Q: What is the PGSA?

A: A group that serves to represent Philosophy graduate students as well as provide an environment in which graduate students can make the most of their experience in Waterloo’s Philosophy department!

Q: What does the PGSA do?

A: In addition to monthly meeting, the PGSA: holds regular social events (such as movie nights, game nights, bonfires, and holiday parties); supports local charity initiatives (such as the Children’s Christmas Project); provides a platform for students to organize their own social events/clubs within the department (in the past we’ve had a team for the Santa Pur-Suit, intramural sports teams, and a D&D group).

Q: How do you become a member?

A: As a graduate student in the Philosophy department at Waterloo, you are automatically a general member of the PGSA.  This means you’ll be invited to all PGSA social events and will be invited to and have the right to vote at all PGSA meetings.

Q: What are Executive members?

A: Each year, at our first meeting in September, a new group of executive members are voted in.  Executive members hold special positions within the PGSA and are more involved with the running of the PGSA and its events than general members.  Executive members are: President, Administrator, Treasurer, PhD Representative, MA Representative, and GSA Representative.

Q: Why should/How do I become an Executive member?

A: Holding an executive position: allows you to be more actively involved in the department’s inner workings, looks great on your CV, and is a lot of fun!  If you want to nominate yourself or someone else (after getting their permission) for an executive position, e-mail the current President your nomination the week before the first meeting in September.  Nominations can also be made at the beginning of the first meeting in September.