Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (G.S.A.) was founded in 1941 and is regarded as an essential element in the life of the Faculty. It is associated with the Graduate Students’ Union (G.S.U.) and includes all students enrolled in the Faculty. The constitution provides for two co-chairs and other officers elected in the Fall of each academic year. Representatives are also named to the Faculty Council and its standing committees, to the Ontario Association of Social Workers, Metro Toronto Branch Board and the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

Instagram: @gsa.fifsw

The objectives of the G.S.A. are:

• to enhance communication among students, faculty, staff and our social work community;
• to represent social work students in university matters;
• to promote linkages with social agencies;
• to monitor and evaluate social work education;
• to initiate and administer a program of extra-curricular activities;
• and to take initiative to welcome and orient students entering the Faculty.

The G.S.A. presents annual awards for excellence in teaching. The Executive meet regularly with the Dean, the Associate Dean, and the M.S.W. Program Director. This enables the Council to respond to student concerns and coordinate student activities in the educational and political processes of the Faculty. In this regard, it is important to maintain linkages with students in other schools of social work, particularly through attendance at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

Meet the 2018-2019 GSA Team:

  • Co-Presidents: Nolan Blodgett & Kayla Cardy
  • Social Coordinator: Kelsey Yarlett
  • Treasurer: Carol Truong
  • Secretary: Alyssia Mootoo
  • Advanced Standing Representative: Veronica Persaud

G.S.A. Constitution

The G.S.A. Constitution is available in PDF format.

Student Committee/Group Event Funding Application


Calendar of Events for 2018-19
September 5, 2018 Orientation for Fall incoming students
September 24, 2018 Faculty Meet and Greet
September 25, 2018 Speed Networking for Advanced Standing and Year 2 Students
November 19, 2018 Morale Booster – free coffee and snacks in the lobby
November 27, 2018 Therapy Pets
December 11, 2018 End of Year Coffee House
January 15, 2019 Year 1 Welcome Back Party
January 21, 2019 Speed Friendship Event for Advanced Standing, Year 2 and ITR Students
February 11 & 12, 2019 Self Love Event
March 4-5, 2019 Social Work Week
March 11, 2019 Pet Therapy
April 10, 2019 Graduation Party

Fall 2018 G.S.A. Meeting Dates (12:15-1:25)

September 11
October 1
October 16
October 29
November 13
November 26
December 10

Winter 2019 G.S.A. Meeting Dates (12:15-1:25)

January 7
January 15
January 28
February 11
February 26
March 12
March 25