CDI Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Council

The CDI Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Council (hereafter GPAC) will inform and advise the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on the needs and concerns of graduate and professional students.

This body will also offer opportunities for students from across the six schools on campus to connect around issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Its aims are to provide representation, community and advance equity and inclusion for graduate and professional students.

GPAC members will provide feedback to the CDI on programs relevant to graduate and professional students. Council members also have the opportunity to assist in research opportunities to advance equity and inclusion on campus and propose appropriate programming and support. The GPAC Executive Board will compile a year-end report to reflect their activities and recommendations and assist in developing metrics to track accomplishments.

The CDI Graduate and Professional Advisory Council will begin in fall 2018. The council will consist of an executive steering committee of three members plus at least two members representing each of the Danforth Campus schools. Additionally, all students are welcome to join as general members.

GPAC will meet for brownbag lunches on the second Wednesday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Liberman Graduate Center. Additional working group meetings will be scheduled in addition to the full council meetings; all to take place during the 12 to 1 p.m. time slot on Wednesdays.


Assess and communicate graduate student needs around diversity and inclusion to the CDI and the Division of Student Affairs.

Organize events and workshops furthering efforts relating to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Advocacy: Research and compile issue statements on topics of importance and their impact on the Washington University community. Recommend policies and practices to better support a more inclusive campus climate for graduate students

How Can You Join?

Graduate and professional students may join the council by completing the short statement of interest below. Council representatives will commit to serve for a minimum of one academic year. All graduate students may join as general members.

Please email your application to:
Christi Smith, PhD
Senior Scholar and Assistant Dean
Contact Christi by email

Available Positions

All members will be asked to reserve the 12 to 1 p.m. hour on Wednesdays for ease of scheduling of additional work group meetings.

Council Executive Board

(Chair, Assistant Chair, Communication Officer, Treasurer, Programming Officer)
Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week.
Meetings: Wednesdays 12 to 1 p.m. in the CDI conference room.

Council Representatives

(12 positions; 2 per school)
Time commitment: 4 hours per month.
Meetings: Every second Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Liberman Graduate Center conference room (DUC 300).
Additional work group meetings will be scheduled during the 12 to 1 p.m. hour on Wednesdays.

Please provide the following information in your application along with a resume.

Statement of Interest

School Department and Program:
Year in Program (e.g. Year 2 of 3 or ABD if advanced to PhD candidacy):
Email Address:
1. Are you available to attend our meetings on Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.?
2. What motivates your interest in the GPAC?
3. How will your skill set contribute to the responsibilities of the organization?
4. Are you involved in other co-curricular activities on campus or community organizations?
5. Do you have ideas in mind for how you might like to contribute to the CDI?
6. Please briefly describe your research and/or professional goals.
7. Is there anything else you’d like to share?