Nicholas PhD Advocacy Council (NPAC)
For meeting minutes look here.
The Nicholas PhD Advocacy Council (NPAC) is a group composed of peer-elected students from the Nicholas School-affiliated PhD programs (ENV, UPE, UPEP, MSC, TOX, EOS) which aims to represent and support the academic and professional interests of all Nicholas School-affiliated PhD students, while fostering a sense of community within the Nicholas School. NPAC aims to:
- Strengthen professional and social relationships among students in Nicholas School-affiliated PhD programs (e.g. through professional development activities such as the Graduate Afternoon Seminar).
- Advocate for the academic and professional interests of Nicholas School-affiliated PhD students
- Provide support to program administrators for PhD student needs (e.g. Nicholas School PhD student orientation)
- Provide representation for Nicholas School-affiliated PhD students to other administrative and advocacy groups (e.g. Nicholas School faculty meetings, Duke Graduate and Professional Student Council)
- Co-Chairs: Emily Pechar and Lydia Greene
- Co-Treasurers: Joanna Blaszczak and John Gardner
- GAS Coordinators: Cathy Chamberlin and Anna Wade
- Social/Orientation Coordinator: Ryan Peabody
- ESP Student-Faculty Liaison: Katy Hansen
- UPE Program Chair: Lauren Carley
- UPEP Program Chair: Justin Kirkpatrick
- ENV Program Chair: Chelsea Clifford
- MSC Program Chair: Alejandro Lozano
- TOX Program Chair: Tess Leuthner
- EOS Program Chair: Kendra Kaiser
2016-17 GPSC Representatives:
- UPE: Ryan Huang
- UPEP: Stephanie Stefanski
- ENV: Corrie Hannah
- MSC: Stacy Zhang
- TOX: Matthew Ruis
- EOS: Seaver Wang
For past representatives, look here.
The Nicholas PhD Student Advocacy Council is governed by a constitution approved by the Graduate and Professional Students Council. The constitution applies to all NPAC activities. It can only be changed through a referendum of the organization’s constituents (Nicholas PhD students).