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  • Increased Engagement Opportunities for Graduate Students Through BUSU Partnership

    April 29, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Increased Engagement Opportunities for Graduate Students Through BUSU Partnership

    Throughout the last two years, particularly in light of the ongoing pandemic, we have witnessed a growing interest from graduate students vocalizing their desires for more opportunities to create community, connect with other graduate students and get more involved on the Brock campus. As a strategic pillar within our organization, we continue to prioritize efforts to build community through and within our actions as an organization.

    Considering student need and under the direction of our Strategic Plan, we have worked diligently over the last year to identify opportunities for graduate students. Today, we are proud to announce a deepened partnership with the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).

    Through a new omnibus agreement with BUSU, the GSA has secured the following for graduate students:

    • Access to BUSU events and programming, under the same terms and conditions offered to undergraduate students
    • Ability to create graduate student clubs, under BUSU’s purview
    • Open opportunity to join and participate in BUSU clubs, in accordance with BUSU policies and established club rules

    Event and club access now stands alongside the previous agreed upon services between the GSA and BUSU: the Food First program and transit/U-Pass.

    “This agreement finalizes years of efforts to partner more closely together, benefiting both graduate and undergraduate students,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “We have been aligned on a number of major projects over the last several years, from the Zone renovation, mental health initiatives and increased support for Aboriginal Student Services. Having worked for both BUSU and the GSA, I have long seen the opportunity to bring our two organizations closer together and this agreement is not only a culmination of those efforts but represents a first of its kind partnership within the student association sector in Ontario.”

    Graduate students are now able to access BUSU events, programming, and clubs.

    We look forward to the continued partnerships with BUSU and will continue to work towards the establishment of strong community for graduate students at Brock.



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  • GSA’s 2nd Annual Cultural Integration Week 2022

    GSA’s 2nd Annual Cultural Integration Week Schedule

    February 14 – 18, 2022


    Cultural Connections Speed Networking @ 1pm

    This event is focused on enhancing connections between international and domestic students at Brock, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the GSA knows that student social life has taken a serious hit! For this hour long Zoom session we want to foster an environment of intercultural connection and provide students with the opportunity to connect with peers at Brock and build new friendships.

    Click here to register for the event


    Iaminuk Workshop led by Cindy Biancaniello @ 12pm – 2pm

    During this session Cindy will show a PowerPoint slideshow of pictures depicting traditional Inuit life. Pictures date back to 1897, when Cindy’s grandfather was an Inuktitut interpreter on board the SS Diana and the Neptune expedition ships.

    Many of the pictures are family photos that will give the viewer a fascinating glimpse of the past in a harsh and beautiful environment. Clothing, food, tools, and hunting practices are discussed by Cindy as she shares these spectacular photos. Cindy also delivers a hands-on workshop making such things as bookmarks, bracelets and earrings with beads and charms that remind her of stories past.

    Click here to register for the event


    HRE Workshop on Intercultural Perspectives on GSV @ 12pm – 1pm

    Join us for a workshop reflecting on how gender & sexual violence affects multiple cultures, intercultural communication, and dating. This workshop involves two components. A 30-minute Sakai online module, and a 1-hour Teams Seminar to discuss what you’ve learned in Sakai, and engage in some experiential activities.

    For access to Sakai, please register on Experience BU for this event at least 3 hours before the scheduled Seminar. We ask that you please complete the Sakai module BEFORE the Teams Seminar to be able to attend and engage in the seminar.

    This workshop is part of a Certificate Series. Complete 5 workshops to receive a “Standard Gender & Sexual Violence Support Certificate”. Complete 10 to receive an “Advanced Gender & Sexual Violence Support Certificate”.

    For more information about our Certificate program, please visit or email Talia at

    Click here to register for the event

    Wining, Women and Wotlessness @ 7pm – 8:30pm

    Are you interested in learning more about Carnival? From the rhythmic chipping of paint-soaked revellers in the early J’ouvert morning to fire breathing Jab Molassie that seek to disturb order and revellers. Join this workshop to explore the origins of Carnival, elements of Ole’ Mas that hold such cultural significance that contribute to the seamless beauty of Carnival. Examining the evolution of the rich melodic beats of Kaiso and Calypso, while looking at the emergence of the heavily adorned carnival costumes. It will be done through a cross-cultural lens as we start in the ‘home of Carnival’, Trinidad and Tobago, while these public demonstrations on the streets.

