GRaduate Student Association Council Mandate
Welcome Graduate Students!
It is my honour to welcome you to the University of Lethbridge and the Graduate Students’ Association. The GSA endeavours to be a pivotal part of your academic, professional, and social journeys; thus, we are dedicated to continuously seeking novel ways to enhance your graduate student experience. We aim to ensure the unique and salient needs and perspectives of graduate students are consistently placed at the forefront of the University’s ‘mind’. The GSA aims to augment the rich sense of community that should accompany a graduate program; we hope to use our events as a means through which students are able to develop growth-fostering relationships with their peers and fellow cohort members. Simultaneously, we attempt to facilitate a culture of C.A.R.E. for every graduate student. That is, a culture of Connections, Advocation, Resources, and Empowerment. Through providing places, spaces, and opportunities for graduate students to meet and share ideas, successes, and challenges, we hope to continue the establishment and maintenance of student support systems within the GSA. A prime example of such a system is our newly formed Labour Relations Committee, who have been working tirelessly to ensure the GSA is now in a position where we can actively assist students through grievances process. The GSA is committed to engaging and interacting with the student population through a variety of means (e.g., in person, through social media, or via email). Our organization rests on three pillars that form and drive our vision; sustainability, advocacy, and engagement. We are working to maintain financial and organizational sustainability, while concurrently exploring methods to ensure financial and organization sustainability for the years to come. We will continue to work towards strengthening our voice as we advocate for U of L graduate students within both local and provincial realms. We will look to our three pillars of sustainability, advocacy, and engagement to provide stability and support to us as the School of Graduate Studies continues to grow and change.
As fellow graduate students and researchers, the GSA executive and council understand the importance and impact graduate student research truly holds. We are here to provide ALL grad students with academic, social, and financial support to help make the post-graduate journey as easy and enjoyable as a post-graduate education could possibly be.
On that note, I would like to introduce the GSA executives for 2018-2019:
We, along with our eleven council representatives, Nathan Hill, Rachel Stark, Courteney Hamilton, Moksidul Hoque, Priya Bhutani, Jacky Cheruiyot, Chloe Chrosschild, Tyler Heaton, Leanna Santangelo, Araba Sagoe, and Sam Krause, have some new and exciting things planned for the year ahead. We will be continuing popular events such as Roundtable board games nights, while implementing many new events and initiatives such as Canvas/Ceramic therapy nights and the provision of ‘Survival Kits’ (be sure to follow our social media for updates!). In an effort to increase engagement and interaction with our students at the Calgary campus, our yearly trip will be to the Calgary Zoo! The annual Meeting of the Minds Conference will present yet another opportunity for graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary learning. These are just a few of the things in store for 2018-2019.
For myself personally, I intend to look to the University’s motto, Fiat Lux, to be my guiding light over the next year. I am still learning; I hope to continue to learn throughout the year, specifically I hope to learn about each of you in a more intricate manner, as well as have the opportunity to explore and learn exactly what it is you desire from me as your president. Moreover, I welcome each of your comments, opinions, and insights regarding how we can improve the GSA and graduate student life as a whole. We exist for you, we work for you, and we want your unique voice regarding how we can best serve you. Whether through an email, stopping by the office, or catching me in the halls, I am eagerly ready to listen to what you have to say and what is on your mind. I am easy to find and even easier to get in contact with!
I look forward to meeting many of you over the next year and sharing some knowledge and of course some good times. The 2018-2019 school year will certainly be a year of enthusiasm and evolution, and I am incredibly honoured and blessed to experience it alongside all of you!
Wishing you all mountains of productivity – today and every day,