The Master of Information Student Council holds elections twice a year, in the first month of the fall term and the final month of the spring term. The majority of each new council is elected in the spring term, while the Vice President, First Year Representatives, Faculty Council Representatives, as well as any unfilled positions are elected in the following fall.
Running for student council is a great way to get involved in life at the iSchool and make sure your voice is heard. You can develop new skills in advocacy, committee work, event planning, budgeting, and more. It is also an excellent opportunity to make connections with future leaders in the information profession.
You may nominate yourself or any other MI student for any available position on MISC. Interested candidates are expected to familiarize themselves with the responsibilities of their desired position. Please read the position description on the election page, and consult the MISC constitution or contact the MISC CRO Sari Gutman for more detailed information.
Voting will be open from Monday March 27 to Friday March 31. Please click on the button below to vote. You will be prompted to log in with your UTORid and password. Nomination statements will be provided beneath the name of the candidate on the ballot.
Please note, Concurrent Registration Option (CRO) students will only be able to vote in one election (MISC or MUSSA) depending on which year of the program they are in. Votes for the MISC-MUSSA Liaison position will be counted from both elections.
If you're having trouble voting, please get in touch with the MISC Chief Returning Officer (OCR), Sari Gutman, as soon as possible.
Positions on student council are divided into three categories, Executive, Committee Chairs, and Representatives, each playing a different role on council and requiring a different degree of time commitment. Below are the council positions that are open for the spring elections:
Executive members conduct MISC’s business to facilitate other council members’ activities and various student initiatives, disseminating information to the MI student body, and acting as ex-officio members on other committees/councils.
The President attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote. The President calls, prepares agendas for, and chairs meetings of the Executive committee. The President also calls and prepares agendas for meetings of the Governing Council. The position of President is essentially that of liaison to both the administration and the Membership while handling all correspondence on behalf of the MISC (Weekly MISC Digest, the Twitter account, and general MISC email account) and brings any issues of the Membership to the attention of Governing Council at meetings; the President is recognized as the official spokesperson of the MISC to the administration and wider community. The President attempts to meet and maintain regular communication with various administrators at the Faculty of Information, such as the Dean, Assistant Deans as necessary, and the Registrar.
The management of the records of MISC falls under the duties of the President, and any vacant positions are generally managed personally by, or by delegation of, the President. The President is responsible for checking in with other council members to ensure that there are no issues throughout the school year. Issues or problems that arise that do not appear to fall under the duties of any other council member are handled by the President, or are delegated as appropriate.
One of the Student Representatives to Faculty Council is automatically filled by the President. The Faculty Council for the Faculty of Information normally meets once each semester and is the governing body responsible for all academic affairs of the Faculty, including determining academic policies, determining the content and requirements of the degree and diploma programs. More information about the Faculty Council can be found on the Faculty of Information page on Governance, policy, & accountability.
The Secretary attends and contributes to all meetings of the governing council and is elected one vote. The Secretary (or President) may chair meetings of the Governing Council. The Secretary takes minutes at meetings of the Governing Council and Executive Committee, edits them for clarity, and then sends these to the Webmaster and CCs the President. The minutes are then made accessible to all members and posted on the website. The Secretary will produce an annual directory of the members of the Governing Council to be made publicly available to the Membership. The Secretary acts as Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for Council elections and coordinates the fall and winter semester elections. Fall nominations usually take place in the second week of the semester and elections occur around the third week. The winter nominations usually go up at the beginning of March and the elections take place around the third or fourth week in March. Election duties include:
The Secretary also acts as an Executive member of the Council, which includes:
The Treasurer attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote. Each September the Treasurer is responsible for submitting an annual report to the governing council encompassing both the annual financial report of the past year and the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget is prepared with the Executive Committee and MISC standing committee representatives, who each are responsible for submitting budget proposals prior to September. The Treasurer must apply for the annual head grant from the Graduate Student Union, apply for exemption from audit in accordance with the proper rules and guidelines, prepare monthly financial reports to be presented to the Governing Council for review and acceptance, refund monies spent by individuals on behalf of the MISC within a five business day time period from time of obtaining the requisition forms and receipts, and keep a ledger in accordance with General Accounting Practices and Principles so that any financial inquiry by a member might be answered within a maximum of five business days.
As an Executive member of the Council, the Webmaster:
These council members are elected by the MI student body to chair MISC’s standing committees: Academic Affairs, Professional Development, and Social committees.
