Looking to get involved? Sit on a University Committee!

Looking to get involved? Sit on a University Committee!

Looking to get involved? Sit on a University Committee!

Looking to get involved

SSMU is seeking students to sit as undergraduate representatives on various committees of the McGill Senate, working groups and advisory boards.

Have you ever wanted to see how McGill works behind the scenes and get involved in its governance? Passionate about campus issues like student services, academic planning, or equity? Have a great idea to positively impact students? Then this is a fantastic opportunity for you to get involved on campus and work with both the McGill administration and SSMU!

Information about each committee can be found on the SSMU website or on the McGill Senate website. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the University Affairs Secretary General. Interested students should have a desire to learn more about policy making and implementation; possess strong communication and negotiation skills; be committed to advancing students’ interests; and show an engagement with student life. Experience in student politics and an understanding of issues facing McGill students is an asset, but we encourage all those interested to apply. Only students who are registered at McGill as an undergraduate student for both the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 semesters are eligible.

Commitment Required

Commitment levels vary considerably depending on the committee, which may meet anywhere from once per term to once per month. On average, however, committees meet 4-6 times throughout the year for between 1-2 hours at a time. Members are expected to come prepared having read the meeting documents and any background materials as necessary. Some students might engage in advocacy or consultation outside of regular meetings. In addition, all undergraduate representatives are required to attend a short training at the beginning of the year and submit end-of-term committee reports to SSMU.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out this form (https://ssmu.wufoo.com/forms/q1rlrcfh094mjug/). You will be asked to write a short paragraph (100-200 words) outlining how your interest and experience makes you a suitable committee representative, as well as to attach a recent copy of your CV (2 pages maximum). Anyone interested may apply to more than one committee.

* Note: If you are interested in the Vision 2020 Action Groups, please apply directly using the link in the description.

Deadline: 11 September 2016 at 11:59 PM. Please fill out this form before the deadline.

Vacancies Available

Academic Affairs and Policy
Course Evaluations Advisory Group (CEAG) (1)

Student Services
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)/MyAccess Advisory Board (1)
McGill Athletics and Recreation Advisory Board (MARAB) (1 men’s athlete)
Advisory Committee on International Student (ACIS) (1 international student)
McGill Writing Centre (MWC) Advisory Committee (1)

Equity Subcommittee on Family Care (1) (preference for students with dependents)
Equity Subcommittee on Queer People (1)

Vision 2020 Action Groups (10)
Do you care about sustainability at McGill and want to help turn words into actions? This fall, McGill’s Office of Sustainability is asking committed staff, faculty, and students to develop the Vision 2020 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan. We’re gathering committed individuals to join Action Teams to help make this plan a reality. Interested in joining us? Email the Vision 2020 Coordinator and include your answers to a few questions found on this page: http://mcgill.ca/sustainability/vision-2020-sustainability-strategy . To learn more about the Vision 2020 journey at McGill, check out the Strategy and Progress Report.


Undergraduate Skills Program Advisory Board (5)
Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) is seeking committed students to participate in the creation of a new Undergraduate Skills Development Program. This initiative will bring together a range of programming to support student skill-building outside of the classroom. Upper-year students will be given precedent. The commitment entails 1 meeting a month and working with various McGill service units and faculty to develop program content. By participating in the committee, you will learn a variety of dynamic brainstorming methodologies and directly influence the direction of the new university-wide cross-disciplinary program.

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