Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board

Chancellor's Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Board

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


Chaired by the Graduate Student Advisor to the Dean and the Chancellor (GSADC), the CGPSA board comprises 15-21 current graduate and professional students representing a variety of departments, graduate groups, professional schools, and perspectives on graduate student life. The board’s membership also reflects the diversity of graduate student 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.

2021-2022 Board Projects

The 2021-2022 board is currently undertaking four projects:

  1. An assessment of graduate student financial concerns and needs (e.g., broketober, food and housing insecurity, and student parent resources).
  2. The development of a plan for creating an institutionalized advisory board focused
    on professional and graduate student mentoring.
  3. An analysis of mental health resources available to graduate students.
  4. A review of resources available to students in graduate groups and implementation of a survey for graduate students by graduate students.
  5. Assess resources for Student-Parents and Student-Caregivers

Board Reports





Fall 2021 Application Process ​for First-Year and Continuing Graduate and Professional Students

We encourage any first-year and continuing graduate or professional student to apply for membership on the CGPSA board. A completed application (in PDF format) with curriculum vitae and answers to the supplemental questions must be emailed to the GSADC ( by 11:59 pm on October 8.

Download the Application (PDF)

Please direct any additional questions, comments, or concerns to



2019-2020 Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board Members in picture above:

 (left to right) Front: Kristin Bush, Samantha Pereira, Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu, Chidera Alim, Dorothy Hoang, Chancellor Gary May, Katti Crakes, Slande Erole, Samuel Pizelo, Angelica Maria Sauceda, Ginger Alonso. Back: Dean JP Delplanque, Doreen Joseph, Breanne Weber, Allison Fulton, Gwyneth Manser, Jill Huynh, Tara Caso, CS Karl Engelbach