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AHCS Graduate Students Association

The Art History and Communication Studies Graduate Students Association (AHCS GSA) is comprised of all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows currently registered in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.

The mission and goals of the AHCS GSA are to improve student and faculty interactions; to provide graduate students with a forum for discussion, including voicing concerns and addressing department issues; to facilitate graduate student involvement in McGill associations, committees, and unions; and to help create a presence within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies that will help shape and mold the department to the benefit of students.

The AHCS GSA constitution may be viewed here: ahcs_gsa_constitution_revised_april_2013.pdf

 AHCS GSA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/186847311450040/

Who We Are

Co-Presidents

Jonathan Karpetz (CS)
Shana Cooperstein (AH)

Vice-President Finance

Jonathan Karpetz [interim]

Vice-President Student Life

Saelan Twerdy

PGSS Representatives

Samine Tabatabaei (AH)

Jonathan Karpetz (CS)

AGSEM Representatives

Anna January (AH)

Cayley Sorochan [interim] (CS)

Mobilization Officer

Errol Salamon

Graduate Student Conference Organizer

Jessica Mach

ASSE Delegate

Cayley Sorochan

 

What We Do

Presidents:
- All duties are shared by both Presidents
- Act as a communication officer, convene, conduct and chair Executive and General
Assembly meetings of AHCS-GSA. Executive meetings will be determined at a
frequency deemed necessary by the presidents. (See Clause 6b)
‐ Conduct elections of student representatives with aid from the (outgoing)

Executive:
- Act as liaison officer in general and with Department faculty.
- Act as point figure for concerns, complaints, and/or issues.
- Assist the graduate student body as may be required.
- Presidents may be other representatives if no other candidates can be found.

VP - Finance:
- Constitute and manage the AHCS-GSA yearly budget.
- Organize fundraising activities.
- Distribute funds to AHCS-GSA members and for AHCS-GSA related activities as
is seen fit in Executive meetings.
- Be responsible for paying ASSE affiliation fees from the GSA budget.
- Act as President in the event that both Presidents cannot attend to their duties and
scheduled meetings.

VP - Student Life:
- Catalyze the organization of AHCS-GSA events.
- Organize activities and events to promote the AHCS-GSA within the Department.
- Co-organize fundraising activities with the VP- Finance.
- Act as President in the event that both Presidents cannot attend to their duties and
scheduled meetings.

Secretary:
- Organize AHCS-GSA Executive and General Assembly meetings and notify other
necessary parties (including the Department faculty when necessary) of upcoming
3 meetings and to communicate AHCS-GSA information (meetings, agenda,
announcements, minutes, reports) via AHCS-METRO, AHCS-NET or otherwise
official email list(s), department notice boards and when possible, AHCS-GSA or
Department website.
- Take minutes at all AHCS-GSA meetings.
PGSS Representatives:
-Represent the AHCS-GSA and the interests of the AHCS graduate student body at
PGSS Executive Meetings.
-When possible, further involvement of AHCS-GSA in PGSS.
-Attend AHCS-GSA and PGSS meetings.
-Take minutes at PGSS meetings and report to AHCS-GSA as well as circulate
reports to the graduate student body via AHCS-METRO, AHCS-NET or otherwise
official email list(s).

AGSEM Representatives:
-Attend  AHCS-GSA Executive meetings, and AHCS-GSA General Assemblies;
-Represent the AHCS-GSA and the interests of the AHCS graduate student body at
both AGSEM Delegates’ Executive Meetings and General Assemblies;
-Report back to AHCS-GSA about any AGSEM related activity, event, or issue;
-Act as a steward for student grievances and in the department and consult the
Collective Agreement for Teaching Assistants;
-Circulate reports to the graduate student body via AHCS-METRO, AHCS-NET or
otherwise official email list(s).
Graduate Student Conference Organizer
- Organize the AHCS Graduate student conference
- Organize committee for the Graduate Student Conference
- Work with the VP Finance to arrange a budget within the AHCS-GSA’s budget

Mobilization Officer
- Advocate and organize actions based on the interests of the AHCS members and
mandates of the members
- Communicate and liaise with external groups regarding these positions
- Promote relevant actions and events

ASSE Delegates
- Attend ASSÉ meetings on behalf of AHCS-GSA
-Take minutes at ASSE meetings and report to AHCS-GSA as well as circulate
reports to the graduate student body via AHCS-METRO, AHCS-NET or otherwise
official email list(s).
- When possible, further involvement of AHCS-GSA in ASSE.
-Attend AHCS-GSA meetings
- ASSÉ delegates must fulfill the gender parity requirements set by ASSÉ and shall
be elected by AHCS GSA members

Survival Guide

Current and former graduate students in the department have put together an introductory guide to the city for incoming students new to Montreal: AHCS Student Survival Guide (PDF)