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 on a bi-weekly basis via conference call to conduct 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 as well as an additional ad hoc committee for the 2018-2019 year:

Federal Policy Committee

The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is primarily responsible for reviewing CASA’s existing policies (what we advocate for) every three years, and for developing new policies that would improve the lives of post-secondary students across the country. 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.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by the Director-at-Large, Policy
  • Seven permanent members as elected by CASA’s membership, of which two are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Policy and Research Analyst (staff) acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity

Graduate Committee 

The Graduate Committee is similar to the FPC in that it is a policy-creation committee. However, this committee focuses specifically on reviewing and developing CASA policies 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.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by an elected graduate student representative from CASA’s membership
  • All delegates who represent graduate students are automatically granted permanent member status
  • Two permanent members are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Policy and Research Analyst (staff) acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity

Trades and Technology Committee

The Trades and Technology Committee, known as Trades & Tech for short, is another policy development committee. This committee is focused on reviewing and developing CASA policies 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.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by an elected trade or polytechnic student representative from CASA’s membership
  • All delegates who represent trade or polytechnic students are automatically granted permanent member status
  • Two permanent members are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Policy and Research Analyst (staff) acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity

National Advocacy Committee

The National Advocacy Committee (NAC) works to enhance CASA's advocacy efforts by organizing campaigns across CASA's member campuses, and developing lobbying tools and training to help empower members to meet with their local Members of Parliament.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by the Director-at-Large, Advocacy
  • Seven permanent members as elected by CASA’s membership, of which two are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer (staff) acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity

Governance and Internal Review Committee

The Governance and Internal Review Committee (GIRC) is responsible for reviewing and amending the documents that govern CASA. The committee is tasked with conducting an annual review of the organization's operating procedures, and, every three years, has the opportunity to develop an entirely new strategic plan for CASA. This committee also makes recommendations to improve reporting and accountability within CASA.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by the Secretary
  • Five permanent members as elected by CASA’s membership, of which two are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Executive Director acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity

Member Relations Committee 

The Member Relations Committee (MRC) works to improve the membership experience at CASA through a variety of creative projects. The committee’s mandate includes fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment at CASA’s conferences, helping to build CASA’s brand and attract new members, and finding ways to empower current member associations and delegates to involve themselves with and lead the organization. Two members of this committee may volunteer to also be CASA's Code of Conduct Officers, in charge of handling any Code of Conduct violations that arise during conferences in a respectful and confidential manner.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by the Director-at-Large, Membership
  • Five permanent members as elected by CASA’s membership, of which two are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Communications and Public Relations Officer (staff) acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

This committee was struck in July 2018 with the purpose of ensuring that CASA takes an intersectional approach to understanding student issues and that its policy development and advocacy efforts are reflective of diverse student experiences.

Who is on this committee:

  • Chaired by the Director-at-Large
  • Five permanent members as elected by CASA’s membership, of which two are elected by the committee to fill the roles of Vice-Chair and Recording Secretary
  • CASA’s Executive Director (staff) acts in a non-voting, advisory capacity
  • All other CASA delegates are welcome to participate in a non-voting capacity
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