The GSS provides advocacy support to the graduate students at Simon Fraser University.
The GSS has a dedicated staff person to help graduate students with their individual concerns. The Advocate and Policy Advisor gives advice, attends appeal, intervenes, and more, depending on the situation. This office is completely confidential.
The Advocate is also available for students who are trying to address the shared concerns of multiple students. Conversations with the advocacy office with a group of students can remain confidential or can be about concerns that are already public.
The GSS engages with the University to effect positive changes for graduate students. Some current advocacy topics at this level include housing on campus, supervision, mental health services, student rights and policy development for Research Assistantships.
The GSS engages all levels of government for graduate student interests. Recent projects include housing affordability, tuition, SFU Burnaby gondola, healthcare funding, cancelling the TMX pipeline expansion and creating a Graduate Provincial Scholarship.