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Chancellor's Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Board

2017-2018 Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board Members (left to right)
Laila Fayyaz, Jasmine Wade, Jeanelle Hope, Jared Joseph, Rebecca Hogue, Chancellor Gary May, Rashana Lydner, Mary Chessey, Marwa Zafarullah, Shannon Harris, Nazanin Akrami, and Breanne Weber. 

The CGPSA board was established to facilitate direct communication between the Chancellor and graduate and professional students at the University of California, Davis. The board informs students about activities within the Offices of the Chancellor and provides comprehensive recommendations to the Chancellor on areas of graduate and professional student need. The purpose of the Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board is to advise the Office of the Chancellor and advocate on the behalf of graduate and professional students.

Apply to Participate on the CGPSA Board


The CGPSA board is composed of 15-20 current graduate and professional students representing a variety of departments, graduate groups, professional schools, and perspectives on graduate student life. To this end, the board includes representatives from academic graduate programs as well as the professional schools: the School of Law, the Graduate School of Management, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine. The board’s membership also reflects the diversity of graduate experiences and identities across gender, race, class, ability, age, sexuality and nationality.

Past Activities

In 2017, a report was compiled examining the previous six years of CGPSA activities; this included direct links to a large number of original reports that were previously lost or unshared with the larger campus community. To view the report—which includes updates on past recommendations as well as suggested future directions—click here.

2017-2018 Board Projects

The 2017-2018 board is currently undertaking three projects:

  1. An assessment of the TA/GSR Marketplace;
  2. A review of the efficacy of Graduate Studies retention programming; and
  3. The creation of a self-mentoring guide.

Board Reports



Fall 2019 Application Process ​for First-Year Graduate and Professional Students

We encourage any first year graduate or professional student to apply for membership on the CGPSA board. A completed application with opinion questions, curriculum vitae, and recommendation letter must be received by the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and the Chancellor via email at or to Graduate Studies, Attn. GSADC at the start of the fall quarter.

Download the Application (PDF)

Please direct any additional questions, comments, or concerns to