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Chancellor's Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Board

2017-2018 Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board Members (left to right)
Laila Fayyaz, Jasmine Wade, Jeanelle Hope, Jared Joseph, Rebecca Hogue, Chancellor Gary May, Rashana Lydner, Mary Chessey, Marwa Zafarullah, Shannon Harris, Nazanin Akrami, and Breanne Weber. 

The UC Davis Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board was formed at the request of Chancellor Linda Katehi in fall 2009. The 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 also serves 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. 

Apply to Participate on the CGPSA Board


The board is comprised of 15-20 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 in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as the professional schools: the School of Education, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Management, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Veterinary Medicine. The board's membership also ideally reflect the diversity of graduate experiences and identities across gender, race, class, ability, age, sexuality and nationality.

Past Activities

In 2017, a report was compiled examining the previous six years of CGPSA activities; this included direct links to a large number of original reports that were previously lost or unshared with the larger campus community. To view the report—which includes updates on past recommendations as well as suggested future directions—click here.

2017-2018 Board Projects

The 2017-2018 board is currently undertaking three projects:

  1. An assessment of the TA/GSR Marketplace;
  2. A review of the efficacy of Graduate Studies retention programming; and
  3. The creation of a self-mentoring guide.

Application Process ​for Continuing Graduate and Professional Students

Are you a continuing graduate or professional student who is interested in honing your leadership skills, cares about making an impact in the lives of your fellow peers, and wants to gain an insight into how UC Davis administration works? Apply to be a member of Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (CGPSA) for the 2018-19 academic year. 

To qualify, you must be a registered graduate or professional student for the 2018-19 academic year. A completed application with opinion questions and a curriculum vitae are part of the application process. Applications for the 18-19 will open in spring of 2018. 

Fall 2018 Application Process ​for First-Year Graduate and Professional Students

We encourage any first year graduate or professional student to apply for membership on the CGPSA board. A completed application with opinion questions, curriculum vitae, and recommendation letter must be received by the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and the Chancellor via email at or to Graduate Studies, Attn. GSADC at the start of the fall quarter. Click here to access the application.

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