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.

 "We send our greetings and love to mother earth and the people. With love and peace." - Cathy

"We send our greetings and love to mother earth and the people. With love and peace." - Cathy

 "A degree is nice. Experience is better. Get involved." - Nathaniel

"A degree is nice. Experience is better. Get involved." - Nathaniel

 "The GSA has helped me develop my leadership skills and find opportunities to expand my research within and outside of the Laurier community." - Domenica

"The GSA has helped me develop my leadership skills and find opportunities to expand my research within and outside of the Laurier community." - Domenica

 "The GSA offers me thoughtful, collaborative support, inspiring my creativity when developing professional learning opportunities for my fellow part-time graduate/M.Ed students."- Crystal

"The GSA offers me thoughtful, collaborative support, inspiring my creativity when developing professional learning opportunities for my fellow part-time graduate/M.Ed students."- Crystal

 "Serving as Chair of the Board of the GSA was an amazing experience! The skills I acquired furthered my passion for governance and have been invaluable in my legal career." - Patrick

"Serving as Chair of the Board of the GSA was an amazing experience! The skills I acquired furthered my passion for governance and have been invaluable in my legal career." - Patrick

 "To taste the extraordinary uniqueness of Canada; to forge long-lasting friendship; to become a worthy member of Laurier community." - Jocelyn

"To taste the extraordinary uniqueness of Canada; to forge long-lasting friendship; to become a worthy member of Laurier community." - Jocelyn

 "Working at the GSA, I have learned the value of balancing self-care and academics which helps me produce higher quality work. Prioritizing wellness is the key to thriving in grad school." - Preet

"Working at the GSA, I have learned the value of balancing self-care and academics which helps me produce higher quality work. Prioritizing wellness is the key to thriving in grad school." - Preet

 "Gain tangible leadership skills in the Not-for-Profit sector while completing your degree. Contribute to the growth of our community." - Gautam

"Gain tangible leadership skills in the Not-for-Profit sector while completing your degree. Contribute to the growth of our community." - Gautam


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The Board of Directors

Nominations for directors positions are now open with a deadline of Tuesday, August 14th at 3 pm. Applications are being accepted for 3, 8-month term positions (September 2018 - April 2019) and 2, 20-month term positions (September 2018 - April 2020).

There will be a campaign period from August 15th - August 29th if needed, with voting taking place on Wednesday, August 29th.

For more information visit our Board of Directors page.


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Constituency representatives

Applications are now available! Constituency representatives are responsible for the general outreach to their constituency as well as creating and promoting a positive, diverse work environment. They also facilitate the application period for constituents to receive GSA funding for their planned events/initiatives. The contract is based on 15 hours per month with $900 compensation per semester ($1800 for the year). The term runs from September 1st, 2018 until April 30th, 2019. Please request an application package by emailing hiring@wlugsa.ca. Applications close Friday, August 24th.

We are looking for representatives for the following constituencies:

Arts
SIPG
Education
Human & Social Sciences
Lazaridis
Liberal Arts
Music
PhD
Indigenous
International
Toronto


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.

Governance Committee
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.

 

University-wide Committees

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