For information about the nominees for the 2022-2023 GPSG Executive, click here.
When is the next election cycle?
How are elections conducted? Can I vote?
On April 26th, any Duke graduate or professional student may attend the meeting to ask questions of the nominees or contribute to discussion. However, per our Bylaws, only individuals who have attended a minimum of three meetings including the April 12th session or those who are formally appointed representatives of their program, school, or department may vote. If you are unsure if you qualify to vote, or have questions about which representative(s) speak for your constituency, contact Jay Lusk.
During the meeting, nominees for each position will be invited to speak briefly about their interest and qualifications. Any individual present may ask questions of the nominee within the allotted time. The nominees will be asked to briefly leave the meeting for discussion and formal voting, and will be invited back in for the next set of prepared remarks by candidates.
Voting for these elections is by instant run-off. Briefly, this means that each individual submits a ballot with all nominees ranked. If no top choice has a clear majority vote at that point, the candidate who is the top pick of the fewest voters is eliminated from the pool. The ballots are then re-tallied with the second choice for members whose top pick was eliminated. This process continues until a majority vote is established for a single candidate. Winners for each election will be declared before the meeting concludes.
How can I learn more about a particular position?
Beyond reading the relevant sections of the bylaws, the best way to learn about a position is by speaking to the individual who currently holds it! You can find a list of this year’s officers here. All of our officers are happy to be contacted directly with questions, and are more than happy to meet for extended discussion. Note that the Director for Environment and Sustainability, this position is newly created and not currently occupied; for questions please contact Aliesha O’Raw.
Additionally, current executive members will be holding a “drop-in” information session Friday, April 22nd from 4-6 PM at Devil’s Krafthouse. Stop by to ask questions about the positions and have a drink on us!
Who can run? What qualifications are required?
Any individual who plans to be actively enrolled as a graduate or professional student at Duke from May 15, 2022 to May 15, 2023 is eligible to serve on GPSG exec. As long as you’re willing to perform the duties outlined in the description for the position you qualify.
Note that all members of the executive committee are expected to attend GA and exec meetings, with a maximum of 3 unexcused absences per semester. If you cannot routinely attend the Tuesday night meetings (6:30-8:30 ET) please make this clear prior to elections. Failure to attend meetings may result in removal from office.
How do I run? Can I nominate someone else?
To nominate yourself of another individual, please use this form. You may nominate as many individuals you like, including yourself, for as many positions as you like. If you have difficulty accessing the form or have any questions about using the form, please contact Aliesha O’Raw. If you are nominated for a position, a member of GPSG leadership will reach out to you in advance of the election to confirm your interest and communicate about any required materials prior to April 26th.
What positions are up for election?
The GPSG Executive Branch consists of 13 positions. Below are brief descriptions of the duties for the office as laid out in our Bylaws, as well as the financial resources provided to these individuals to offset the opportunity cost associated with these essential leadership positions.
The President is the chief spokesperson for the Government and the student body, and is the official liaison between the student body and the University at large. The President shall also serve as the official representative of the student body and the Government to all outside bodies. The President directly supervises the three Vice-Presidents. The President sets the broad organizational vision for the Government throughout their term, including advocacy and policy goals and major programming objectives. The President delivers GA resolutions to appropriate members of the University community and administration, creates and convenes select committees as necessary to carry out the work of GPSG, appoints student body members to University committees, establishes direct working relationships with administrators across campus, and develops select committees and strategy proposals to create solutions for issues relevant to graduate and professional students. They are also responsible for coordinating with the Speaker of the Assembly to ensure collaboration between the executive and legislative branches, as well as serving on certain committees convened by the University President of the Board of Trustees. The President receives a $1,500 stipend in the fall semester, a $1,500 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $10,000 annually in discretionary funding.
Vice President for Advocacy
The Vice-President for Advocacy is responsible for developing and advancing GPSG’s mission of advocacy within Duke University and in the broader local, state, and national community. The VP-A directly supervises the Director of Durham and Global Community Relations, the Director of Academic Affairs, the Director of External Advocacy, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Director of Environment and Sustainability. They develop the annual internal advocacy plan in conjunction with the President under the guidance of the GA, the annual external advocacy plan in conjunction with the President and the Director of External Advocacy including specific plans for local, state, and federal advocacy, and identify system-level opportunities for involvement of the Duke and Durham community in GPSG decision making and activities, especially those in historically marginalized communities. The Vice President for Advocacy receives a $750 stipend in the fall semester, a $750 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $5,000 annually in discretionary funding.
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice-President for Student Affairs is responsible for supporting and developing student life on campus, including events programming and student organizations. The VP-SA also oversees the logistics and internal operations of the Government. The VP-SA directly supervises the Director of Finance, Director of Operations, Director of Student Organizations, and Directors of Events Programming. The VP-SA develops an annual slate of major GPSG events programming for each year and coordinates planning and execution of the events, promotes a vibrant ecosystem of graduate and professional student organizations on campus, maintains financial stewardship of GPSG and ensures accountability and transparency, coordinates logistics for the effective of operation of GPSG, and co-chairs the annual Campout.The VP-SA receives a $750 stipend in the fall semester, a $750 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $5,000 annually in discretionary funding.