    Presented by Anti-Racism Advocate Monique Maison in collaboration with the Student Justice Centre and office of Human Rights and Equity at Brock.

    Click here to register for the event


    Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training @ 1pm

    Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. They believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are.

    They believe we all have a role to play in disrupting harassment and building a culture where it is no longer seen as “just the price you have to pay” for being a woman, LGBTQ+, a person of color, or any other marginalized identity. They teach people to take action, and to reach across their own identities to ally with others and establish a united front against harassment each time we witness it.

    In response to the continued police violence against black communities and the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, they are offering this free, one-hour, interactive training to train people on how to safely intervene in the face of police violence and anti-black racism using Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention

    Click here to register for the event

    Black Student Voices: What My Culture Means to Me @ 2pm – 4pm

    Please join Black domestic and international students for a student-led panel discussion on Black Experiences at Brock University. They will discuss how they experience community and define their identities while navigating daily life at a predominantly White institution, community and

    country. The panel will consist of five graduate and undergraduate students, as well as a student moderator, who will tackle questions around the successes and challenges of their journeys.

    Click here to register for the event

    Intercultural Learning and Services at Brock @ 4pm – 5:30pm

    Join us for this Zoom webinar where our guest speakers will be discussing different resources available to international (and domestic) students at Brock, exploring some common challenges or barriers that students may face, and finally offering some information on the cultural context and responsibilities inherent to being a learner on this land.

    Our speakers:

    • Carolyn Villella, International Student Life Specialist with Brock International Services
    • Eve Nyambiya, the Anti-Racism and Inclusion Advisor with the Human Rights and Equity Office
    • Robyn Bourgeois, professor in Women and Gender Studies and the Vice Provost of Indigenous Engagement at Brock
    • Samuel Charal, the Aboriginal Recruitment and Liaison Officer from Aboriginal Student Services at Brock
    • Moderator: Daislyn Vidal, the VP of Graduate Students with CUPE4207 and international graduate student in the department of Applied Health Sciences

    Click here to register for the event

    International Student Solidarity Panel @ 2:30pm – 4pm

    Join us for this panel hosted by members of CUPE, OPIRG, and the GSA amplifying voices of international students at Brock who are interested in sharing their experiences with incoming and current students. Panelists will cover such topics as being an international student during online learning, support services for international students during COVID-19, finding a sense of community in a new place, and applying for jobs after graduation.

    We will hear from Simranjeet Kaur and Foroogh Zarei, international graduate students in the Department of Education at Brock, as well as Brock alumni Ezgi Sarioglu who graduated around 5 years ago and now works as the Program Manager for Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership, Canada. The panel will be moderated by Rakha Zabin, the Associate Vice President International with the GSA, and an international student in the Joint Phd of Educational Studies.

    Click here to register for the event


    Around the World Trivia @ 4pm

    It’s the final event of our Cultural Integration Week – time to wrap things up with TRIVIA!

    Join us on Zoom at 4pm for the chances to win a $25 gift card from a local restaurant and take your knowledge around the world. Answer questions about global cultures (food, art, music), geography and other aspects highlighted throughout our Cultural Integration Week.

    Note: only current Brock graduate students are eligible to win the prize

    Click here to register for the event

  • GSA Announces Newly Appointed Vice-President, Student Engagement for 2021-2022

    October 8, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Announces Newly Appointed Vice-President, Student Engagement for 2021-2022

    After announcing the resignation of the Vice-President, Student Engagement on August 26, the GSA swiftly embarked on a thorough recruitment process to fill this vacancy and once again complete the executive compliment.

    During the recruitment period, in pursuance to Document 001 and other relevant GSA legislation, the Executive Committee appointed Haley Myatt, GSA Deputy President and Vice-President Communications and Advancement, as acting Vice-President, Student Engagement until a successful candidate was determined and appointed by the Board of Directors.

    The recruitment process in its entirety was held in online spaces due to current COVID-19 restrictions. The Recruitment Committee’s recommendation for the position was presented to the Board of Directors at the September 30 meeting, providing Board Directors the opportunity to scrutinize the recruitment process and the nomination. The Board unanimously supported the appointment of Safa Khan to the position of Vice-President, Student Engagement for the remainder of the 2021-2022 operating year.

