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The Graduate Students’ Association Council is the legislative authority of the GSA. It provides direction for the executive, and has the final word on all matters.  Council includes graduate student representatives from every department, school and institute offering graduate programs at Carleton. Departments with more than 25 full-time graduate students have 2 Council seats, whereas smaller departments have 1 seat.

How can I get involved?

To become a councillor, a nomination form must be completed. See the Council Nomination Forms section.

If there are more candidates than seats for a given department, then the students of that department must hold an election to choose their Council representative(s).

All graduate students have speaking rights and may be present for all business during Council meetings (with the exception of the rare times when council goes “in camera”), however only councillors (or their proxies) may vote. If you would like to attend a GSA Council meeting, consult the schedule on this page for dates and locations.

For more information contact the VP Operations (

Why is it important to get involved?

  • GSA Council represents all students enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Affairs. To do this properly, it is essential that students from every department have their perspectives, ideas and concerns represented.
  • Sitting on the GSA Council provides great experience! You can learn about how the university is run, gain insight on how a democratic non-profit organization works, as well as receive updates on what graduate students at other universities are up to.
  • It’s fun! Council is a great way to meet other graduate students across a variety of disciplines and get involved in the graduate student community at Carleton.

What type of time commitment is required?

The basic time commitment of a councillor is one meeting per month. Beyond this, there are various committees that councillors may participate on, including the Scholarship and Awards Committee, the Organizational Review Committee, the Accessibility Committee, and the Political Action Committee.


Current Council List

Applied Linguistics and DiscourseDat
Applied Linguistics and DiscourseMeral
Art HistoryAnnika
Computer ScienceHemant
Electrical and computer EngineeringRosita Sharif
English Language and LiteratureMelissa
English Language and LiteratureKirsten
Indigenous and Canadian StudiesKirk
Indigenous and Canadian StudiesTrycia
Legal StudiesHelyeh
Legal StudiesTaryn
Math and StatisticsLyndsay
Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringAmin
NPSIA/International AffairsJacqueline
NPSIA/International AffairsLexi
Political Management
Brandon Clim
Political ScienceLucas
Political ScienceRob
Public Policy & AdminAula
Public Policy & AdminJacky
Social WorkMarianna
Social WorkLaleah
Sociology and AnthropologyRhys
Sociology and AnthropologyAbigail
Systems & Comp EngAnurag
Systems & Comp EngAslam

Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2015-02-27 Meeting

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2015-01-23 Meeting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-12-11 Meeting

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-11-14 Meeting

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-10-17 Meeting

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-09-26 Meeting

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-08-19 Meeting

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Council


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GSA Council Motion 19-08-2014 – 01: Motion to hold a Referendum on the University Centre Levy and the GSA Operating Levy

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Council

The following motion was approved by the GSA Council at the August 19, 2014 meeting. Whereas funding Student Service Centres and Clubs and Societies programming directly by the GSA would enable the GSA to ensure graduate students can access services funded by graduate students, and; Whereas many graduate student organizations are specifically for graduate students, such as graduate departmental societies, and would benefit from more direct funding through the GSA, and; Whereas in March 2014 graduate students voted 90% in favour of the...

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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-06-25 Meeting

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Council


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Approved Council E-Minutes from the 2014-04-10 Meeting

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Council


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