Budget and Finance Committee

  • Vice-President Finance and Operations, as chair
  • President
  • At least two (2) Councilors or Alternate Councilors, appointed by Council
  • At least one (1) Regular Member, who is not a member of Council or the Executive, appointed by Council

This Committee shall be convened and be responsible for the drafting of the Operating Budget for the proceeding Financial Year, which is to be approved by the membership subject to the requisite Bylaws and/or Constitutional regulations. This Committee shall also be charged with discussing broad financial policies and goals for the Association and may report them to the Council, the Membership, and/or any other Committees of Council that this Committee sees fit. This Committee shall meet a minimum of bi-monthly with additional meetings scheduled as necessary during budgeting periods.

Jesus Corona Gomez VP Finance & Operations
Naheda Sahtout President
Saman Naghieh Council Member
Carmen Marquez Mellidez Council Member
Cloud Heng General Member

Bursary Selection Committee

  • Vice-President Finance and Operations, as chair
  • Vice-President Student Affairs
  • At least two (2) Councilors or Alternate Councilors (who must not be from the same department), appointed by Council

This Committee shall be convened to administer the collection, evaluation and disbursement of GSA Bursaries in accordance with the Bursary Policy. This Committee shall meet three times per year to rank and evaluate all Bursary applications according to the established rubrics, with any approved or necessary modifications to such a ranking system in accordance with the Bursary Policy.

Jesus Corona Gomez VP Finance & Operations
Edgar Martinez Soberanes VP Student Affairs
Doug Fansher Council Member
Jose Alvin Berkenbrock Council Member
Katrin Ritchie Council Member
Kushagra Parolia Council Member

Elections and Referenda Committee

  • Council Chair, who shall act as the Chief Electoral Officer and as chair
  • Three (3) Councilors or Alternate Councilors, appointed by Council
  • Three (3) Regular Members, who are not members of Council or the Executive, appointed by Council

The Elections Committee is a committee of the GSA Council which is responsible for overseeing and managing Elections and Referenda, as required by the GSA.These terms of reference are intended to reflect and interpret relevant Bylaws of the GSA pertaining to elections and referenda and is subordinate to the Bylaws as they may be amended from time to time.

Meetings

  • Quorum shall be defined as a simple majority of voting members. 
  • Meetings shall be held at the call of the chair, normally during the winter term of each academic year for elections and as necessary for By-elections and Referenda.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct elections and referenda in accordance with the Articles and Bylaws. 
  • Conduct elections in accordance with the Election Schedule. 
  • Conduct referenda in accordance with the Referendum Schedule. 
  • Be knowledgeable about other procedures and policies necessary for a proper election. 
  • Interpret and enforce applicable Bylaws. 
  • Preside over the vote-counting mechanism and election data. 
  • Remain explicitly and implicitly impartial by not supporting any candidate or registered campaign committee during an election or referendum. 
  • Develop policies as required; and, 
  • Perform other tasks as delegated by Council. 
  • Specific duties as outlined in the Bylaws.

Other

Before attending a meeting of the Elections Committee or taking part in any business thereof, every member of the Elections Committee who is a Member shall make a written declaration that, during his or her membership on the Elections Committee, he or she shall not:

  • Seek a position or be a representative in an Election or By-election;
  • Nominate any person for an Election or By-Election; or
  • Participate in a campaign committee for a referendum.
Ziad Ghaith Council Chair
Reggie Nyamkeye General Member
Jessa Hughes General Member
Nicole Matsalla General Member
Brittany Laing Council Member
Rifat Zahan Council Member
Carmen Marquez Mellidez Council Member
Narsimha Pujari Council Member

Governance Committee

  • Vice-President External
  • Vice-President Finance and Operations
  • Council Chair, as ex-officio
  • At least two (2) Councilors or Alternate Councilors, appointed by Council
Somto Ufondu VP External
Jesus Corona Gomez VP Finance & Operations
Ziad Ghaith Council Chair
Saman Naghieh Council Member
Cheryl Roett Council Member
Naheda Sahtout Council Member

