About

The YUGSA is dedicated to providing advocacy and support to all members across various graduate departments at York. As a student union, the YUGSA is committed to representing graduate students’ diverse interests and defending and advancing students’ and workers’ rights across and beyond York’s campuses.

Our Mission

The YUGSA is dedicated to providing advocacy and support to all members across various graduate departments on its campuses. As a student union, the YUGSA is committed to representing graduate students’ diverse interests and defending and advancing students’ and workers’ rights across and beyond York’s campuses. The York University Graduate Students’ Association is Local 84 of the Canadian Federation of Students, which represents more than 500,000 students from more than 75 university and college students’ unions across Canada. The CFS is a democratically run organization committed to lobbying, research, and membership and community mobilization. Alongside our sister student and trade unions, the YUGSA works to oppose the continued commercialization of Canadian universities and participate in the broad-based movement demanding accessible, public, fully funded, high quality post-secondary education. The YUGSA demands the reinstatement of post-residency status, which would allow graduate students to pay reduced tuition fees once their course requirements are complete, and opposes the dwindling of appropriate, equal, and broadly accessible funding for our members.

YUGSA Constitution and Bylaws

Who we are

The York University Graduate Students’ Association is Local 84 of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), which represents more than 500,000 students from more than 75 university and college students’ unions across Canada. The CFS is a membership run organization committed to lobbying, research, and membership and community mobilization. Alongside our sister student and trade unions such as the York Federation of Students and CUPE 3903, the YUGSA works to oppose the continued commercialization of Canadian universities and participates in the broad-based movement demanding accessible, public, fully-funded, high quality post-secondary education. The YUGSA has and continues to advance many student-related campaigns such as post-residency fees, reduced tuition fees for international students and all students, increased graduate funding, a campus free of gender-based violence and discrimination and various international solidarity campaigns. The YUGSA strongly opposes the dwindling of appropriate, equal, and broadly accessible funding for our members and the broader York community.

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Council

The Council of the YUGSA is the governing body of the association, charged with the administration and management of its affairs. The YUGSA Council is composed of student representatives from each graduate department (2 seats for every 200 students), members of the YUGSA Executive, two Graduate Student Senators, and one Graduate Student Governor. YUGSA council meets the third Thursday of every month (September – April) at 5:30 PM in the YUGSA Conference Room (430 Student Centre) located on the Keele Campus.

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Departmental GSAs

Every September YUGSA registers Departmental Graduate Students’ Associations (DGSAs) to which it provides an Operating Grant Fund (OGF), web services, and more. DGSAs offer services back to their own department’s members such as support for funding, academics, socials and events. Executives of DGSAs are elected by the graduate students of their own department and appoint representatives to take their voting seats at the YUGSA Council.

More about GSAs

The Executive Committee

The office hours of the executive are not fixed due to academic workload, TA’ships, meetings or other reasons. Please contact the corresponding executive for an appointment if you wish to see them in person. If you are not certain which executive to contact for your inquiry, give our office a call during office hours or send an email to our Student Services Coordinator.

Meet our Exec

Staff

The YUGSA has 3 permanent staff positions in order to provide the executive with assistance in taking care of the day-to-day operations and to provide our student organization with institutional memory. We hire additional staff on contract positions at the time of elections, for the designing of our handbooks, and other business.

Meet the Staff