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 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 cro@wlugsa.ca.

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.



COMMITTEES

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.

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