Graduate History Student Association

What is the GHSA?

The GHSA is the Graduate History Student Association, an organization that supports the educational needs and provides social activities for graduate history students. The membership of the GHSA consists of all part-time and full-time students registered in programs leading to graduate degrees in History at York.

The GHSA holds monthly meetings to address students’ interests and concerns. Members elect an executive and appoint representatives to various department, union and university committees.

The GHSA hosts Historian’s Crafts, orientation events, a book sale and New Frontiers, a graduate student history conference.

We welcome new and returning students to get involved by participating in GHSA sponsored events, holding elected positions and volunteering to help on committees and at events.

The GHSA Executive 2019-20

Jody Hodgins, Zach Consitt

  • Conducts regular meetings
  • Plans Historian's Crafts
  • Represents GHSA on department and faculty committees

Veronica Bosco (M.A. Student)

  • Takes the place of the co-president when he or she are unable to fulfil duties
  • Chairs book sale committee

Daniel Murchison

  • Managing the GHSA finances

Evania Pietrangelo-Porco

  • Records and distributes minutes
  • Coordinates GHSA committees

2 postions open
Equity Officers

  • Coordinates anti-oppression activities
  • Is a resource person for equity information

Tannara Yelland,
CUPE 3903 Stewards (Unit 1)

Position open
CUPE 3903 Stewards (Unit 3)

  • Represent history students at union meetings

I. Demissie, Kevin Brennan, Cristina Wood, and 1 position open
Document Editors

  • Publish G.H.S.A newsletter Document

Barbara Molas, Dave Hazzan, Rebecca Lazarenko, and 2 MA positions open
New Frontiers Chairs

  • Organize 2020 New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference.

Fall Elections:
GHSA Executive: Vice-President (M.A. student), Treasurer, Secretary
Graduate program Positions: Admissions Committee (2 positions; post-comps PhD students), Department Council (2), Scholarship/Awards Committee (2)
York Positions: Graduate Students’ Association (2 positions, plus 2 alternates)
Canadian Historical Association: York representative for CHA Graduate Student Committee (1)
CUPE 3903 Positions: Unit 1 member (1)

Spring Elections:
GHSA Executive: Co-Presidents (2 post-comps PhD students), Equity Officer, Document Editors, New Frontier Conference Chairs, CUPE 3903 Positions: Unit 3 members (2)

"The Historian's Craft"

The Historian's Craft is a series of talks conducted under the auspices of the Graduate History Students' Association (GHSA). Held monthly, the Historian's Craft primarily is an opportunity for intellectuals from outside of York's History Department to share their research and ideas with York historians and graduate students. Presentations can range from straight-forward history papers, to interactive discussions on methodology, to explorations of new and novel ways of 'doing history.' Recent Historian's Crafts have focused on such topics as the history of the salad, writing historical fiction and oral history. Historian's Craft presentations typically are 45-50 minutes and length, and are followed by a brief Question-and-Answer period, and an informal reception.

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