GSA INTRODUCTION SERIES: ACGSA

GSA INTRODUCTION SERIES: ACGSA

Hello from the African Caribbean Graduate Student Association (ACGSA)! 
We are a club under the Graduate Student Association (GSA) that is tailored for students from Africa, the Caribbean and/or for those that self-identify as being of African, Caribbean or African American Ancestry. All McMaster graduate students who are interested in things pertaining to the people of Africa (all races and colours), the Caribbean, African Americans and their socio-cultural interests are welcome! 

Our services and events aim to:

  • Create a space for our students to know and interact with each other to give the students a sense of community.
  • Advocate for opportunities for our members in McMaster University, Hamilton and Canada.
  • Welcome new African and Caribbean graduate students.
  • Provide guidance and the information necessary for African and Caribbean students to integrate into McMaster University, Hamilton and Canada.
  • Organize informative, educational and social events for African and Caribbean graduate students.

Contact us via email to join (acgsa@mcmaster.ca) or find us on Facebook

Thank you ACGSA for your introduction! If you want to learn about other GSA Clubs check out this list of over 20 clubs on our website

McMaster GSA Declares its Support for Black Lives Matter and its Anti-Oppression Policy

McMaster GSA Declares its Support for Black Lives Matter and its Anti-Oppression Policy

Following the horrific murder of George Floyd, on May 25, 2020, the McMaster University Graduate Student Association (GSA) decided to abolish its neutrality policy, which has been effective since 2005 and prevented the GSA from aligning itself with any political movements, including Black Lives Matter (BLM). As renown anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu noted “[i]f you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” We have chosen to be on the right side of history by standing with those made most marginalized in our community, rather than remaining “neutral,” starting with the Black community.

We are proud to announce that, after months of internal conversations, we passed a comprehensive anti-oppression policy, on November 12, 2020, in place of the neutrality policy, mandating the GSA to work towards social justice, in solidarity with other progressive organizations. Based on this policy, the GSA’s Student Issues Action (SIA) Committee will also conduct annual internal surveys to track graduate student experiences with oppression, assess the efficiency of existing anti-oppressive actions, identify deficiencies, and suggest remedies, and will lead audits every four years, coinciding with the development of the Strategic Plan.

            In support of BLM, we have also endorsed the preliminary 5-point plan against anti-Blackness, which was drafted by members of the McMaster community.  It calls on McMaster University to openly endorse the BLM movement, denounce all forms of white supremacy, including when it is disguised as free speech, financially support BIPOC students, expand access to anti-racist pedagogical training for all student teaching assistants and faculty, fire the current Director of Parking and Security Services, Glenn De Caire, due to his documented racism, and sever ties with police. Encouraged by the letter McMaster University issued on June 1, condemning anti-Blackness, we ask the University to follow in our footsteps and not simply engage in anti-racist discourse, but rather, act on it, heeding the demands of oppressed communities and imagining and implementing a more just world.   

Mental Health Empower Me Workshop by Dr. Elizabeth Cawley

Mental Health Empower Me Workshop by Dr. Elizabeth Cawley

Hello everyone!

As previously mentioned, our National Director of Mental Health Strategy (DrElizabeth Cawley) hosted a mental health Empower Me workshop followed by a Q&A session a couple weeks ago and I’m sending along the video from our Empower Me Zoom workshop.

Below you’ll find the link to the recording from the webinar along with a few slides of questions/answers that were brought up during the session. Feel free to post on your social media, or share it with your community to promote the Empower Me program! Please do download the video at your earliest convenience as the link will expire in 7 days.

https://we.tl/t-f5sZ5mxoCE

UPDATES FROM THE GSA 2020-11-06

UPDATES FROM THE GSA 2020-11-06

We are so thankful McMaster Librarians are making the time and space for graduate students to work using reliable internet and a quiet space on campus. Have you thought about signing up for a time to use the Library space? It’s easy! Learn more here

We meet with McMaster administration to share your feedback on student services and we need to hear your thoughts! How is Graduate Student Space on Campus? Please fill out this short 2 minute survey if you have used or are interested in using this space. Survey closes this week!

The GSA created a calendar to keep graduate student clubs and events that may be interesting to you. Maybe your department is hosting a virtual event that is open to all… Send it to us and we can add it in! Check it out here: Graduate Student Calendar by the GSA.