    “Over the past several years, the GSA has worked to develop a comprehensive, accountable and transparent process to fill executive vacancies when they arise. This process was codified this summer through new Board policies, and implemented for this recruitment process,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “Modeled off processes at other institutions, and in consideration of sector-leading practices, our process ensures the needs of the organization are met while upholding our strategic commitments to equitable and inclusive practices. I am tremendously proud of the way the GSA continues to show its leadership within student governance, not only at Brock, but across the province and beyond.”

    Khan has been an active part of the Brock community throughout her undergraduate years and feels honoured to have the chance to continue that involvement through her graduate studies. “I have always been passionate about engaging students and I am more than thrilled to begin my journey as Vice-President, Student Engagement and working with the team at the GSA. I look forward to bringing exciting events, both virtually and in-person, for our graduate students in the Brock community this year!”

    With the addition of Khan, the full Executive Team for 2021-2022 stands as:

    President and CEO – Christopher Yendt

    Deputy President and Vice President, Communication and Advancement – Haley Myatt

    Vice President, Equity and Inclusion – Ash Grover

    Vice President, External Affairs – Nawal Syed

    Vice President, Student Engagement – Safa Khan

    “We know that Safa will hit the ground running and has already demonstrated a passion for the portfolio. Over the coming weeks, the GSA will undertake a comprehensive onboarding process, to make sure both Safa and the rest of the Executive team are best positioned for success over the remainder of our terms,” says Yendt. “I want to thank the members of the Recruitment Committee for their additional investment over the month of September, the Executive for the additional responsibilities required of them, and the Board for their constant support and guidance during the recruitment period.”

    The GSA looks forward to providing new and exciting opportunities for engagement and involvement moving forward. We encourage members to follow our social media channels to stay up to date on the latest news, as well as check out all the outstanding involvement opportunities currently featured on our website.

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    Visit our website for news, opportunities, service information, current legislation and more:

    Find us on social:

    Facebook – Brock University Graduate Students’ Association

    Instagram – @BrockGSA

    Twitter – @BrockGSA

    LinkedIn – Brock GSA – Graduate Students’ Association

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  • GSA Board of Directors Appoints New Leadership for Remainder of 2021-2022 Term

    October 8, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Board of Directors Appoints New Leadership for Remainder of 2021-2022 Term

    On September 30, at its monthly virtual meeting, the Board of Directors nominated and appointed a new Chair and Vice-Chair for the remainder of the 2021-2022 operating year; Amanda Williams was appointed Chair and Jake Medeiros has been appointed Vice-Chair. This is Williams’ second term with the Board of Directors and Medeiros’ first term. Williams previously sat as Vice-Chair from May to September 2021.

    Since moving into a leadership position in May, Williams has held strong focus on contributing to graduate student experiences by advocating for and representing their needs: “I’m excited to see where this year’s team takes us, as our Strategic Plan gives a strong framework for developing services and events that benefit students, now and in the future.”

    Williams’ predecessor, Felisia Milana, steps down from duties with the Board as she is set to be amongst the graduating cohort this Fall. Previously serving as the Board’s inaugural Vice-Chair then Chair, Milana entered each of these roles with ambition and determination to create strong community and maintain stability within the Board.

    “Over the past five months, we have really benefited from having Felisia as our Board Chair,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “From my position, the Chair is a critical role within our organization, maintaining a strong relationship between the Board and Executive. Her leadership was instrumental in the development of the first Board orientation program, as well as the Board’s involvement in the monthly updates of our Strategic Action / Annual Plan. While we will definitely miss her in the role, we know that wherever she lands, they will benefit from her involvement, insight, and experience.”

    The Board of Directors, alongside the Executive Committee and staff, wish Milana the best in near ventures.

    This meeting not only saw the appointments of new Board leadership, but was the first meeting within the Fall semester, marking additional recruitment efforts to fill the few remaining seats.

    “I, along with the other members of the Executive team, are grateful for all the efforts of the Board to ensure accountability and transparency while supporting our ongoing efforts to complete all of our Year One goals in our Strategic Plan,” says Yendt. “If strategic management, finance, and planning are passions of yours, being involved with our Board is a great way to gain experience that will translate well to future employment opportunities.”

    Currently, there is an ongoing recruitment for Directors from the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Humanities. If you are interested in the potential of representing your faculty, please email for more information.

