Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee works to promote diversity, achieve equity, and create an inclusive campus environment for graduate and professional student populations that are historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education. This year the committee will collaborate with University and shared-governance leadership, student organizations, and the Division of DEI to develop and institute DEI trainings, create a DEI resource guide, and hold the University accountable for the DEI Action Plan by improving transparency and collaborating on ongoing work and work not yet started.Learn More
The Government Relations Committee advances the interests of Graduate and Professional students by liaising with officials at all levels of government—local, state, and federal. Main areas of focus include:
state appropriations to the University of Iowa
incentives to retain Iowa graduates in the state
voter registration and access to the polls.
Committee members assist in lobbying state legislators in Des Moines, present regular updates to the Iowa Board of Regents, and spearhead voter registration efforts amongst graduate and professional students. For more information, contact GPSG Government Relations Chair, Paul Esker (paul-esker@uiowa. edu).
Health and Safety
GPSG's Health & Safety Committee is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all students. This involves everything from promoting mental and physical wellbeing to addressing traffic safety concerns, to maintaining a safe and welcoming campus climate. Our work is driven by the concerns brought forth by our constituents either directly or via our annual safety survey. We are in the process of redesigning our activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the . Some of our goals for this year include:
1. Ensuring optimum health and safety of students amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 2.
The Sustainability Committee promotes initiatives that:
1) represent the interests of Graduate, Professional, and Undergraduate Students;
2) align with the University of Iowa Vision for Sustainability; and
3) satisfy the triple criteria for sustainable actions:
a) promote thriving ecosystems;
b) work to eradicate socio-environmental inequities; and
c) make efficient use of scarce resources.
GPSG's Interprofessional Development Committee works to foster professional and social connections between students in the Graduate, Medical, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry Colleges. Events and social gatherings at local favorites spots work to bring our graduate and professional students together. Since recent events, the Interprofessional Development Committee will be working to utilize virtual or online platforms( ie social media, Zoom) to create spaces for networking, professional development, and social activities as well. We hope to collaborate and work with several local sponsors & different graduate and professional student organizations and colleges to plan, promote and manage these events/activities.Learn More
The Graduate and Professional Allocations (GPAC) Committee is responsible for reviewing funding requests from over 500 student organizations on campus and making funding recommendations to Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSG). GPAC is composed of six students representing the seven member governments of GPSG to review and allocation funds––Graduate College, Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Law, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and College of Nursing. The GPAC Committee's undergraduate counterpart is Student Auditing Budgeting and Allocations Committee (SABAC).Learn More