to address the issues and concerns identified by the Senate
  • Reviews and recommends an annual budget to the Senate for the following fiscal year
  • Annually approves, by a 2/3 majority, special and departmental funding guidelines and criteria to be used by the Finance and Budget Committee
  • Approves presidential recommendations and appointments to the Services and Activities Fee Committee, Student Technology Fee Committee, GPSS Finance and Budget Committee, University Bookstore Board of Trustees, and SAGE
  • Acts on behalf of the Senate between Senate meetings

Meetings

At least twice a month, fall through spring terms, and at least monthly during summer.

For more information email GPSS President gpsspres@uw.edu

Judicial

Judicial

Composition

The Secretary (non-voting) and up to six Senators. Members of the Judicial Committee cannot sit on any other internal GPSS committees. Members cannot run for GPSS office and must resign from their committee position at least 35 days prior to the officer election if they choose to run.

Functions

The Judicial Committee is the standing investigative body of the GPSS. It investigates any grievance that arises concerning an interpretation of the GPSS Constitution or Bylaws or concerning any procedure, committee, officer, officer candidate, or Senator of the GPSS. The Judicial Committee has the right to review any proposed Bylaw changes before they are presented to the GPSS.

Meetings

At least once per quarter, or more depending on work load.

To apply email Committee Application to GPSS Secretary gpsssec@uw.edu

Finance & Budget

Finance & Budget

Composition

The Treasurer and five to nine Senators.

Functions

  • Oversees and approves the annual GPSS Budget
  • Allocates funding for the Special Allocation Fund (special projects funding for Registered Student Organizations)
  • Allocates funding for the Department Allocation Fund (special funding to build student communities in the UW’s various departments)

Meetings

Weekly.

To apply email Committee Application to GPSS Treasurer gpsstres@uw.edu

Diversity

Diversity

Composition

  • The Diversity Committee (DC) shall be composed of the Secretary and any number of volunteer members that are graduate and professional students
  • The Secretary shall chair and oversee the functioning of this committee
  • A Student Activities Office advisor will serve as an ex-officio non-voting member
  • Other recommended members and collaborators may include:GPSS Representative to Faculty Council on Multicultural Affairs, Faculty Council on Women in Academia, and Diversity Council, Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD), the Q Center, the Disability Resources for Students Office, the Women’s Center, the Office of Student Veteran Life, the ASUW Joint Commissions, and Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, FIUTS

Functions

The DC promotes the inclusion and incorporates diversity elements into the GPSS’ goals and activities. Diversity includes but is not limited to consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, dis/ability, age, religion, and nationality. To that end, the DC serves to:

  • Establish criteria for and award grants from the GPSS Diversity Funds
  • Plan, host, and promote campus-wide events and programing on diversity issues
  • Collaborate with students, faculty, administration, staff, and others on diversity programming, events, and activities
  • Facilitate communication between the GPSS and graduate and professional students working on diversity issues within their department, college, or school

Meetings

The DC shall meet twice each quarter (Fall through Spring) and more if necessary. A quorum of the committee is a simple majority of its members.

To apply email Committee Application to GPSS Secretary gpsssec@uw.edu

Graduate Student Experience

Graduate Student Experience

Composition

  • The Graduate Student Experience Committee (GSEC) shall be composed of Vice President of Internal Affairs, Director of Events, Vice President for External Affairs (when possible), Policy Analyst (when possible), Director of Graduate Partnerships (when possible), GPSS Creative Director (when possible), GPSS Treasurer (when possible) and any number of volunteer members that are graduate and professional students
  • The Vice President of Internal Affairs shall chair and oversee the functioning of the GSEC
  • Other recommended members and collaborators may include:Core Programs, FIUTS, Housing and Food Services, Student Regent

Functions

The GSEC works with the Vice President for Internal Affairs and the Director of Events to ensure a high quality educational experience for all UW graduate and professional students. To that end, the GSEC serves to:

  • Assess the graduate and professional student experience through surveys, focus groups, and/or informal discussions with Senators and their constituents to ascertain the student needs and desires
  • Design and organize social and informational events that build community among students of different departments and colleges and arms them with skills and information needed in graduate school and beyond. These events can be created and executed in collaboration with student associations, university organizations, and academic departments/colleges/schools
  • Promote the GPSS’ services and goals to the greater UW community and informs students, the administration, and other stakeholders of the GPSS’ positions, events and activities
  • Advocate for graduate and professional students and update the Senate on university issues and concerns related to student life broadly, such as technology, transportation, health, student fees, and student services by staying abreast of the university policies and ensuring that they are in line with the GPSS priorities

Meetings

The GSEC meets twice each quarter (Fall through Spring) and more if necessary.

