When Katherine Wagner applied to become a University of Calgary senator in 2020, she saw an opportunity to give back not just to the university community, but to a much broader Calgary community.
Wagner sees her position as senator as an extension of her involvement in the UCalgary community that dates back to her completion of a master’s degree from what is today the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.
“Being on senate gives me the opportunity to utilize the skill sets and connectivity that I've developed since graduation,” says Wagner, MEDes’93. “It’s a good synergy in terms of what I have to offer and how the senate might benefit from that.”
The senate team comprises 62 members. Seven of those positions are now open for applications until March 31.
The role of senator is a meaningful one, serving as a bridge between the university and the larger Calgary community. The goal of the senate is to represent public interest, foster student interest and promote the university. Made up of alumni, students, academic staff and members of the public, each senator brings their own unique perspective to the university.
Why apply to become a senator?
Wagner notes that now, more than ever, the senate is searching for people who can provide a new perspective to university life.
“We’re all becoming more sensitized to the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives in our lives and the journey of truth and reconciliation,” she says. “The role of senator takes on special importance as, collectively, we have the opportunity to manifest real changes in the university perspective to the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and Calgary community members at large.”
Senate seats are volunteer positions, with a term of three years. Senators wanting to continue serving the community are eligible to apply for a second term.