Caucuses and Committees

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!  

FINANCE CAUCUS9Discusses issues of finance and resource allocation both for the campus community as a whole and for GPSC specifically.
Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility2University body advisory to the President designed to monitor trends and activities in investment responsibility that have an impact on educational institutional investors, conduct research to update Duke’s files on companies, and provide analyses when requested by the President and provide other investment recommendations to the President. Time Commitment = 10+ hours monthly
Annual Fund Executive Committee1Provides 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 Committee6The finance committee is charged with reviewing applications received for GPSC funding and deciding on allocation of GPSC funding to student groups in collaboration with the GPSC Director of Finance
SOCIAL LIFE CAUCUS13Coordinate the social integration of graduate students from all programs into the Duke experience.
Athletic Council 2Provides 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 Liaison1Works with the Recreational Facilities administration on graduate student concerns with these facilities.
REC and PE leadership Council5Supports 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 Board1Manages 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 Committee4 or morePlans recreation and social events for the Duke graduate student community making an effort to plan a variety of events bringing together graduate students with diverse interests and at different life stages.
Basketball Committee?Basketball Committee members are selected by an alternate process to plan campout and coordinate graduate student attendance at Basketball games. If you are a member of the basketball committee this may satisfy your committee requirement.
FACILITIES CAUCUS13Works to develop enjoyable and accessible facilities for graduate students and the Duke community
Campus Sustainability Committee2Guides development and implementation of the Duke Climate Action Plan (CAP) toward the target date for carbon neutrality in 2024.
Committee on Facilities and Environment1Reviews all projects destined for consideration by the Board of Trustees’ Facilities & Environment Committee
Duke Forest Committee1Responsible for planning for the future of the Duke Forest.
GPSC Green Team4Internal Committee which aims to increase green practices across campus. This year we would like the committee to liaise with “green teams” at other universities in order to investigate what Duke can do to improve our involvement.
President’s Art Advisory Council1Review 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 Committee4 or moreManage 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, and develop a plan of results to present to administrators in order to advocate for the allocation of university funding to develop a space of campus dedicated to graduate students.
West Union Advisory Project CommitteeGPSC President Only
TRANSPORTATION CAUCUS8Improve transportation of all forms to, from, and around the Duke Campus.
Traffic Appealing Committee2Meets biweekly to review appeals to parking violations submitted for on campus parking violations.
Duke Transportation Advisory Committee5Identify 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.
Liason to Duke Student Government Parking Committee1
INTERNAL ACTION CAUCUS10Discusses overarching issues facing the graduate body. Interfaces with leading administrators.
Academic Council 1+ GPSC PresidentLiaison to faculty governance through the Academic Council. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
Academic Programs Committee2Advises 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 Faculty1Works on the creation of policy related to graduate study at the university. Time Commitment: 10+ hours per month.
University Priorities Committee1+ GPSC PresidentAssesses 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 Committee1Discuss 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 Affairs2 + GPSC PresidentInsures 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 Committee1Reviews 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 CAUCUS14Development and maintenance of an honest, open, unbiased, and upstanding campus community at all levels.
Duke Police Advisory Committee3Works with the Duke Police Department to improve communications to students about safety and security.
Harassment Grievance Board4Interprets 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 Council1Promotes 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 Board1Hears 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 Committee4Works with the Attorney General to revise the GPSC Bylaws. Charged with responding to issues of misconduct within the GA or the GPSC executive committee and adjudicating cases of misconduct.
Liason to Duke Student Government Title IX Committee1
ALUMNI CAUCUS10Collaborates 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.
Duke University Alumni Board2 or 3Work with the Alumni board that represents Duke Alumni in planning activities around alumni relations for the university.
Alumni Affairs Student Alumni Board1Facilitate 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 Committee6Discuss 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 CommitteesGPSC President Only
EXTERNAL ACTION CAUCUS8Increasing service to the Durham community and creating a Duke presence in national/state conversations about issues of import.
GPSC Community Outreach Committee4 or moreWorks with the GPSC director of community outreach to develop programming toward service to the Durham community and to forge connections between service organizations on the Duke campus.
GPSC Advocacy Committee4 or moreThe Advocacy Committee works with the GPSC director of advocacy to address broader issues affecting graduate and professional students at the local, state, and national levels. Members are charged to identify issues that are not currently being addressed in order to develop strategic plans for advocacy. Work includes drafting resolutions to be approved by GPSC and interfacing with legislators.
UNIVERSITY SERVICES CAUCUS15-17Improve the provision of services to duke graduate students improving overall experience
Student Health Advisory Committee6 or 7Provides 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.
Student Housing Committee5Provides feedback, support and information regarding graduate and professional student needs and concerns related to housing.
Information Technology Advisory Council2Define 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 Campus1
GPSC Communications Committee 1 or 2Assist the Director of Communications in developing, improving and maintaining the GPSC website and improve the functioning of GPSC media resources.
INTERDISCIPLINARY CAUCUS11Works on issues of interdisciplinarity bridging connections between diverse campus interest groups.
Council for the Arts1Advise 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 Council1Advise 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 Council2 or 3Advises 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 Liaison1Communicate with the International house staff to improve programming
Veterans Advisory Committee5Meets 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 Liaison1Act as liaison to the Postdoctoral associate, attend meetings of the association and connect postdoctoral associates to the graduate student community