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Highlights from 2019-2020

August 25, 2020

This past year the GSA worked tirelessly to tackle unprecedented external pressures while striving to improve the graduate student experience. Through the coordinated efforts of our Board, Council and the Executive team, we not only sustained our operations but improved overall service delivery and support for graduate students. Here are highlights of our efforts:

  • GSA core services: new GRT UPass agreement with once-a-year refund option; expansion of the health plan to include the EmpowerMe service at no cost; new legal service program; renovations of all spaces in the Graduate House and the addition of a ground patio.
  • Community building: pint of politics events; faculty nights; social events at Grad House including events focused on integrating satellite campuses and international themed events.
  • Advocacy: access to resources during COVID-19; term extensions; funding support; signature commitments from uWaterloo; equity strategy; faculty-level advocacy; and endorsing unionization of graduate workers.
  • Funding contribution: $75,000 for thesis completion awards and international student support; over $20,000 to support social and academic graduate student initiatives; $2000 to support equity groups; $1000 to support research on sexual violence.
  • Internal governance: permanent hires (Executive Manager and Hospitality Manager), revamping of GSA website and social media channels; risk management framework, directors handbook, 4 short-term research contracts; amalgamation of political positions from 16 to four; and 3-year Strategic Plan.

To find out more, read our Annual Report and Strategic Plan.


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Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. We acknowledge that we work on these territories as beneficiaries of settler colonialism. We also acknowledge that members of our UWaterloo community live on Indigenous territories around the world.

This statement is only a small step in the process of reconciliation. Decolonization requires systemic change. The GSA-UW is committed to this effort.

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