Creative Arts Therapies Student Graduate Association (CATSGA)
The student organization specific to our program is the Creative Arts Therapies Student Graduate Association, known by its acronym, CATSGA. The CATSGA student lounge offers a space for relaxation and study. CATSGA also seeks to foster stronger interdisciplinary ties with the university community at large. CATSGA elects officers annually, which include graduate student representatives who are invited to participate in committees in the Program, the Faculty of Fine Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies in order to make a vital contribution to the activities of the university.
CATSGA of Colour
CATs of Colour is a network of creative arts therapists comprised of people of color who come together for the common purpose of professional and educational development, sharing culturally relevant practices and providing mutual support. Our overarching goal is to create a thriving multiracial, cross-disciplinary community of practitioners in the creative arts therapy profession in order to address the need for culturally appropriate services to people from various ethnicities and racial backgrounds.
This group is for Creative Arts Therapists (CATs) who identify as queer, gender diverse, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, two-spirit, asexual or questioning. They organize and host events locally in Montreal, hold space to share issues or concerns for queer folks in the CATs, and create social supports, aiming to promote community-building, queer visibility and to advocate for change towards greater inclusivity in the field. They recognize the intersectionality of identities and oppressive power structures; ableism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transmisogyny, and all other forms of harassment will not be tolerated.
Graduate Students Association (GSA)
The Graduate Students Association is composed of all students registered in graduate programs at Concordia. With elected officers, its mandate is to plan activities and provide a forum for students to discuss matters of concern pertaining to university life. One of the activities it sponsors is an orientation in the Fall to introduce students to the facilities and campus life at Concordia University.