GSA Committees



Become a committee chair!

Learn valuable governance and organizational skills while being an integral part of the GSA.

As committee chair you will learn how to effectively:

  • Run meetings
  • Administer a budget
  • Plan and run events
  • Appreciate volunteers

You will also be part of the GSA’s Senior Leadership Team, a key advisory group to the Board of Directors.

The following committees are now recruiting chairs or vice-chairs:

Please send your CV and letter of interest to the appropriate board member by June 16th, 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. All applicants will be notified.


Governance Committee

The Governance Committee provides oversight and advice to the President on the governance of the GSA, at the direction of the President, the Board, or GRC. This may include conducting an annual review of the GSA’s bylaws, reviewing and updating GSA policies, and conducting a DGA bylaw review.


GRC Initiative Committee

The purpose of the GRC Initiative Committee is to develop and implement initiatives that are proposed by GRC members and chosen by vote during the May meeting of GRC. Chairs and Vice Chairs of this committee are elected directly by GRC. The GRC initiatives for each year are supported by an Initiative Fund.


Finance Standing Committee

The Finance Standing Committee (FSC) reviews the financial records and investments of the Association on a regular basis. FSC reviews the draft budget for the following financial year prior to GRC approval, and ensures that an annual audit of Association records is performed.


Academic Standing Committee

The Academic Standing Committee advocates for academic improvements on behalf of graduate students. The goal is to serve and support students by organizing scholarship application workshops, interdisciplinary conferences, and any other academic related events or programs that might be beneficial for students to achieve academic success.


Awards Committee

The Awards Committee adjudicates award applications and recommends the recipient of the GSA’s awards, grants, and bursaries. This includes implementing a transparent process of developing the awards program, selection criteria, and evaluation procedures. The Awards committee has approximately 50 members.


External Relations Standing Committee

The External Relations Standing Committee works to increase the presence of University of Calgary graduate students in the broader city of Calgary community. This is done through advocacy work such as the development of position papers, responding to current events, and the hosting of events such as election forums.


Student Experience Standing Committee

The Student Experience Standing Committee enhances the life and graduate school experience of all members at large of the GSA of the University of Calgary through events, programming, and other initiatives. This committee also acts as a consultative body for the VP Student Life.


Mental Health and Wellness Committee

The Mental Health and Wellness Committee supports and promotes mental health and wellness of the graduate students at the University of Calgary. This is done through developing and organizing mental health initiatives and events for graduate students, as well as spearheading collaborations with wellness groups on campus.


Community Engagement Committee

The Community Engagement Committee provides University of Calgary graduate students with opportunities to engage and interact with their community and increase their presence in the broader city of Calgary community through volunteer and outreach activities.


Newcomers and International Students Committee

The Newcomers and International Students Committee represents all graduate international and newcomer students at the University of Calgary and enhances the graduate international and newcomer students’ living and learning experiences. This is done by organizing events that are of interest to the students and ensuring that the university’s administration and partners provide services and information tailored to the students’ specific needs.


Residence and Family Housing Committee

The Residence and Family Housing Committee works to assure a better quality of life for graduate students on campus, which includes: organizing special events directly or in association with other committees under the VP Student Life portfolio to enhance the experience of graduate students living on campus at the University of Calgary.


Events Committee

The Events Committee plans and carries out the logistics of the social activities run on behalf of the GSA. The purpose of these activities is to enhance the graduate student experience through leisure and cultural gatherings and to build camaraderie among graduate students.


Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee functions to create a sustainable workplace and learning space for graduate students in order to enhance the overall graduate experience. The Sustainability Committee works to bring forth issues as well as opportunities related to sustainability, in order to integrate sustainable efforts at the University of Calgary. The Sustainability Committee partners with the Sustainability department, GRC, and University of Calgary partners to ensure its work is meaningful both for graduate students and within the larger realm of the University.


GSA2 (GSA Gay-Straight Alliance) Committee

Coming soon!

If you have a question about any of our committees, please fill out the form below.