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 directors positions will be accepted as of January 15th with a deadline of January 29th at 3pm. Applications are being accepted for 2, one-year term positions (May 2019 - April 2020) and 5, two-year term positions (May 2019 - April 2021).
There will be a campaign period from January 29th - February 12th if needed, with voting taking place on February 12th.
For more information visit our Board of Directors page.
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 application period for these positions will be open in February 2019. Check back for more details!
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
Senate Finance Committee
Gendered Violence Task Force