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GSS Newsletter – February 2018


Hello grads,

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

GSS Electoral Committee

The following individuals have been appointed to the Electoral Committee of the Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University:
June Chen, Chief Electoral Officer
Cara Kubiak, Electoral Officer
Kevin Floyd

GSS Mental Wellness Survey

What’s one thing SFU could do differently to support your mental wellbeing? ← 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

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.)

Playland Tickets

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:

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.



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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:

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 –

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–9pmWednesday, 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. 

Please fill out the Doodle Poll if you wish to participate:

Women’s Centre Info and Events

The Women’s Centre is a department of the Simon Fraser Student Society. We are funded both by the SFSS and the Graduate Student Society.

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.

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Announcements and Events from the Community


 Mitacs 2018 workshops 

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: