The GSA is involved in advocacy and information sharing with other institutions at the national, provincial, and municipal levels.
At the municipal level, the GSA is a member of the Edmonton Students’ Alliance, which works together to share information and represent students in the Edmonton region.
Provincially, the GSA works closely with other Alberta GSAs as part of the Alberta Provincial Graduate Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC). ab-GPAC is a student-led, non-partisan organization that advocates to the provincial government on behalf of the over 17,000 graduate students that attend the four Comprehensive Academic and Research Institutions (CARIs) in Alberta: Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. At the U of A, the GSA President, the GSA Vice-President External, and one additional graduate student serve as ab-GPAC board members.
The U of A has played a key role in ab-GPAC ever since its incorporation in March of 2015 and has collaborated closely with the other members on multiple advocacy efforts including the submission of position papers to the provincial government on the subjects of graduate student labour relations, tuition and fees, the provincial funding model for post-secondary institutions, and more. Each year ab-GPAC also submits provincial budget recommendations to the government and regularly attends meetings with both the Ministry of Advanced Education and its undergraduate counterparts the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) and the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC).
For more information on ab-GPAC, you can visit their website.
Nationally, the GSA participates as an observer in ThinkGrad, attending conferences with other Canadian GSAs to share best practices and discuss key issues affecting graduate students.