Caucuses and Committees

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A central mission of GPSC is to serve as voice and advocate of the Graduate and Professional student community.  This goal is accomplished through our work on committees and in caucuses.

GPSC places representatives from the graduate and professional student body onto internal and external committees in order to take part in important discussion with University faculty and administration.  Committee representatives serve on GPSC caucuses in order to share discussions had in committees and to work toward completion of action plans addressing areas of need within the graduate and professional community.

Committee appointments are performed at the start of each academic year for the duration of that academic year.  An application and deadline will be announced early each fall semester by the GPSC Director of University Affairs.  So, stay tuned for your opportunity to serve your community!  




Caucus/ Committee Name # of representatives Brief Description of Caucus:
Finance Caucus 9 Discusses broader issues of finance and resource allocation both for the campus community as a whole and for GPSC specifically.   
Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility 2 The Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility (ACIR) is a presidential committee which, upon the request of the President’s Special Committee (PSC), investigates issues regarding investment responsibility concerns.
Annual Fund Executive Committee 1 Provides the staff of the Annual Fund with advice on fundraising and alumni relations in order to increase revenues of the annual fund toward the improvement of campus funding structures
GPSC Finance Committee 6 Deals with action items relating to finance and resource allocation both for the campus community and GPSC specifically
Campus Engagement Caucus 13 Coordinate the social integration of graduate students from all programs into the Duke experience.  
Athletic Council 2 Provides oversight of the athletic budget, promotes academic standards among athletes, promotes intercollegiate athletics and wellness programming, monitor Title IX compliance, makes recommendations for awards of financial assistance for athletics.
Recreation Facilities Liaison 1 Works with the Recreational Facilities administration on graduate student concerns with these facilities
REC and PE leadership Council 5 Supports the Duke Community in the promotion of their recreation pursuits, discusses recreational affairs, encourages the growth of the recreation activities on campus to a broad and diverse audience, recommends changes in the interpretation of rules and policies governing specific recreational program, advises of needed additions/improvements to recreational facilities.
Duke University Union Board 1 Manages the DUU which provides a range of cultural, intellectual, educational, recreational, and social programming in close collaboration with staff of the University Center Activities & Events.
GPSC Student Life Committee 4 or more Assists the Directors of Student Life in planning and carrying out all GPSC social events.
Basketball Committee ? Members of the basketball committee are selected by an alternate process.  If you are a member of the basketball committee, that may satisfy your committee requirement.
Facilities Caucus 13 Works to develop enjoyable and accessible facilities for graduate students and the Duke community
Campus Sustainability Committee 2 Guides development and implementation of the Duke Climate Action Plan (CAP) toward the target date for carbon neutrality in 2024.
Committee on Facilities and Environment 1 Reviews all projects destined for consideration by the Board of Trustees’ Facilities & Environment Committee
Duke Forest Committee 1 Responsible for planning for the future of the Duke Forest.
President’s Art Advisory Council 1 Review all proposals for outdoor public sculpture on campus, both proposed gifts and potential commissions, to ensure that the university encourages the development of an exciting and stimulating visual environment that will enhance Duke’s architecture and physical setting. All units contemplating the installation of public sculpture will submit their plans to this committee, and the committee’s recommendations will in turn be submitted to the Committee on Facilities and Environment for ratification.
GPSC Operations Committee 4 or more Manage the GPSC house working with groups using the house for events. Document events which occur at the GPSC house, administer surveys to groups using the house.  Assist Director of Operations with any other activities regarding GA meetings or the GPSC house.
West Union Advisory Project Committee GPSC President Only
Transportation Caucus 8 Improve transportation of all forms to, from, and around the Duke Campus.
Traffic Appealing Committee 2 Meets biweekly to review appeals to parking violations submitted for on campus parking violations.
Duke Transportation Advisory Committee 5 Identify improvements to existing services, and needs for new services, in campus parking, transit and bicycle programs; review and provide recommendations for parking policies, parking permit fees, parking violations fines, transit service levels and amenities and bicycle amenities; and provide ongoing communication about transportation plans and services to the University’s academic and medical community.
Internal Action Caucus 10 Discusses overarching issues facing the graduate body. Interfaces with leading administrators.
Academic Council 1+ GPSC President Liaison to faculty governance through the Academic Council. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
Academic Programs Committee 2 Advises the Provost on university-wide academic issues and provides advice to the Provost on the creation, termination, or contraction of academic units. The APC is tasked with communicating its recommendation to the Academic Council as well as to the Provost. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
Executive Committee of Graduate Faculty 1 Works on the creation of policy related to graduate study at the university. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
University Priorities Committee 1+ GPSC President Assesses university and academic priorities, ensuring that the University’s annual and long-term budgets reflect these priorities. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
University Schedule Committee 1 Discuss a broad range of issues relevant to the University calendar and recommend policy changes to the Provost. Submits a University calendar “one year out” for approval.
Diversity Caucus 10 (or more) Works to enhance Duke’s overall commitment to Diversity and broad policy level changes that will ensure fair treatment and safety for all students.
Diversity Committee 5 In charge of GPSC’s response to any issues of diversity that arise on campus.
President’s Council on Black Affairs 2 + GPSC President Insures that the University pursues its goals of increasing the diversity of the faculty and student body and guaranteeing an excellent experience to students. Shares information about events and activities on campus that are relevant to African-American members of the community.
