Update from Your GSA President

Dear members,

I hope that by now, most of you have received the message from the President of the University, stating that in-person classes will be ending as of end-of-day today, and that no in-person exams will be held this term. Updates will be sent from SGS and your respective departments about expectations and graduate work during this time. Please keep an eye out for such statements. For all updates from the University, please visit the institution’s COVID-19 website (https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/) as this is your best source of up-to-date information. Our Twitter and Facebook group channels will also be sharing these resources. 

For all GSA related questions, feel free to email us at macgsa@mcmaster.ca and we will be sure to respond to you as soon as possible. Our office will be closed until further notice. As such, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for March 20th has been cancelled until further notice. At this meeting, we were going to approve our proposed budget and student fees for 2020-2021 and we were also going to ratify our elections which. We are currently thinking of alternatives for how to best move forward with these AGM items. Our Safe Talk workshop scheduled for March 18th has also been cancelled until further notice.

We understand that this is a very stressful time for us as students, and encourage you to use our mental health resources at Empower Me. This is how they can be reached.

  • Call the 24/7 helpline at 1-844-741-6389 from anywhere in North America to be directly connected to a trained counsellor—the person answering the phone is not an operator, administrator, or receptionist. 
  • Log in to the Empower Me website and use “Studentcare” as the password.
  • Download additional Empower Me student assistance tools on the iAspiria mobile app. Enter “Studentcare” as the Login ID and select “Student” in the drop-down menu.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself!

Shawn M. Hercules
President
McMaster Graduate Students’ Association
Refectory Building, East Tower
McMaster University,
1280 Main St. West,
Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4K1
Work: (905) 525-9140 x22043

GSA Elections 2020

Elections for GSA executive team (2020-2021) will take place Wednesday, March 11th at 10:00 am- Friday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m! Find out more about the candidates’ platforms by click this link.

To register to vote, kindly click https://mcmaster.simplyvoting.com and your ballot will appear when voting opens on March 11th @ 10AM

AGM 2020

SAVE THE DATE!
March 20th, 9:00AM
The Phoenix Crafthouse and Grill

The GSA invites all members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Free breakfast will be provided, and we need 40 members to meet the quorum!

For any questions about the elections, please contact the Chief Returning Officer, Kara Tsang by email at gsacro@mcmaster.ca, or the GSA office at macgsa@mcmaster.ca.

See you there! 

GSA Nominations 2020

Nomination Form – Executive Committee, FRCs, and Board of Directors positions
Nomination period begins February 5, 2020 at 10:00am and ends February 26, 2020 at 6:00pm. The Executive Committee and FRC nomination forms can be found here and the Board of Directors nomination form can be found here.

To be eligible, candidates must submit this nomination form to the GSA office by Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Candidates may submit a nomination form for only one of the listed positions. Completed forms can be emailed to the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) directly at gsacro@mcmaster.ca or dropped in at our office.

For any questions about the elections, please contact the Chief Returning Officer, Kara Tsang by email at gsacro@mcmaster.ca, or the GSA office at macgsa@mcmaster.ca.

Welcome Week 2019

We are really excited to announce the list of events you can attend as a part of Welcome Week 2019. Join us to network with other grad students and have a fun-filled start to your journey at Mac.

Student Choice Initiative

On January 17th, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced an initiative to give students the option to choose whether to pay or not pay the non-essential supplementary fees. This is the Student Choice Initiative or SCI.

McMaster University has determined the Fall 2019 optional opt-out period to be between September 12th to 20th, 2019. This can be performed through Mosaic.

To read more, click here.

Essential Fees

(As Determined by the Government)

These are mandatory fees that the students have to pay and do not have the choice to opt-out from paying. These fees include:

  • Athletics and recreation
  • Career services
  • Student buildings
  • Health and counselling
  • Academic support Student ID cards
  • Student achievement and records
  • Financial aid offices
  • Campus safety programs, and
  • Student transit passes

GSA Non-Essential Fees

These are Fees that students will have the option to choose to opt-out. These fees include the following:

  • GSA Grad Recognition Awards
  • GSA Club funding
  • GSA Social Events
  • GSA Community Enhancement
  • GSA Advocacy.

It is recommended by the GSA to pay ALL non-essential fees as the GSA represents the students and through these resources, the GSA strives to make the grad student experience better at McMaster.

How to opt-out –

STEP 1 – Log in to MOSAIC and click on the Student Choice Initiative tile.

STEP 2 – Read and review all the information before proceeding to opt-out.

STEP 3 – Review the non-essential fees to make an informed decision. Click on the slider if you want to opt-out of paying certain fees.

STEP 4 – Click next to proceed to the payments page.

FAQs

I do not think I have used or intend to use any of the above-mentioned services, why should I opt-in then?

The GSA advocates on behalf of the students to the Administration of the University and the Government. This advocacy might not seem to directly impact you individually but many facets of Graduate Student life are actually influenced. For instance, the negotiation and subsidization of the Health and Dental Plan and the HSR transit pass fee. Through the GSA, you can also get academic research support and funding.

How much am I paying for the non-essential fees?

The GSA has budgeted less than $20 to be paid in order to use the above-mentioned services.

I already opted out, how do I opt back in?

By opting out in September, you will NOT have the opportunity to opt back in when you wish to use any of the above-mentioned services by the GSA.

I do not agree with a few of the GSA’s initiative which makes me want to opt-out. What should I do?

The GSA is by the students, for the students. Because of the democratic nature of the organisation, we need to function in a way that benefits all our students collectively. However, we do not shy away from any concerns or criticisms brought forward to our attention by our students. If you have any issues you would like us to address please feel free to email us.

For more questions, please email gsaext@mcmaster.ca.

Elections 2019 Results

The results for the 2019-2020 GSA Election results are as follows:

GSA Executive Positions

President: Shawn Hercules
Vice President External: Unnati Trivedi

Open positions

GSA Executive Position

  • Vice-President Administration
  • Vice-President Internal
  • Vice-President Services

GSA Faculty Representatives to the Council:

  • 2 Business
  • 2 Humanities
  • 2 International
  • 2 Social Science
  • 2 Health Sciences

Please make your best effort to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting where the election results will be ratified. AGM will be on March 21 at 9am at the Phoenix.

The new executive and council will officially begin on May 1, 2019.

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GSA Elections 2019

Elections for GSA will take place Tuesday, March 12th at 10:00 am- Thursday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m! Find out more about the candidates’ platforms by click this link.

To register to vote, kindly click msumcmaster.ca/vote and your ballot will appear when voting opens on March 12th @ 10AM.

Some executive and FRC positions are still open. Click this link to find all vacant positions. Nomination deadline for these positions is Monday March 11th at 6:00p.m.

AGM 2019

The GSA invites all members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Click here to view the agenda for the AGM. Additionally, please find minutes from March 2018 GSA Council meeting  and other important documents attached below which will be discussed at the AGM:

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GSA Nominations 2019

Nomination Form – Executive Committee, FRCs and Board of Directors positions
Nomination period begins February 5, 2019 at 10:00am and ends February 26, 2019 at 6:00pm. The Executive Committee and FRC nomination forms can be found here and Board of Directors nomination form can be found here.

To be eligible, candidates must submit this nomination form to the GSA office by Monday, February 26, 2019 at 6:00pm. Candidates may submit a nomination form for only one of the listed positions. Completed forms can be emailed to the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) directly at gsacro@mcmaster.ca or dropped in at our office.

For any questions about the elections, please contact the Chief Returning Officer, Kara Tsang by email at gsacro@mcmaster.ca, or the GSA office at macgsa@mcmaster.ca.