Want to get involved with the GSS? There are lots of ways for you to be more active in your Graduate Student Society! Everyone involved with the GSS is invited to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Gala in April of every year! You also can use your GSS experience to demonstrate valuable skills on your resume or CV, helping you in your future academic or professional career.
Join a Committee or Working Group
Are you interested in different aspects of graduate student life? Do you like budgets? Policy? Advocacy? There are many committees and working groups that you can join based on your interests. Committees tend to meet for 2-3 hours every two months. Learn more here.
Run for a Director Position
The GSS holds two elections each year (typically October/November and February/March). Three (3) Directors are elected per election cycle. Each Director has their individual portfolio for which they are responsible (see here for the various positions). Directors are also expected to attend Council once a month and Executive Committee twice a month. You should expect a time commitment of around 50 hours per month. This is a stipended position. For the current amount Directors are stipended, see here.
Run to be Your Caucus’ Council Representative
Each Caucus has one Council representative and two alternates. Councillors attend Council meetings once a month (usually the second or third Tuesday or the month from 2:30pm-5:00pm). They are expected to review the Council package before the meeting and to solicit feedback from their caucus on how to vote. Councillors are currently stipended $50.35 for each meeting they attend. Council is the highest elected governing body of the Society and this role is extremely important within the Society. For more information on being a Councillor and Council meetings, visit here.
Volunteer for GSS Events
Don’t have much time, but still want to help? You can sign up to be on our volunteer list. Orientation requires the most amount of volunteers every year. This takes place the week before classes begin in September. Sign up to volunteer here.
Serve as an Executive Member for Your Caucus
The basic governance structure for a Caucus should include a set of governing documents (such as a Constitution or Bylaws), elected officers (e.g. President or Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Coordinator, GSS Council Representative, TSSU representatives), and a structure for holding meetings to vote on issues. Ask your caucus members when elections are typically held.
Apply for a GSS Student Position (Staff or Stipended)
Other SFU Volunteer Opportunities Outside the GSS
- Get involved with the TSSU
- Board of Governors
- Sustainable SFU
- Out on Campus
- Women’s Centre
- The Peak
- First Nations Student Association