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  • Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Elections and Governance Coordinator

    Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Elections and Governance Coordinator

    The Elections and Governance Coordinator is primarily responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of all GSA and BUSU elections for 2022-2023 while acting as the Returning Officer (RO).  Further information can be found in the Job Posting below.

    Posting closes: Thursday, October 13 at Noon (EST).

    Job Posting Elections and Governance Coordinator

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  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022

    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022

    September 30, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is 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).

    It is a day formerly known as Orange Shirt 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 worn to raise awareness about the negative consequences of the residential school systems felt by Indigenous communities, like Phyllis’ and the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.

    As Indigenous communities 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 schoolsthe 60s scoopmissing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), as well as ongoing land reclamation and sovereignty efforts.

    Earlier today, a reflecting statement was released earlier today by Interim President Dr. Lynn Wells and Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement Dr. Robyn Bourgeois. We encourage all graduate students, members of the Brock community and those outside of our community to take time today to reflect on our country’s relations with Indigenous Peoples and to consider what each of us can do to advance reconciliation meaningfully.

    We also 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, today and every day:

    • Create space for Indigenous people to speak and share their perspectives and voices.
    • Take time to learn about the histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada and reflect on actions taken by Canada towards these communities.
    • Learn how to properly acknowledge the land 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 your role in the work left to be done.
    • Support Indigenous-owned businesses, artists, experiences, and events.
    • Find ways to spread awareness by sharing resources and educating your friends, families, and communities.

    For a starting place of resources and additional information, we would suggest exploring these links:

    Brock-based:

    [Brock Service] Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre

    [Brock Webpage] National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    [Brock News Article] Events and Resources: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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

    [Brock Workshop] Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning on October 22

    External:

    [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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  • GSA Announces Newly Appointed Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion for 2022-2023

    September 2, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Announces Newly Appointed Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion for 2022-2023

    After announcing the resignation of the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion on July 29, 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, other relevant GSA legislation and under the guidance of the Board of Director, the Executive Committee shared responsibilities of this position 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 hybrid nature of the GSA operations. The Recruitment Committee’s recommendation for the position was presented to the Board of Directors at a special meeting on September 1, providing Board Directors the opportunity to scrutinize the recruitment process and the nomination. The Board unanimously supported the appointment of Alex Wilder to the position of Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion for the remainder of the 2022-2023 operating year (September 6, 2022 – April 30, 2023).

    “Though two recruitment cycles over the summer is not the most typical for our organization, I am proud of the way the GSA has approached this recruitment cycle and its comprehensive, accountable and transparent nature,” says GSA President, Haley Myatt. “Our recruitment processes that were codified into policies last year helped guide us through a seamless path from advertisement and notification of the vacancy, through deliberations, and to the final decision. The process undertaken during this search upholds the GSA’s commitment to have equitable, inclusive recruitments.”

    Wilder is a PhD student from the Department of Biology and comes to the GSA with a large range of experiences with advocacy, community-building, student leadership and initiative creation. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to act as a voice for students and use my role to enact real change so we can continue making Brock a great campus,” shares Wilder. “I believe in creating a safe and comfortable space for all students to actively participate in supportive and educational dialog, bringing about positive changes and experiences. I hope to serve as not only an advocate for my fellow students, but as a resource for student self-advocacy. Together we can create a fulfilling and inclusive graduate experience.”

    With the addition of Wilder, the full 2022-2023 Executive Committee stands as:

    • President and CEO – Haley Myatt
    • President, Communication and Advancement – Sarah Burger
    • Vice President, Equity and Inclusion – Alex Wilder
    • Vice President, External Affairs – Rakha Zabin
    • Vice President, Student Engagement – Safa Khan
    • Past President – Christopher Yendt

    “Alex will be joining the GSA during one of our most active times of the academic year, but I have full confidence that she will be able to approach this new position with a fresh focus, passion and compassion. Over the next month, the GSA will undertake a comprehensive onboarding process, to make sure both Alex and the rest of the Executive team are best positioned for success over the remainder of our terms,” says Myatt. “Acknowledging the incredible work of the Recruitment Committee during this search, I want to thank those members for their additional investment over the month of August. I also want to thank the other executives for taking on any additional responsibilities required of them, as well as 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 current involvement opportunities currently featured on our website.

