One of the roles of the GSA is to represent and advocate for graduate student interests both on the Carleton campus and within the broader community. This involves the executive sitting on several Carleton committees and boards, including Senate, the Grad Faculty Board, and the Board of Governors, to ensure that the collective grad voice is heard and valued.
Our campaigns are another way we advocate for graduate student interests and students in general. We address issues ranging from post-residency fees and lower tuition to student-worker solidarity, equity, and student union autonomy. The GSA works both independently and in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Students on a number of these issues, as well as on various campaigns and issues that the GSA Council has endorsed. For more information on specific campaigns, please see the drop down menu.
Several of these campaigns are designed and implemented by the GSA Political Action Committee (PAC), which is chaired by the VP External and is open to all students. Most recently, PAC organized a campaign around challenging high tuition fees at Carleton, which included over 1,250 postcards signed by students urging the Board of Governors to vote to freeze tuition. As a result of this campaign, the administration must develop a number of budgets to present to the Board for 2015-2016 that do not include a tuition increase, as well as draft a letter with the GSA to urge the provincial government to provide greater public funding to post-secondary institutions.
If you have any questions, would like to get involved in any of these campaigns, or learn more about PAC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Justin Trudeau, We write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), which represents approximately 4,000 graduate students, to express our opposition to the plans of Windmill Developments/Dream Corporation and Energy Ottawa for the redevelopment of the Akikodjiwan (Chaudiere Falls) area on the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River). We call on the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Québec, the City of Ottawa, the City of Gatineau, the National Capital Commission, Windmill...read more
The Office of the Premier Confederation Building, East Block P.O. Box 8700 St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6 Dear Premier Dwight Ball, I write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association, which represents approximately 4,000 graduate students. In solidarity with the students of Newfoundland and Labrador, we call on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to reinstate the longstanding tuition fee freeze for all students in the province, and to restore public funding for post-secondary education. While the implementation...read more
Minister Kelly Regan Department of Labour and Advanced Education 6th Floor, 5151 Terminal Road P.O. Box 697 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2T8 Dear Minister Kelly Regan, I write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association, which represents approximately 4,000 graduate students. In solidarity with the students of Nova Scotia, we oppose the Government of Nova Scotia’s decision to deregulate tuition, allowing for multi-year tuition fee resets. Over the next three years, it is expected that deregulation will cause tuition...read more
To: SÉTUE 209 Ste-Catherine Est Local V-2390 Montréal, Québec H2X 1L2 Dear Syndicat des étudient-e-s employé-e-s de l’UQAM (SÉTUE), We write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), with a message of solidarity for the members of SÉTUE, in their struggle to obtain a fair collective agreement with the Université du Québec à Montréal. It is unacceptable that your members have been without a contract since the end of 2013. We are deeply alarmed by the problems you are experiencing in trying to...read more
To: Nompendulo Mkatshwa Student Representative Council of the University of Witwatersrand Private Bag 3 Wits 2050 Johannesburg, South Africa Dear Nompendulo Mkatshwa – President of the Student Representative Council of the University of Witwatersrand, I write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association, in Ontario, Canada, which represents approximately 4,000 graduate students. We stand in solidarity with the student-led demonstrations and student leaders at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the...read more
On December 8, 2015, the Council of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University, representing approximately 4000 graduate students, voted to express its support for Dr. Root Gorelick, who has been threatened with imminent removal from the Board of Governors. Dr. Gorelick is an elected faculty representative to the Carleton University Board of Governors, who has regularly blogged about the open meetings of the Board since 2013. Dr. Gorelick’s blog has been an invaluable resource allowing members of the Carleton community to...read more
Dear Ms. Berube, I write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association, which represents over 3,700 graduate students, to express our support for the Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) in their demands for a fair and just settlement. NUFA, which represents 173 professors and academic staff, has been on strike since November 1, 2015. We understand that NUFA is fighting for a collective agreement that guarantees faculty and staff meaningful participation in the governance of the university, and for fair...read more
The GSA has joined with staff, faculty and students at Carleton to sign an open letter to the university administration, requesting that more support is available to student refugees. Please sign the open letter to tell the university administration that #CarletonWelcomesRefugees! Every signature also sends an e-mail (which can be personalized) to Carleton President Runte.read more
In Ottawa, members of the Canadian Federation of Students from local post-secondary institutions dropped a massive banner off the Mackenzie King Bridge to help raise awareness around on-campus polling at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University campuses, and to let politicians know that in this election, students are voting. “This generation of students is facing skyrocketing tuition fees and mounting student debt,” said Roméo Ahimakin, Vice-President of Services and Communications of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa...read more
The Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of Carleton University. Unfortunately, it is increasingly out of touch with those who study and work here and is adopting an increasingly adversarial stance towards the university community. We the undersigned, are a coalition of unions and student associations on campus. Our members are the Carleton community. As the Board undertakes a review of its Bylaws, we see an opportunity to change the Board to make it more democratic, not less. We deserve a Board of Governors that: is...read more