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Committees + Taskforces

Collectively, GSS committees work to enhance graduate student life at UBC, with each focuses on a specific function(s) of the society’s day-to-day operations and comprised of graduate students at UBC Vancouver.

All the committee meetings are open to current UBC graduate students (as non-voting members). If there are no vacancies on the Committee that you are interested in joining, you are welcome to attend Committee Meetings as a non-voting member.

→ To join a committee or for more information, please email aa@gss.ubc.ca.

Notes: The GSS President is an ex-officio member of all committees (except for the Executive Oversight Committee). By default, the committees are chaired by the respective GSS Student Executive member; the GSS Council may appoint a different chair as needed.

Academic and External Affairs Committee

The Academic and External Committee endeavours to promote the interests of graduate students within the University community and the society at large. The committee addresses academic matters, financial concerns and the political needs of graduate students.

Code and Policy Committee

The Code and Policy Committee is responsible for reviewing the GSS Constitution, Bylaws, and Policy Manual. It collaborates with all other GSS committees, departments, and council to keep the bylaws and policies current. Up-to-date bylaws and policies reflect the will of the society and help the GSS run effectively. The Committee has just finished conducting a major revision of the Society bylaws, and are now in the process of updating the policy manual.

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is accountable for conducting annual Society elections.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of the five elected members of the GSS student executive and is chaired by the GSS President. The team manages the day-to-day operations of the Society.

Executive Oversight Committee

The Executive Oversight Committee is responsible for providing constructive performance review of elected GSS executive members, and for facilitating resolution of concerns about the functioning of the elected executive.

Governance and Accountability Ad Hoc Committee

The Governance & Accountability ad hoc Committee ensures that the GSS as an organization is as effective as possible by reviewing the GSS governance structure, and helps the Society support UBC grad students by creating accountability to the vision and goals within the GSS Strategic Plan. This year, our main goals are (1) to provide recommendations to restructure the GSS as an organization, and (2) to help all GSS committees create and accomplish goals aligned with the Strategic Plan.

GSS/AMS Referendum Ad Hoc Committee

The GSS/AMS Referendum Ad Hoc Committee conducts a needs assessment on the AMS services that graduate students currently use, drafts proposals for how to proceed as a Society, and prepares for a related 2018 referendum.

Harassment and Discrimination Ad Hoc Committee

The Harassment and Discrimination ad hoc committee has been struck to address the issue of harassment and discrimination which covers all aspects of graduate student life at UBC, including work as a Teaching Assistants, student-supervisor relationships, and peer-to-peer interactions, etc.

The committee conducts research about student experiences not only across Canada, but also worldwide. The findings will be used to develop a code of conduct.

House Finance Committee

The House Finance Committee works to ensure the financial stability and accountability of all Society operations. It is accountable for organizing the annual audit, preparing and monitoring the budget, and the creation of the annual business plan. In addition to all matters financial, the House Finance Committee is also responsible for overseeing the use of the physical facilities and equipment of the Graduate Student Centre, dealing with complaints and suggestions, and making recommendations to Council regarding the House and Rules, and the Venue Rental Policy.

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee evaluates and reviews all coordinators and student staff, and provides regular reviews for the employee handbook of the Society. It is their responsibility to ensure all staffing needs are met.

Services Committee

The Services Committee aims to provide diverse services to the UBC graduate student community through direct, face-to-face communication and interaction. Its main function is to plan programming and events that enhance the campus and community experience of UBC graduate students and their families.

External Representatives

In addition to elected Student Executives and Departmental Representatives, the GSS Council and Committees also include External Representatives. External Representatives are graduate student representatives of the UBC Senate and Board of Governors, AMS Student Council, and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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