|UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate|
The GPSS Officers provide a critical link between students, administrators, faculty, the community, and the legislature. In the past, GPSS officers have advocated for improved family housing and better childcare on campus. At the state level, our Officers have fought to defeat tuition increases, increase state funding for childcare and mental health services on campus, reduce textbook costs and provide educational debt forgiveness to public interest lawyers.
GPSS Officers set the organization’s goals and implement Senate directives, communicate goals and actions to the University and students, report on progress toward achieving these directives, and account for 19.5 hours per week.
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.
GPSS Officers also oversee the running of the Senate and its budget of over $250,000. They attend orientations for new graduate students, fund speakers and departmental programs, and publish a website to keep graduate and professional students informed of issues and events. Most importantly, they hold regular meetings of the Senate, a forum for graduate and professional students to air their concerns and give direction to the officers.
GPSS encourages all graduate and professional students to run for Officer positions. The job will be challenging and unforgettable, and your efforts will forever affect the future of graduate education at this University.
The 2013-2014 GPSS Officers are:
Chris Lizotte, President:
Chris Erickson, Vice President:
Chris is a second year student at the Evans School of Public Affairs. As a first year he was a member of and Vice-Chair of the State Legislative Steering Committee for GPSS. He is excited to be the student representative for GPSS. He has worked as both a legislative staffer, and on behalf of industry in Olympia, and hopes to you his experience in Eastern Washington to build support for graduate student issues across Washington State. Chris hopes to apply a fresh approach to student advocacy by taking the focus off of simply asking for more money, but building student presence with legislators, and showing how UW students exemplify the value of funding higher education.
Genesis Gavino, Treasurer:
Genesis Gavino is a 2nd year graduate student at the Evans School of Public Affairs pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Management & Operations from Washington State University (don't hold it against her). She is a 2013-2014 Board Fellow with the Southeast Youth and Family Services, a non-profit social service agency in Southeast Seattle. Her volunteer work includes CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Habitat for Humanity and Notetaker for UW Disability Resources.
Elisa Law, Secretary:
Elisa Law is an alumni of the UW's Anthropology BA program. After serving in the Peace Corps and volunteering with UNESCO, her career goals shifted from anthropology to cultural heritage management and she is now pursuing an MA in Museology and a graduate certificate in International Development. Elisa was encouraged to get involved in GPSS as a 1st year grad student, where she was passionately chairing for the Community Affairs Committee (lovingly misprounounced 'CAKE'). She is excited to be working together with the GPSS Archivist to clean up institutional records and create a more streamlined and sustainable process for the yearly transition of GPSS management.