State Legislative Advisory Board

State Legislative Advisory Board

Composition

  • The State Legislative Advisory Board (SLAB) shall be composed of the Vice President of External Affairs, the Policy Analyst, and any number of volunteer members that are graduate and professional students.
  • The Vice President of External Affairs or their Policy Analyst shall chair and oversee the functioning of this advisory group.

Functions

The SLAB assists the Vice President of External Affairs with developing a legislative agenda for Winter Quarter’s legislative session. To that end, the SLAB serves to:

  • Advise and assist the Vice President of External Affairs on issues related to the GPSS’s state-level lobbying efforts and in particular Lobby Day
  • Assist with lobbying during the interim Spring, Summer, and Fall quarters.

Meetings

The SLAB meets as determined by the Vice President of External Affairs. Meetings may be conducted online.

Federal Legislative Advisory Board

State Legislative Advisory Board

Composition

  • The Federal Legislative Advisory Board (FLAB) shall be composed of the Vice President of External Affairs, the Policy Analyst, and any number of volunteer members that are graduate and professional students.
  • The Vice President of External Affairs or the Policy Analyst shall oversee the functioning of the FLAB.

Functions

The FLAB works to ensure federal legislative policies and federal appropriations are consistent with the needs and values of graduate and professional students. To that end, the FLAB serves to:

  • Advise and assist the Vice President of External Affairs on issues related to GPSS’ federal-level lobbying efforts including work with Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) and the development of white papers on various federal higher education issues.

Meetings

The FLAB meets as determined by the Vice President of External Affairs. Meetings may take place online.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants

Composition

  • The Travel Grants Committee (TGC) shall be composed of the Treasurer and four to six at-large Senators or graduate and professional students appointed by the Treasurer.
  • The Treasurer shall chair and oversee the functioning of this committee.

Functions

The TGC works to allocate funding in a manner that supports the personal and professional development of graduate and professional students through participation in academic and professional conferences and competitions. To that end, the TGC serves to:

  • Assist the Treasurer in communicating policies and procedures governing the Travel Grants process
  • Utilize the Travel Grants Rubric in allocating travel grant funds. In fall quarter, the committee will use the Rubric agreed upon by the previous year’s committee. The current committee can decide to amend the rubric after the Fall Cycle has closed, and have these changes take effect for the Early Winter Cycle Travel Grants applicants shall be judged based on the criteria delineated in the Rubric
    • The recipients are selected by a simple majority vote of the committee.
    • It is recommended that each application be graded by three committee members since some members tend to be low or high scorers.
    • If a TGC member has applied for a travel grant, the individual cannot participate in the application review for that specific application cycle.
  • Assist the Treasurer in advertising the availability of Travel Grants to the GPSS Senators and other graduate and professional students
  • Review and recommend an annual Travel Grants budget to the Finance and Budget Committee for the following fiscal year.

Meetings

  • The TGC shall be formed no later than November 1 each fiscal year. At the time of its formation, it will assume responsibility for the allocation of the GPSS Travel Grants. In the event that the previous Travel Grants Committee is no longer in session, the Executive Committee shall temporarily assume the responsibility in the interim.
  • It is recommended that the TGC plans to meet nine times during the academic year (Fall through Spring).
    • Four times during Fall quarter
    • Twice during Winter quarter
    • Three times during Spring quarter
  • During the summer the committee shall meet twice, once in early July and once in early August to evaluate Summer Cycle applicants. If the Treasurer is unable to convene the TGC during the summer, the Executive Committee shall assume the responsibility and evaluation of Summer Cycle applications will occur during Executive Committee meetings.
  • A quorum of the committee shall be a simple majority of its members plus the Treasurer.

