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  • Job and Volunteer Opportunities with the GSA

    Job and Volunteer Opportunities with the GSA

    Special Newsletter – September 8, 2021

    As we embark on the 2021-2022 academic year together, our Team is excited to share some paid and volunteer opportunities with you! We are actively recruiting grad students to join our Association in a number of facets. From joining the Executive Committee to volunteering on one of our internal committees, the array of involvement is wide open.

    Check out the positions we are currently recruiting for:

    Vice-President, Student Engagement (paid)

    The Vice-President, Student Engagement (VPSE) can be considered an event planner for the GSA; they are responsible for the organization, coordination and general management of all the GSA social, recreational, and educational activities. The VPSE advocates for the inclusion of graduate student specific events and programming and works collaboratively with campus units to create such events and programming.

    Click here to read our full posting and find the application information. Please review all documents thoroughly before applying.

    Deadline to apply: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 4 p.m. (EST)

     

    Chief Returning Officer (paid)

    The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) oversees the election processes of the GSA. With the assistance of the Elections Committee, the CRO will plan, organize, and execute all election stages for the 2022-2023 GSA Executive positions. This role will include acting as the first point of contact for all election inquiries, overseeing the online voting process and announcing the official results.

    Click here to read our full posting and find the application information.

    Deadline to apply: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 4 p.m. (EST)

     

    Board of Directors (volunteer)

    Our Board of Directors is involved in making decisions that define the vision and mission of the GSA, its strategic objectives and priorities, priority populations, the organizational values, and the future course for GSA.

    At this time, we are only seeking applications for directors from Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Click here to review the role and responsibilities of the Board.

    Click here to review the set meeting dates of the Board.

    We are accepting applications on a rolling, first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in applying, please email gsaed@brocku.ca for more information.

     

    Program Assembly (volunteer)

    The Program Assembly is comprised of program delegates from each of Brock’s 51 graduate programs who act as liaison between the GSA Executive Committee and the graduate students within their program. This meaningful dynamic created allows for greater opportunity to bring forward issues or concerns from within the programs to the forefront of GSA operations.

    Click here to read our full posting and find the application information.

    Deadline to apply: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. (EST)

     

    GSA Committees (volunteer)

    The GSA Committees are a great place for students who interested in graduate student life and leadership to volunteer. Not only is it a chance to meet other graduate students from different programs and faculties, they will also collaborate with GSA Board Directors and members of the Executive Committee to make graduate student life at Brock better for all students.

    Dependent on the committee, they may meet upwards of bi-weekly throughout the traditional academic year, but no less than once per month.

    Our internal committees include:

    • Student Engagement & Communications
    • Governance, Elections and Nominating
    • Equity & Inclusion
    • External Affairs

    There is no deadline to apply to sit on GSA committees – you can join at any time during the academic year. Email your interest to gsaed@brocku.ca and a staff member will connect you with your listed committee(s).  In the email, please include: Full Name, Brock Student ID Number, Brock Student Email and the Faculty that you are a student in.

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  • Volunteer Opportunity: GSA Program Assembly

    Volunteer Opportunity: GSA Program Assembly

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

    Applications for the 2021-2022 GSA Program Assembly are currently now open.

    Introduced in 2019, the GSA Program Assembly is one of the newer avenues for involvement for the GSA. The Program Assembly is comprised of program delegates from each of Brock’s 51 graduate programs who liaison between the GSA Executive Committee and the graduate students within their program. This dynamic created by the Assembly allows for greater opportunity to bring forward issues or concerns from within the programs to the forefront of GSA operations.

    For more information on the Program Assembly, review Document 018 (Program Assembly Bylaw). Additional information can be found on the below application form.

    The deadline to apply is Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (EST).

    Applications will be received on a first come, first served basis. The first applicant from each of Brock’s 51 Graduate Programs who has successfully submitted a completed application will be automatically designated as that program’s delegate.

    If you have any questions or would like additional details about this role, please reach out to our Executive Director, Mary Tibollo at gsaed@brocku.ca.

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  • Recruitment Begins for Vice-President, Student Engagement

    Recruitment Begins for Vice-President, Student Engagement

    August 27, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    In reflection of news shared earlier today of the resignation of the Vice-President, Student Engagement, the GSA Board of Directors– as per Document 001 and relevant GSA legislation – begins its recruitment process to fill this vacancy. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately. The deadline to apply for this position is September 17, 2021 at 4pm EST.

    Anticipated appointment start date is October 1, 2021 and will continue until April 30, 2022.

    To read more about what this position entails, click here.

    To review the complete recruitment timeline, click here.

    Application packages must include the following elements:

    1. a statement of interest in the position/cover letter
    2. a resume/curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience
    3. indication of ability to provide, or direct contact information for three references

    Completed application packages are to be directed to Christopher Yendt, GSA President, at gsapresident@brocku.ca. Please note that all applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Additional questions regarding the recruitment process or the role of Vice-President, Student Engagement may also be directed to the same email.

