Our Council

Our Council is made up of representatives from over 40 departments at the University of Manitoba who vote on issues that affect graduate student life. Take a look at the list below and see if your department is represented on UMGSA Council. There are tons of great reasons to make sure that your department is represented on council, including the department grant you receive twice a year for participation. If your department isn’t on the list below, follow our step-by-step guide on how to become a councillor. If you want to get to know your councillor, contact us and we will put you in touch with the representative from your department.

What does Council do? Councillors meet monthly (usually the last Wednesday of the month) in the UMGSA Lounge at 221 University Centre. The UMGSA Executives report to council about what their committees are working on, Executives relay updates about university administration, councillors share news from their departments, and council discusses and votes on issues that affect graduate student life. If you have an issue that you would like to have discussed at Council contact us, or your departmental representative and they can advocate on your behalf. If you would like to learn more about the UMGSA Executives, you can read their profiles or familiarize yourself with their duties in the Executive Policy Manual.

If you want to know what goes on behind the doors of a UMGSA Council meeting, you can read the minutes of past meetings here.

Departments on UMGSA Council

Agriculture & Food Science

Animal Science

Biosystems Engineering


Food Science

Human Nutritional Sciences

Plant Science

Soil Science



City Planning

Interior Design

Landscape Architecture




English, Theatre, Film and Media


Native Studies

Political Studies & Public Administration


Sociology & Criminology


Asper – Master of Finance

Management – PhD & MSc

Management – MBA


Education – PhD

Education – Admin, Foundations & Psychology

Education – Cirric, Teaching & Learning

Environment, Earth & Resources

Environment & Geography

Geological Sciences

Natural Resources Institute

Graduate Studies

Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Engineering

Peace and Conflict Studies

Kinesiology & Recreation Management

Biological Sciences


Computer Science



Physics & Astronomy


Social Work

Social Work – Indigenous Knowlege