Volunteering with the Laurier Graduate Students' Association


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Presentation from the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students' Association (GSA) Executive team on the various volunteer opportunities available at the GSA in 2012-2013.

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Volunteering with the Laurier Graduate Students' Association

  1. 1. Get Involved with theGraduate Students’ Association
  2. 2. GSA Overview
  3. 3. Volunteering Here• Key part of the Laurier student experience• Volunteers are valued and we want to ensure you have an opportunity to learn and grow with us• Studies take priority, but important to pursue opportunities outside of classroom as well
  4. 4. What is the GSA?• A not for profit corporation under the laws of the Province of Ontario• Exists to: – Be the collective voice of graduate students on campus – Advocate to senior Laurier admin for graduate students – Represent graduate students on Laurier committees – Provide services to complement your academic experience – Ensure grad students’ are served by Student Affairs – Provide individual advocacy and support to our members – Provide avenues for personal and social growth
  5. 5. What services does the GSA offer?• Advocacy• Health and Dental Plan• Student LifeLine• Social Development• Student Club Support• Business Cards• ISIC Cards• Textbook Delivery• Funding (over $27,000.00 given out each year)• U-Desk Services• Veritas Café• Study Space• CFS Services• Orientation (Graduate and Professional Student Symposium)• Volunteer Opportunities
  6. 6. GSA Corporate Structure
  7. 7. GSA Policy Hierarchy
  8. 8. Volunteer Opportunities…
  9. 9. Board of Directors (BoD)• Highest body of GSA governance – Develops major strategies of the corporation – Provides direction to Executive (through President)• Duty to act in best interest of GSA and membership at all times• Composed of individuals elected (or acclaimed) from each faculty• 8 spots: 6 held for top vote receivers from each faculty, 2 open spots• Chair elected by general membership in March at AGM
  10. 10. Corporate Policy• Policy Coordinator – Chair of the Policy Committee – Play a leadership role while working collaboratively with the VP: Admin to write policies for the GSA• Policy Committee – Assist in the research process for and collaboratively write new policies – Review existing policies and make recommendations for amendments to be Board
  11. 11. Corporate Finance• Finance Committee – Assist drafting a budget – Collect and organize data related to financial priorities – Review spending & consider amendments to the budget for Board approval
  12. 12. Accessibility Commissioner• Initiates programs that generate awareness of the challenges faced by students with disabilities.• Member of the policy committee & investigates policies and procedures that inhibit accessibility.• Works with the Accessibility Centre and students with disabilities to improve accessibility around WLU.
  13. 13. Academic & ResearchShowcase the great work Grad studentsdo!• Researchers of Laurier Committee – Review applications and selects applicants• Academics Coordinator and Academics Committee – Actively advocate for and promote Grad students• Wellness Committee – Promote well-being through various activities and campaigns
  14. 14. Special Events & Student Affairs• Special Events Committee – set up/promote events – collaborate with the team to plan events
  15. 15. Questions?General Contact ExecutivesCall: 519-884-0710, ext. 3501 Ben – president@wlugsa.caEmail: info@wlugsa.ca Kayla – vpadmin@wlugsa.caCheck out our website:www.wlugsa.ca Domenica – ardirector@wlugsa.caFacebook: WLU GraduateStudents’ Association Jimi – sadirector@wlugsa.caTwitter: @wlugsa