Tri-University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA)

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TUGSA purpose

The Tri-University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA) was established in 2007 to help bring together the graduate students from the three universities of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. Our organization has three primary goals:

  • foster student community
  • maintain communication among the three departments and their students
  • strengthen the connections among the three universities. 

We hold a variety of different social and academic events throughout the year that rotate between Waterloo and Guelph, providing every student with an equal opportunity to participate in the growth and success of the Tri-University student community.

2022-23 TUGSA Co-Presidents

University of Guelph


Jake McIvor is an MA student. He returned to Guelph after other adventures and is enrolled in the Collaborative Specialisation of Gender, Sexuality, and Bodies. His research focuses on critical masculinity studies in relation to climate change and geoengineering.

Wilfrid Laurier University


Kess Carpenter is a PhD Candidate. The are particularly interested in social, cultural, and gender history. Their research investigates the significance of pornography in culture, and in the lives of those who consumed it, during the Cold War in North America. Kess enjoys spending time with their dog Clementine, birdwatching, antiquing, and playing guitar.

University of Waterloo


Catherine Ramey is a PhD Candidate. She researches the gendering of the curricula in Canadian missionary schools in Angola between 1880 and 1920. In particular, she focuses on the mission stations run by the Canadian Congregational Foreign Missionary Society. Outside of academia, Catherine enjoys gardening, playing piano, and reading historical fantasy.