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  • Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

    Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

    Upon meeting with our Board of Directors yesterday afternoon, we share the resignation of our Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, Ash Grover, due to an employment opportunity with Brock’s Learning Services. We deeply respect this decision by Ash and though are saddened by the departure from our Executive Committee, the GSA fully supports this next step in Ash’s professional endeavours.

    “I have loved my time with the Graduate Students’ Association and I am grateful to have served on the Executive team for over a year,” shares Grover. “It was an honour to work with this brilliant group of individuals, and I look forward to continued opportunities to support the graduate student experience through my new role with Learning Services.”

    “Ash joined the GSA first as a Board Director in October 2020 and then the Executive Committee as Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion in May 2021. As an organization, we have been incredibly fortunate to have had her compassionate leadership, expansive knowledge, and steadfast commitment to supporting all graduate students,” shares President Haley Myatt. “As the inaugural office holder for the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion position, Ash made monumental progress in this portfolio and created an approachable foundation for future office holders. We are deeply appreciative of all the work that Ash has done for the Association over the past few academic years and wish her the best.”

    As we embark on another summer recruitment cycle, we want to thank our members in advance for their patience and understanding for any disruptions to service or delays in communications during this time. Today, Friday, July 29, we will begin the recruitment process to fill the vacancy of Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion and to complete our Executive compliment once again.

    In discussions outside of the Board of Directors’ meeting yesterday, the Executive Committee has collectively agreed to subsequently support the transitional period wherever possible.

    If you have questions regarding the recruitment process or the role of Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, please reach out to Haley Myatt at gsapresident@brocku.ca.

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  • GSA Announces Appointment of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for 2022-2023

    July 28, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Announces Appointment of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for 2022-2023

    After the position of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement went unfilled during the March 2022 election period and an additional April recruitment cycle, the GSA turned towards strategic planning to fill the vacancy during the summer semester.

    During the recruitment period, in pursuance to Document 001 and other relevant GSA legislation, the Board of Directors agreed that the position’s duties be split in the interim by Haley Myatt, GSA President (former Vice-President Communications and Advancement), as well as Christopher Yendt, Past President until a successful candidate was determined and appointed by the Board.

    The recruitment process in its entirety was held in online spaces due to current hybrid nature of the GSA offices and operations. The Recruitment Committee’s recommendation for the position was presented to the Board of Directors at the July 28 meeting, providing Board Directors the opportunity to scrutinize the recruitment process and the nomination. The Board unanimously supported the appointment of Sarah Burger to the position of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for the remainder of the 2022-2023 operating year (August 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023).

    “The GSA actively works to maintain a comprehensive, accountable and transparent process to fill any executive vacancies whenever they arise,” says Myatt. “Last year, the GSA codified and implemented new policies for which we followed in this recruitment process. These practices mirror those of the sector and ensure that the needs of our organization are met alongside our strategic commitments to upholding equitable and inclusive recruitment practices.”

    Burger, a current master’s student in the Faculty of Education, has been an active part of the Brock community throughout her time on campus and notably has added meaningful contributions to the Faculty of Graduate Studies through work with their team over the last year. “I am very excited to join the GSA team,” shares Burger. “I believe in a holistic approach to supporting the graduate community at Brock. While I am part of the fantastic Faculty of Graduate Studies team, I look forward to enhancing the graduate experience and creating a strategic Communications plan from multiple lenses that aligns with the greater interests of grad students and the Brock community.”

    “I am confident that Sarah’s expertise, experiences, and enthusiasm for communications will help elevate this portfolio within the GSA’s operations. With passions for collaboration, consistency, and engagement, I am excited to see what comes from Sarah in this role,” says Myatt. “Over the coming weeks, we will be undertaking a comprehensive onboarding process to make sure that Sarah and the rest of the Executive team are best positioned for success during the remainder of the 2022-2023 year. I want to acknowledge and share my appreciation for the members of the Recruitment Committee for their investment over the past months, for the Executive who have stepped up to share the workload in interim basis and the Board for their continued guidance throughout this recruitment process.”

    We encourage members to follow our social media channels to stay up to date on the latest news, as well as keeping an eye on our communication channels for upcoming avenues for your own involvement with the GSA.

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  • Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice President and Corporate Secretary

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the
    Associate Vice President and Corporate Secretary

    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 and Corporate Secretary. The appointment will take effect for July 11, 2022 and be in effect until April 30, 2023. The start date may alter, dependent on recruitment results. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of June 26, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

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    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.

