Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendars – our 2018 Annual General Meeting has been announced! Join us in our lounge at 221 UMSU University Centre on January 18th, 2018 to learn more about what we do and to use your vote to influence issues that affect graduate student life. You can learn more about this event and view minutes from past AGMs here, and don’t forget to RSVP to our Facebook event.

 UMGSA Holiday Dinner

Due to overwhelming interest, we’ve reached capacity for this event and registration is now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered – see you Friday!

Join us on Friday, December 15th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Hub (3rd floor UMSU University Centre) for an exciting night of live musical performances, food, drinks, and games as we celebrate the holiday season. For those who registered, your deposit will be returned to you when you come for the dinner. Halal and veggie options will be made available (make note of any dietary restrictions during registration at the GSA office).  Please remember to bring your government-issued photo ID on the day!

Holiday Hamper Program

Applications for the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association (UMGSA) Holiday Hamper program are now closed. This program provides holiday hampers to deserving graduate students in our University of Manitoba community who are experiencing financial stress and do not have stable sources of funding. If you would like to find out more about the program, click here.

From all of us at the UMGSA we wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for the New Year!

IDRSC Report Circulated to Council

The Internal Development and Review Sub-Committee reviewed the current UMGSA Executive and created a report on their performance so far. The IDRSC chairs have sent the report out to all councillors for review, and they will vote on it at the January UMGSA Council meeting. If Council approves the report, the IDRSC chairs will distribute it to the entirety of the graduate student population. If you have any questions about this process, or if you would like to contact the chairs of the IDRSC committee with any concerns, email Jayne at

UMGSA Signs on to Our Turn Initiative

On October 11th, the UMGSA publicly declared our support for the Our Turn Initiative, a national, student-led action plan to end campus sexual violence. This initiative was started by students at Carleton University, and 20 universities across Canada have signed on so far. The University of Manitoba received a B grade for its sexual violence policies, ranking fourth out of the twenty participating universities.  You can read more about the Action Plan and report here. We look forward to collaborating with the University of Manitoba Students’ Union and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association to make campuses in Manitoba safer for all students.

UMGSA Helps to Break Ground on New Day Care Expansion

On October 5th, UMGSA President Carl Neumann helped to break ground on the new Day Care Expansion at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus. The UMGSA provided $300,000 to fund the day care expansion, which will offer up to 52 new childcare spaces and programming focusing on reconciliation when completed.

“It makes a difference having affordable and accessible childcare available right here on campus,” Neumann said. “Thank you to my predecessors, especially Kristjan Mann. We have made a significant contribution and know it will make a significant difference to students.” You can read more about the expansion in UM Today.