Committees

Research

The Research Committee was created to advance the research community at Laurier. The committee is made up of graduate student volunteers from all programs that are passionate about research, and the focus is on developing programs, running events, and advocating for research related advances. This committee meets for approximately 1 hour per month throughout from September - April utilizing an open format structure that seeks everyone’s input to forecast the programs and initiatives for the upcoming year.

Past, and current programming includes the creation and adjudication of the Researchers of Laurier program, hosting faculty and student forums that engage students and faculty in discussions surrounding graduate student issues, and facilitating topic area symposiums that engage a diverse group of students and faculty in discussions around ‘hot’ topics in the research world.

If you're interested in joining please contact our committee chair, Esther.

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee was created to promote a healthy work-life balance for students while at graduate school. The committee is made up of graduate student volunteers from all programs that are interested in prioritizing student wellness. The focus is on brainstorming and organizing monthly wellness events that help students relax and network with other students across different programs and departments. The committee also creates wellness programs or initiatives that better the graduate student experience and support Laurier’s community. This committee meets for approximately 1 hour once a month throughout the school year utilizing an open format structure that seeks everyone’s input to forecast the events and initiatives for the upcoming year.

Some events that the wellness committee has been responsible for include trips to Herrle’s Country Market, cooking soup lunches at the Indigenous Student Centre, and wellness weeks or days complete with free massage therapists, breakfast, therapy dogs, yoga, meditation, gym passes, baked goods, reflexology, and drumming circles.

To get involved email our committee chair, Adrianna.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development committee explores new opportunities and evaluates and develops the opportunities provided at Laurier and in the wider community. The committee is made up of graduate student volunteers from all programs that are interested in further developing both their own and others' professional development skills. The focus of this committee is to promote professional development opportunities occurring on campus and in the community to students, and to fill any gaps with subsequent events that students might find helpful. This committee meets for approximately 1 hour twice a month throughout the school year utilizing an open format structure that seeks everyone’s input to forecast the events and initiatives for the upcoming year.

Prior initiatives include the planning and hosting of LinkedIn, writing, and social media workshops, designing and implementing a professional development survey to gage what type of workshops students want, and the facilitation of relationships with campus partners to investigate professional development opportunities for students.

If you are interested in joining the committee please email our committee chair, Jiaxin.

GSA Social Justice and Equity committee

The Social Justice and Equity Committee was formed to help further advance our ideals. Feedback from graduate students during our 2017-2020 strategic planning process clearly indicated community support for social justice and equity initiatives. The committee is made up of graduate student volunteers from all programs that are interested in enhancing the experiences of graduate students from traditionally marginalized communities. The focus is on maintaining our partnership with the Laurier Centre for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to co-create graduate student specific programs and services with a social justice lens. This committee meets for approximately 1 hour twice a month throughout the school year utilizing an open format structure that seeks everyone’s input to forecast the events and initiatives for the upcoming year.

Some items that the social justice and equity committee has been responsible for in the past is creating a services and resource fair and a free menstruation product program.

If you are interested in joining the committee please email our committee chair, Joseph.