Nicholas PhD Advocacy Council (NPAC)

For meeting minutes look here.

Mission Statement:

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)

2016-2017 Representatives: 

2016-17  GPSC Representatives:

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).

NPAC Constitution (PDF)

Strategic Vision