Get involved! Join a Committee!
The GSU’s business is largely undertaken through various committees, which are chaired by one of the Executive Directors. This is a great way to get involved in your GSU and acquire useful skills. Details about each committee can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks below. Should you be interested in participating in any of these committees, please consult the Executive Director responsible for that committee.
- Health and Dental Committee
- Constitutional Committee
- Finance Committee
- Academic Committee
- Social Events Committee
- Graduate Students Awards Committee
- External Relations Committee
- Health and Safety Committee
- Aldrich Committee
Health and Dental Committee
This Committee is chaired by the VP Finance. Its purpose is to review dental plan fees and design, to ensure the plan efficiently utilizes graduate students’ health and dental fees. The Committee monitors current and future trends in coverage to ensure the plans meet the needs of the majority of graduate students. Furthermore, it actively promotes the plan to member of the GSU, to ensure that members are aware of opt-out deadlines, plan rules and design. It will adjudicate health and dental plan opt-out appeals, as necessary. The committee reports to the BoD at least once per semester, and at the Spring and Fall Semi-Annual General Meetings.
The Constitutional Committee is chaired by the VP Communications and Research. This committee is responsible for reviewing all matters constitutional as directed by the BoD, and for acting as an advisor on matters of constitutional interpretation. Furthermore, this committee researches, develops and reviews any new articles or by-laws as directed by the BoD or General Members. Lastly it reports to the BoD any courses of action taken on all matters constitutional.
The Finance Committee is chaired by the VP Finance. This committee reviews and distributes all financial information of the GSU. It reviews all GSU Grant Applications. Furthermore, the finance committee creates the annual budget for the GSU, which is presented and approved by the BoD.
The Academic Committee
The Academic Committee, chaired by the VP Academic, works to promote student involvement in the GSU and at all levels around the University by ensuring that all committees are filled. Furthermore, the Academic Committee advocates for graduate students through helping students with appeals (when necessary), and organizing academic workshops that are held around GradFest as well as WinterFest. Members of this committee should be interested in the University committee structure and student leadership.
Social Events Committee
The Social Events Committee is chaired by the VP Internal. This committee involves organizing and running all the social events held by the graduate students' union. Some events held by the GSU are: Gradfest, Winterfest, Marble Mountain Ski Trip, Sea Kayaking, Relay for Life, Graduate Students Award Ceremony, Appreciation Parties and much more!
Graduate Students Awards Committee
The Graduate Students Awards Committee is chaired by the VP Internal, and is a sub-hoc committee. This committee is struck in late March to review and decide on the winners of the graduate students awards. The awards handed out each year are: Excellent in Teaching, Excellence in Community Service and Excellent in Research.
External Relations Committee
The External Relations Committee is chaired by the VP Communications and Research. It recommends to the BoD which political campaigns the GSU will publicly support and in which manner these political campaigns should be carried out.
Health and Safety Committee
The Health and Safety Committee is chaired by the VP Internal. This committee discusses all health and safety issues surrounding graduate students. Issues at home, lab or office are discussed and decisions on how to proceed with these issues are made
The Aldrich Committee
The Aldrich Committee is chaired by the VP Communications. The Aldrich Conference is an Interdisciplinary Academic symposium, hosted by the GSU. Work in this committee involves planning, coordinating, and execute the Conference.
The Campaigns Committee is responsible for developing campaigns that further the goal of achieving fully accessible, high quality post-secondary education. The Committee organises activities that pressure university and government decision makers to enact changes that will benefit students. The Committee is a joint committee of the Graduate Students’ Union and the MUN Students’ Union and is open to all members.
The Committee has successfully organised campaigns in support of reducing tuition fees and improving student financial assistance. Last year, the Committee organised a major campaign to raise awareness of student issues in the federal election, including canvassing thousands of houses in the city, staffing information tables across campus, providing a vote-day shuttle service, assisting students with voting by special ballot, and holding an all-candidates' forum on campus.
For more information on the Campaigns Committee or to get involved, contact your VP Communications.