Beyond attending Students’ Legislative Council (SLC), your elected representatives participate in SLC committees. SLC appoints these committees and delegates specific authority and responsibilities to them. SLC committees help the SU develop policy, administer programs, and engage with the needs of the student body.
Representing the student voice on an SU committee is a rewarding experience. From influencing the direction of policy or financial decisions to gaining valuable professional and work experience – membership on an SU committee comes with a number of professional and personal opportunities.
The SU often looks for volunteers to sit on committees. Ideal candidates have a sincere concern for student interests and should be comfortable speaking in a committee or professional meeting setting. Diplomacy, organization, and level-headedness are qualities that would be of benefit to an SU committee.
All student-at-large committee members serve on the committee from the time they are appointed until April 30th.
Note: The Refugee Student Board committee and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Task Force each have their own application.
Please address your submission and any questions or comments to:
Michael Hedgecock, Coordinator, Student Support
Students’ Union, University of Calgary
MSC 251, 2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
After the Committee Administrator reviews applications, the SLC Nominations Committee will meet to consider the applications. The Committee Administrator will then only contact those persons appointed by the SLC Nominating Committee.
- Committee of 10,000: September 9, 2021
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force: September 24, 2021
- International Student Financial Need Bursary Selection Committee: September 9, 2021
- Open Educational Resources (OER) Working Group: October 20, 2021
- Policy and Development Review Committee: September 9, 2021
- Pride Scholarship Selection Committee: October 22, 2021
- Quality Money Committee: September 9, 2021
- Refugee Student Board: Open until filled.
- Teaching Excellence Awards Committee: September 9, 2021
- Undergraduate Research Symposium Working Group: September 9, 2021
Each SU Committee has a Terms of Reference, a policy that details the mandate (or purpose) of the committee, its size, membership qualifications, and reporting requirements. Positions on SU Committees remain open until filled.
RSB Application for the Refugee Student Board committee:
(New deadline: Open until filled.)
EDI Task Force Application for the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force:
OER Working Group Application for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Working Group:
OER Working Group
General Application for all other committees:
SU Working Groups
The Students’ Union collectively represents tens of thousands of undergraduate students at the University of Calgary who represent innumerable identities and diverse backgrounds.
The EDI Task Force is a new working group that will ensure the Students’ Union is appropriately equipped to include and advocate for all the students we represent. This task force will provide recommendations to SLC on how the SU can better address the needs and concerns of undergraduate students regarding topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus.
Description: The Selection Committee is responsible for maintaining fair, consistent, and strictly confidential processes related to the review and adjudication of applications and the bi-annual selection of five applicants to receive the International Student Financial Need Bursary, valued at $1,500 per recipient.
Meeting frequency: The committee meets once per Fall and Winter semester; other duties will be completed via e-mail.
Terms of Reference (October, 2021)
Members: VP Academic as Chair, four (4) to six (6) undergraduate students (may be members of SLC).
OERs refers to teaching, research, and learning materials in the public domain or distributed under an open license. The OER Working Group will promote awareness and adoption of OERs for students and instuctors at UCalgary, and build knowledge and capacity within the SU to better advocate to the U of C for the continued adoption of OERs.
Meeting frequency is once per month or as necessary at the discretion of the chair.
The SU Q Centre is proud to support the LGBTQA+ community on campus for the past 10 years. This scholarship is administered through the Q Centre, and is made possible by an SU Quality Money grant. The committee will work alongside the VP Student Life and other members of campus to review applications for the SU Pride Scholarship and select two winners in each of the fall and winter semesters.
Meeting frequency is once per semester over Zoom (in December and April).
Members: VP Academic as Chair, ten (10) non-Executive members of SLC or Students-at-Large
Description: The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) Working Group promotes all aspects of URS and meets as required by the Vice President Academic to evaluate applications and select participants. They assist with the set-up, execution, and tear-down of the URS event as directed, organize and evaluate judges’ scores and comments to determine award winners, and present awards to participants at the URS Gala.
Meeting frequency: This group meets on October 19 to select participants, assists with URS set-up on November 26, provides all-day support on November 27, evaluates judges’ scores on November 28, and presents awards on November 29. Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the chair.
Members: VP Student Life as Chair, four (4) to six (6) non-Executive members of SLC
Description: The Clubs Committee establishes principles, strategies, and procedures for how the SU supports and engages Student Organizations at the University of Calgary, including reviewing and approving award nominations and funding applications.
Terms of Reference (Jan 2019)
Members: VP Student Life as Chair, two (2) non-Executive members of SLC, four (4) to six (6) Students-at-Large
Description:The Committee of 10,000 allocates money given by Active Members to charitable organizations in Calgary.
Meeting frequency: Once per school year and as needed. Attendance to an awards reception held in April is also required.
Members: VP Operations and Finance as Chair, five (5) members of SLC
Description: The SLC Nominations Committee sets closing dates for committee applications and ensures all SLC and student-at-large positions are adequately advertised. The committee also appoints candidates for various committees and boards. This body meets as necessary.
Members: VP Operations and Finance as Chair, all Executive and three (3) SLC members
Description:The Operations and Finance Committee is an Empowered Standing Committee delegated with the authority to make day-to-day operational and financial decisions for the SU.
Members: VP Operations and Finance as Chair, three (3) non-Executive members of SLC, and three (3) Students-at-Large
Description: The Policy Development Committee meets as needed to review and draft new and revised SU policies for consistency, formatting and wording, as well as to review and evaluate existing SLC mandates and/or SU regulatory policies.
Meeting frequency: Biweekly, between October and April.
Members: President as Chair, all Executive, three (3) members of SLC, two (2) Students at Large
Description: The Quality Money Committee is mandated to recommend to the SLC the allocation of monies received by the university for funding of projects to improve student life. This body meets throughout the entire academic year.
Meeting frequency: Weekly on Wednesdays, 90-minute meetings at 5:00pm between November and March.
Members: VP External as Chair, VP Operations and Finance as Vice-Chair, two (2) non-executive members of SLC, eight (8) students-at-large appointed by Nominations Committee, one student-at-large appointed by the Residence Students’ Association (RSA), one International Student Services (ISS) staff member recommended by the University, and one Residence Services staff member recommended by the University.
Description: The Refugee Student Board selects those refugee students for sponsorship to attend and study at the university. The money for sponsorship is obtained from a levy collected each semester from all SU members. The body meets once per month and the meeting is approximately two hours in length. It shall also be responsible for setting general policies that aligns with the Constitution of World University Services of Canada (WUSC) and working with all relevant campus stakeholders to aid all University sponsored refugee students and further develop the refugee student program.
Meeting frequency: Monthly between July and April.
Members: VP Academic as Chair, seven (7) non-Executive SLC members, three (3) Students-at-Large
Description: The Teaching Excellence Awards Committee promotes and administers the Teaching Excellence Awards program and selects award recipients. This body does the majority of its work in the last six weeks the fall and winter semesters.
Meeting frequency: Once in the Fall and Winter terms, including a half-day meeting on a Saturday in March. Members will conduct class visits during November and March.
Members: President as Chair, all Executives
Description: The University and Government Relations Committee’s main purpose is to share relevant information among elected officials on to the relationship between the Students’ Union, Graduate Students’ Association, the University of Calgary, and government. This body meets monthly to review and develop a response to issues that affect undergraduate students.