Science & Policy

Science & Policy

Composition

  • The Science and Policy Committee (SPC) shall be composed of Vice President of Internal Affairs, Director of Events, Vice President for External Affairs (when possible), Policy Analyst (when possible) and any number of volunteer members that are graduate and professional students.
  • The Vice President of Internal Affairs or its designee shall chair and oversee the functioning of the SPC.
  • Other recommended members and collaborators may include:
    • Representatives from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP), Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS), and other student groups and UW faculty engaged in science policy.

Functions

The SPC is to enhance the discourse between scientists and policy makers through advocacy, community building, and student empowerment, working with the Vice President for Internal Affairs and the Director of Events as well as the Vice President of External Affairs or Policy Analyst when possible. To that end, the SPC serves to:

  • Assist student scientists in developing their skills in communication across disciplines and to the general public and promote public awareness of science research at the University of Washington, by providing opportunities to develop partnerships in the UW and greater Seattle community
  • Create opportunities and organize science and events in collaboration with other GPSS committees, UW organizations, and national organizations (such as the National Science and Policy Group) as needed.

Meetings

The SPC meets once every quarter (Fall through Spring) and more if necessary.

GPSS Liaisons

The GPSS President appoints graduate and professional students to serve as GPSS Liaisons to the University committees, which determine policies that impact students.

To apply for a committee, please fill out this Liaison Application form and send it, along with a resume, to the GPSS University Affairs Director gpssua@uw.edu.

List of Liaisons

Faculty Councils

Faculty Council on Academic Standards

Jayda Greco (Law & GPSS Director of University Affairs) jaydag@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Benefits and Retirement

Margaret Gritten (Law) gritten.margaret.e@gmail.com

Faculty Council on Faculty Affairs

Julius Alexander Doyle (Anthropology) judoyle@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Multicultural Affairs

Adaurennaya C. Onyewueny (Learning Sciences and Human Development) adao@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Research

Michelle Brault (Molecular and Cellular Biology) mrb318@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Student Affairs

Katherine Querna (Social Work) kquerna@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Teaching and Learning

Meixi Ng (Education, Learning Science and Human Development) meixi@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Tri-Campus Policy

Sarah Loeffler (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of Internal Affairs) gpssvpin@uw.edu

Faculty Council on University Facilities and Services

Molly Grear (Civil and Environmental Engineering) mgrear@uw.edu

Faculty Council on University Libraries

Alanna McAuley (Library and Information Sciences) arm75@uw.edu

Faculty Council on Women in Academia

Angela Bruns (Sociology) abruns@uw.edu

Faculty Senate Council on Planning and Budgeting

Jayda Greco (Law & GPSS DIrector of University Affairs) jaydag@uw.edu

Faculty Senate and Executive Committee

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

Student Life

Student Activities Fee (SAF)

Michaella Rogers (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Treasurer) gpsstres@uw.edu
Vanessa Kritzer (Public Policy and Governance & MBA) vkritzer@uw.edu
Peder Digre (Public Policy and Governance & Global Health) pdigre@uw.edu

Student Technology Fee (STF)

Michaella Rogers (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Treasurer) gpsstres@uw.edu
Kristen Garofali (Astronomy) garofali@uw.edu
Peder Digre (Public Policy and Governance & Global Health) pdigre@uw.edu

HUB Advisory Board

Joy Turner (Public Health) joygturn@gmail.com
Jayda Greco (Law & GPSS Director of University Affairs) jaydag@uw.edu

U-PASS Advisory Board

Anna R. Wittow (Public Policy and Governance) joygturn@gmail.com
Cooper Smith (Public Policy and Governance) ctschmidlak@gmail.com
Sarah Loeffler (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of Internal Affairs) gpssvpin@uw.edu

University Transportation Committee (UTC)

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu
Sarah Loeffler (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of Internal Affairs) gpssvpin@uw.edu
Cooper Smith (Public Policy and Governance) ctschmidlak@gmail.com

Graduate School Core Programs Student Advisory Board

Sarah Loeffler (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of Internal Affairs) gpssvpin@uw.edu

