GSS response to SFU’s 2021-2022 budget

The GSS’s Director of External Relations (Matt McDonald) has provided a detailed response to first draft of SFU’s proposed budget for fiscal 2021-2022, which was presented to us by university administrators last week. To read GSS’s response to this proposed budget, please click here.

Please participate in a national student housing survey!

Concerned about housing affordability? If you are, the GSS has partnered with UTILE, a non-profit university-based organization dedicated to studying, promoting and developing affordable student housing in Québec and the rest of Canada. UTILE is conducting a nation-wide survey on affordable student housing in Canada (FLASH 2021) and we are asking our members to participate in this survey. Your answers will contribute to creating a compelling portrait on the state of student housing across Canada…

New GSS Know Your Rights Guide!

On International Human Rights Day, we launched a new resource for graduate students: the GSS Know Your Rights Guide! This guide has been developed to help graduate students in understanding policies, practices and rights related to your academic and non-academic life while attending SFU. The web version of this guide uses language to make policies more accessible, consolidates both SFU and non-SFU policies that are relevant to graduate students and includes links to specific policies…

Addressing precarious status of international students

The GSS has, with several other student organizations across British Columbia, signed an open letter to Members of Parliament in BC on the ongoing crisis current and former international students are facing. This letter urges MPs to address urgently the need to make post-graduate work permits renewable and allow all National Occupational Classification (NOC) employment to be counted towards permanent residency. To read the full version of the letter, please click here.

Statement on December 11 incident at SFU Burnaby

The GSS Executive Committee shares the shock, anger and frustration expressed by many in the SFU community after witnessing an incident involving a Black alumnus who was aggressively arrested by the Burnaby RCMP in the SFU Dining Hall on December 11. Our full statement and access to additional resources may be found here. Sincerely, GSS Executive Committee Contacts: Director of Graduate Services – grad-services@sfugradsociety.ca Director of Academic Relations – academic@sfugradsociety.ca