Each spring the GSA Directly-Elected Officers (DEOs) work with the GSA Board to produce a Strategic Work Plan (SWP). The SWP is the document that steers and prioritizes the work and initiatives of the GSA. The GSA sees this as a living document, shifting directions as needed as the provincial, federal, and University landscapes change. It is developed annually with reference to the Strategic Work Plans of previous GSA Boards, and provides a planning document for this and future years. The SWP reflects the GSA's vision and mission to advocate for all graduate students to the University of Alberta and the Alberta Government for a safe, supportive, respectful, accessible, and inclusive community that fosters the multi-faceted roles played by graduate students.
The GSA DEOs are currently working to identify their priorities for the upcoming year.
In order to develop a set of strategic priorities that reflect the changing needs of graduate students, GSA DEOs invited graduate students to participate in a townhall event on 22 May 2020 and circulated a feedback survey to graduate students during the period of 14-29 May 2020. These consultation initiatives yielded a significant amount of feedback and will help shape the 2020-2021 GSA Board Strategic Work Plan.
Last year, the main priorities were grouped in three categories: connect, support, and advocate. The DEOs engaged in ongoing conversation with the GSA Board and GSA Council concerning the pursuit of the goals outlined in the SWP.
The DEOs reported on their progress over the course of their terms to GSA Council at its October, January, and April meetings. These updates were posted below after the GSA Council meetings.
You can read the 2019-2020 GSA Board Strategic Work Plan here.
Visit the GSA Archive for past GSA Board Strategic Work Plans.