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Dean’s Advisory Council of Students

Council Charge

The Dean’s Advisory Council of Students (DACS) is an inclusive committee of elected student representatives, collaborating to advise the Dean on School of Pharmacy budgets, admissions, programs, student affairs, and new initiatives.


The members of the Council include the School of Pharmacy Dean, PharmD program leadership, three PharmD Student Representatives from each class elected by their peers, and a Graduate Student Representative from each graduate program.


All students are given the opportunity to self-nominate to serve as a DACS Rep. PY1 DACS Rep elections are held during Autumn Quarter, and elections for the PY2 Rep positions are held in Spring Quarter. PY2 and PY3 Reps automatically continue in their role.


Students Reps must participate actively in all DACS meetings, advising the Dean and PharmD program leadership, raising questions offered by classmates, discussing relevant and timely issues, and making decisions on student matters as appropriate. If Student Reps are unable to attend a meeting, they need to ensure at least one other Rep from their class will attend. PY4 students – given their rotation schedules – are not required to attend meetings; however, they are encouraged to call in to the meetings if possible and review minutes.

DACS Well-Being Coordinators

One of the Student Reps from each class will serve as a Well-Being Coordinator, collaborating with the Health Sciences Liaison Counselor on well-being programming.

Student Events Calendar

Student Reps must review the Student Events Calendar at least once a month and notify their classmates of upcoming events. Reps must ensure that students are not scheduling meetings that conflict with other major meetings, such as All-Class or All-School meetings, guest speakers, presentations, etc.

Email Listserv

Student Reps must maintain an active listserv for their class and make it available to fellow classmates and other PharmD students when needed. Student participation in this list is voluntary and must include an opt-out (unsubscribe) option.

Between-Meeting Activity

Reps must manage class-related tasks that may arise between meetings, such as requests to change the time of a final exam or rallying student participation in end-of-year surveys. Student Reps may be asked to participate in special events, such as all-class meetings, focus groups, etc.

The DACS meeting schedule is posted on the UW PharmD Canvas site, along with a roster of the current Student Representatives for each class.