Professional Student Senate

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Professional Student Senate (PSS) is the representative voice of the students of Pacific University's graduate and professional programs.

  • Athletic Training
  • Audiology
  • Business
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Health Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Professional Psychology
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Who We Are

The Professional Student Senate (PSS) is the body within the University's governance structure representing graduate and professional students. Senators are the voice of the students and act to express concerns and foster inter professional development between programs and the University as a whole. Each program appoints two senators to the student senate. They work to support students through the distribution of hardship, graduation, research, professional and inter professional development funds. PSS also plans social events, acts as a forum for student ideas, and provides a link between all the professional programs. Senators also are appointed to university committees giving students a voice across the institution.

Mission Statement

Provide opportunities for the promotion of interprofessional relations between the University's professional/ graduate programs as well as the professional/ graduate programs and the community at large (collegial, local and global). Provide a voice for the professional/ graduate students to the larger University. Provide input and recommendations on Pacific University policies, issues and decisions affecting professional students.

Professional Student Senate Bylaws and Handbook

Bylaws and Handbook are updated and maintained by all members of the PSS, including the executive board and senators.  Both documents require approval by the University Council.  

Get Involved

PSS meetings are open to all Pacific University community members and held bi-monthly. If you would like information about how to become a PSS senator and/or meeting locations and times, please contact Nicole Shappart, Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Student Services at