GSA INTRODUCTION SERIES: FRC of SOCIAL SCIENCES

GSA INTRODUCTION SERIES: FRC of SOCIAL SCIENCES

Hi everyone! My name is Rida Mohsin and I am one of the new GSA Social Science Faculty Representatives. I communicate faculty updates within the GSA and act as a liaison between the association and the faculty. I am currently an MA student here at Mac within the Political Science department. Feel free to contact me with any relevant concerns or questions about anything within the Faculty of Social Sciences, or anything you wish to communicate to the GSA. You can contact me at my Mac email at mohsir1@mcmaster.ca. Thank you!

Thank you, Rida, for being our tenth feature on this Introduction Series. We have a number of amazing GSA Clubs and Faculty Representatives of the Council that you can connect with! Check the full list on our website.

OPPORTUNITIES AND AWARDS

OPPORTUNITIES AND AWARDS

Weekly Coffee Drop-in, every Monday! Next event is November 1st at 12:30 p.m., gather with your fellow engineers online to have a casual chat! Register here

Data Science Workshop 2 on November 18 at 7 to 8:30 p.m. The McMaster GSA proudly presents our 6-part Data Science workshop series hosted by Larry Simon. Through these workshops, participants will learn about Python, data visualization, databases, statistics for data science, and machine learning. Participants who attend 5 out of the 6 workshops between now and March 2021 will receive a non-accredited certificate of completion. Event registration here.

Insight Fellows Program Applications due for Winter 2021: We’re now accepting applications from graduating students (must complete all coursework by January 19th in order to participate full time) for our winter sessions. Insight Fellowship is a seven-week professional training fellowship for graduating students and working professionals looking to transition to thriving careers as data scientists, engineers, and other cutting-edge professionals. Apply here to the fully-remote winter session by November 2. Questions can be emailed here.

EGS Fall 2020: Technical Workshop 2: Intro to R on November 12 at 1 to 3 p.m. (Facilitator: Vivek Jadon)
Attendees will learn the basics of each programming language. This includes (but not limited to) setting up a dedicated environment, applications of loops, “if else” statements, creating functions, as well as performing matrix and mathematical operations. Registration link here. The QR code in the poster will take you to the same link. Any questions should be forwarded to the Engineering Graduate Society (EGS).

Technical Workshop 3: Technical Writing on November 24 at 1 to 2 p.m. (Facilitator: Holly Corbett). Register here.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition within the graduate student community between May 2019 to 2020? Nominations are due November 23rd, 2020. More details and forms can be found here.

GSA INTRODUCTION SERIES: FRC of SCIENCE

GSA INTRODUCTION SERIES: FRC of SCIENCE

Hello everyone! My name is Tiffany and I am one of the FRC representatives for the faculty of science (along with Pritpal who you met last week). I act as a liaison between the GSA and the Faculty of Science ensuring clear communication between the two groups. Academically, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Kinesiology where I research molecular biology of skeletal muscle. Personally, I recently got a labradoodle named Beaker (muppet/science pun intended) who is helping me stay active while working from home. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns pertaining to the GSA or SciGSA via email (vanlit@mcmaster.ca). 

Thank you, Tiffany, for being our ninth feature on this Introduction Series. We have a number of amazing GSA Clubs and Faculty Representatives of the Council that you can connect with! Check the full list on our website

UPDATES FROM THE GSA 2020-10-30

UPDATES FROM THE GSA 2020-10-30

At Council meeting this month, we welcomed two new representatives for Social Sciences, Rida and Sarah! We look forward to all the new fresh ideas for events they are planning for students in the Faculty of Social Science.

‘Free’ Flu vaccines are being offered to our students, on Campus at the Student Wellness Centre! Only one more date left (Nov 5th), more details here.

The McMaster University Black student-athlete review was concluded recently, with a report generated here. The experiences of these students are appalling and we commend them for speaking about their experience. We encourage you to read the report and the recommendations for change across the university. 

What do you think about Graduate Student Space on Campus? The GSA Student Issues Action Committee is interested in your experience. Please fill out this short 2 minute survey if you are interested in using this space. The survey will be open for another week! 

ONLINE SOCIAL TIME

ONLINE SOCIAL TIME

All work and no play can make online time feel heavy and endless! The GSA is hoping to provide you with some creative social activities throughout the Winter season. You are officially invited to the inaugural Canada-Wide University Trivia on November 25th. Interested in learning more? Click the following sign-up form link, which includes details about the event and prizes.