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February 2019 GSS Newsletter


Hey Grads,

Welcome to your February Newsletter!

We hope your semester is going well. As always, if you’d like to share your ideas, questions, and concerns with the GSS, or if you’d just like to stop by and have a cup of coffee, please don’t hesitate to drop by our office and lounge (MBC 2205). The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. We hope to see you around!

Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Unfortunately, our student well-being survey is on hold. Hopefully by next month we will get that out to you. The results will be useful for our continued advocacy efforts.


Hey Vancouver campus! Health and Counselling is putting on a great mental health promotion event in your neck of the woods!

Building a Culture of Well-being and Support on Campus

Time: 12:00-1:30. Lunch provided. Date: March 5th, 2019 Location: 1420/1430 Harbour Centre, SFU Vancouver. Registration and further details:

Please come out and take part in building a healthy campus! RSVP by February 27th.


Opportunities to Get Involved:

The GSS actively seeks volunteers among our members. Volunteering is a great way to feel more connected to the university at large and to build a sense of community. If you want to join our volunteer list please click here. We will contact you directly when volunteer opportunities come up. But here is what is currently going on:

Join a GSS Working Group!

The GSS is looking to relaunch and add to it’s list of working groups in order to increase the engagement of students with the society and to increase our capacity to collectively support and advocate for graduate students. We also want to know about the issues and student populations that you believe need more attention. Please follow this link to fill out a short survey and see if there is a working group you would be interested in joining:


GSS Events:

Mark your calendars! Our spring social will be held April 9th after council at Steamworks downtown. Free food and drinks for all graduate students! More details to come…


What Does Your Education Cost?

Information session on the proposed SFU tuition increases.
Tuesday March 5th @ 4 pm GSS Lounge, Room 2212 Maggie Benson Center
More details will be available soon. Light food and drinks provided. For questions, please email Harjap at


Access BC: Career Services and Employment event for International Grad Students, March 8!

Calling all international students and alumni, along with SFU Career Services, the GSS, and SFU Co-op, Urban Studies and IGUA (International Geo-Urban Association) is hosting an SFU Career Services Fair and forum with local employers designed especially for international students in the social sciences hoping to build their careers in the Vancouver Region. 

Please save the date, and stay tuned for more information very soon. Please also feel free to distribute this information to your networks. For more details on this event, such as location and registration,  please email Rahil at


On Campus Events:

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17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) –Reflecting Upon our Journeys: Addressing the Path of Reclamation, Restoration & Resurgence

For more information please visit:


Announcements From the GSS:

Need Research Subjects?

The GSS and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are proud to present a brand new university-wide study participation recruitment system!
In an effort to facilitate participant recruitment across departments, a new recruitment system has been created that is independent of any department. This initiative has three goals:

  1. Promote the recruitment of participants from outside of the department to prevent bias and create more representative samples
  2. Make calls for participants more visible to the wider student population
  3. Promote students’ participation in experiments

How it works:
Once a study has received ethics approval, both faculty and students are eligible to upload information about their study to this webpage, ( All approved studies will then be featured in a weekly round-up blog post. Additionally, graduate students can also promote their study in the GSS lounge, as there is now a poster section specifically dedicated to study recruitment.
This initiative only works if people know it exists. This is where you come in! Please disseminate this message to staff, faculty, and students alike to spread the word and to make sure that both researchers and students learn about this new and exciting opportunity.


Contribute to the Peak!

Have an interest in voicing your graduate student opinion and perspective to the wider university community? The GSS is encouraging grads to contribute to the Peak. As graduate students we have a unique and important perspective regarding the affairs of the university and our voices should be heard. For more information check out the Peak. Or you can email news ideas to or opinion pieces to Let’s have our voices be heard!


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.


$Awards Centre$

Here is a link to the currently available Spring Awards.

If you are aware of an additional award, or if you would like an award featured here, please email Dylan at


Announcements From the University:

Sexual Violence Support

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Boozhoo! Greetings!

Denver Lynxleg (Anishinaabe/Scottish) is the Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. She is on campus every Tuesday and Thursday to support Indigenous students’ transition into graduate studies and enhance current Indigenous graduate students’ holistic academic path through support, mentorship, workshops and as a resource connector.  As a displaced member of Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty 4 Reserve in Manitoba Denver is honoured to be a guest on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories.

  • 9-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • AQ 6085 Burnaby campus(located on the 6th floor in the English department take the elevator closest to the Indigenous Student Centre)

To book an appointment: call 778-782-9222 or e-mail


Announcements from the Community:

stay warm out there! 🙂