So what is the Dawg Pack Advisory Committee?
Over the summer, ASUW, GPSS, and the UW Athletics Department formally established the Dawg Pack Advisory Committee—or DPAC—to involve students in the “planning side” of Husky Athletic events, the Dawg Pack, and student ticket packages. The committee has spots for representatives from ASUW, GPSS, and the student body at-large.
What role will the DPAC have on campus? What will the committee actually do?
Broadly speaking, the DPAC will have three roles: advisory, policy, and programming.
When Athletics reviews current game-day programs and policies, or creates new ones, they can bring their ideas to the DPAC and ask for students’ opinions. This works visa versa, too—students can also bring ideas and recommendations to DPAC meetings to share with Athletics’ staff.
In order to best represent ‘student opinion’ at a school with tens of thousands of students from all kinds of backgrounds, the students on the DPAC will be doing a lot of outreach work to gather student feedback. This could mean anything from creating focus groups, to distributing polls and surveys, to speaking with Student Senate—it’ll be up to the committee members to decide how they reach out to the Dawg Pack and student body.
The DPAC is formally established by two documents: Article XII of the ASUW Bylaws (which lists the formal, or “standing,” committees of the Association) and the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between Athletics, ASUW, and GPSS (which will be made public in the next few weeks—stay tuned!). One of the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding—or MOU—is that the DPAC will be responsible for formally reviewing and updating the MOU every year to make sure the document always reflects the needs and priorities of the Dawg Pack, which may change over time.
The DPAC will be responsible for running two new programs to reward and recognize awesome UW students at Husky athletic events. The 2015-2016 DPAC members will be responsible for shaping how these programs are run—AKA, huge opportunity for students to get creative with marketing and promotional ideas at Husky games! The committee will also build relationships with the marketing, outreach, and promotions team at Athletics to collaborate on new ways to take the Dawg Pack experience to the next level.
Who sits on the DPAC, and what do they do?
In addition to representatives from the Athletics Department, the committee will have the following personnel:
- The Director of Campus Partnerships, who shall serve as Chair;
- The ASUW President, or proxy;
- The GPSS President, or proxy;
- One representative of the ASUW Student Senate;
- Three undergraduate students at large, who shall be selected through the ASUW Open Selection Process;
- One graduate student at large, and;
- One additional GPSS representative, who may be either a graduate student at large, or a locally located, recent UW graduate.
Each student representative will serve a term of one academic year. Since this is the committee’s first year, the exact time commitment isn’t set in stone, but we expect students will spend about 10-15 hours/quarter (an average of 1-1.5 hours/week) on DPAC business. We will have one hour meetings every 2-3 weeks throughout the school year, and committee members will work on projects outside of meeting time, such as conducting focus groups, working on the Dawg Pack’s social media presence, or selecting students to recognize at Athletic events.
For the 2015-2016 school year, DPAC meetings are tentatively scheduled to be bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 4 PM, although this time and frequency is subject to change at the discretion of the committee members, once appointed.
When can students apply to serve on the committee?
The at-large student application for the 2015-2016 Dawg Pack Advisory Committee is open from September 28th-October 12th at 11:45 PM. All application information and the application itself can be found online at tinyurl.com/DPACapp2015.
For answers to questions like, “What are the benefits of serving on the DPAC?” and “What qualities are you looking for in applicants?”, check out the application at the link below!
APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 12 AT 11:45 PM
If you have any other questions, feel free to email Leigh Friedman at email@example.com.