    To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, visit


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  • Brock Service Highlight: Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC)

    Brock Service Highlight: Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC)

    The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, also often referred to as SWAC, provides many services for all students. As a graduate student, you have access to all these services for free as they are included in your annual student ancillary fees.

    Check out the information below to learn more about what SWAC offers for you and how you can access these services.


    What is Student Health Services?

    Even as a graduate student, you have access to all on-campus medical clinics and services during your time at Brock. At Student Health Services, you can book an appointment with a physician or mental health nurse, visit an urgent care same-day clinic for any health issue, including:

    • Mental health and anxiety
    • Immunizations and injections
    • Free and confidential STI testing
    • General health examinations

    How can I access Student Health Services?

    If you want to book an appointment with a mental health nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician:

    • Call 905-688-5550 x 3243 to get an appointment from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    If you want to go to an in-person mental health drop-in, visit:

    • Heritage Plaza Drug Smart Pharmacy (also referred to as Campus Pharmacy) clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday
    • Harrison Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday or Thursday

    If you need an urgent same-day appointment at the Heritage Plaza Drug Smart Pharmacy clinic, pick a time on their online booking system.


    What is personal counselling?

    Whether you may be struggling with the workload that comes with being a graduate student, having difficulty due to the ongoing pandemic, or just want to talk to a counsellor to discuss any personal concerns, personal counselling is available to Brock graduate students 24/7. You can speak to a professionally trained counsellor in a confidential space, completely free.

    How can I access personal counselling?

    • For an appointment call 905-688-5550 x 6380 or visit ST400 on campus
    • For urgent 24/7 telephone counselling, call 1-833-BROCK33 (1-833-2762-533)

    You can also download the MySSP app (provided free by Brock) and receive confidential 24/7 support via text or telephone with a professional counsellor. Support is available English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese (simplified Chinese via chat).


    What is Student Accessibility Services?

    If you need support with any documented permanent disability or temporary ongoing medical, mental health and/or cyclical health condition which may be impacting your academics, Student Accessibility Services can provide accommodations for you!

    How do I submit my documentation and register?


    What is the Graduate Wellness Hub?

    Every week online (on Microsoft Teams) and in-person on campus, the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre holds drop-in counselling every week, run by Brock graduate students’. If you aren’t sure where to go on campus for a specific concern you’re having, or just want to talk to another graduate student for support, please don’t hesitate to stop by!

    When and how can I get to the Hub?

    • For online peer-to-peer support, visit this link to join the Graduate Wellness Hub on Microsoft Teams every Monday from 6 – 8 p.m.
    • For in-person peer-to-peer support, go to TH134 on campus, every Friday from 5 – 7 p.m.

    If you have additional questions about SWAC’s services or how to access them, email Andrew Nielsen ( or Julie Fennell (

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  • Information for Graduate Students on Returning to Campus

    Information for Graduate Students on Returning to Campus

    In the last month, there have been many updates on the return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. As of yesterday, September 1, Brock is proceeding with the Fall Term as planned, following the direction from the government about fall-term delivery for Ontario post-secondary institutions.

    To consolidate the information that has been posted about the return to campus and hopefully help you prepare for the Fall semester, here is information that has been shared by Brock:

    Vaccine Mandate

    Brock’s vaccination requirement comes into effect this upcoming Tuesday, September 7. When in effect, only those who are vaccinated or who meet limited criteria for accommodation will be permitted on both the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses.

    Coming to Campus

    To come onto campus, students, staff and faculty need to fill out the vaccination declaration form here – this should be completed so as soon as possible as it is a mandatory requirement of the university. Those who have not submitted their vaccination information by Sept. 7 will not be permitted on campus until they do so.

    Those who have accommodation exemptions will be required to complete twice weekly rapid antigen testing and enhanced screening upon arrival to campus.

    Ensuring Safety on Campus

    As shared in an email to all students yesterday, Brock has steps to ensure your safety on campus, including the list below:

    GSA Offices

    Mirroring similar processes of BUSU (the Brock University Students’ Union), we will continue to operate through a vastly virtual office model for Fall 2021. We do not have the capacity to currently take walk-in appointments.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please first direct these to our office at or phone (905) 688-5550, ext. 4094. If staff determine that an in-person appointment is required, individuals will have to follow processes found here.


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