Advocacy

The GSS engages in many different types of advocacy on behalf of graduate students and to assist graduate students. You can find more information about these efforts here. Our advocacy can be roughly split into three types, even though there is often overlap between them; each one is described below.

External Advocacy
External advocacy refers to all advocacy that takes place on a higher level than the University, such as government funding or pertinent social issues. Please click the link above to get more information about these efforts and to find out how you can get involved.

Internal Advocacy
Internal advocacy refers to all advocacy that takes place within the University and that affect graduate students in general, such as SFU policy changes, RA-ships, or efforts to implement a living wage on campus. Please click the link above to get more information about these efforts and to find out how you can get involved.

Individual Advocacy
Individual advocacy refers to the one-on-one confidential collaboration between the GSS Adovcate, Christina Batstone, and individual students and their personal problems or caucuses and their individual concerns. The Advocate is a permanent staff person who can help students resolve their concerns, such as failing grades, academic dishonestly, supervisor troubles, and more.

Workshops and Webinars
The GSS occasionally offers workshops to students relating to advocacy concerns, such as academic dishonesty, supervisor problems, or human rights. These workshops are often presented with partners at SFU or in the community.