Code of Ethics and Discipline Committee

  • Council Chair, as chair
  • At least two (2) Councilors or Alternate Councilors, appointed by Council
  • At least two (2) Regular Members, who are not members of Council or the Executive, appointed by Council

Meetings

  • Quorum shall be defined as a simple majority of voting members. 
  • Meetings shall be held at the call of the chair as required throughout the year.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Code of Ethics and Discipline Committee shall be convened to review any complaints received against any Executive member, Council member, or any other individual acting on behalf of the GSA. It shall also serve as an appeal committee for decisions of the Elections Committee, as described in the Association’s Bylaws. The Council Chair shall serve as chair of the committee except in cases where a real or perceived conflict of interest exists, in which case an acting chair shall be elected by and from the other members of the committee. In all of its deliberations, recommendations, and actions, the committee shall be bound by the Bylaws and Constitution of the Association.

No member shall disclose any information which comes to their knowledge as a result of their membership on the committee to any other person who is not a member of committee, with the exception of the committee chair in his or her formal recommendations to Council, or as required by law or University policy

Ziad Ghaith Council Chair
Shanay Williams General Member
Shahin Layeghpour General Member
Reggie Nyamekye General Member
Sarah Mohammed Council Member
Rifat Zahan Council Member

Health and Dental Committee

  • Vice-President External, as chair
  • Vice-President Finance and Operations
  • Two (2) Councilors, appointed by Council

The Health and Dental Committee (herein referred to as H&D committee) exists to serve the insurance needs of graduate students by ensuring that there is appropriate coverage, as determined by the Committee, while containing costs to students at an appropriate level. The Board of Directors ensures that the fee charged to students covers both the insurance premiums as well as an administrative component that covers reasonable expenses and risk associated with administering the plan. This ultimately will require Council input and approval.

Meetings

  • The Committee shall normally meet 3 times per year; additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary during financial review or budgeting periods. 
  • Committee members will be expected to attend all meetings. 
  • The H&D committee shall report directly to Council to ensure that all requested coverage is aligned with the fees charged and financial health of the GSA. 
  • The committee shall consider yearly reports of H&D plan activity, monitor its effectiveness, and recommend any yearly benefit changes to Council.
Somto Ufondu VP External
Jesus Corona Gomez VP Finance & Operations
Saman Naghieh Council Member
Ejalonibu Hammed Council Member

Awards Selection Committee

  • Vice-President External, as chair
  • President
  • At least two (2) Councilors or Alternate Councilors, appointed by Council
  • At least two (2) Regular Members, who are not members of Council or the Executive, appointed by Council

The Awards Selection Committee is a Committee of Council that is responsible for the selection of the Graduate Students’ Association Annual Award Winners, under the guidance of the VicePresident External. Individuals selected for these awards will be honoured at the Annual Awards Gala held at the end of each academic year.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Determine the criteria and guideline to award selection. 
  • Assess each nomination package according to the selected criteria. 
  • By consensus, determine the recipient of each award. 
  • Serve as volunteers at the Awards Gala.
Somto Ufonu VP External
Naheda Sahtout President
Rebecca Bourgeois General Member
Shahin Layeghpour General Member
Kathy Wang General Member
Dylan Baloun Council Member
Chiamaka Ezekwesili Council Member
Carmen Marquez Mellidez Council Member

Sustainability Committee

  • Indigenous Liaison
  • Vice-President External
  • At least two (2) Councilors or Alternate Councilors, appointed by Council
  • At least one (1) Regular Member, who is not a member of Council or the Executive, appointed by Council

Vision

The sustainability policy is a set of rules and guidelines that ensure that the Graduate Students’ Association is a sustainable association that can lead its community by example.

Scope & Definition

The sustainability policy should be a living document, used in tandem with the University of Saskatchewan Sustainability Policy. Sustainability is a mindset intertwining the interdisciplinary actions that sustain environmental resources as well as the social and economic well-being of its community.