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    Additionally, experience with minute, record or note-taking should be clearly noted. While not required, any previous experience actively working on committees, advisory groups or Board of Directors should also be clearly highlighted.

    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, President and CEO at gsapresident@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 (2SLGBTQ+) 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 & Corporate Secretary     

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  • Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice President, Digital Communications

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

    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 Communications. The appointment will take effect for July 18, 2022 and be in effect until April 30, 2023. The start date may alter, dependent on recruitment results. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of June 26, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

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    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.

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    Additionally, experience with content creation, graphic design and experience with relevant design and social media 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 Communications. 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, President and CEO at gsapresident@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 (2SLGBTQ+) 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 Communications

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

    May 27, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Mental Health and Well-Being Supports Available to Graduate Students

    Over the last few weeks, news and social media channels have been flooded with stories that have felt heavy to many. We acknowledge that recent news updates alongside continued navigation of pandemic/post-pandemic spaces, balancing graduate workloads and finding harmony between all outputs of your lives can feel overwhelming.

    We want you to know that your experiences are valid. We want you to know that you are not alone.

    Acknowledging that reaching out for support may not always be easy, we have gathered a list of resources that we hope can be a starting point for you discovering supports that work best for your own well-being, mental health 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:

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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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  • Recap: 2022 Starlight Gala & GSA Award Winners

    April 4, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Recap: 2022 Starlight Gala & GSA Award Winners

    On Saturday, April 2, over 300 graduate students, alumni, members of senior administration and honorable guests joined the GSA at Club Roma for the annual Starlight Gala. In what can be claimed as the largest in-person event for graduate students in the history of Brock, this evening also marked twenty years of operation for the GSA. It truly was a night of celebration and community.

    As pillar of the event’s ceremony, extraordinary individuals were recognized for their work, research, community service and dedication to the graduate student community. Congratulations to all:

    GSA Award Winners:

    Academic Excellence Award – Ardalan Eyni

    Teaching Assistant of the Year – Lauren Nesbitt

    Community and Engagement Award – Mariana Garrido de Castro

    Volunteer of the Year Award – Neerav Vaidya and Emma Schmidt

    Outstanding Graduate Mentorship Award – Hannah Charnock

    President’s Award – Owen Angus-Yamada

    Honorary Membership Inductees:

    Jack M. Miller (2022 inductee, posthumous)

    Marilyn Rose (2022 inductee, posthumous)

    Christopher Yendt (2021 inductee)

    GSA Ambassador – Class of 2022 Cohort:

    Mario De Diviitis

    Diana Huson

    Russell Evans

    Chris Ventura

    Kithio Mwanzia

    Amber Bramer

    Jason Ribeiro

    Mary-Louise Vanderlee

    Gianluca Agostinelli

    Scott Behie

    Natalie Spadafora

    Rebecca Macpherson

    John Smol

    Lisa Whittingham

    Kiel Omerod

    Ashleigh Miatello

    Jess Vickruck

    Daniel Antwi-Amoabeng

    GRADFlix Winners:

    Third Place and People’s Choice: Kim Uyeno

    Second Place: Megan Pellow

    First Place: Caitlyn Gallant

    We want to especially thank our presenting sponsor, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, for their support in the development and execution of the Gala. We are excited to continue working together and collaborating as a way towards stronger engagement of graduate students.

    We also want to thank our other sponsors and donors for their contributions to the Gala:

    Platinum Sponsors

    – Student VIP

    – Brock University Alumni Association

    – Drug Smart Pharmacy

    Bronze Sponsors:

    – BUSU, the Brock University Students’ Union

    – The Office of the President

    – CUPE Local 4207

    Special thanks to:

    – Brock Campus Store

    – Brock Recreation

    – Daily Grind Café

    – Canadian Federation of Students

    – Landmark Cinemas – Pen Centre

    – HUB International

    – Pen Financial

    – Brock University Applied Disabilities Department

    – Brock University Sociology Department

    – Brock University Print and Digital Services

    Special thanks to DJ Patty V for being both the master of ceremonies and DJ for the Gala’s reception, as well as Club Roma and their staff for helping bring the event to life and create a warm space for our attendees to enjoy the evening in.

    To graduate students: we look forward to creating more memories with you – stay tuned for more programming and opportunities!

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