Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees

The 2020-21 application is now open.

Application deadline: March 16, 2020

The Washington University Board of Trustees recognizes the significance of having the participation of the university’s undergraduate and graduate students in the governance process in a way that student experience, views, interest, and concerns can be effectively communicated to the Board.

More Information about Undergraduate Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees

Applications are accepted each spring for the two positions for non-voting undergraduate student representatives to the Washington University Board of Trustees. The Undergraduate Representative position provides a distinctive and significant opportunity for direct student participation in the governance of the university. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs facilitates the annual selection process for new undergraduate student representatives to the WashU Board of Trustees. Representatives are appointed to a one-year term and actively participate in meetings and other board-related events. The Undergraduate Representatives to the Board also sit on the Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees along with five other student representatives.

Qualifications

  • Students must be enrolled in, regularly attending, and complete at least twelve (12) undergraduate credit hours for the semester in which they are an applicant, as well as during their one year term as an Undergraduate Representative.
  • Students must be able to complete a full year (fall and spring semesters) on the Danforth Campus during their term.
  • Students must be in good academic standing, not be on academic probation or warning and have completed their first year at WashU to in good academic standing.
  • Be approved through the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards’ conduct review process and not be found responsible for one or any combination of the following violations within the past two semesters:
    • Drugs (possession, use, distribution)
    • Repeated Alcohol policy violations
    • Usage and/or possession of false identification – three or more instances
    • Vandalism
  • In addition, the student must not be found responsible for any of the following violations during their tenure at the University:
    • Repeated violations of Academic Integrity policies
    • Assault and/or other issues of violence

In general, it is important the student representative have knowledge of the undergraduate experience at Washington University, be articulate, be able to present a variety of opinions, have sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and hold the respect of peers, faculty, and of others in the community. The student representative should also be willing to maintain close communication with the undergraduate community.

Other Representatives to the Board of Trustees

There are also two graduate student, two faculty and two alumni representatives.

Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Student Representatives to the Board

  • Attendance and participation in the four (4) quarterly meetings of the Board and all special meetings as needed each year.
  • Attendance and participation in the four (4) regular meetings of the Undergraduate Experience Committee.
  • Preparation for the meetings by reading prepared material with care so that they can discuss, modify, and make recommendations on proposed resolutions.
  • Meet bi-weekly with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  • Meet with chancellor and Student Life reporters after Board meetings.
  • Deliver an annual project to the Board in May that addresses a critical need or issue of the undergraduate student body.
  • When appropriate, express to the Board your own views on issues and, if possible, representation of the views of other students.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Serve as a liaison to keep channels of communication open between the chancellor and students.
  • The new term of the Undergraduate Student Representative will begin at the May Board Meeting and shall end at the next May Board Meeting.

Undergraduate Representative Selection Committee

Lori S. White, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Chair

Anthony Azama
John M. Schael Director of Athletics

ShiNung Ching
Associate Professor of Electrical &Systems Engineering

Kirk Dougher, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for Student Support and Wellness

Ruth Durrell
Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

Olivia Emanuel
Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees, Student Representative

Libby Evan
Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees, Student Representative

Robyn Hadley
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of the Office of Scholar Programs

Ahmed Hassan
Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees, Student Representative

Joseph Jez, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology & Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology

Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Steven Kish
Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees, Student Representative

David Leon
Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

Alia Nahra
Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees, Student Representative

Mark Smith, J.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Career Services

Tyrin Truong
Student Union President, 2019-20

Helen Webley-Brown
Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees, Student Representative

Rob Wild, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Application Process

Complete all sections of your portion of the online application and submit by the deadline on Monday, March 16. Keep in mind, all materials are due on March 16, 2020 and your recommender(s) cannot submit their letters until you have completed your portion of the application. When you submit your application, an email will be generated to your recommender(s) at which time and they will be able to upload their document (Word or PDF) to our website. You will be required to complete your part of the application in one sitting; you cannot save and come back to it.

Applicants are required to submit a one page resume and submit one recommendation. Applicants have the option of submitting a second recommendation if they wish. Your recommendation can be from a staff or faculty member or another student of the Washington University Community. You should select recommender(s) who are familiar with your academic record and leadership activities. Members of the Undergraduate Selection Committee are not eligible to write recommendations.

It is your responsibility to check that your application file is complete. You may contact James Parker for that information.  Your file should contain the completed online application form, your one-page resume, your essay responses and identification of your recommender(s).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The date for interviews by the selection committee for semi-finalists will be Monday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 25. The finalists will be interviewed by the current Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, April 8, 2-5:00 p.m.

If you have questions about the student representative position, please contact James Parker at 314-935-4526 or james.a.parker@wustl.edu or the current Undergraduate Student Representatives, Ruth Durrell at h.durrell@wustl.edu or David Leon at leondavid@wustl.edu.

Note: Students chosen to be Undergraduate Representatives to the Board of Trustees will receive the meeting dates for the upcoming academic year. However, the board normally meets quarterly in October, December, March and May.

In addition, you will serve on the Undergraduate Experience Committee which meets on the Thursday prior to the full board meeting from 4 -6:00 p.m. You will also have an opportunity to serve on other committees.

Students not selected for the Undergraduate Representative position will be considered for the additional five student representatives on the Undergraduate Experience Committee of the Board of Trustees or the two student representatives to the Educational Policy Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Information Session for Applicants: TBA Soon

Complete The Following Application

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