Commitments

The GSA commits to incorporate sustainability in all its activities, including external advocacy and internal organization and events. The Sustainability Committee will be responsible for;

  1. Promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability issues related to graduate students.
  2. Assuming responsibility to guide sustainability initiatives and the application of sustainable practices at the GSA. 
  3. Collaborating and building partnerships with other units to address sustainability.
  4. Advising Council on matters related to sustainability.

External Commitments

  1. GSA will advocate for sustainable practices through its university external representation.
  2. The GSA will actively collaborate with other student groups and associations in promoting sustainability.
  3. Sustainability practices of external entities (companies, associations, firms) should be taken into consideration by the GSA before engaging with them.

Internal Commitments

  1. The GSA commons must have at all times at least one (1) bin for single stream recycling, one (1) bin for returnable bottles, and one (1) bin for garbage.
  2. The GSA will buy recycled printing paper and will endeavor to source all other office,
  3. event, food etc. supplies from local, fair-trade, and environmentally responsible sources.
  4. The GSA will adhere to the EH&S (Environment Health and Safety) guidelines for sustainable events: 
    • Ensure food is locally sourced when possible (Hive, City Farm, etc.. ). 
    • Proper waste triaging for paper, plastic and metal, and compost. 
    • Minimize plastic use in favor of more recyclable or compostable materials (Water jugs, Concordia dish project, compostable plates, minimal packaging, etc..)
  5. The GSA will not use any Styrofoam products for GSA events or initiatives, as Styrofoam cannot be recycled in Saskatoon. Sustainability

Committee Purpose

  • Promote environmental, social and economic sustainability issues related to graduate students 
  • Assume responsibility to guide sustainability initiatives and the application of sustainable practices at the GSA 
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with other units to address sustainability 
  • Advise Council on matters related to sustainability 
  • The committee will be responsible for hosting at least one initiative, whether it be the Sustainability Slam or otherwise, during the academic year.

Meetings

  • Meetings will be held once a month, or more frequently as needed 
  • The committee meets once a month, and quorum is 50% of its members (rounded up).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The committee provides Council with an action plan for the year in the month of November. 
  • Every two months (2) the committee presents a status report to Council. 
  • Vice-President External will be responsible for the above mentioned external commitments. 
  • Indigenous Liaison will be responsible for the above mentioned internal commitments.

Policy Review

This policy should be reviewed by the committee every year during the winter semester. It should be updated to ensure the adoption of best practices and inclusion of new sustainability related initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan.

Marie-Eve Presber Indigenous Liaison
Somto Ufondu VP External
Saman Naghieh Council Member
Jo Ann Chew General Member
Alina Ostrowska General Member
Dylan Baloun Council Member
Laila Balkhi Council Member
Khaled Zorufchi Benis Council Member

Diversity Committee

  • Vice-President External
  • Indigenous Liaison
  • At least one (1) Councilor or Alternate Councilor, appointed by Council, who belongs to the groups outlined in the Terms of Reference
  • At least two (2) Regular Members, who are not a member of Council or the Executive, appointed by Council, who belong to the groups outlined in the Terms of Reference

The Diversity Committee will be a standing Council committee and will include, and primarily focus on graduate students with disabilities, graduate students of diverse sexual orientations, and/or any minority group fostering inclusion, acceptance, understanding, support, and education.

This committee will act as a body to: 

  • make recommendations to the Executives to ensure that the GSA is inclusive to all its members so as to provide a better graduate student experience, and create a welcoming environment, and cohesive community for graduate students on campus, 
  • liaise with Council to ensure that the GSA services/initiatives are inclusive, 
  • organize diversity events\initiatives in collaboration with the GSA executives and other committees,
Somto Ufondu VP External
Marie-Eve Presber Indigenous Liaison
Cloud Heng General Member
Amara Zuhaib General Member
Shahin Layeghpour General Member
Arka Guo General Member
Stephen Owuamanam Council Member
Jessa Hughes General Member
Ejalonibu Hammed Council Member