Committees

As a proudly member-driven organization, much of CASA’s work is completed by our members through committees. CASA’s entire membership meets at four conferences per year, but committees meet regularly throughout the year to conduct necessary work on behalf of the membership. Their smaller size and more focused scope allow each committee to accomplish many of the practical tasks associated with CASA’s governance, research, policy and advocacy efforts. In many ways, CASA’s committees make up the engine that moves the organization forward. While the membership elects voting members to each committee, all CASA members are welcome, in fact encouraged, to participate in committee meetings and work. Below is an overview of the purpose and functions of CASA’s six standing committees:

 

Federal Policy Committee

Primarily responsible for reviewing and revising CASA’s standing policies and developing new policies. Policy work at CASA is member-led, and this committee provides a forum for delegates to regularly discuss and debate policy ideas and ensure that CASA’s new and existing policies are evidence-based, up-to-date, and of the highest quality. The chair of this committee is the Director-at-Large, Policy and committee members are elected by the membership.

 

Graduate Committee

Specifically focused on reviewing existing CASA policies and developing new policies and advocacy strategies relevant to graduate students. This committee also serves as a forum for graduate students to discuss their experiences and concerns and provides a platform for graduate student perspectives within CASA. The chair and members of this committee are elected by the membership, with delegates representing graduate students automatically being granted member status.

 

Trades and Technology Committee

Specifically focused on reviewing CASA policies and developing new policies and advocacy strategies relevant to students attending colleges and polytechnics. This committee also serves as a forum for college and polytechnic students to discuss their experiences and concerns and provides a platform for college and polytechnic students within CASA. The chair and members of this committee are elected by the membership, with delegates representing college and polytechnic students automatically being granted member status.

 

National Advocacy Committee

Focuses on implementing CASA’s advocacy strategy and reaching out to public figures in all regions of the country. National Advocacy Committee members coordinate regional lobbying activity for CASA members. Committee members meet regularly with Members of Parliament in their home ridings and coordinate approaches alongside home office to support events or campaigns on member campuses. The chair of this committee is the Director-at-Large, Advocacy, and committee members are elected by the membership.

 

Internal Review Committee

Reviews and amends CASA governing policies, oversees the development of CASA’s strategic plan and makes recommendations to improve reporting and accountability within CASA. The chair of this committee is the Secretary, and committee members are elected by the membership.

 

Member Relations Committee

Oversees and improves the membership experience at CASA by providing a venue for members to express opinions and offer recommendations for the organization, and ensuring that all conferences meet the needs of members. The chair of this committee is one of the Directors-at-Large, and committee members are elected by the membership.