Officer of Minority Affairs and Diversity Student Advisory Board (OMAD SAB)

Randy Siebert (International Studies & GPSS Secretary) gpsssec@uw.edu

GO-MAP Student Advisory Board

Randy Siebert (International Studies & GPSS Secretary) gpsssec@uw.edu

Washington Student Association (WSA) Board

James Moschella (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of External Affairs) gpssvpex@uw.edu

ISHIP Advisory Committee

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

University Administration

Board of Regents

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS)

Ryan Brill (International Studies) rdbrill@uw.edu
Vanessa Kritzer (Public Policy and Governance & MBA) vkritzer@uw.edu
Brandon Ray ( Atmospheric Science & International Studies bmr29@uw.edu
Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu
Jayda Greco (Law & GPSS Director of University Affairs jaydag@uw.edu

Diversity Council

Randy Siebert (International Studies & GPSS Secretary) gpsssec@uw.edu

University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Board of Trustees

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

Graduate School Council

Sarah Loeffler (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of Internal Affairs) gpssvpin@uw.edu

Graduate School Executive Staff (GSES)

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

Advisory Council on Trademarks and Licensing (ACTL)

Meghan McNabb (Law & GPSS Director of Presidential Affairs) mcnabm@uw.edu

Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property, Policy and Practice (ACIPPP)

Mikel Ruterbush (Immunology) mikelr@uw.edu

Population Health Initiative Exec Leadership Council

Eric King (Health Services) kingej@uw.edu

2017 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Suyoung Kwon (Nursing) sykwon1@uw.edu

Tri-Campus Issues Task Force

Sarah Loeffler (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Vice President of Internal Affairs) gpssvpin@uw.edu

Public Ceremonies Committee

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

UW Special Olympics Policy Committee

Anna Ewing (College of Education) aewing06@uw.edu

TC3 Community Advisory Committee (starts Winter Quarter 2017)
Matt Munoz (Public Policy and Governance & GPSS Director of Legislative Affairs) mmunoz3@uw.edu

West Campus Advisory Committee

*VACANT*

Use of University Facilities Committee (UUF)

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

Library Fines Appeals Committee

Randy Siebert (International Studies & GPSS Secretary) gpsssec@uw.edu

ABB Oversight Committee

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

Community

University Book Store Board of Trustees

Meghan McNabb (Law & GPSS Director of Presidential Affairs) mcnabm@uw.edu

UWPD Student Safety Advisory Board

Laura Taylor (Molecular and Cellular Biology) ltaylor1@uw.edu

UWPD Campus Security Advisory Committee (CSAC)

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

North of 45th Committee

Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English & GPSS President) gpsspres@uw.edu

City University Community Advisory Council (CUCAC)

Bry Osmonson (Urban Planning) bosmonson@uw.edu

Security Cameras Task Force

Bucoda Warren (Public Policy and Governance) bucoda@uw.edu

Special Olympics Policy Committee

Anna Ewing (Early Childhood Special Education) aewing06@uw.edu

Environment & Health

Campus Sustainability Fund

Lauren Drakopulos (Geography) drako@uw.edu
Molly Grear (Civil and Environmental Engineering) molly.grear@gmail.com

Environmental Health and Safety Advisory Board

Vanessa Kritzer (Public Policy and Governance & MBA) vkritzer@uw.edu

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Brandon Ray (Atmospheric Science & International Studies) bmr29@uw.edu
Shiela Goodman (Biosource Science and Engineering)

ASUW

ASUW Board of Directors

Randy Siebert (International Studies, GPSS Secretary) gpsssec@uw.edu

Student Publications Board

Peder Digre (Public Policy and Governance & Global Health) pdigre@uw.edu

ASUW Legislative Steering Committee

Scott Spencer (Public Policy and Governance) sspenc2@uw.edu

College Councils

Arts and Sciences Advisory Council for Students (ASACS)

Itzue Caviedes Solis (Biology) itzuecs@uw.edu

College of the Environment Student Advisory Council (CESAC)

Michael Diamond (Atmospheric Sciences) diamond2@uw.edu