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Advocacy Updates: GSA’s Budget Submission and White Paper Release

As the voice of graduate students at the University of Calgary, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is committed to advocating for the needs and interests of its members. Recently, the GSA made significant strides in advancing its advocacy agenda through the submission of a budget proposal to the provincial government and the release of a white paper addressing student housing …

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GSA Advocacy Recap: Prioritizing Graduate Students’ Welfare

Advocacy has been at the forefront of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) as the GSA has diligently worked to address pivotal issues impacting graduate students. The months of November and December saw an array of strategic initiatives and engagements aimed at securing better opportunities and resources for graduate students. Advo Week, held from November 20 to November 24, 2023, witnessed …

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GSA’s Response to the Board of Governors Tuition and Fee Vote

The Board of Governors of the University of Calgary convened on Friday, December 8, 2023, to deliberate on a proposed set of tuition and fee increases. The Board of Governors is the ultimate decision-making body of the institution and is comprised of members from the university administration, the Students’ Union (SU), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), the Faculty Association (TUCFA), …

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GSA’s Advocacy for Affordable Education: The GSA’s Five Key Asks for Positive Change

As advocates for graduate students, the Graduate Students’ Association recently met with the university’s Provost’s office to discuss key issues that directly impact the graduate student community. Here is a breakdown of the five significant asks presented by the GSA during the meeting, highlighting the importance of each request and the potential impact they could have on graduate education. Ask …

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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Alberta Post-secondary Education

The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) recently put out a press release regarding the Sexual and Gender-Based violence in Alberta Post-secondary education report. This report has brought to light about the harsh realities of sexual and gender-based violence within our post-secondary institutions.  CAUS alongside the GSA, and other stakeholder groups are deeply invested in the welfare of our students …

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The GSA’s Response to the Alberta Innovative Catalyst Grant

In a bid to bolster innovation in Alberta, the provincial government has launched the Innovation catalyst Grant (ICG), an initiative aimed at supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students. With the goal to commercialize research emerging from Alberta’s universities, this grant program holds the promise of transforming innovative ideas into thriving businesses. While the initiative is commendable, it …

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Advocacy Win: Graduate Student Funding is a top initiative of the UCalgary’s 2023-2030 Strategic Plan 

The University of Calgary just released its 2023-2030 Ahead of Tomorrow Strategic Plan. The GSA would like to thank many graduate students that provided the GSA and UCalgary with their input to ensure that the UCalgary invests in graduate students and our research. Graduate students are the driver of UCalgary’s research and innovation; therefore, we deserve proper funding and support.  Unfortunately, …

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Get Ready to Vote in the Provincial Election

Photo: CBC The Alberta Government is expected to call an election in May. Is this your first-time voting? Get ready to vote with the GSA! In this blog, we will show you how elections work in this province, what the different levels and branches of government are, and what you’ll need to know to register to vote for the upcoming …

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Thesis-based Graduate Students will have three-week vacation starting May 2023

Join us in celebrating a win for thesis-based graduate students! The GSA, in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, was successful in advocating for a three-week vacation/time off for thesis-based graduate students! This is an increase from the two-week vacation in place previously. The GSA appreciates the feedback from graduate students about the need to advocate for this increase. …

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GSA Response to The Alberta Government Budget

G’day y’all! AC here with an update concerning the recent Provincial Budget.   The 2023 provincial budget was released by the Alberta Government on Feb. 28th and approved by Legislature on March 14th. The budget aims to offer affordability support for Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) by way of some increases to PSI funding, grants, and student loan programs over the next year, as well …