GRaduate Student Association Council Mandate

Welcome Graduate Students!


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Lethbridge and the Graduate Students’ Association. The GSA wants to be part of your journey; academically, professionally, and socially. To that end we are dedicated to continually looking for ways to enhance your graduate student experience. Part of being in grad school is the sense of community that comes from your cohort and your research - ideas shared in a robust and challenging environment are what form the questions and drive the discoveries we make. The GSA is part of that through providing places, spaces, and opportunities to meet and share the ideas that make graduate school such an exciting journey. 

The GSA is committed to engaging the student population in person and on-line. Our organization rests on three pillars that form and drive our vision; sustainability, advocacy, and engagement. We are working for a financial and organizationally sustainable GSA, with a strong voice advocating for our students’ needs, that engages graduate students academically and socially. These three pillars are what will continue to support your GSA as the School of Graduate Studies grows in the years ahead.

The GSA executive and council know how important the research graduate students do is to the continued growth and success of the U of L. We are here to provide ALL grad students with academic, social, and financial support to help make the journey a smooth one. I would like to introduce executive of the GSA for 2017-2018:

Faye Salins, VP Student Life

Mohammed Abubakari, VP Finance and Services

Brendan Cummins, President


We, along with twelve council representatives, have some new and exciting things planned for the year ahead including a trip to Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump, games nights, and some new mental and physical health events. The annual Meeting of the Minds Conference provides graduate students from across disciplines a forum to share their research and learn about what others in their cohort have been doing. These are just a few of things in store for 2017-2018.

For myself personally, I would like to invite all of you to share your thoughts and input about how we can make the GSA and graduate student life better. We exist for you, we work for you, and we want to hear from you. Whether through an email, stopping by the office, or catching me in the halls, I am always ready to listen to what you have to say and what is on your mind. I am easy to find, and I am always open for business.

I look forward to meeting many of you over the next year and sharing some laughs and good times. 2017-2018 looks to be a year of excitement and growth, and I am thrilled to be sharing it with all of you.



Brendan Cummins, GSA President