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 2017-2018 GSA Team:

  • President: Kayla Baskin
  • Secretary: Maryn Smyth-Commodari
  • Social Coordinator: Mahsima Nosrati-Inanlou
  • Treasurer: Deirdre Ryan-Morissette
  • Advanced Standing: Sydney Sheppard
  • General Member: Jenny Becker
  • General Member: Kelsey Block
  • General Member: Nolan Blodgett
  • General Member: Carlie Leblanc
  • General Member: Rizani Razeed

G.S.A. Constitution

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

Student Committee/Group Event Funding Application


Calendar of Events for 2017-18
September 6, 2017 Orientation for Fall incoming students
October 2, 2017 Faculty Meet and Greet
November 6, 2017 Morale Booster – free coffee in the lobby
November 27-28, 2017 Grad photos
December 4, 2017 Yoga at lunch
December 4-5, 2017 Grad photos
January 9, 2018 Year 1 Party
January 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018 Grad photos
February 26-27, 2018 Grad photos
March 5-6, 2018 Social Work Week
April 2018 Graduation Party

Fall 2017 G.S.A. Meeting Dates (12:15-1:25)

September 18
October 2
October 16
October 30
November 14
November 27

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

January 9
January 22
February 5
February 26
March 8
March 26