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  • Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Student Engagement

    Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Student Engagement

    August 27, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Upon meeting with our Board of Directors yesterday afternoon, we share the resignation of our Vice-President, Student Engagement, Amanda Nicol-MacDonald, effective immediately, due to personal circumstance. We deeply respect her decision and wish Amanda the best in her future endeavours.

    “Though our time together was brief, we acknowledge the vast amount of insights and knowledge that Amanda was able to share with both the Executive Committee and Board members,” says President Christopher Yendt. “We are appreciative of the work that she was able to put into the Association this summer as Vice-President, Student Engagement.”

    The Executive Committee, pursuant to Document 001, have appointed Haley Myatt, GSA Deputy President and Vice-President, Communications and Advancement, as acting Vice-President, Student Engagement until the completion of the recruitment cycle. In a meeting outside of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee has collectively agreed to subsequently support the transitional period wherever possible.

    As we readjust our capacities to manage the vacancy. we thank our members in advance for their patience and understanding for any disruptions to services during this time. Today, Friday, August 27, we will begin a recruitment process to fill the vacancy of Vice-President Student Engagement and to complete our executive compliment once again.

    If you have questions regarding the recruitment process or the role of Vice-President, Student Engagement, please reach out to Christopher Yendt at gsapresident@brocku.ca.

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  • Student Employment Opportunity: Chief Returning Officer

    Student Employment Opportunity: Chief Returning Officer

    August 25, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    The GSA is formally beginning its search for a Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for our annual elections taking place in March 2022.

    The CRO, a graduate student nominated in accordance with the GSA Document 001D and 040A, will oversee our election process in adherence to all GSA documentation. With the assistance of the Elections Committee, the CRO will plan, organize, and execute all election stages for the 2022-2023 GSA Executive positions, including acting as the first point of contact for all election inquiries, overseeing the online voting process and announcing the official results.

    Further details can be found on the below CRO Nomination Form. If you have any questions or would like additional details about this role, please reach out to our Executive Director, Mary Tibollo at gsaed@brocku.ca.

    The deadline to submit a nomination package is 4PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

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  • Brock COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate and Returning to Campus

    Brock COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate and Returning to Campus

    August 13, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Over the past few weeks, and particularly the last few days, graduate students have been sharing their concerns and thoughts around the university’s plan to return to campus for Fall 2021. The perspectives have been both plenty and varying; we thank all of you for taking the time to share with us. Your voices, as always, have helped shape our decisions, our plans, and our advocacy-based efforts.

    Our executive team has been involved in numerous conversations throughout the summer, many of which are still ongoing, with members across the university and broader contexts about vaccine mandates and the impacts, both positive and negative, on our members.

    Yesterday, the university shared news that Brock will now require COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff, faculty to access campus. In their announcement, some of the details include the following:

    • A first dose, at minimum, of a Health Canada-approved vaccine required by September 7
    • A second dose required by October 15
    • Anyone who cannot be vaccinated, based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code, can request an accommodation
    • Those fully vaccinated with a vaccine on the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing are deemed to have met this requirement
    • All members of the Brock community returning to campus will be required to attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status and be prepared to show proof of vaccination to the university

    We appreciate that the university, as noted in their announcement, holds the health and well-being of the Brock community as top priority.

    Standing alongside the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), we request that the university further considers validating all vaccines that may not fall under current Health Canada or WHO approval, ensures the greatest privacy and security for sensitive health-related information, maintain open communication about the status of vaccinations and safety protocols, and above all else, continue to prioritize the wellness and safety of all students.

    We also recognize that this issue, vaccinations and mandates, is immensely complex. It is because of such complexity that we are seeking further consultation from you, our members. We want to do the best we can in representing and advocating for graduate students. From conversations, feedback, and additional research, we are aware that there may be students who are unfavourably affected by this new mandate. Your concerns deserve to be heard and considered. We are prepared to advocate for your appropriate accommodations.

    To help us take further steps that reflect the needs of all our members, we ask for your feedback. Please fill this short, anonymous survey by 4PM on Friday, August 20: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Y3DTRD

    All verified participants of this survey will have the opportunity to win one of four $25 e-gift cards of your choice (some restrictions may apply).

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  • New Compliment of Full-Time Staffers Marks Completion of GSA’s Second Phase of Organizational Restructuring

    New Compliment of Full-Time Staffers Marks Completion of GSA’s Second Phase of Organizational Restructuring

     August 6, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Two years ago, the GSA began the process of redesigning its organizational structure, recognizing an ever-increasing demand for services and workload on both staff and executive members.

