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NPAC’s Mission Statement: updated 2021

NPAC’s Mission Statement: updated 2021

The Nicholas PhD Advocacy Council (NPAC) is a group composed of students from the Nicholas School-affiliated PhD programs (Environment, University Program in Ecology, University Program in Environmental Policy, Marine Science & Conservation, University Program in Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health, Earth and Oceanic Sciences) which aims to represent and advocate for the academic and professional interests as well as the wellbeing of all Nicholas School-affiliated PhD students, while fostering a sense of community within the Nicholas School. NPAC commits to:

  • Strengthen professional and social relationships among students in Nicholas School-affiliated PhD programs.
  • Advocate for the academic and professional interests of Nicholas School-affiliated PhD students.
  • Support the well-being and emotional health of PhD students through programming, as well as highlighting available resources available to Duke students.
  • Solicit annual feedback from constituents via anonymous surveys regarding student concerns, well-being, and questions, to be passed forward to Nicholas School administration

To read our full constitution, please click here.

Updates to NPAC: 2021-2022

Updates to NPAC: 2021-2022

NPAC has updated its ByLaws as of 2021. Click here to read more.

In 2022 and beyond, we plan to host a series of PhD Appreciation Events. We also plan to gather information from Nic School PhDs regarding how they can feel most supported while completing their PhD. To submit feedback, please visit our Spring 2022 Qualtrics survey.

Interested in joining NPAC? Please fill out the Qualtrics survey!