About Us

Our History

The McMaster Social Sciences Society was established by a group of committed and responsible individuals in 1988 with the main goal of enhancing the experience of undergraduate Social Sciences students at McMaster University. This objective has been accomplished throughout the years by different means, ranging from social and academic events to recreational and cultural activities.

Founding MSSS Executive Team (1988)

MSSS-Founding-1-October-1988

(left to right): Charles Selway (member-at-large), Kyle Johansen (vice-president), Dr. Peter George (Dean of Social Sciences), Schellie Maybee (president), Suzanne Sheffield (member-at-large), Maria Fortunato (events coordinator), Dave Moore (treasurer), Carla Momente (secretary).

The MSSS executive is composed of elected members organized in a hierarchical structure along with the various sub-committees and staff positions under the society. In addition, every full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the faculty of Social Sciences is a general member of the MSSS.


The Present

Since 1988, the MSSS has continued to grow and expand its original vision creating the opportunity for Social Sciences students the participate in various social and academic events while striving to foresizester an environment that promotes our guiding principles of unity, acceptance, and collaboration.

Fast forward almost thirty years later, with a budget of around a hundred thousand dollars, the Society supports and funds eleven groups and affiliates and aims to support over four thousand undergraduate student members.

Throughout the year the MSSS offers various academic and social events, with the aim of meeting the wide variety of interests within our diverse membership. These events range from coffee houses to pub nights; career panels to guest lectures and conferences.


The Future

DSC_0897Looking towards the future, the MSSS main goal is to increase student participation at the
general level while continuing to foster an inclusive community of Social Sciences students who are proud to be a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Our Team

Core Executive

The core executive makes up the heart of the MSSS, and are the governing body of our student society. Composed of the president and vice presidents of administration, finance, academics, programming, and external affairs, our executives ensure that all of the services and events provided by the MSSS continue to run as efficiently as possible as well as bring about new initiatives. Furthermore, the executives are a source of communication, always open to the wishes and needs of undergraduate social sciences students at McMaster University.

Name: Tim Daly
Position: President
Email: president@themsss.com
Program: Political Science IV
Name: Ryan Gavin
Position: Vice-President Programming
Email: vpprogramming@themsss.com
Program: Geography & Environmental Studies IV
Name: Erin Manax
Position: Vice-President External
Email: vpexternal@themsss.com
Program: Health Studies & Gerontology IV
Name: Tessa Chalmers
Position: Vice-President Administration
Email: vpadmin@themsss.com
Program: Sociology IV
Name: Chantelle Wardak
Position: Vice-President Academic
Email: vpacademic@themsss.com
Program: Health Studies & Gerontology IV
Name: Kirstin Webb
Position: Vice-President Finance
Email: vpfinance@themsss.com
Program: Social Work III

Peripheral Executive Team

An essential part of the MSSS team is made up of the peripheral executive. These positions are a unique mix, including our Social Committee Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Chief Elections and Policies Officer, Outreach Coordinator, Photography Coordinator, Media Design Coordinator as well as our Welcome Week Planners and Shinerama Coordinator. These members provide support, motivation and take care of all the little details in a big way.

Name: Valentina Vitale
Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: adminasst@themsss.com
Program: Labour Studies IV
Name: Jenna Courage
Position: Outreach Coordinator
Email: outreach@themsss.com
Program: Political Science IV
Name: Irada Askarova
Position: Social Committee Coordinator
Email: socialcommittee@themsss.com
Program: Political Science II
Name: Scott De Jong
Position: Chief Executive Policy Officer
Email: cepo@themsss.com
Program: Sociology III
Name: Abby Ducay
Position: Media & Design Coordinator
Email: mediadesign@themsss.com
Program: Social Sciences I

Year Representatives

As a team, the year reps aim to plan events throughout the year under the supervision of the VP Programming. The Year Reps ensure that the flow of communication between the various years of study in the Social Sciences and the MSSS can remain open. As well, year reps help out in terms of poster distribution, class announcements, online promoting and overall MSSS promotions.

Name: Daniel Park
Position: 4th Year Representative
Email: fourthyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Political Science IV
Name: Carrie Barr
Position: 3rd Year Representative
Email: thirdyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Political Science III
Name: Joanna Shanthiyapillai
Position: 2nd Year Representative
Email: secondyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Social Psychology II
Name: Irada Askarova
Position: 1st Year Representative
Email: firstyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Social Sciences I
Name: Samuel Tunji-Ajayi
Position: 1st Year Representative
Email: firstyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Social Sciences I
Name: Erika Kovacs
Position: 4th Year Representative
Email: fourthyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Health Studies IV
Name: Nicole Voisin
Position: 3rd Year Representative
Email: thirdyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Sociology & Religious Studies III
Name: Samuel Tunji-Ajayi
Position: 2nd Year Representative
Email: secondyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Economics II
Name: Kaitlyn Avery
Position: 1st Year Representative
Email: firstyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Social Sciences I
Name: Chriselle Vaz
Position: 1st Year Representative
Email: firstyearreps@themsss.com
Program: Social Sciences I

Welcome Week Team

Name: Stephanie Perrotta
Position: Welcome Week Programming Planner
Email: wwwplanners@themsss.com
Program: Health Studies and Gerontology
Name: Chloe Deraiche
Position: Welcome Week Logistics Planner
Email: wwplanners@themsss.com
Program: Human Behaviour
Name:
Position: Shinerama Coordinator
Email: socscishine@themsss.com
Program:
Name: Raquel Munoz
Position: Welcome Week Programming Planner
Email: wwwplanners@themsss.com
Program: Health Studies
Name:
Position: Shinerama Coordinator
Email: socscishine@themsss.com
Program:

SRA Social Sciences


unnamedThe Student Representative Assembly, or “the SRA”, is a governing body of the McMaster Students Union, which is the organization responsible for representing McMaster students’ interests both internally to the university and externally to the various levels of government and other organizations. The SRA is made up entirely by elected undergraduate students from many various faculties, of which Social Sciences is one.

For Social Sciences Students, the SRA has several seats which are filled by elected Social Sciences students to represent the faculty of Social Sciences and the McMaster student community as a whole. These positions are held for a year and then opened once again for election.

Email: srassci@msu.mcmaster.ca

Twitter: @SRASocSci

Facebook: SRA Social Sciences