Getting Involved with the GSA
There are numerous ways for graduate students to get involved with the GSA. Each of these positions offers students the opportunity to expand their network, try something new, and to experience professional development themselves.
The Board of Directors
Nominations for five two-year board of directors positions are now open. We accept applications from currently registered graduate students who are available to serve the two-year commitment from May 2018 - April 2020. The deadline for nomination packages is Wednesday, January 24th to email@example.com.
The Board of Directors represents the interests of graduate students at Laurier who are members of the GSA, provides strategic direction expressed in broad policies, and offers clear future oriented leadership, outward vision and a broad range of viewpoints. Composition of the Board includes character, talent, and loyalty to the GSA, and fosters diversity into the whole of the organization.
The Board directs, monitors and inspires the organization through strategies and policies that are forward looking, including the influence of external factors and trends and capturing relevant values for the successful outcomes and conduct of the GSA.
The Board is accountable to the GSA membership through the following areas of focus:
- Member and Stakeholder Representation
- Setting Strategic Direction
- Financial and Risk Oversight
- President Succession Planning and Monitoring
- Governance and Policy Development
The Board must act in a manner that is consistent with the Corporations Act of Ontario, and the GSA's Letter Patent and Constitution.
The Board consists of nine members; chair, vice chair, treasurer and six directors-at-large. The Board meets once per month to discuss generative topics relating to the membership, governance and strategy items, and to monitor the President.
President & CEO
Applications for President & CEO are available in the Winter Semester each year. More information to come.
The GSA has open positions on several committees for graduate students to join on a volunteer basis. Each committee meets for approximately 1 hour each month. The committees are: Research Committee, Events Committee, Wellness Committee, and Professional Development Committee.
Board Level Committees
Members of the Board of Directors are required to sit on the following committees. However, each of these committees are also open to the general membership.
Management Resources Committee
The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its responsibilities with regards to managing the President. The committee is responsible for the maintenance of a Presidential job description, facilitating the election of a President, and ensuring an annual review process takes place.
The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its legal, ethical, and function responsibilities through governance policy development, recruitment strategies, training programs, monitoring of board activities and evaluation of board members performance. The committee is responsible for creating governance policy and procedures, recruiting and orienting new board members, and conducting annual assessments of the Board’s strengths and weaknesses.
The GSA has a Memorandum of Understanding with Laurier detailing our right to have graduate student representation, determined by the GSA, on a number of university-wide committees. Committee openings are advertised to the membership on an as-needed basis. Some committees that require graduate student representation are:
- Graduate Faculty Council
- Graduate Student Appeals
- Student Affairs department sub-committees
- Senate Student Appeals
- Mental Health Task Force
- Senate Committee on Research and Publications
- Library Council
- Senate Finance Committee
- Gendered Violence Task Force