The Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Council (GPAC) to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) informs and advises the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on the needs and concerns of graduate and professional students. GPAC also offers opportunities for students from across the seven graduate and professional schools on campus to connect around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Its aims are to provide representation and community, and to advance equity and inclusion for graduate and professional students. Learn more about programs and resources at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Council to the CDI began in Fall 2018. GPAC consists of an executive steering committee and two (2) voting representatives from each of the seven graduate and professional schools within Washington University. All graduate and professional students are welcome to join as general members.
GPAC members provide feedback to the CDI on programs relevant to graduate and professional students. GPAC members have the opportunity to assist in research opportunities to advance equity and inclusion on campus and propose appropriate programming and support. The GPAC Executive Board compiles a year-end report to reflect their activities and recommendations and to assist in developing metrics to track accomplishments.
GPAC organizes a living-room style conversation series, Science in a Diverse Society. This year-long series is intended to offer insight surrounding ethics at the intersections of race and society. We bring together our campus community and discuss how researchers define, use, and understand race through their lens. We are inviting researchers from a diverse range of disciplines, such as medicine, marketing, the social sciences, the humanities, and social work.
Access GPAC’s constitution here.