Grad Council

The Graduate Representative Council (GRC) is comprised of one representative (“Grad Rep”) from each academic unit with a graduate program at UVic, the five member GSS Executive Board, and a representative of CUPE 4163 (representing sessionals and teaching and research assistants). The Grad Council meets monthly on Tuesdays at 5pm.

Representatives to the GRC are elected by students within their respective department each September.

Each Grad Rep serves on a subcommittee of the GRC. GSS committees help to carry out the goals and directives of the GRC. Committees have seats for members at large, and participation in a GRC committee is a key way to influence decisions made by your student society.

Elections for the September 2018 – August 2019 term of Grad Council are currently underway. 

Academic Unit

Current Rep


Maya Cowan & Anu Lotay

Art History and Visual Studies

Anahita Ranjbar

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Jay Joshi & Jacob Imbery


Keyrian Le Gratiet 

Business Administration


Child and Youth Care

Civil Engineering

Kamran Tayyebi

Community Development

Computer Science

Olga Gould

Cultural Heritage Management

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Christiaan Laureijs


Ryley Erickson

Education Curriculum and Instruction

Meaghan Storey

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Theresa Wanninger

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Muniyat Rafa


Janice Niemann & Kirsten Schuhmacher

Environmental Studies

Tanya Tran

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education


Rachel Corwin & Ryleigh Lightbourn


Germanic and Slavic Studies

Lauren Thompson & Jae Hyun Kim

Greek and Roman Studies

Health Information Science

Hispanic and Italian Studies


Sydney  Fuhrman

Indigenous Education

Indigenous Governance

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Anthony Gavin


Chinwendu Nwanisobi


Mathematics and Statistics

Joseph Horan

Mechanical Engineering


Chad Williams


Pacific and Asian Studies


Physics and Astronomy

Maan Hani

Political Science

Franziska Fischer


Tom Ferguson

Public Administration

Charlie White & Grace Montemurro

Public Health and Social Policy

Anabelle Bernard Fournier

School of Music

Social Dimensions of Health

Matty Cervantes

Social Work

Trish Pal & Sarah Kahn


Theatre Studies

Jemma Llewellyn

Visual Arts


Frequently Asked Questions

Department reps are elected in September and each department has its own election process. Typically an election is held by the department grad association, or an election coordinated by the grad secretary. In some cases there is a faculty wide association that manages the elections, such as the Association of Graduate Education Students. Ask your graduate secretary or department grad association about your department’s process.

Departments should make efforts to select the representative before the first meeting of the Council in September.


* represent the interests of fellow grad students in your department through the GSS to UVic

* report back to your home department on discussions and decisions made during grad council meetings

* participate in a GSS committee (communications, events, finance, policy, student affairs)

* allow their academic unit to access the GSS Department Grant fund to organize an academic/social event or activity

* meet with grad students in your program to discuss common issues of concern and bring concerns and issues raised back to grad council

* participate in major governance decisions about the GSS

* attend the monthly grad rep council meetings (8-10 per year), and the Annual General Meeting and Semi-annual General Meeting

* sit on university committees and participate in major decisions regarding GSS positions on university policy

Grad Council meetings are open to all members of the Society. However, each academic unit has only one vote.  Several academic units have had success in designating one representative AND one alternate, when the rep and alternate have a good collaborative working relationship.  These reps/alternates can coordinate to ensure the academic unit has representation at every meeting, and if both attend the meeting, they can come to consensus on how to use their one voting card.  Electing a rep and alternate at the outset of the year if there is willingness to share the work and closely communicate, can be a great strategy.

Once the GSS is notified that you have been elected, you will be sent a schedule of meetings.

Grad Council meetings are held monthly on Tuesdays, at 5 pm. A light meal is served at the meeting.

Grad reps are also expected to attend the GSS Annual General Meeting in October and Semi-Annual General Meeting in March.

Please ensure that your grad secretary or departmental graduate association chair sends notice of your election and your contact information to the GSS by email to gssgov[at]

Please contact Stacy Chappel at gssmgr[at] or 250-472-5163