The purpose of the JDP Student Council is to foster and enhance communication, cooperation, and engagement between the JDP student body and faculty, including the Steering Committee, regarding all instructional and procedural aspects of the doctoral program, student-mentor relations, and student life. The Student Council will provide regular student input to the Steering Committee in order to facilitate problem solving, program improvement, and a deeper understanding and collegiality between students and program administration.

Students may contact the Student Council with questions, ideas, suggestions, or concerns via email ( However, if students wish to contact the Student Council anonymously, they may do so using the suggestions box located in the JDP mail/copy room at 6363 Alvarado Court, Suite 103.

Student Council Representatives:

Class of 2021: Dafna Paltin*
Class of 2020: Chelsea Rapoport
Class of 2019: Emma Parrish
Class of 2018: Alex Weigand
Class of 2017: Joe Happer

*Also represents the Class of 2022 until Spring 2023 when they will vote for their own class representative.

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