Global Priorities Committee 1 Reviews and refines Duke’s global strategy assessing university and academic programs and activities operating globally, both when they are being created and in monitoring ongoing performance.
Campus Integrity Caucus 14 Development and maintenance of an honest, open, unbiased, and upstanding campus community at all levels.
Duke Police Advisory Committee 3 Works with the Duke Police Department to improve communications to students about safety and security.
Harassment Grievance Board 4 Interprets the Duke harassment policy and sets guidelines for appropriate sanctions. Pool from which individuals are randomly selected to serve on five-member panels to hear specific harassment cases, adjudicate cases, decide whether a violation of the policy has occurred, and recommends actions for resolving complaints.
Academic Integrity Council 1 Promotes academic integrity by facilitating information sharing, coordinating efforts, conducting assessment activities, and serving as consultants. Analyzes the results of the 2011 Academic Integrity Survey, foster collaborative research and planning, and make recommendations for policy changes as needed.
Authorship Dispute Board 1 Hears matters of authorship dispute that cannot be resolved at the local level by the authors themselves or in consultation with the laboratory chief, chair or head of department(s), or dean, as appropriate.
GPSC Judicial Committee 4 Handles any issues that arise within GPSC regarding the judicial process or in relation to the GPSC bylaws.  Works in conjunction with the Attorney General.
Sexual Misconduct Task Force 3 Campus wide task force focused on refining how Duke responds to sexual misconduct and assessing the current campus culture around sexual misconduct.
Academics/Alumni Caucus 10 Collaborates with Alumni organizations to increase connections between students past and present.  Works to improve the prospects of current students/future alumni and thereby the greater standing of Duke. Also deals with greater issues of academic nature, including grad classes, grading etc.
Duke University Alumni Board 2 or 3 Work with the Alumni board that represents Duke Alumni in planning activities around alumni relations for the university.
Alumni Affairs Student Alumni Board 1 Facilitate connections between undergraduate and graduate students to the Duke University Alumni Association (DAA) community and to provide an undergraduate/graduate voice to the work of the Association. Time Commitment: 10+ hours monthly.
Career Center Advisory Committee 6 Discuss services offered to graduate students and potential collaborations in order to provide services to students in the graduate school.
Graduate and Professional Student Affairs Directors Committees GPSC President Only
External Action Caucus 8 Increasing service to the Durham community and creating a Duke presence in national/state conversations about issues of importance.
GPSC Community Outreach Committee 4 or more Aids the Director of Community Outreach in planning and carrying out any and all outreach events
GPSC Advocacy Committee 4 or more Aids the Director of Advocacy in planning and carrying out all Advocacy related events.
University Services Caucus 14 Improve the provision of services to duke graduate students improving overall experience
Student Health Advisory Committee 6 or 7 Provides feedback, support, and information regarding graduate and professional students’ needs and concerns as related to both preventative and clinical health care provided by The Student Health Center. Examines benefits, premiums, and bids for student insurance plan. Actively support any suggestions, campaigns or new ideas which may result from the interaction of the committee and would benefit graduate and professional students as a whole.
Information Technology Advisory Council 2 Define the overall information technology architecture for the University, review project proposals to ensure that they are in keeping with the technical direction of the University, and help resolve technical issues at Duke.
Liason to Duke Student Government Fix My Campus 2 Works with undergraduate representative to increase graduate and professional student involvement on Fix My Campus
GPSC Communications Committee 4 Helps the Director of Communications with the GPSC website, GPSC printed materials and the newsletter as well as with any other necessary advertising.
GPSC Relations Caucus 11 Works on providing avenues for increased student voice within GPSC and spreading GPSC’s influence within the graduate and professional community.
Council for the Arts 1 Advise the Provost on policy and resource issues in the arts, to promote collaborative activity and programming among professional, academic, and student arts organizations at Duke and in the Durham community, to provide a forum for the exchange of information between arts organizations at Duke, to promote interdisciplinary projects in the arts, to select the recipient of the Sudler Award in the Arts, and to report annually to the Provost on the state of the arts at Duke and progress toward goals and objectives.
Bass Connections Advisory Council 1 Advise the Provost and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. Make recommendations to the Provost and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies on development of the Bass Connections initiative. Members serve as ambassadors and faculty and student representatives of Bass Connections.
Library Council 2 or 3 Advises the University Librarian and the Provost on general policy. Acts as a sounding board for proposed major changes and serves as a communication link between the library and the faculty.
International House Liaison 1 Communicate with the International house staff to improve programming
Veterans Advisory Committee 2 Meets to discuss matters dealing with veterans affairs in higher education and to draft policy recommendations that address the unique administrative needs of Duke graduate and professional students who are or have family members or friends that are former or current members of the US Armed Forces.
Postdoctoral Association Liaison 1 Act as liaison to the Postdoctoral associate, attend meetings of the association and connect postdoctoral associates to the graduate student community


Caucus Group Facilitators:

Finance: Malcolm Bonner (Director of Finance)

Campus Engagement: Rachel Rothendler, Jon Wright (Directors of Student Life)

Sustainable Facilities: Hants Williams (Director of Operations)

Transportation Caucus: TBD

Internal Action: Stephanie Reist (Executive Secretary)

Diversity Caucus: Andrew George (Director of Advocacy)

Campus Integrity: Abhishek Chhetri (Attorney General)

Academics/Alumni Relations: Vijeth Iyangar (Director of Academic Programming)

External Action: Sasha Makohon-Moore (Director of Community Outreach),

University Services: Yuqian Shi (Director of Communications)

GPSC Relations: Connie Chai (Vice President)