    Earlier this year, we launched a restructured executive team, whose roles were better aligned with the organization’s Strategic Plan and future vision. To compliment this restructuring was a staged approach to staff turnover and succession planning, recognizing the high demands on the former position of Office Coordinator. With a continually growing graduate student population, the demands on this position, and consequently the holder of the position, were subsequently unbalanced. Thus the Office Coordinator position was divided into two new, full-time staff roles: Executive Director (ED) and an Office and Health Plan Administrator.

    “Since our formal beginnings in 2001, the GSA membership has continued to grow and has roughly doubled in the last ten years”, says GSA President, Chris Yendt. “This growth has necessitated new service, advocacy and supports for our members to make the most of their time at Brock.  For years, we have made the most of these limited resources and leveraged partnerships where we could, but as we looked ahead to future retirements, it became clear that the former structure of a single office staff person was no longer enough to support the future direction of the GSA”.

    Reflecting on the work of former Office Coordinator and Executive Director, Barb Daly, and on the position itself, Yendt says that “Executive Directors are the staffing backbones of non-profit organizations. In many ways, Executive Director was the role that Barb had been performing but without the title. In this way, it was logical for the first phase of this restructure to transition the former Officer Coordinator role into two positions, allowing for a year-long onboarding and training process of the new Office and Health Plan Administrator position.”

    Mary Tibollo officially succeeded Barb Daly as Executive Director on July 26th, 2021. Mary’s former role of Office and Health Plan Administrator will be filled by Jennifer Meuser, who begins next week. By using a phased approach to organizational succession, the GSA has ensured continuity and retained corporate memory; we are adjusting our course and preparing for the next decade of growth in our organization.

    As shared in the 2020-2021 Annual Report, growing our staff compliment to two full-time employees (FTE) positions the GSA for expansion and allow for better communication year over year. This enables us to build upon on our successes more effectively, allows for easier and cleaner organizational growth, and aligns us with our strategic priority of commitment to service, as well as reflects our leadership and overall commitment to our graduate community.

    Today, we acknowledge both long-standing service and new team members. We welcome Mary Tibollo, outgoing Office and Health Plan Administrator, into the role of Executive Director and Jennifer Meuser as our new Office and Health Plan Administrator.

    “The completion of these hires rounds out an immense period of transition and change for the GSA,” shares Yendt. “As we prepare to action our first strategic plan, the growth has been remarkable but intentional, planned and measured and the GSA is ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow. As the GSA and our members welcome this new compliment of full-time staff, I think it is critical to reflect and recognize the work that Barb Daly has done for the GSA. I’ve been fortunate enough to know Barb since 2013 and have we have worked closely together since I joined the GSA in 2015. Her dedication to graduate students has been immeasurable and has underpinned each success the GSA has had over more than a decade. Each executive team owes much of their accomplishments to Barb’s support, knowledge, and university relationships. Our restructuring is no exception. While Barb’s trusted face and voice will not be forgotten at Brock, we wish her all the best in a well-deserved retirement. Last year, the GSA formally inducted Barb as our first honorary member and given both her passion for volunteering and dedication to graduate students, I look forward to the inevitable day that our paths cross again.”

    With the fall semester now under a month away, Mary and Jennifer are back in the GSA Offices, in full-time capacities. Both Mary and Jennifer are available to support graduate students by appointment only at this time; no walk-ins can be taken. To book an appointment, email gsaoffice@brocku.ca or visit our website to book through our online form.

    For questions about health and dental plan coverage, volunteer opportunities with GSA or general inquires about the GSA contact Jennifer at gsaoffice@brocku.ca.

    For questions regarding finances, operations, strategic directions, or governance related inquires, contact Mary at gsaed@brocku.ca.

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  • Recruitment and Appointment of GSA Associate Vice President, Digital Outreach

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice President, Digital Outreach

    To: Members of the Brock University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)

    Pursuant to the GSA Policy (Document 27A) and other relevant GSA legislation, the association is looking to fill the role of Associate Vice-President, Digital Outreach. The appointment will take effect for August 30, 2021 and be until April 30, 2022. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of August 18, 2021, at 4:00pm EST.

    Applications must include the following:

    1. A statement of interest in the position/cover letter,
    2. A resume/curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience
    3. Contact information for three

    Additionally, experience with content creation, design and experience with relevant platforms should be clearly noted. While not required, applicants may also provide no more than five (5) samples of creative work/concepts to further illustrate their skills and/or interest in the position of Associate Vice President, Digital Outreach. Samples of work may include, but is not limited to: social media graphics, infographics, print materials, web design, videos, GIFs.

    Interviews shall be scheduled and conducted during the week following the close of the application period with an aim to announce an appointment in the week prior to the position commencement date.

