The Cabinet is part of the GPSF Executive Branch that enables exceptionally motivated graduate and professional students to serve as chairs or co-chairs of particular areas of campus and community life that require our participation in policy-making and programming. The Cabinet and the Executive Officers brainstorm, design, implement, and engage new initiatives in collaboration with the graduate and professional student community. All students and members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2016-2017 GPSF Cabinet Charter

Meeting Times (unless otherwise indicated)
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month, August through April
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Location: McGavran-Greenberg Hall, 1304


2016-17 Meeting Documents

August 23, 2016: Agenda and Minutes
September 20, 2016: Agenda and Minutes, Cabinet Reports
October 10, 2016: Agenda and Minutes, Cabinet Reports
November 15, 2016: Agenda and Minutes, Cabinet Reports

GPSF Cabinet Archives


Cabinet Positions

A subset of the Cabinet dedicated to working on graduate and professional concerns related to our academic life and professional development. Works closely with the Chief of Staff.

Director of
Academic Affairs (DAA)

email

TBD

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of academic policy, information technology, and TA/RA advocacy.

External Appointments:

  • Ackland Museum of Art Academic Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee for UNC Student Stores
  • Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Chancellor’s Committee on Copyright (ITS Copyright Committee)
  • CITRL (STEM Teaching and Research)
  • Classroom Policy Steering Committee (CPSC)
  • Continuous Enrollment Committee
  • Educational Policy Committee
  • Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB)
Director of Student Affairs (DSA)
email

TBD

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts on policies affecting the welfare of the student body, including the issues of health policy, student family advocacy, and campus and personal safety.
External Appointments:
  •  Advisory Committee for UNC Student Stores
  • Campus Health Services Advisory Board
  • Carolina Dining Services Board of Directors
  • Harassment Advisory Committee
  • Student Affairs Council
  • Web-based Course Evaluation
Director of Diversity
& Inclusion (DDI)

email

Lauren Townsend

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of diversity, disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA issues.

External Appointments:

  • Community and Diversity
  • Disability Advisory Committee
  • LGBTQ Center Roundtable
  • Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life
  • SHARE Women’s Health and Safety
  • Student Advisory Committee: Global Grads Initiative
Director of
Professional
Development (DPD)

email

TBD

 Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of professional development, career services, and mentorship.

External Appointments:

  • Chancellor’s Awards Committee
  • Chancellor’s Award for Advancement of Women Selection Committee
  • Faculty Information Technology Advisory Committee (FITAC)
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Advisory Council
  • Information Technology Executive Steering Committee (ITESC)
  • Instructional Technology Coordinating Committee
  • University Teaching Awards Committee

Student Life Team

A subset of the Cabinet dedicated on ensuring quality of life for graduate and professional students. Works closely with the Chief of External Relations & Advocacy.

Director of Local
Relations (DLR)

email

Sarah Dickson

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts within Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Orange County, and Durham County. The DLR also represents the GPSF to the governments of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Orange County, and Durham County on behalf of the GPSF President.

External Appointments:

  • Building and Grounds Committee
  • Campus and Community Coalition: to Prevent Alcohol Related Harms 2.0
  • Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership
  • Housing Advisory Board
  • Student Legal Services Board of Directors (SLS)
Director of State & Federal Relations (DSFR)
email

Fabio Urbina

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of state and federal affairs, including serving as the chief-delegate for the SAGE Coalition and the Association of Student Governments.
The Director of State and Federal Relations works with the CERA to organize yearly trips to Raleigh and Washington, D.C., to advocate for graduate and professional students.

External Appointments:

  • Association of Student Governments Delegate
  • International Affairs Advisory Council (IAAC)
  • Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE)
Director of
Sustainability &
Transportation (DST)

email

Sarah Donaher

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of sustainability and transportation.

External Appointments:

  • Chancellors Advisory Committee on Transportation 5 year plan (ACT)
  • Environmental Affairs Committee
  • Food Systems Working Group
  • Hardship Parking Committee
  • Night Safety Advisory Group
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee (ACT Subcommittee)
  • Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC)
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Traffic and Parking Appeals Committee
  • Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board (TCAB)
Director of
Undergraduate
Relations (DUR)

email

Odessa Goudy

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of sustainability and transportation.

External Appointments:

  • Student Safety and Security Committee (SSSC)

 

University and Community Relations Team

A subset of the Cabinet concerned with our relationships to members of the local, state, and national community, as well as the environment. Works closely with the Chief of the Exchequer.

Director of Student Opportunities
email

Sarah Griffin

Position: Oversees initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of University resources and functions, and alumni relations. With the Secretary, the Director of Student Opportunities will update the GPSF Resource Guide. The Director of Student Opportunities will chair the GPSF Emergency Fund Committee.

External Appointments:

  • Committee on Student Conduct (COSC)
Director of Social Programming
email

Sarah Schmitt

Position: Oversees the social programming and special events of the GPSF, including organizing and overseeing graduate and professional socials, the GPSF Grad Games, Second Semester Check-In, and the UNC Academic Research Conference. The Director of Social Programming is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the GPSF Senate Special Projects Committee.
The Director of Social Programming will appoint a Deputy Director of Social Programming, with Executive Committee approval, to assist them in putting on GPSF Events.

External Appointments:

  • Campus Recreation Board
  • Carolina Union Board of Directors
  • Last Day of Class (LDOC) Committee
  • University Day Committee

Student Communities Team

A subset of the Cabinet concerned with representing the perspectives and needs of different student groups and communities within the graduate and professional population. Works closely with the Secretary. 

Director of Relations and Marketing (DPRM)

email

Dean Nehama

Position: Oversees the public relations and marketing efforts of the GPSF. The Director of PR and Marketing also runs the social media accounts of the GPSF, represents the GPSF at UNC organization fairs, facilitates the introduction of the GPSF to incoming students, devises and implements an advertising plan for GPSF events, orders GPSF marketing supplies, and works with the GPSF Secretary to maintain the GPSF website.

External Appointments:

  • MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee
  • Student Technology Advisory Board (STAB)
  • Student Television Board of Directors (STV)
  • WXYC Board of Directors
Director of  Public Service (DPS)

email

Nuvan Rathnayaka

 

Position: Oversees the public service initiatives of the GPSF

External Appointments:

  • Carolina Center for Public Service Advisory Board
  • Carolina Engagement Council

 

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