ISOW is led by a team of elected Laurier students and operates as a Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union club. The Team meets regularly throughout the school year and at a Summer Leadership Retreat to plan for the year ahead. The Team also participates in professional training days in September and January. While ISOW student leaders learn hands-on skills by managing the student levy, Laurier administrators oversee the scholarship and ensure that ISOW's finances adhere to the University's procedures.
ISOW has in place a set of Administration Protocols that govern its relationship with Wilfrid Laurier University and the Students' Union, and establish the limits within which it operates. ISOW's Faculty Advisor, Dr. Gavin Brockett, provides guidance to the Management Team and ensures conformity with University procedures. The Faculty Advisor role extends to implementing the educational dimension of ISOW's mission. In addition, an ISOW Advisory Committee made up of senior University administrators was recently established to hold ISOW student leaders accountable to Laurier.
The ISOW Management Team is divided into six portfolios: Finance, Scholar Support, Events & Education, Development, Public Affairs, and the Secretariat. Click the arrows below to learn more about each portfolio and about the roles and responsibilities of our team members!
The President is responsible for working closely with the Faculty Advisor and Vice President to lead ISOW for one year. He/she is responsible for chairing Management Team meetings, overseeing portfolios, communicating with ISOW’s partner organizations and representing ISOW at events.
The Vice President works closely with the President to provide leadership to the Management Team. He/she also plays an active role in ensuring that Scholars receive the support that they need before they arrive to Canada and during their studies at Laurier.
The Finance portfolio is responsible for managing scholarship funds, as well as a separate club budget. The Director and Assistant Directors keep an up-to-date record of ISOW’s spending, make financial presentations to the Management Team, and develop annual budgets for both Scholars and the club. The Finance portfolio is accountable to the ISOW management team and the Vice President: Academic’s office.
This portfolio is responsible for meeting with Scholars to ensure that their needs are being met. This portfolio works with the Vice President to ensure that Scholars’ needs are brought to the attention of the Management Team and are appropriately dealt with while maintaining Scholars’ privacy.
This portfolio is responsible for planning regular team events, as well as formal gatherings for Scholars, Laurier faculty & staff, and Members of Parliament. The Director and Assistant Directors also assist in planning educational events for the Laurier student body and the Kitchener-Waterloo community.
The Development portfolio is responsible for all Human Resource functions within ISOW, which includes developing training modules and leading the annual recruitment process.
The Public Affairs portfolio is responsible for developing marketing materials, as well as managing ISOW’s social media accounts and website. While ISOW is affiliated with Laurier, it does not represent the beliefs of the university.
The Secretariat is responsible for taking meeting minutes during Management Team Meetings, organizing ISOW files and all other administrative tasks as required.
The Director at Large position can automatically be assumed by a Director who has been involved with ISOW for at least one year. This individual assists in any duties delegated by the President or Vice President.
ISOW’s Faculty Advisor guides and assists members of the Management Team in carrying out their duties.