    All applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed, via email, to Haley Myatt, Vice President, Communications and Advancement at gsacomm@brocku.ca.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. In keeping with the University’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) throughout the hiring process the Graduate Students’ Association’s commitment to increase diversity in positions of influence. We are actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invite applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, two-spirit as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application.

    The Graduate Students’ Association represents the interests of all graduate students at Brock University. At registration, all graduate students at Brock become members of the GSA. The GSA is the independent voice of graduate students on campus and is recognized by Brock University as the official representative of Brock graduate students.

    Job Description GSA Associate Vice President, Digital Outreach 2021/22.

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  • Recruitment and Appointment of GSA Associate Vice President, International

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice-President, International 2021

    To: All Interested Applicants and Members of the Brock University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)

    Pursuant to the GSA Policy (Document 27A) and other relevant GSA legislation, the association is looking to fill the role of Associate Vice-President, International. The appointment will take effect for August 23, 2021 and be until April 30, 2022. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of August 9, 2021, at 4:00pm. Applications must include the following:

    1. a statement of interest in the position/cover letter,
    2. a resume/curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience
    3. contact information for three references.

    Additionally, experience of the international graduate student context is considered an asset. Interviews shall be scheduled and conducted during the week following the close of the application period with an aim to announce an appointment in the week prior to the position commencement date. This is a volunteer position.

    All applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed, via email, to Ash Grover, Vice President Equity and Inclusion, Graduate Students’ Association, at gsaequity@brocku.ca

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. In keeping with the University’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) throughout the hiring process the Graduate Students’ Association’s commitment to increase diversity in positions of influence. We are actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invite applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, two-spirit as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Priority will be given to International Graduate students, as this role aims to ensure representation within the Equity and Inclusion committee, and to inform the VP Equity and Inclusion and the Executive Committee regarding the International Student experience.

     The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) represents the interests of all graduate students at Brock University. At registration all graduate students at Brock become members of the GSA. The GSA is the independent voice of graduate students on campus and is recognized by Brock University as the official representative of Brock graduate students.

    Job Description GSA Associate Vice President, International 2021.

    Please note the deadline for applications has been extended to August 9, 2021.

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  • Special Statement on Pride Month

    July 6, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Special Statement on Pride Month

    June in Canada holds spaces for two month-long celebrations: Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month. And though it is not June anymore, that does not mean that the recognition of Pride and Indigenous History ends there.

    During June, we turned our focus to our Indigenous neighbours as waves of grief hit harder and harder with each residential school mass grave found. In the belief that honest Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ acceptance can’t be attained until we safeguard the most vulnerable among the wider population, we feel that offering our spaces to learn, educate and share about Indigenous communities was done alongside the spirit of Pride.

    Though the ratio of our online attention was vastly in favour of Indigenous history, we don’t want to diminish the importance of holding space for Pride and those who identify with the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ community.

    Pride celebrations were born in commorancy of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a pinnacle movement towards achieving equal justice and opportunity; the riots marked a beginning of outlawing discriminatory laws and practices against Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ folks. Though Stonewall happened in New York, its power and rioters were heard globally.

    In Canada, our Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ movement didn’t quite start with Stonewall. Just over a month prior to Stonewall, homosexual acts between consenting adults were decriminalized; this follows the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act which was introduced in late 1968. The Act, along with the outrage post-Stonewall, put advocate’s wheels in motion. While the first Gay Liberation Protest and March happened in 1971 and Canada’s first Pride Week took place in 1973 in cities across the country, it wasn’t until the Brunswick four and the mass media attention their trials drew in 1974 that the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ movement in Canada began to grow.

    Over half a century later and there is still much work to do as a nation to better support Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ folks.

    As an association, we recognize that we need and can do more. We recognize the validity, the necessity and the societal value that comes with Pride Month. We recognize that education, support and allyship doesn’t only happen in June; that it is an ongoing relation.

    Pride is about creating visibility in the journey to equality, and we aim to continue this year-round.

    Resources:

    Community Resources & Groups
    [Instagram] Brock Pride
    [Website] OUTniagara
    [Website] Two-Spirit Community Resources
    [Website] Two-Spirit Research: Databases, Articles and Books
    [Website] OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group): Brock
    [Phoneline] LGBT Youthline
    [Website] PFLAG (Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada
    [Website] Humber College: LGBTTIQQ2SA Resources


    Two-Spirit and LBGTQ+ History

    [Website] Queer History: History of Canadian Pride
    [YouTube] Stonewall Forever: A documentary about the past, present and future of Pride
    [PDF] Rainbow Resource Centre: Two-Spirit People of the First Nations


    Local Queer-Friendly Spaces & Businesses 

    [Café and Study Space] Mahtay Café + Lounge
    [Restaurant] RISE ABOVE
    [Café] Third Space
    [Hair Salon] Little Shop of Beauty
    [Website] OUTniagara’s OUTfriends Businesses and Services Directory

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