What are GSS Council elections?

Once annually, during the early Fall term, the standing members of GSS will elect Council, otherwise known as the legal Board of Directors.

Council is formed of “departmental” representatives and “at-large” representatives.

Departmental representatives for each faculty department within Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor. In some circumstances, due mainly to size, multiple facilities are represented by a single representative. The departmental representative positions are:

Role Title
Councillor - Argumentation Studies
Councillor - Biological Science
Councillor - Chemical and Biochemical / MBT
Councillor - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Councillor - Communication and Social Justice
Councillor - Computer Science and Applied
Councillor - Creative Arts, Media and Film
Councillor - Earth Sciences
Councillor - Economics
Councillor - Education
Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)
Councillor - English
Councillor - History
Councillor - Kinesiology and Human Kinetics
Councillor - Mathematics and Statistics / Actuarial Science
Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) Engineering
Councillor - Master of Management (MOM)
Councillor - Nursing
Councillor - Philosophy
Councillor - Physics
Councillor - Political Science
Councillor - Psychology
Councillor - Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology
Councillor - School of Social Work
Councillor - Environmental Science - GLIER
Councilor - Masters of Law
Councillor - Master of Business Administration (MBA)

At-Large representatives are those representatives that represent specialty interests on campus, representing voices that transcend faculty-based institutional representation. The at-large representative positions are:

Role Title
Councillor - International Students Liaison
Councillor - Womens' Issues Liaison
Councillor - Aborignal Issues Liaison

Where can I get more information?

The electoral process is under the purview of the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), who acts as an independent third-party to the GSS, mandated to coordinate all elections activities, publish elections communications, handle appeals, and respond to member and public inquiries regarding the process.

Contact the standing 2018 CRO:

How do GSS Elections work?

This is the high-level process for GSS Council elections. Read more about each step below.

  1. Call for candidate nominations / notice
  2. Official nominations period
  3. Campaigning
  4. Online elections
  5. Election results announced

What's a call for nominations?

The call for nominations is a period that occurs just prior to the official nomination period. The CRO and GSS to utilize this period to provide advance notice, through communications and advertisements, to all members about the opportunity to nominate and/or be nominated.

The goal of this is to ensure that all members have a fair and adequate chance to be made aware of this opportunity, to consider it, ask questions, and inform their peers of this. The call for nominations period is a tool that improves elections involvement and turnout among members, which ultimately benefits members more.

The 2018 'Call for Nominations' period runs:

  • Start: September 16, 2018 at 12:01 am.
  • End: September 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

How can I nominate or be nominated?

The nomination period launches September 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM. Nominators and self-nominating nominees must download and complete the Nomination Form (see below), as approved by the Chief Returning Officer. Once the form is completed, it must be submit to the GSS Chief Returning Officer (CRO) before the posted deadline.

Submitting nominators will receive an acknowledgement email confirming official receipt of their nomination. This is the only proof of your submission of nomination, which is issued by the C.R.O.

It is important to note:

  • all nominees and nominators must currently be full paying members of the GSS; and
  • all nominees must obtain two additional signatures to their own, supporting their nomination as a candidate.

The deadline to submit completed a Nomination Form is September 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM.

Nominations forms must be submitted to the CRO by email at:

List of Candidates

The following list are those nominees that have been approved by the Chief Returning Officer to campaign as candidates in the election. These candidates will be listed on the online vote ballot during the election period. Results will be tabulated by the CRO and the result for each candidate will be published as "elected" or "not elected".

PositionCandidate NameElection Result
Councillor - Law (LLM)Aituaje AizenobieElected
Councillor - EnglishAlexa DiCeccoElected
Councillor - Biological ScienceAmber ShaheenElected
Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringArjunkumar Motwani
Councillor - Master of Management (MoM)Brishty Razia SultanaElected
Councillor - EconomicsDarren LarueElected
Councillor - PhilosophyDominic PizzolittoElected
Councillor - Argumentation StudiesElizabeth IsmailNot Elected
Councillor - International Students LiaisonHarmanvir SinghNot Elected
Councillor - Computer Science and AppliedJay SukhadiyaElected
Councillor - PhysicsJeffery DechElected
Councillor - Mathematics and Statistics / Actuarial ScienceJulian Garcia PulgarinElected
Councillor - Computer Science and AppliedKalyani SelvarajahElected
Councillor - International Students LiaisonKunal AroraNot Elected
Councillor - Civil and Environmental EngineeringMonika SahaElected
Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringMostafa Abdelrahman  Moussa
Not Elected
Councillor - Industrial, Materials, Mechanical with Mechanical Automotive option and IMSE (MAMIE) EngineeringUjas Modi 
Not Elected
Councillor - Computer Science and AppliedVasudha SoodNot Elected
Councillor - International Students LiaisonViral KoratElected
Councillor - Chemical and Biochemical / MBTTBA
Councillor - Communication and Social JusticeTBA
Councillor - Creative Arts, Media and FilmTBA
Councillor - Earth SciencesTBA
Councillor - EducationTBA
Councillor - Electrical Engineering (ECE)Naveen PaladuguElected
Councillor - HistoryTBA
Councillor - Kinesiology and Human KineticsTBA
Councillor - NursingTBA
Councillor - Political ScienceTBA
Councillor - PsychologyTBA
Councillor - Sociology, Criminology and AnthropologyTBA
Councillor - School of Social WorkTBA
Councillor - Environmental Science - GLIERTBA
Councillor - Master of Business Administration (MBA)TBA
Councillor - Womens' Issues LiaisonTBA

What to expect in campaigning?

Officially nominated candidates, which are approved by the CRO according to elections rules and GSS Constitution, are allowed to campaign during the official campaign period only. This period runs:

  • Begins: September 30, 2018 at 12:01 AM
  • Ends: October 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Candidates are permitted to campaign within the allowed rules, which are found in the GSS Constitution. Candidates should direct questions or concerns with the process or rules to the CRO, prior to campaigning.

How and when can I vote?

Elections are completed electronically, which means each eligible voting member must cast their vote using the official secure online elections portal.

Members may vote by using their UWindsor credentials, and only between the official elections/voting period:

  • Begins: October 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM
  • Ends:  October 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM

How will election results be posted?

The official election results will be published by the CRO to all major communication channels, such as social media on October 11, 2018 at 3:30 PM.

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