Welcome to the February GSS Newsletter!
We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.
The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.
Announcements from the GSS
Inter Caucus Initiative
As part of its strategic vision, the Graduate Student Society (GSS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) provides its membership with opportunities to become engaged with the campus community, gain a deeper sense of belonging, and enhance their learning in an interdisciplinary and co-curricular setting. To this end, the GSS is providing grants of up to $1000 per academic year to help its members establish organizations (including, but not limited to clubs), host ongoing inter-caucus events, and/or a series of thematic events that will lead to increased academic and social connections and interactions between graduate students at SFU.
Applications are open to SFU graduate students based in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver. To be considered, the graduate-student-led initi
- Multi-disciplinary or in a discipline not currently taught at SFU;
- Include at least three (3) current GSS members/organisers from two or more GSS Caucuses* (*All currently enrolled SFU graduate students are part of a caucus, i.e. a graduate program, department, school or faculty; to find out more about Caucuses, please visit the following: http://
- Include activities over two semesters or more (these activities should be similar or at least thematically linked)
GSS Electoral Committee
GSS Mental Wellness Survey
What’s one thing SFU could do differently to support your mental wellbeing?
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3MJBW7J ← One question survey!
GSS Volunteer Opportunities
The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees. If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at email@example.com.
We wish to increase your input into SFU’s 2018-2023 Academic Plan. To facilitate this, we have created an Academic Plan Working Group to review the guiding documents from the VP Academics Office, consult membership about SFU’s academic plan, and submit a written, formal response to the Provost. If interested, please contact Chantal Turpin (Director of University Relations) as soon as possible at ur@sfugradsociety.
Graduate Caucus Funding
Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)
Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.
Announcements and Events from SFU
Student Elections – Senate and Board of Governors
Campaign Period: February 7, 2018 – February 23, 2018
Online Voting: February 20 – 23, 2018
Eligible students will receive an email with the following information: instructions on voting, links to candidate information statements, and a link to the online voting system. Students will be required to use their SFU Computing ID and password in order to access the voting system. Candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be declared elected (provided all requirements of the specific election are satisfied).
Information about candidates can be found here: https://www.sfu.ca/students/elections/students.html
Volunteer Opportunity – Mural Project Advisory Committee
- What: A Mosaic Mural Project – students paint a tile, which is incorporated into a larger mural, permanently installed on SFU Burnaby campus
- When: Fall 2018 – activity to be incorporated during Week of Welcome
- Purpose of the advisory committee: Input on design elements of the mural, and possible support (planning or in-person) during WoW activity. Please note that Student Engagement and Retention is willing to handle all logistics and communications of the Mural project and advisory committee members are not required to take on any coordination work.
- Time commitment: In-person attendance at 3-4 committee meetings between Feb-October 2018 and email communication/feedback periodically.
If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact Alyssa Wiens – email@example.com
Volunteer Position – Active Bystander Network
The SFU Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office (SVSPO) is currently recruiting new members for its Active Bystander Network. The Active Bystander Network (ABN) is a unique opportunity for students to influence positive change by engaging in sexual violence prevention and education at Simon Fraser University. The Active Bystander Network (ABN) is one part of a campus-wide initiative to create a culture of zero-tolerance for sexual violence at Simon Fraser University.
Working with other ABN members, and supported by SVSPO staff, network members will receive training to plan, prepare, and deliver presentations, workshops and outreach initiatives that contribute to raising student understanding of the issues surrounding sexual violence.
Applications for the Active Bystander Network are now live on the SVSPO website and My Involvement and the deadline for applications is February 28th.
There are so many benefits to becoming an ABN member including;
-Contributing towards creating a culture of care and consent at SFU
-Gaining enhanced knowledge of sexual violence prevention, intervention and response
-Ongoing professional development opportunities
-Working collaboratively with a team of like-minded student peers
-Gaining leadership skills such as facilitation training, program and event planning and team building
-Recognition on co-curricular records
1st Annual Student Radio Marathon
9am–9pm – Wednesday, February 28
The Marathon is a full day of diverse student-led programming on our airwaves. Throughout the day, we’ll have student groups talk about their work and initiatives, new DJs spinning tunes, and even more student-focused voice and perspectives across our airwaves.
Host a talk show, play your favourite music, bring your student group – it’s all up to you. We’ll provide the tech help, you bring your ideas and energy!
The Women’s Centre facilitated by the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office are planning to offer two important workshops:
Active Bystander Interventions:
Have you ever encountered a situation where you worried someone might get harmed but you weren’t sure how to help or if it was your place? An Active Bystander is someone who recognizes potentially harmful or unacceptable behavior and takes steps to make a difference or intervene in a way that is safe for them. This workshop will allow participants to learn key definitions and understand the social context that perpetuates sexual violence. It will explore what an Active Bystander is, how to identify potentially harmful situations and how to take action.
Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence:
Let’s create a culture of care here at SFU. This workshop provides an overview of definitions, myth busting, understanding the impact of trauma and how to provide an empathetic and trauma informed response to someone experiencing sexual violence. This workshop also covers information on policy GP:44 and available supports, resources and how to refer campus community members. This workshop is great for peer helpers, staff in front line roles and faculty. This workshop can be 1.5,2 or 2.5 hours in length.
Women’s Centre Info and Events
Regardless of your orientation or identity, our centre is a space that is dedicated to providing education and services to all visitors, including allies. So, feel free to stop by anytime to ask us questions, access our library, eat your lunch on our couches, or just say hi to staff and volunteers.
We would love to welcome all graduate students to our centre. We host a variety of events all year long and we welcome your participation. Check our website, follow us on Facebook at sfsswomenscentre or twitter at @sfsswomensctr to find out what is happening at our Centre.
Sexual Violence Support
Announcements and Events from the Community
Want to improve your professional skills this spring?
Mitacs is offering a variety of free workshops this semester for grads and postdocs at SFU, including the new online course “Managing Project Timelines”.
Find out more and register here: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2017/12/mitacs-workshops-spring-2018.html