About The GSA
The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) of the University of Calgary was established in 1967, and currently has approximately 8,500 members, including full and part-time Master's and PhD students. A not-for-profit organization governed by UCalgary graduate students, the GSA is charged with the social, academic and practical well-being and growth of graduate students on campus. The GSA oversees and promotes workshops, special events, the provision of financial aid and support as well as the facilitation of career-based growth and development for graduate students as they progress through their university programs.
The GSA is governed by a five-person Board of Directors who are full-time graduate students - who are then, in turn, responsible to the Graduate Representative Council (GRC) as a governing and policy-developing body. Over time, the GSA has worked to become a key member of the University of Calgary community via ongoing communication and dialogue with university administrators on pertinent issues.
The GSA represents the collective interests, but not individual opinions, of graduate students to governing bodies of the university, all levels of government and the surrounding community of Calgary.
The GSA represents the collective interests of graduate students.
News and Blogs
Advocacy Updates: GSA’s Budget Submission and White Paper Release
GSA Advocacy Recap: Prioritizing Graduate Students’ Welfare
GSA’s Response to the Board of Governors Tuition and Fee Vote
GSA’s Advocacy for Affordable Education: The GSA’s Five Key Asks for Positive Change
Strategic Planning Document 2023 - 2026
- Broaden and Deepen Student Engagement - Ensure diverse student voice, participation, and leadership are embedded in GSA services and advocacy.
- Address Critical Barriers to Thriving - Alleviate financial barriers, mental health barriers, and other emergent barriers through service delivery, collaboration, and advocacy.
- Grow Organizational Capacities - Strengthen organizational infrastructure, competencies, and culture to sustainably benefit UCalgary’s growing and diverse graduate student community.
What We Do
- Deliver Valued Services - Address graduate student needs that are not met elsewhere
- Advocate Student Priorities - Champion understanding of graduate student experiences and influence positive change
- Connect and Build Community - Support student-led initiatives that foster connections within and across academic disciplines and personal identities.
- Offer Growth Opportunities - Provide networking, skill building, volunteer and leadership opportunities that enhance graduate student growth
- Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Accessibility
- Student Voice
- Balanced Well-Being
- Transparency and Accountability