News & Events

  • GSA Hires Chief Returning Officer for the 2022-2023 Election

    January 21, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Hires Chief Returning Officer for the 2022-2023 Election

    After a successful recruitment process in the Fall semester, pursuant to Document 040 and other relevant GSA legislation, the GSA is happy to announce Kay Waboso as the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the GSA’s 2022-2023 Election.

    Despite Brock University returning to in-person operations for the Fall semester, the recruitment process in its entirety was held in online spaces in additional respect to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Recruitment Committee’s recommendation for the position was presented to the Board of Directors at the December 7 meeting, providing the Board Directors with the opportunity to ask questions of the recruitment process and nomination – the nomination was unanimously supported by Directors.

    “The GSA is delighted to have Kay on board working with us for this year’s election. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the role and keen temperament to ensure that the association’s policies are upheld ensuring a robust elections process from beginning to end,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “Election integrity is a vital component of the work that we do as student associations, and we have no doubt that Kay’s commitment to these principles will only build on the strong tradition the GSA has cultivated within the elections space.”

    Waboso is a third-year PhD student in Child and Youth Studies and has continually expanded her involvement within the graduate student community at Brock. Within the spaces of the GSA, Waboso has been actively engaged at committee levels and has been a spokesperson on graduate student panels. She is regarded by colleagues as a valuable, enthusiastic voice with a passion for advocacy and policy awareness.

    Further information on the 2022-2023 GSA Elections will be shared in coming weeks with the membership.

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    Categories: News & Events

  • Call for Volunteers: GSA Board of Directors

    January 21, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Call for Volunteers: GSA Board of Directors

    Looking to get involved with the GSA? Wanting to deepen your engagement within the graduate student community at Brock? Consider applying to be a Director on our Board!

    Our Board of Directors are champions for the association’s mission and are involved in making decisions that define our vision and values, as well as strategic objectives and priorities, priority populations, the organizational values, and the future course for GSA.

    Click here to review the role and responsibilities of the Board

    Shifting into this final semester of the academic year, the Board of Directors is putting out a call for new Directors to join the current 2021-2022 Board. As we are in the last semester of this Board, successful applicants will be deemed interim Directors for 2021-2022, but will also be given additional consideration for membership on the Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 year, if so desired.

    While we are currently only seeking applications for directors from Education, Humanities, Social Sciences and Goodman School of Business for the term ending April 2022, we are also accepting applicants from all faculties for the May 2022-April 2023 term.

    If you are interested in applying to be a member of the GSA Board of Directors, representing one of the faculties noted above, submit a cover letter and resume/CV outlining your interest and qualifications to email gsaed@brocku.ca.

    Before applying for the term ending April 2022, please also ensure that your availability aligns with the meetings of the Board. Click here to review the set meeting dates of the Board.

    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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    Categories: Current Opportunities, News & Events

  • Mental Health and Well-Being Supports Available to Graduate Students

    January 21, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Mental Health and Well-Being Supports Available to Graduate Students

    Whether you may be struggling to navigate the ongoing pandemic, balancing workload that comes with being a graduate student, and/or wanting finding harmony between all outputs of your life, we acknowledge that the worlds around us can feel heavy. We also acknowledge that reaching out for supports may not always be easy.

    While the information below is not inclusive of all resources and supports available to you, we wanted to share these as a starting point to you discovering the best supports for your well-being and situation.

    Personal Counselling & MySSP App

    Personal counselling is available to all Brock graduate students 24/7. You can speak to a professionally trained counsellor in a confidential space, completely free.

    • 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 in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese (simplified Chinese via chat).

    The app also offers an extensive library of mental health and well-being resources, including articles, podcasts, infographics and videos and unlimited free access to the virtual fitness app LIFT. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. When creating a profile, be sure to enter ‘Brock University Student Counselling Program’ as the school.

    For other avenues of well-being, wellness, and mental health supports, please consider:

    Additional App Recommendations

    If you are looking for a resource that is more portable and accessible to your every day, perhaps a mobile-based app could work for you. While there are several support resources online that you can access, here are a few suggestions to kickstart your search to find the best option for you:

    • Headspace App

    https://www.headspace.com

    • Calm App

    https://www.calm.com

    • Simple Habit App

    https://www.simplehabit.com

    • Happify App

    https://www.happify.com/

    Tips and Resources (complied by Faculty of Graduate Studies)

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  • 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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  • 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 gsaed@brocku.ca for more information.

    To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, visit https://brocku.ca/graduate-students-association/people.

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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.

    STUDENT HEALTH 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.

    PERSONAL COUNSELLING

    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).

    STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

    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?

    THE GRADUATE WELLNESS HUB

    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 (an16np@brocku.ca) or Julie Fennell (jfennell@brocku.ca).

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  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    September 30, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Today, September 30, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a federal holiday established to honour residential school survivors and recognize the Indigenous lives lost across Turtle Island (an Indigenous name used to reference America and/or Canada).

    This day was formerly known as Orange Shirt Day, a day created by Phyllis Webstad of Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. The orange shirt is a reflection of Phyllis’ own orange shirt that was taken from her as a six-year-old when she attended a residential school; her orange shirt was taken, along with her culture. The orange shirt is meant to be worn to raise awareness about the negative consequences of the residential school systems felt by all Indigenous communities like Phyllis’ and the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.

    As Indigenous communities across these lands continue to combat the ongoing legacies of colonization, the GSA believes that it is the responsibility of settlers to learn about the history of residential schools, the 60s scoop, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), as well as ongoing land reclamation and sovereignty efforts.

    We encourage you to take meaningful steps with us towards ending the legacies of colonization; to take actionable steps forward toward reconciliation. Here are some steps that we would encourage you to take with us:

    • Take time to learn about the histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada and reflect on actions taken by Canada towards these communities.
    • Create space for Indigenous people to speak, to share their perspectives and their voices.
    • Find ways to spread awareness by sharing resources and educating your friends, families, and communities.
    • Learn how to properly acknowledge the land that you reside on and engage with tools like Native Land’s Interactive Map to learn about traditional territories around you.
    • Read the 94 Call to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Truth and Reconciliation Report and identify what role you can play in the work left to be done.
    • Support Indigenous-owned businesses, artists, experiences, and events.

    Resources and Information:

    [Brock Service] Aboriginal Student Services

    [Brock Library Collection] Reconciling the History of the Residential School System in Canada

    [Virtual Brock Workshop] How to Two Row: Advice from an Indigenous Auntie on October 5

    [Virtual Brock Workshop] GSV Support Certificate: Indigenous Perspectives on October 20

    [Website] Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

    [Interactive Map] Native Land: Find out whose traditional territory you live on

    [Website] ON Canada Project: Settlers Take Action

    [Course] Free 12-week Indigenous Canada course from University of Alberta

    [Interactive Website] CBC’s Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

    [Website] 35 Books to Read for National Indigenous History Month

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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 gsaoffice@brocku.ca 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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  • 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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  • 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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