Executive Elections

Every year at the end of January, nominations are opened up for candidates wishing to run for the position of President of the McMaster Social Sciences Society.

  • President

    Responsible for setting the direction and vision of the MSSS Executive and preparing the Society year plan.

Following this election, nominations open up for the following positions:

  • Vice President Administration

    Responsible for the internal communication of the Society, as well as facilitating applications, evaluations and hiring. While also acting as the presidents primary advisor.

  • Vice President Finance

    Responsbile for the finances of the MSSS, and keeping proper books of accounts for the MSSS.

  • Vice President Programming

    Responsible for the planning and implementation of social events for the MSSS as well as overseeing and managing the Year Representatives and assisting in their contributions to all events.

  • Vice President Academic

    Responsible for organizing and planning academic events, and acts as an advocate on behalf of social sciences student’s academic conners.

  • Vice President External Communications

    Responsible for the positive external image of the MSSS, including the website and all social media. Further acts as a liaison between the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) and the general student members.

Campaigns generally run for one week, followed by a two day election period. For more information regarding the election process contact our Vice President of External Communication, Melissa Darby, at vpexternal@themsss.ca.

Important Documents

Peripheral Executive Positions

After elections take place and the new executive team has been elected, applications for Peripheral Executive and Student Representatives are opened up towards the end of April.

The following is a list of available Executive Assistant positions:

  • Internal Assistant

    The Internal position will act as a primary assistant to the Executive Team, and the Vice-President Administration in particular. This includes recording meeting minutes, creating the weekly agendas, organizing staff appreciation events, maintaining the Society Office, etc.

  • Formal Committee

    The Formal Committee will be responsible for assisting the Vice-President Programming in the execution of the MSSS Formal

  • Outreach Coordinator

    The Outreach Coordinator position is responsible for the MSSS’s participation in charitable and external events. Each year the Coordinator will be responsible for taking part in a minimum of three (3) external events or initiatives specific to some sort cause or charity.

  • Media & Design Coordinator

    The Media and Design Coordinator is responsible for the creation of all promotional material for the MSSS and their events. These responsibilities include designing, printing, and ordering of promotional materials (posters, flyers, tickets, online advertisements, etc.).

  • Photography Coordinator

    The Photography Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring high quality photos are taken at all MSSS events for promotional use by the MSSS.

Peripheral Executive Application

Student Representatives

Every year student representatives are hired to be a part of the MSSS team. Student reps aim to plan events throughout the year under the supervision of the VP Programming.

The following is a list of available Student Representative positions: 

  • 2 x First Year Representatives

    Responsbile for planning programming and events aimed at first year social sciences students.

  • 3 x Student Representatives

    Responsbile for planning programming and events for all social sciences students.

Student Representative Application

Welcome Week

Welcome Week Planners

Every year, the MSSS hires two Welcome Week Planners to recruit a team of reps, train them, and organize how Social Sciences will run Welcome Week to ensure that incoming first years will have a memorable first week at McMaster!
The hiring process will take place in late January and involves an application and interview process. After being selected for the position, the planners begin to brainstorm ideas, looking at the turnover reports from previous years, and eventually developing a budget that must be approved by the incoming executive members of the MSSS. As well, in February or March, the planners must conduct interviews with potential reps and recruit a team before the term ends.

Want to apply?

Applications Page

Blu Cru

Our Welcome Week Reps aren’t just reps, they’re members of the Blu Cru; it is a full year commitment, and are not limited to bringing the fun and energy during Welcome Week! They dedicate their love and joy to bringing first years and students in the Social Sciences the best undergraduate years of their life.

Blu Cru members are the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the bees knees, the cherry on top. Blu Cru members help out with our events, whether they help plan or run it or they just show up, they’re always around supporting Soc Sci.

If having tons of fun at Soc Sci events sounds like your kind of thing, why not join?! Apply to be a Welcome Week Rep for next September!

If you would like more information about being a Welcome Week Rep, please email our planners at wwplanners@themsss.com

Applications Page

Faculty Cup

All the faculties rocked Welcome Week 2015, but the McMaster Social Sciences Societies Blu Cru team pulled out all the stops and brought home the Faculty Cup, for the second time since 2009. They did this by adhering to the Core Values and Guiding Principles of Welcome Week at McMaster University. If this is your first year at Mac, we hope #MacWW2015 gave you the chance to meet some of the wonderful people that will make you glad you chose McMaster and proud to say #IAMSOCSCI

Welcome Week Values & Guiding Principles:

Equality: First year students join the University community with all the rights of those already here. They are given the support and assistance which new members of the community require. They will feel proud to be here, to not be treated as subordinates, and to not feel that first year students are inferior.

Freedom of Choice: First year students are encouraged to participate in the events of Welcome Week. However, they are free to choose when and how they would like to join in or to even decline participation if they wish.

Celebration of Diversity: First year students come from varied backgrounds and cultures and they have highly varied interests and values. Differences in gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, ability, religion and political affiliation are recognized and treated with respect and sensitivity.

Respect for Individuality: All first year students are free to be unique and can expect to be treated with respect.

Privacy: Even where students live together, as in residence, they are entitled to their own private space and time. They should not be disturbed when they have gone to their own room and other students should enter only if invited.

Soc Sci Cheers

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