University Committee Seats

Most seats are filled during the early Fall. Please contact the Chair for Equity and Access for more information about any of these roles.

University Council (15 Seats) . . .

The University Council of the University of Pennsylvania is a deliberative and broadly representative forum which exists to consider the activities of the University in all its phases, with particular attention to the educational objectives of the University and those matters that affect the common interests of faculty, staff and students. It may recommend general policies and otherwise advise the president, the provost, and other officers of the University. It is authorized to initiate policy proposals as well as to express its judgment on those submitted to it by the administrative officers of the University and its various academic divisions. It is also empowered to request information through appropriate channels from any member of the University administration.

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GAPSA President (also serves on UC Steering Committee): Samantha Miller
GAPSA Exec (also serves on UC Steering Committee): Laura Bryant
GAPSA Exec: Kelsey VanGelder
Annenberg School of Communication: Taylor-Rae Collins-Headley
Graduate School of Education: Dylan Frendt
Penn School of Dental Medicine: Katherine France
Penn School of Design: Taylor Knoche
Penn School of Law: Miriam Archibong
Penn School of Nursing: Justine Sefcik
Penn School of Veterinary Medicine: Tara Stonex
Perelman School of Medicine: Abimbola Dairo
School of Arts & Sciences: Paul Welfer
School of Engineering and Applied Science: Cherag Bhagwagar
School of Policy & Practice: Erica Sucher
Wharton School: Jin Soo Han

The Committee on Academic and Related Affairs is tasked with monitoring and advising University Council regarding: academic and related affairs including University-wide matters of recruitment, admissions, financial aid, the University bookstore, international programs, other international activities of the University, University libraries, recreation, intramural and intercollegiate athletics, and all matters of policy relating to research.

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Current Representatives: Thomas Brinkerhoff and Qianying Zhang

Campus and Community Life (2 Seats) . . .

The Committee on Campus and Community Life is tasked with monitoring and advising University Council regarding: the University's communications and public relations activities in their various formats and media, the University’s internal communications, the University Communications Office, communications to alumni, advising University Council on the relationship of the University to the surrounding community, undergraduate and graduate student life and student affairs, and safety and security of the campus.

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Current Representatives: Lirui Li and Jia Xue

Committee on Committees (1 Seat) . . .

The Committee on Committees is tasked with monitoring and making recommendations to University Council regarding the operations and effectiveness of the University Council Committees (Academic & Related Affairs, Campus & Community Life, Facilities, Personnel Benefits, and Diversity & Equity) on a yearly basis.

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Current Representative: Sangya Agarwal

Committee on Diversity & Equity (2 Seats) . . .

The Committee on Diversity and Equity aids Penn in fostering and taking full advantage of its diversity as well as in strengthening ties across all boundaries to enrich and enliven the campus community. The areas in which the Committee shall report to the Council include diversity within the educational and work settings, integration of staff and faculty into the larger campus community, and ways to foster a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of difference.

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Current Representatives: Justine Sefcik and Lloyd Talley

Committee on Facilities (2 Seats) . . .

The Committee on Facilities is responsible for keeping under review the planning and operation by the University of its physical plant and all services associated therewith, including transportation and parking.

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Current Representatives: Salomon Moreno-Rosa and Matthew Rappaport

Independent Committee on Honorary Degrees (2 Seats) . . .

The Committee on Honorary Degrees solicits nominations from faculty and staff members and students for honorary degrees to be awarded by the University at Commencement and at special convocations and submits a slate of nominees for action by the trustees. It may make recommendations to the president regarding Commencement speakers and the conduct of special convocations.

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Current Representatives: Andres Castro Samayoa and Yun Rose Li

Independent Committee on Open Expression (3 Seats) . . .

The Committee on Open Expression has as its major task: monitoring the communication processes to prevent conflicts that might emerge from failure of communication, recommending policies and procedures for improvement of all levels of communication, investigating alleged infringements of the right of open expression of any member or members of the University community, advising administrative officers where appropriate, and participating in evaluation and resolution of conflicts that may arise from incidents or disturbances on campus.

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Current Representatives: Chris Cimaglio, Jeffery Sharlein, and Ebonee Tinker

University Council Steering Committee (2 Seats) . . .

