General Assembly (GA), Fall 2015

First of all, thanks to everyone who came out to our Welcome Back Picnic yesterday! It was a great success and it was wonderful to see all of you there! Our next event will be our bi-annual GA.

Our Fall General Assembly is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 5:30PM in room FG 6.235. We will have refreshments and have some time after the meeting to catch up with your peers. We will take a quick look at what DOEIGSA did past year, take a look at what we’d like to do, and vote for new student representatives! Whether you come to participate in the vote, run for a spot as a student rep, or just come for the snacks and good company, we’d love to see you!


  • Monday, September 28th at 5:30PM in room FG 6.235
  • Refreshments provided!
  • Agenda:
    • Budget
    • Annual report of 2014-2015
    • Elections of new students representatives
  • Social gathering at the Brass Door (+free drink!)

Welcome back! Fall 2015

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a great summer and are ready to get back into the swing of things! Your student reps in DOEIGSA have been busy preparing for the new term, and have some exciting events lined up!

But first of all, check out our end-of-year report. It details everything your DOEIGSA reps worked on for the 2014-2015 academic year. You can find it here: DOEIGSA Rep Report 2014-2015

And now for some updates!

Faubourg: We’ve moved! The Department of Education is now located on the 5th floor of 1610 St. Catherine’s. Faculty and staff have been hard at work all summer getting the space available for September. We have a lot of space, bright colours and tons of natural light! There are plenty of benches and seats free for use (with power outlets!) in the hallways throughout the department. Student research offices and some student space is also ready for use. Things are really coming together, and we are really impressed with the space so far.

Orientation: Your DOEIGSA reps are planning something a little different for this year’s orientation. On September 14th, from 4:30PM-6:30PM, we will be having a welcome reception with refreshments and homemade pie. All students, new and old, are invited to attend! While enjoying some delicious treats network with current students, new students, faculty and your program reps. Find out information about the program, the department, our exciting new space, and catch up with old friends (or make some new ones!). Feel free to bring your own goodies to share, it is a picnic after all! orientation poster-page-001

Annual General Meeting: Our Fall General Assembly is scheduled for Monday, September 28th from 5:30PM-8PM (location TBA), followed by a social at The Brass Door at 8:30PM. We will take a quick look at what DOEIGSA did past year, take a look at what we’d like to do, and vote for new student representatives. Light refreshments will be provided! Whether you come to participate in the vote, run for a spot as a student rep, or just come for the social event afterwards, we’d love to see you!

DOEIGSA Summer Updates

It has been a while since our last update, but the DOEIGSA council has still been busy working for you and your rights in the Department of Education! Here are some updates from the council:

DOEIGSA Continues to Resist Austerity:

While the Department of Education did not go on strike this year, we continue to fight austerity. Now that things are calmer, preparation is being made for the Fall when major unions involved in public services like education will publicly act against the government budget. We hope you now have time to get more involved a bit more in educational initiatives about impact of austerity on our field: Education.

On April 10th we held a General Assembly in which we decided to collectivelly act to resist austerity by means others than striking. Being a small group we need your help to put our ideas into play. Here are 4 actions taking place and the contact information for each organizers:

  • Flash mob / invisible theater: Audrey: audrey_sudouest[at]
  • Website: displaying research and pertinent information about the impact of austerity on our department Emily:esheepy[at]
  • Posters/Print Ephemera of student voices and quotes to occupy administration spaces with words: Haritos:h_kavall[at]
  • Make a film or documentary and/or podcast: This group is discussing how to create a media piece that communicates different voices and topics of interest based on the topics of austerity in Québec and in education: Suzanne:cerreta[at]

DOEIGSA decides not to take a stance against police brutality and the expulsion of 9 students from UQAM:

All decisions taken on April 10th General Assembly were taken on moral quorum, meaning that members presents can participate in the General Assembly and not be prevented from such participation due to a lack of participation from other non-present members. Decisions enacted at Assemblies with moral quorum (instead of quorum) are subject to contention for 2 weeks following the publication of the General Assembly’s minutes, and can be overturned by 5 members sending their disagreement via doeigsa[at]

As we received 5 emails disagreeing with a decision, the following motion was overturned:

Be it resolved that DOEIGSAdenounces the injunctions, expulsions, and police brutality at UQAM, and stands in solidarity with students organizing against austerity at that institution.

Faubourg Move!

The Department of Education has now moved, and can be accessed from 1610 St. Catherine St. West.

What will happen to the FRC in the Faubourg?

