Senate

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. 


Interested in Becoming a GPSS 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 monthly meeting. 

Responsibility of Senators:

  • 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’re interested:  Talk to your Graduate Program Advisor about the process for becoming a Senator in your department. 

Questions?  Contact GPSS Secretary Elisa Law:  gpsssec@uw.edu, (206) 543-8576.