2017-2018 GSA Speaker: Joshuha Connauton
"The Speaker is responsible for presiding over all meetings of GSA Council" (GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section D: GSA Officers, GSA Bylaw, Section D.BYL.3.3.c).
I am a second generation Canadian, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I Obtained my Bachelor of Arts, Double Major, in History and Anthropology from the University of Alberta and I am currently in my second year of a Masters in Education program. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I was heavily involved on campus. I spent 3 years with the Students' Union's Orientation program as a volunteer and staff member and was Vice President and President of my Fraternity, Delta Chi. Currently, I work as the Program Lead for Student Group Services - providing administrative and general support to the 475 student groups on campus. I have also previously worked for the Office of the Registrar here on campus. Outside of academia and work, my passions lie within music and sports. I serve as a volunteer for both the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and CKUA Radio here in Edmonton. I am also a "die-hard fan" of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club.
As mentioned above, my program is a Master of Education in Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in Adult, Community, and Higher Education. The focus of my thesis work is examining partnerships between Canadian, publically funded, Universities and "the community". More so, I am interested in seeing the ways that Higher Education Institutions work with Community-Based Organizations to support marginalized students on campus to create an equitable educational experience for them on campus. I have the pleasure of working with Dr. Jorge Sousa within the department, and I hope to pursue doctoral work in this field.
I am excited to be the GSA speaker for the 2017/2018 year and for the opportunity to be involved in a greater capacity with the GSA.