The Academic Affairs Officers represent Governing Council on all academic and curricular issues, serve as a point of contact for students experiencing academic or curricular issues and liaise between such students and the faculty or administration. The Upper Year Officer is elected in the spring and First Year Officer is elected in the fall, and each Academic Affairs Officer is allotted one vote in Governing Council meetings. The Upper Year Academic Affairs Officer will also serve as representative to the following committees to maintain a holistic understanding of Academic Affairs at the iSchool:
The Social Committee is comprised of two Upper Year Co-Chairs. As a committee, it welcomes members at large for ideas and input.
The Social Committee is responsible for planning and executing a number of social activities to give students at the Faculty of Information a chance to meet up, network and get to know each other throughout the school year. The events planned by the Social Committee include gatherings on and off campus and events for special occasions such as the winter break and the end of the school year. The biggest projects for the Social Committee are the Meet and Greet during the summer and the Orientation Week BBQ. Each Co-Chair is allotted one vote at MISC meetings.
If you have ideas for events you would like to see, recommendations for accessible venues in the city or questions for the committee, please e-mail the Social Committee. You can also like us on Facebook to get continued up-to-date information.
The Professional Development Committee is comprised of an Upper Year Co-Chair, elected in the Spring, and a First Year Co-Chair, elected in the Fall. The Committee also welcomes members at large for ideas and input.
The PD Committee is responsible for a number of professional development events for students at the Faculty of Information throughout the school year, including various resume and job-interview clinics and services. The Professional Development Committee's largest effort is the annual Employer Showcase (formerly the Job and Networking Event), usually held in January. Each Co-Chair is allotted one vote at MISC meetings.
These council members represent the interests of MI students on various committees and councils within the Faculty of Information and the University of Toronto.
This representative attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote. The Admissions Committee for the Faculty of Information reviews applicants’ grades, references, and the strength and quality of personal statements and CVs. The MISC’s representative sits on this committee to voice opinions and assist the committee on behalf of the MI student body.
This representative will also fill one of the faculty council positions.
The Liaison is responsible for communication and collaboration between MISC and MUSSA councils by representing the interests of both councils. Elected by MI and MMSt students, the MISC-MUSSA Liaison will attend council meetings of MISC and MUSSA, and will help coordinate their collaborative ventures.
The Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) Representative acts as the liaison between the Master of Information Student Council (MISC) and the FIAA. The FIAA Rep is expected to attend and contribute to monthly meetings for both the FIAA and the MISC, and is allotted one vote for each organization. More specifically, the FIAA Rep is expected to contribute to the planning and promotion of the Job Shadowing program and the FIAA student conference grants & awards. Overall, the person holding this position strives to ensure that the FIAA is aware of the goings-on of the MISC, and vice-versa.
There are two Upper Year Student Tech Fund Representatives (SY-STFR) on student council. These positions must be held by second year Master of Information students who are elected at the completion of the Spring Semester. They must hold the position for a full year and attend and contribute to all MISC meetings and are each allotted one vote. The UY-STFR helps propose and track purchases made with the Student Tech Fund, while also reporting before MISC about purchases and asking for MISC approval on purchases exceeding $3,000. The UY-STFR will also attend Student Tech Fund committee meetings, which are comprised of MI and MMst tech fund members and may include faculty and IT supervisors. These meetings must be held once every 30 days during the Fall and Winter semesters. The UY-STFR will also hold one of the Student Tech Fund committee positions, as dictated by the Tech Fund By-Laws.
This representative attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote. The Life and Times Committee for the Faculty of Information organizes various events (such as end of term celebrations), discusses space and communication issues, and plans and carries out the iTeas for the academic year, which all members of the Faculty of Information may attend. The MISC’s representative sits on this committee to voice opinions and assist the committee on behalf of the MI student body.
There are three GSU representatives on the MISC (2 elected in the fall, and the VP). Each attends and contributes to all MISC meetings with one allotted vote for each rep. The GSU consists have an executive and course union representatives (“GSU Representatives”) who represent the different department and faculties across the University of Toronto graduate programs. The GSU meets once each month, and discusses and votes on various issues such as tuition, rallies, and social events. For more information, visit the GSU website. Candidates must be available to attend all GSU meetings, dates and times to be announced soon.
It is important that the GSU reps attend the GSU meetings, as MISC presence is required to receive funding from the GSU. The reps divide among themselves various duties in addition to each of them attending all these meetings. The divided duties include occasional picking up and delivering mail between the GSU and the MISC (including cheques and posters to be put up), and forwarding the weekly GSU Digest to the MI student body. All GSU reps are to report on the discussions of the GSU meetings to the council and if necessary, raise any concerns at the GSU meetings.