Committees and Task Forces

Committee application form
Task Force application form

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 task forces.

GPSC places representatives from the graduate and professional student body onto internal and external committees in order to take part in important discussions with University faculty and administration.  Committee representatives serve on GPSC committees and task forces 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!  

Want to know more about committee membership and opportunities? Contact the GPSC Director of University Affairs right now.

Committees for 2016-17

CommitteeBrief Description
Advisory Committee on Investment ResponsibilityThe 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.
GPSC Finance CommitteeDiscusses broader issues of finance and resource allocation both for the campus community as a whole and for GPSC specifically.   
GPSC Academic Programming CommitteeAdvises 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.
GPSC Veteran Advisory CommitteeMeets 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.
Athletic Council 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/Recreation Fee CommitteeWorks with the Recreational Facilities administration on graduate student concerns with these facilities
Duke University Union BoardManages 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 CommitteeAssists the Directors of Student Life in planning and carrying out all GPSC social events.
GPSC Diversity CommitteeIn charge of GPSC’s response to any issues of diversity that arise on campus.
Campus Sustainability CommitteeGuides development and implementation of the Duke Climate Action Plan (CAP) toward the target date for carbon neutrality in 2024.
Committee on Facilities and EnvironmentReviews all projects destined for consideration by the Board of Trustees’ Facilities & Environment Committee
Duke Forest CommitteeResponsible for planning for the future of the Duke Forest.
President’s Art Advisory CouncilReview 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 CommitteeManage 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.
Duke Transportation Advisory CommitteeIdentify 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.
Academic Council Liaison to faculty governance through the Academic Council. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
Academic Programs CommitteeAdvises 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 FacultyWorks on the creation of policy related to graduate study at the university. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
University Schedule CommitteeDiscuss 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.
President’s Council on Black AffairsInsures 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 CommitteeReviews 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.
Duke Police Advisory CommitteeWorks with the Duke Police Department to improve communications to students about safety and security.
Harassment Grievance BoardInterprets 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.
Authorship Dispute BoardHears 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 CommitteeHandles 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 ForceCampus wide task force focused on refining how Duke responds to sexual misconduct and assessing the current campus culture around sexual misconduct.
GPSC Community Outreach CommitteeAids the Director of Community Outreach in planning and carrying out any and all outreach events
GPSC Advocacy CommitteeAids the Director of Advocacy in planning and carrying out all Advocacy related events.
Student Health Advisory CommitteeProvides 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 CouncilDefine 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 CampusWorks with undergraduate representative to increase graduate and professional student involvement on Fix My Campus
GPSC Communications CommitteeHelps the Director of Communications with the GPSC website, GPSC printed materials and the newsletter as well as with any other necessary advertising.
Council for the ArtsAdvise 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 CouncilAdvise 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 CouncilAdvises 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 LiaisonCommunicate with the International house staff to improve programming
Postdoctoral Association LiaisonAct as liaison to the Postdoctoral associate, attend meetings of the association and connect postdoctoral associates to the graduate student community

Task Forces for 2016-17

Task Force Name
Voting
Sexual Misconduct
Sustainability
Finance
Student Disability
Facilities
Continuation Fees
Mental/Physical Health
Dental Health Insurance
Parking Permits
Safe Rides
Alternative Transportation
Gym Membership

Internal GPSC Committee Facilitators:

Finance: Christine Umeh (Director of Finance)

Judicial Committee: Rose McKinley (Attorney General)

Student Life: Rachel Rothendler, Breanna Kalmeta (Directors of Student Life)

Operations: Nividha Gurwara (Director of Operations)

Veteran Advisory Committee: TBD (Veteran Advisory Committee Chair)

Diversity Committee: Diego Calderon-Arrieta (Diversity Committee Chair)

Advocacy Committee: Amy Hafez (Director of Advocacy)

Academic Programming: Sanjana Sivakumar (Director of Academic Programming)

Community Outreach: Bennett Carpenter (Director of Community Outreach)

Communications Committee: Dilnaman Singh Sachdeva (Director of Communications)