The UC Davis Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board was formed at the request of Chancellor Linda Katehi in fall 2009.
The UC Davis Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (CGPSA) works closely with the chancellor to improve the experiences of graduate and professional students on the UC Davis campus. The board provides the chancellor with meaningful insight into the lives of graduate and professional students and develops specific recommendations for actions the chancellor can take to enhance campus community, diversity and educational opportunities. The board will also serve as a conduit between the chancellor and the student body regarding major initiatives that impact graduate and professional students so that administrative policy can better account for and respond to the needs and concerns of graduate and professional students.
This board is intended to provide the opportunity for direct communication between the Chancellor and graduate and professional students at the University of California, Davis. This board may also participate in projects it deems beneficial to graduate and professional students, such as the Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium. The board will serve to inform students about activities within the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost and enable the Chancellor to receive feedback from students about current strategic initiatives that the University is undertaking. The purpose of the Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board is to advise the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost,advocate on the behalf of graduate and professional students, and take action when necessary by initiating projects that tackle issues impacting the student experience such as; enrollment and retention, research and creative activity, student services, funding, diversity, international experiences, advising and others.
The board will be composed of 12-14 current graduate and professional students representing a variety of departments, graduate groups, professional schools, and perspectives on graduate student life. The board includes representatives from academic graduate programs as well as the professional schools: the School of Law, the Graduate School of Management, the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine. The board's membership will also ideally reflect the diversity of graduate experiences and identities across gender, race, class, ability, age, sexuality and nationality.