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Graduate and Professional Student Council


Graduate and professional student workers are an essential and unique component of the University’s ecosystem. We contribute to the University of Utah's goals in many ways, including, but not limited to mentoring and teaching students, conducting research individually and in collaboration with faculty, contributing to funding by acquiring grants, increasing the public presence of the University through volunteering, and fostering community within departments. These students face challenges that are distinct from other populations on campus and require unique solutions. The goals of the Graduate and Professional Student Council are to promote graduate student engagement in shared governance processes, enhance the overall graduate student experience, and build community between these students across campus.


Inclusion Statement

The GPSC prioritizes involving students from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and spiritual beliefs. We aim to build a community that is inclusive and supportive of all graduate and professional students, including those who have been historically underrepresented and systemically oppressed in higher education settings, such as students of color, indigenous students, students with disabilities, neurodivergent students, and students from the LGBTQ+ community, so that all voices are heard. 


Get Involved/Join our Team

Would you like to get involved with improving the graduate student experience at the University of Utah? The GPSC is actively recruiting graduate and professional students to join our group! We also send out a monthly newsletter to provide updates regarding upcoming events, useful services, and news that is relevant to graduate and professional students here at the U. Please reach out to us at if you’d like to get involved or to be added to our newsletter mailing list! 


Curious about what we are up to? Come to one of our meetings! Public GPSC meetings happen every first and third Tuesday of every month on Zoom. Check out the Graduate School calendar to get exact dates for our meetings and other graduate student-focused events: 

Comments & Questions

Do you have events you’d like to advertise to graduate students? Do you have questions, comments, or concerns for us? We would love to hear your thoughts! Send us an email at and we will respond within 48 hours.

Executive Council Members 

Sarah LucasSarah Lucas (she/her)


PhD in Human Genetics

Steven ValdezSteven Valdez (he/him)

Vice Chair of Shared Governance and Advocacy

PhD in Molecular Metabolism

Mutiu FakoredeMutiu Fakorede (he/him)

Vice Chair of Student Experience

PhD in Economics

Chloe ProvonostChloe Provonost (she/her)

Vice Chair of Community

PhD in Computer Science

Megan WeissMegan Weiss (she/they)

Recording Secretary & Historian

PhD in U.S. History

Sarah BauerSarah Bauer (she/her)

Recruitment and Elections Coordinator

PhD in Human Development & Social Policy

Taylor JohnsonTaylor Johnson (he/him)

Marketing Coordinator

M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy



Last Updated: 3/8/24