The Graduate and Professional Student Federation is the arm of student government that represents all UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and professional students. We are here to:
Advocate for improved campus and community resources to campus administrators and state and federal legislatures.
Collaborate with the university administration, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students to create policies that respond to the particular needs and interests of all graduate and professional students.
Connect graduate and professional students both socially and intellectually across disciplines.
Bodies of GPSF
Governance – Governing instruments and make-up of the GPSF.
Senate – The Legislative branch of GPSF.
Cabinet – Part of the Executive branch of GPSF.
Executive Board – Leaders of the Executive branch of GPSF.
University Committee Appointments – Who represents graduate and professional students on University Committees.
Graduate Honor Court – Judicial branch of GPSF.
GPSF Archives – Past Executive Boards and Mid-term and Final Reports.
Student Government – UNC’s Student Government is your representative before administrators, faculty, the Board of Trustees and Governors, and even the state legislature. We are here to tackle the policy issues that matter to UNC and its students.
The History of GPSF
Beginning in the early 1980s, the GPSF began to address a wider range of graduate students’ needs. In 1982 the organization conducted a study to determine the feasibility of providing affordable health insurance. Then in September of 1984, it launched one of its most ambitious projects, a general survey of graduate and professional students. As Glen Macdonald, Chairman of the Commission on Graduate and Professional Student Education, explained in a 1984 memo, “Its purpose was to locate and identify major problems with the curriculum, policy and campus life from a graduate student’s perspective.” Of the 7053 surveys distributed, 1750 (25%) were returned. The responses were then tabulated and in February of 1986, the GPSF published its findings. Overall, the survey found that most students were satisfied with the education they received at UNC. Nevertheless, it also revealed numerous problems. These included a disorganized financial aid system, a lack of communication between faculty and students, inadequate access to Davis Library, a lack of child care services, and, not surprisingly, parking.