Prior to the Winter semester, the FRC manager left and since then the FRC has been run by a group of devoted volunteers that did what they could, even packing FRC for the move. This repeated occurrence is why during the February 6th DOEIGSA General Assembly a mandate was approved to try to establish a partnership between the department and DOEIGSA to run the FRC. DOEIGSA rep decided to postponed this mandate to next team in Fall.

Other updates:

We also worked on student democracy by organizing 4 General Assemblies, fought for student voice in department administration by obtaining a seat on the Department Steering Committee and voiced your concerns on different administrative levels the best we could. It was a busy year for the rep and we hope we were helpful for you. We are still meeting and working during summer to prepare Fall orientation and elections, which means we are looking for new rep. Interested? Wondering about time commitment? Benefits? Contact us for more information: doeigsa[at]

Have a great summer!

DOEIGSA ON STRIKE? Special General Assembly on Friday, March 20

The Student Representative Council has called for a Special General Assembly on Friday, March 20 at 2:00pm in room LB-571-5.

There is only one thing on the agenda for this GA: a motion to join other students on strike against austerity.

Are you in favor of a strike? Against it? Not sure? Your student association is counting on everyone to be there for this important event!

DOEIGSA members will have the opportunity to discuss, debate, amend, and possibly adopt (or reject) the following motion next Friday:

Whereas the Department of Education Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Association (DOEIGSA) has at the core of its mandate “to engage students in social issues, inside and outside university, which are pertinent to education” (DOEIGSA by-laws, Article 1, Section 1.1);

Whereas DOEIGSA voted at its February 6th General Assembly in favour of ‘an official stance against austerity measures’ and to stand in solidarity with other anti-austerity campaigns across Québec;

Whereas so far 30 000 students across different universities and cegeps have voted strike mandates for upcoming weeks, with more associations planning to hold votes;

Whereas student strikes have historically and repeatedly proven their efficacy as a means for social transformation;

Whereas a student strike means the cessation of all academic activities leading to graduation, including going to class, submitting work, and defending a thesis or dissertation.

Be it resolved that DOEIGSA members go on strike for one week from Monday, March 30th to Thursday, April 2nd;

Be it further resolved that DOEIGSA members will contribute to the mobilization against austerity, and participate in the April 2nd demonstration around the theme, ‘Non à un autre budget d’austérité’

Another successful General Assembly!

DOEIGSA held its second General Assembly of the 2014-15 academic year on Friday, Feb 6. Highlights included the election of 3 new student reps, a commitment to take the FRC under student control, and stances against government budget cuts and in favor of free education. The full minutes are available by clicking here.

Please note that, according to our bylaws, decisions enacted at assemblies with moral quorum (instead of quorum) are subject to contention for 2 weeks following the publication of the GA’s minutes, and can be overturned by 5 or more association members.

After the GA, DOEIGSA members headed to Irish Embassy for celebratory beverages, and some of the photos from the evening are posted here. (If you’re uncomfortable with having your picture here, please let us know and we’ll remove it right away!)

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DOEIGSA General Assembly Friday, Feb. 6

Your student association’s next General Assembly will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in room LB-540.

Proposed agenda:

  1. Approval of chair and secretary
  2. Approval of the agenda
  3. Approval of the minutes from the last GA
  4. By-law revision
  5. Budget
  6. Faubourg move
  7. Friedman Resource Centre (FRC)
  8. Motion against government austerity
  9. Motion for free education
  10. By-election (addition of new student reps)
  11. Name change

Minutes from the last GA in September:

Proposed by-law revisions:

Proposed budget:

The GA will be followed by a social gathering at Kafein (1429A Bishop), where your student reps will be pleased to offer you one free drink and some snacks to thank you for your participation!

For more info, see the announcement we sent to all members by email.

The Department of Education is hiring!

Students are invited to meet the 5 candidates for the available tenure-track faculty position in Ed Studies during the following timeslots:


Thursday, January 15 — Marina Schwimmer (LinkedIn)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         Presentation and Discussion (LB-571-5)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          Meeting with Students (LB-553-6)


Tuesday, January 20 – Maria-Carolina Cambre (Academia)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Presentation and Discussion (LB-571-5)

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          Meeting with Students (LB-553-6)


Wednesday, January 21 – Leigh-Anne Ingram (LinkedIn, Academia)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Presentation and Discussion (LB-571-5)

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Meeting with Students (LB-553-2)


Thursday, January 22 – Rebecca Taylor (website, Stanford, LinkedIn)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Presentation and Discussion (LB-571-5)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          Meeting with Students (LB-553-6)


Friday, January 23 – Hourig Attarian (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Presentation and Discussion (LB-571-5)

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.          Meeting with Students (LB-553-6)


Click here for the (tentative) full schedule for these days.