Get Involved

There area number of opportunities to get involved and make a contribution to graduate student life here at Brock University. Annual Executive Elections are held in March each year. Job descriptions and expectations for the GSA Executives, Senators and the Faculty Representatives are also available.

Graduate Students’ Association Board of Directors

The GSA Board of Directors is comprised of faculty representatives who share the concerns and experiences of graduate students.  Board of Directors meets monthly to address student issues and support graduate students during their time at Brock.  Applications for faculty representatives are available in the fall term.

Graduate Students’ Association Committees

The GSA is looking for students interested in graduate student life and leadership to volunteer for any of the following committees.  This is a great opportunity to meet students from different programs and faculties, in addition to collaborating to make graduate student life at Brock better for all students.

Meetings will be held on a monthly basis and report to the GSA Board of Directors.  Please see below for the committee descriptions with anticipated activities for the year.

GSA Executive Resources: Hannah Young & Marina Casavecchia

This committee will focus on planning, organizing, and advertising social events for graduate students and communication of information pertinent to the graduate student community.  Members will also be asked to help identify challenges and emerging issues and concerns and work with the VP Internal and Communications to recognize communications and event opportunities to support student life and well-being.  Events will be targeted at engaging graduate students in many ways, including creating opportunities to address mental and physical health needs. Members may be asked to partake in all aspects of event planning, with opportunities to propose and host new events and assist in the outreach and advertisement of events.  

GSA Executive Resources: Melanie Extance & Christopher Yendt

This committee will work on the development and modification of the GSA’s governing documents. The primary goals of the committee will be continually progressing to non-profit corporation compliance for the GSA, continued formalization of various roles and specific issue bylaws to address election policies and procedures for all elected positions, issue bylaws, and updating minor issues in our constitution.

GSA Executive Resource: Daislyn Vidal

The primary goal of this committee is to be a safe place for the discussion of social, financial, academic, mental and physical issues that the Brock international graduate student cohort is experiencing. The intent of the committee is to represent graduate students from diverse areas of study and backgrounds, providing a balanced perspective to inform the VP International.   This committee information will assist to guide the advocacy planning for the GSA Executive Team.  Committee members will be expected to assist the VP International with the planning, co-ordination and executing of, including volunteering, during different events or activities geared towards international graduate students.

GSA Executive Resource: Mohammad Moinul Hassan

This committee will primarily be working to maintain liaison with affiliated external student organizations and other communities. Members will have an opportunity to inform and provide feedback to the VP Equity & External Affairs regarding different issues and concerns on campus.  This committee information will assist to guide the advocacy planning for the GSA Executive team.  Alongside this, the committee will work on developing short & long-term strategies and maintaining PR activities for external affairs.

Committees are currently recruiting for the 2020 -2021 year.  If you are interesting in sitting on one of these committees, please email gsaoffice@brocku.ca  and include your: Full Name, Brock Student ID Number, Brock Student Email and the Faculty that you are a student in.  Committees will endeavor to include graduate students from diverse backgrounds and faculties. 

University Committees

The GSA also works hard to ensure that the graduate voice is heard on the many committees that meet here at the university. Volunteer committee position opportunities will be posted here on the website, or included in your weekly GSA Newsletter. Below is a list of some of the committees that graduate students are involved in:

1 Graduate Student

A special committee of Senate responsible for the coordination, monitoring and implementation of all aspects of the Internal Quality Assurance Process (IQAP). Oversees and monitors the IQAP from the initiation of a review or introduction of a new program to the final assessment report and recommendation to Senate, oversees cyclical reviews of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Time commitment: 2 hour meetings/weekly or biweekly (currently Tuesday 2-3:30 pm) from Sept to June, 2 hour/week average prep time.

1 Graduate Student (ex-officio member)

Planning activities and events for Brock Alumni.

Time commitment: Meetings 4-5 times a year, beginning in August.

1 GSA Executive (non-voting)

The Brock Undergrad Council bylaw allows one graduate student to attend their regular council meetings, representing the GSA.

Time commitment: Meetings are once every two weeks through the academic year, and twice during the summer months.

GSA President (voting member)

The purpose of the Council is to provide a forum to exchange and discuss ideas and information about graduate programs and to advise the Dean of Graduate Studies on all matters pertaining to graduate studies as appropriate. This could include, but would not be limited to:

  • Maintain the quality and standards of graduate programs
  • Exchanging policy and procedures developed within departments/programs
  • Facilitating consistency among graduate programs, as appropriate
  • Advising on policy matters pertinent to graduate programs
  • Identifying priorities for institutional funding commitment
  • Encouraging activities of the Graduate Students’ Association and receive input from the Association

Time commitment: 1 ½ hour meetings/monthly from Sept to May.

1 GSA Senator

This Senate standing committee attends to all matters related directly to the welfare, constitution and conduct of Senate. Provides leadership in identifying policy needs and initiatives, Senate committee composition, nominations for honourary degrees, recommends changes to Bylaws of Senate or Faculty Handbook when necessary, advises, recommends, acts for Senate when needed, high-level governance oversight of the implementation of the Brock University Integrated Plan, recommends regarding proposals for a change in the name of academic units.

