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.
The Council of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University passed a motion in support of the recommendations included in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and all efforts to engage in the long process of reconciliation. We are in solidarity with survivors of, and those living with, the intergenerational effects of the residential school system and support all those who continue to be affected by ongoing violence, systemic racism, and colonialism. We recognize that the Canadian government’s...read more
Re: Reject Amendment to Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity) Dear Senators, I am writing on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University. The GSA represents 3,600 graduate students of diverse histories and identities. We advocate on all issues that impact the lives of students. I am writing to express the GSA’s dismay and concern about the amendments to Bill C-279 passed by the Senate Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and reported on February...read more
To: The Hon. Robert Nicholson Minister of Foreign Affairs 515-S Centre Block House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Honourable Mr. Robert Nicholson, I write to you on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University, which represents over 3,600 graduate students. I am writing to you to ask for your assistance in the issue of Ms. Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian parliamentarian who was arbitrarily arrested on April 2, 2015 and subsequently sentenced to 6 months imprisonment by an Israeli military court. Ms. Jarrar is...read more
Dear United Steelworkers Local 9176, We write to you today with a message of solidarity for striking workers of the Crown Holdings bottle manufacturing plant in Toronto. We have heard the news that US-based multinational Crown Holdings has sought to impose a 40 per cent wage decrease for a second tier of workers, and that your local has been on strike for 17 months now to fight these proposed concessions. We are outright disgusted by Crown Holdings’ attempt to impose poverty wages on workers in order to the increase profits of an already...read more
Dear Mr. Conway, We are writing to you as representatives of 3,700 graduate students at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and as management and owners of the university pub Mike’s Place. We are writing out of concern for the striking workers at Crown Holding’s metal packaging plant in Toronto, who have been on strike for 17 months. We fully support United Steelworkers local 9176 in their defense against the company’s proposed concessions. We have decided to participate in the USW-led boycott of canned beer until your company...read more
In a video that is 1 minute or less, tell us how you understand support for survivors of sexual violence. Topics can include: Active listening Believing survivors Confronting rape culture, victim blaming, and the (in)justice system Your support needs Video submissions are due on March 31 and can be sent to email@example.com. There will be prizes for the best submissions, as well as a screening on campus!read more
The executive of the Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University expresses its support for striking academic workers at the University of Toronto (UofT) and York University. Members of CUPE 3902 and CUPE 3903, representing teaching assistants, contract instructors, research assistants, and other academic workers at UofT and York, respectively, went on strike this week after voting to reject tentative agreements with their university administrations. This is the first time that academic workers at both Toronto universities have been...read more
The Carleton University Student Action Movement (CUSAM) and the Graduate Students’ Association are excited to announce that, after a year of lobbying the Carleton administration to publicly advocate for a provincially-funded reduction in tuition fees, Carleton has approved the release of a jointly-signed open letter to the government of Ontario. This marks a decisive shift for the university towards lobbying alongside students for a more accessible education system. Achieving this victory was no easy feat. Last February, through joint efforts...read more
To all graduate students at Carleton, Have you ever witnessed or experienced belittling or degrading behaviour at Carleton? Verbal abuse? Yelling? Homophobic, racist, sexist or xenophobic remarks? Ever felt anxious or fearful to encounter a particular professor, staff member or colleague? Ever had a colleague tell you they felt that way? Mental health is a serious issue affecting all students, but what can we do about it? The GSA has helped to launch a graduate student-specific mental health campaign, Not in the Syllabus, and we’d like you to...read more
Joint Press Release by Amnesty International Canada and the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy 25 January 2015 Several student unions in Canadian universities across Canada have adopted a statement of solidarity “with Egyptian students’ right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly”, and to a “campus environment that is free from fear, intimidation and police abuse.” The statement, signed by Ryerson Students’ Union, University of Regina Students’ Union, University of Victoria Students’ Society, University of Toronto...read more