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.

2018-19 GPSS Goals

2018-19 GPSS Composition Survey Results


  Giuliana Conti
HUB, Room 314B
(206) 543-8968

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  Sydney Pearce
Vice President of Internal Affairs
HUB, Room 314C

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  Kelsey Hood
Vice President of External Affairs
HUB, Room 314C

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  Amy Gabriel
HUB, Room 314A
(206) 543-8988

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  Robby Perkins-High
HUB, Room 314D
(206) 543-7024

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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.

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.

Jacob Ziegler
Executive Senator

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Casey Duff
ASUW Director of Internal Policy

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Michael Diamond
Executive Senator

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  Zhiyun Ma
Executive Senator

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Jackie Wong
Executive Senator
Lilly Ferraz
Executive Senator

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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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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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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