Time commitment: 2 hour meetings/monthly from Sept to May.

1 Graduate Student — Sub-committee of Senate

Undertakes all those areas of policy and advice having to do with operations and planning for the whole University. Development and effective use of the physical resources of the University, anticipated growth/contraction of the academic/administrative sectors, policies and priorities to be adopted by the University concerning computing and communications resources, academic and administrative structures, University expenditures on computing and communication services.

Time commitment: 1-2 hour meetings/monthly from Sept to May.

VP International

Committee formed by the Office of the Vice Provost

1 Graduate Student & VP Internal (voting members)

Planning committee for the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference and Workshops.

Time commitment: 1 hour meetings/monthly from August to May.

1 Graduate Student

This committee is intended to serve as a vehicle to support and advise on the University’s commitment to human rights, equity and decolonization within the framework of human rights legislation and the Canadian charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Time Commitment: Bi-monthly meetings between Sept and May, maximum of 5. Each member is expected to participate on one of PACHRED’s ongoing Working Groups during their term.

GSA VP Finance

This Senate standing committee undertakes the responsibility of Senate regarding advice to the Board of Trustees in respect to the operating budget’s consistency with academic policy. The Senate Planning, Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee advise regarding:

  • the principles of allocation of the University budget;
  • the fiscal priorities of the University;
  • the fiscal challenges of the University;
  • the budget system and any proposed changes in the budget system of the University;
  • matters requiring institutional advocacy;
  • the operating budget’s consistency with academic policy and its consonance with the goals of the University.

Time commitment: 1-2 hour meetings/monthly from Nov to June.

1 Graduate Student (Voting Member)

This Senate standing committee develops policy related to, but not limited to, research and scholarship, conceived of as mutually supporting and informing activities. Considers and advises on policy regarding research and scholarship, recommends the recipient of the annual Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, advises on procedures for academic staff appointments, conditions for promotion and tenure, leaves and termination that are in the best interests of research and scholarship, advises on library policy and issues advises on library policy and issues, consults regarding the enhancement of research and scholarly opportunities.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hour meetings/monthly from Sept to May.

GSA President & 1 Senator (voting member)

This Senate standing committee oversees and makes recommendations on all matters directly related to graduate academic programs and related policies, considering and pursuing policy initiatives to enhance the academic programs, well-being and reputation of the University. Conduct and regulation of graduate students, establishment of graduate program priorities, relationships between existing or proposed programs of study, admissions policies and standards, introduction of new categories of graduate degrees, development of teaching and learning initiatives, policies and regulations as they affect graduate students, annual updates to the graduate calendar, requirements and other regulations in regard to graduate scholarships, awards and bursaries, advises on library policy and issues as they relate to graduate studies.

Time commitment: 2 hour meetings/monthly from Sept to April.

1 GSA Executive

Brock University committee formed to advise on buildings and space allocations for the university.

Time commitment: 1.5 hour meetings/monthly.

1 Graduate Student (Senator, depending on BUSU rep)

This Senate standing committee hears and adjudicates all undergraduate and graduate student academic appeals and is the final recourse for academic appeals. Adjudicate appeals from students relating to issues such as final grades, charges of academic misconduct, and early re-admission from suspension and debarment.

Time commitment: 3 hour meetings/month, few hours/month prep time depending on cases.

1 Graduate Student (voting member)

The University’s Sustainability Coordinating Committee (SCC) was established in 2009 and is open to all entities of the University, with the Committee serving as a forum for the receipt and exchange of sustainability related information, practices, actions, initiatives, education, goods & services, etc. In this manner, participants are able to link-up with one another in mutually supporting adhoc groups to develop grass-roots initiatives or to improve on their sustainable practices.

Time commitment: 2 hour meetings (9-11 am), every 2 months from September to May.

1 Graduate Student

This Senate standing committee develops policy related to, but not limited to, teaching and learning, conceived of as mutually supporting and informing activities.  Recommends academic policy for meeting the University’s goals regarding teaching excellence, instructional development, evaluation of teaching, and other matters related to University teaching and learning, recommends the recipient of the annual Award for Distinguished Teaching, advises on library policy and issues as they relate to teaching and learning. This representative is also expected to sit on the Academic Integrity Advisory sub-committee.

Time Commitment:  1-2 hour meetings/monthly from Sept to May.

1 INDIGENOUS GRADUATE STUDENT

The Two Row Council was established by Senate with a mandate to provide advice and expertise to Senate and Senate Committees regarding enactment and operationalization of the recommendations contained in the Indigenous Advisory Committee Report.

Time Commitment:  The term of appointment is one academic year, concluding at the spring convocation, renewable.  The Council will meet regularly and report to Senate.

Click here for more details on the Senate Standing Committee Mandates.