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)

For current representatives, look here.

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