Our Mandate

The NPSIA Students’ Association is committed to serving students of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs by helping to foster an environment where students can thrive academically, socially, and professionally. In working to enrich and support the NPSIA community, the Students’ Association functions to help ensure a memorable graduate student experience.

What We Do

The NPSIA Students’ Association seeks to holistically address the needs of NPSIA students. Through biweekly meetings under the leadership of the co-Presidents, the Students’ Association works to be a liaison between the NPSIA faculty/administration and the student body; to plan enriching social, academic, and professional events; to support students in their academic and professional pursuits; and to open and facilitate lines of communication between NPSIA students, staff, faculty, and alumni–as well as with the Ottawa community and other student groups and associations with an interest in international affairs.


The NPSIA Students’ Association’s Constitution outlines the objectives and goals of the student association for its committee members, and its elected officers. It also provides the framework for accountability and transparency of the entire organization, and safeguards the rights and privileges of NPSIA students. The constitution represents a corner stone of the student association’s institutional memory in and of itself, but also through the documents, such as the transitional reports, that it makes mandatory. Ultimately the constitution represents a guiding framework for the student association, and makes explicit its commitment and accountability to students. It can be found here.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with the NPSIA Student’s Association (NSA), please feel free to contact any of the Executives. Holding a position on the NSA will be added to your co-curricular record at Carleton University. The NSA is run exclusively by First Year M.A. Students (with the exception of the position for an upper year M.A. representative). Information about each position is outlined in the NPSIA Constitution.

Elections will be held at the end of September 2016.