Accessibility Commissioner


The Accessibility Commissioner advocates on behalf of SOGS members with disabilities and those that face accessibility challenges. Their primary role is to work towards greater accessibility and inclusivity for those with a wide range of disabilities (including but not limited to physical disabilities, mental disabilities/disorders and learning disabilities) and accessibility challenges (including but not limited to parents of children with disabilities) that have historically been insufficiently accounted for within society.

Accessibility resources here.

Gender Concerns Commissioner


The Gender Concerns Commissioner advocates on behalf of female, non-binary and trans identifying SOGS members. The Gender Concerns Commissioner connects students to campus or community resources, voices any concerns or interests at SOGS council meetings and is a member of the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Committee. The Commissioner works with other graduate students to bring activities/events/campaigns to create a safe and inclusive space to share concerns or opinions and work together to improve the graduate student experience at Western.

International Commissioner


The International Commissioner advocates on behalf of international graduate student members. In addition to representing this constituency’s needs and experiences across SOGS Council and at Western International, the International Commissioner works with the International Commission to host social, wellness, and academic events throughuas a way to better support newcomers to grad life at WesternU.

Pride Commissioner


The Pride Commissioner advocates on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ SOGS members. In addition to representing the community’s interests at SOGS Council meetings, the Pride Commissioner helps connect students to resources, supports local LGBTQIA+ events, and seeks out ways to support LGBTQIA+ individuals.

LGBTQ Resources here.

Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner 


The SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner advocates for racialized graduate students on issues and concerns affecting them at Western University. The commissioner will work with campus partners and community members to enhance the quality of student experience for racialized SOGS members. 

Read the CFS Anti-Racism Toolkit.

Elections for Commissioner roles take place at April council each year.

Commissioners earn an honorarium of $1,500 per year, pro-rated ($500 per term).

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