Department of Global Development Studies


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Global Development Studies Department Student Council

The Global Development Studies Department Student Council (DSC) is one of the most active and involved student councils on campus. Organizing social events with students and professors, raising funds, and acting as the students’ representatives, the DEVS DSC attracts a dynamic and full of life group of individuals.

DSC 2017 Group Photo

What We Do - Annual activities and Responsibilities

  • Department socials with students and the faculty
  • Buddy System Program – first year DEVS students paired with 1 or 2 upper-year students (mentorship program)
  • Bi-Weekly Study sessions for DEVS 100 and certain 2nd year courses
  • Workshops with other clubs or communities
  • Speaker Series
  • Fundraisers

Below is a quick summary of some of the activities we have hosted during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Outreach workshops:

On November 22nd 2016, the DEVS DSC presented its first ever-interactive workshop on the topic of Health, Wellbeing, and Indigeneity. This workshop featured a number of professional speakers including Laura Maracle and Mary Ann Spencer from the Queen’s Four Directions Aboriginal Center, and Midge Rouse and Nelson Alisappi from Hotel Dieu. The audience was able to gain insight through the lived experiences and exercises into the health and wellbeing of indigenous communities in Canada.

Buddy Program:

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The DEVS Buddy Program is a new program created by the DSC with the goal to connect first year students interested in global development with upper year DEVS students. Buddies are there to help connect incoming students with all DEVS related aspects within campus, as well as in Kingston. This can be in the form of clubs and events such as a speaker series, conferences, and other similar events. Buddies are there to help answer any questions they may have moving forward in their academic career, whether or not they are hoping to continue studying DEVS in their undergrad.


Last semester the DEVS DSC hosted trivia night at the grad club bringing together undergrad and graduate students for a night of food, fun, and facts.

DEVS 100 Study Sessions:

The DSC hosts bi-weekly study sessions for anyone looking to get help with DEVS 100 content. During the study sessions we work as a team to answer any questions people may have about lectures and/or readings to best get students ready for their assessments and assignments

Don’t be afraid to reach out to any of us if you have questions about the DSC or the DEVS program in general. We promise we are friendly, approachable and always willing to help you out

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