Vice President for Communications
The Vice-President for Communications is responsible for maintaining effective external communication platforms for the Government, including overseeing the GPSG newsletter and website. The Vice-President may, upon authorization by the GA, hire a webmaster to run the website, but otherwise does not directly supervise any director. The VP-C reports directly to the President. The VP-C develops a comprehensive communications and marketing plan to elevate the profile of GPSG at Duke, send a memo of Executive Board activities to the Speaker and Clerk at least twice a month at least a day in advance of GA meetings, maintain strong contacts with local and state media outlets as well as the Chronicle to ensure G+P student voices are captured in the media, annually establish contacts with as many graduate and professional programs, departments, and groups as possible to orient incoming students, and promote close ties with the Duke Alumni Association. The Vice President for Communications receives a $750 stipend in the fall semester, a $750 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $5,000 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Durham and Global Community Relations
The Director of Durham and Global Community Relations is responsible for developing programming to connect Duke graduate and professional students with the broader Durham community and for promoting meaningful engagement with local community organizations. The DDGCR serves as the student liaison to the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs, maintains a database and listserv of student organizations interested in community outreach and service, and develops an annual slate of events programming to connect the Durham community and Duke Community. The DDGCR receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Academic Affairs
The Director of Academic Affairs advocates for the academic well-being of all graduate and professional students and responds to student concerns about academic matters. The DAA liaises directly with the individual schools to help mediate disputes between students and administration on academic issues, promote development of academic support resources within GPSG or within Duke more broadly, and work with administrative bodies at Duke to enhance student educational experience, career development, and strengthen alumni connections. The DAA manages the Lawyer Assistance program and the alumni engagement fund. The DAA receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Finance
The Director of Finance is responsible for managing the budget of the Government and shall coordinate the disbursement of funds to student groups. They prepare quarterly financial reports to deliver to the Assembly, work with the President, Vice Presidents, and office of Student Affairs to allocate discretionary funds, Work with the VP-SA to draft the Graduate student activities fee proposal each year, and develop policies and procedures to effectively, efficiently, and transparently fund student organizations. The DF is the primary authorized spender for GPSG, and is responsible for coordinating finance activities with UCAE, Student Affairs, and any other relevant Duke offices. The DF receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Logistics and Operations
The Director of Logistics and Operations oversees the physical infrastructure of the Government, and provides operational support to other Government members. The DLO oversees maintenance of physical properties or space owned or occupied by the government (such as the GPSG house), work with other Executive members to oversee execution of events requiring significant physical infrastructure, develop a utilization plan for physical government resources, identify opportunities for strategic investment in infrastructure or equipment for GPSG operations. The DLO receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Student Organizations
The Director of Student Organizations oversees the ecosystem of student groups across the University and promotes the development of a diverse set of student groups who effectively serve the Duke and Durham community.The DSO develops and maintains the process for student organizations recognition, with an eye to making recognition simple, straightforward, and student-centered, assists student organizations with developing their annual slate of events and programming, coordinates with DSG and DUU to promote effective collaboration between graduate and professional student groups and undergraduate student groups, and actively reach out to student groups in individual schools to encourage GPSG recognition and enrollment. The DSO receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Events Programming
The Director of Events Programming plans and executes GPSG’s campus-wide events programming, in conjunction with partner organizations such as DSG and DUU, and others. The DEP develops an annual calendar of major campus-wide events in conjunction with other campus partners, works with the basketball head ushers to plan Campout, tailgates, and other basketball related programming, and ensures effective execution of campus wide events programming. The DEP receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of External Advocacy
The Director of External Advocacy organizes GPSG’s portfolio of advocacy efforts in local, state, and federal government, as well as promotes GPSG’s collaboration with other Graduate/Professional student advocacy organizations at other institutions. The DEA develops a slate of annual advocacy trips to state and federal legislators, promotes engagement between students and advocates across institutions of higher educations, develops a plan for frequent communication with state and federal legislators on matters of interest to the Duke and Durham community, and manages annual GPSG voter registration efforts. The DEA receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion organizes GPSG’s active efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. The Director of Diversity and inclusion shall pay special attention to anti-racism, anti-sexism, and the needs of international students. The DDI works to create a healthy and vibrant ecosystem for a broad diversity of identity and affinity groups, establishes direct relationships with student leaders for identity and affinity groups, and serves as the liaison to all structural centers dedicated to the historically marginalized or underrepresented students on campus. The DDI receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.
Director of Environment and Sustainability
The Director of Environment and Sustainability is responsible for organizing GPSG’s efforts to advocate for increased environmental protection and is responsible for holding Duke accountable for its commitment to environmental justice and sustainable business practices. The DES will report to the Vice President of Advocacy. The DES develops a comprehensive database of sustainability initiatives and student groups across Duke to facilitate inter-group communication, collaborate with the External Advocacy Committee to ensure climate policies are advanced in Duke’s external relations, advance environmental justice initiatives and policies in GPSG and in the Duke University community, and coordinate and assist with the functions of the Climate Crisis Committee. The DES will either serve on or liaise with the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility and attend relevant meetings and presentations on campus to promote sustainability and conservation activities. The DES receives a $337.50 stipend in the fall semester, a $337.50 stipend in the spring semester, and has access to $2,150 annually in discretionary funding.