General Director Elections

Graduate Students Association General Director Elections Call for Applications: General Directors

Nomination Deadline: September 25, 2023, 4:30 p.m.
Campaign Period: September 26 & 27, 2023, 4:30 p.m.
Voting Period: September 28 & 29 (up to 11:59 p.m.), 2023
Elected Term: October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024

The Graduate Students Association(GSA) is the sole official representative body of graduate students at the University of Guelph. The GSA acts as a liaison between graduate students and University administration, with GSA representatives sitting on most University committees, presidential task forces, and boards. For more information on the GSA, please visit GSA Website.

The GSA is operated by a Board of Directors, which consists of an elected Executive Committee, up to two (2) General Directors from each department and up to two (2) International Student Representatives; Indigenous Student Representatives; LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Representatives; and Black Student Representatives.

Duties of Graduate Students Association General Directors

General Directors serve as the primary mode of communication between the GSA and their University departments or the graduate student communities they represent. General Directors are required to:

  1. Attend monthly meetings of the GSA Board, held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
  2. Communicate GSA news back to their department via: 
    • Monthly Newsletter
    • Board Meeting Update Newsletter
    • (Rare) communication from GSA outside of Board Meetings
  3. Represent the GSA on at least one GSA or University-level committee and provide a brief monthly written committee report to the GSA seven (7) days prior to each Board Meeting.

General Director Nomination Process

  1. Eligibility

    Full time and part time graduate students who are GSA members (according to GSA By-laws Section 2.0) with the intention to be enrolled for the Fall 2023, Winter and Spring/Summer 2023 semesters. The elected term is from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024.

  2. Nomination Period (September 18 to 25 – 4:30 p.m.)

    Complete the online self-nomination application form by the nomination deadline.

  3. Campaigning Period (September 26 & 27– 4:30 p.m.)

    Candidates have the option of campaigning for their position. All campaign materials must be approved by the CRO and must be removed by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the campaign period. This includes all use of social media (Facebook, twitter etc.).
    No campaigning materials are permitted during the voting period.

  4. Voting Period (September 28 & 29, 2023 – 11:59 p.m.)

    In the event of a single nomination for any department/representative community, there shall be a (yes/no) vote to ensure that the candidate is satisfactory to the membership. Please contact the GSA CRO for further information.

Graduate Students Association General Director Application Form

Please complete the self-nomination application form at the following link.

Note: the ballot will include your name, department/representative community, and autobiography. Any autobiographies that exceed the word limit will be cut off at 150 words.

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