The Steering Committee prepares the agenda for Council meetings and may give its advice concerning resolutions that committees elect to place on the agenda.

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Current Representatives: Laura Bryant and Samantha Miller

Office of the Secretary / Provost’s Committees . . .

Social Responsibility Advisory Committee (2 Seats)
The Penn Social Responsibility Advisory Committee (Penn SRAC) shall advise the University Trustees and make recommendations to the Trustee Proxy Voting Subcommittee of the Executive Committee concerning decisions on Proxy Voting.
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Current Representatives: Jennifer Capozzoli and Emma Teitelman

Committee on Manufacturer Responsibility (1 Seat)
The Committee on Manufacturer Responsibility is responsible for the review of the Code of Workplace Conduct for Penn Licensed Product Manufacturers annually to evaluate its effectiveness. The Committee also reviews the effectiveness of the organization(s) conducting monitoring to ensure compliance with this Code and take appropriate steps to ensure effective monitoring. The Committee reviews any alleged violations of the University’s Code of Conduct including consulting with monitoring organizations, such as the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC), and determine whether they constitute violations.
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Current Representative: Akshay Walia

Committee on Academic Planning and Budget (2 Seats)
The Academic Planning and Budget Committee meets every other week throughout the academic year to provide advice on academic policies and procedures, interdisciplinary and cross-school efforts, strategic planning issues, research support and regulations, budgetary issues, and such matters as faculty and minority gender equity, early retirement, and personnel benefits. It also advises the Provost on school and center external review recommendations and proposed new academic degrees and new research institutes.
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Current Representatives: Laura Bryant and Samantha Miller

Graduate Council of the Faculties (3 Seats)
The Graduate Council of the Faculties is an advisory body to the Provost and the Vice Provost for Education. The Graduate Council assists in the evaluation of graduate programs by participating in or conducing periodic reviews; advises on policy matters related to the well-being of graduate education; advises concerning University-wide admissions and degree requirements for the Ph.D., A.M., and M.S. degrees; and certifies for the Trustees the candidates for the award of those degrees.
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Current Representatives: Laura Bryant, Akshay Walia, Andy Wu

Other University Committees . . .

Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (10 Seats)

The Provost of the University of Pennsylvania sponsors a Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC) with cross-University representation and health insurance expertise. Building on the initial work of SHIAC, the Committee is to continue to advise the Provost and the President on matters pertaining to the provision of health insurance for the students of the University. SHIAC will serve as a forum for discussing issues relevant to the provision of the best possible health insurance plan(s) to meet the needs of the students and the University. SHIAC will review the University's Student Health Insurance Plan and advise on the complex issues and concerns related to the administration of the Plan. SHIAC will set in place an ongoing review mechanism for the performance of the existing Plan. SHIAC will monitor the existing insurance Plan and make recommendations for renewal or change of Plan design. SHIAC will develop a mechanism for soliciting bids from vendors as appropriate. SHIAC will discuss ongoing issues pertaining to health insurance, monitoring the changing marketplace of health insurance provision and managed care, and making recommendations as opportunities are identified.
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Current Representatives: Cindy Del Rosario, Ellen Lapuck, Jonathan Madara, Casey McMahon, Rebekkah Merrell, Kristian Taketomo, Krishna Vijayendran, Yifan Wang, and Denise Xu.

Penn Museum Committee (1 Seat)

Current Representative: Yuqi Cai

Student Financial Services Advisory Board (3 Seats)

The ultimate goal of the board is one of influencing University policy and developing initiatives that benefit all parties. The board may accomplish this goal by sharing pertinent information and policy recommendations, and/or other actions the board deems appropriate.
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Current Representatives: Natalie Parker, Andrew Thum, and Fan Yang (Co-Chair)

WXPN Advisory Board (1 Seat)

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Current Representatives: Christopher Danny Hosein

Liaisons to the Trustees’ Committees . . .

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Academic Policy

Current Liaison: Kelsey VanGelder

Budget and Finance

Current Liaison: Paul Welfer

Local, National, and Global Engagement

Current Liaison: Justine Sefcik

Facilities and Campus Planning

Current Liaison: Andy Wu

Student Life

Current Liaison: Samantha Miller