Welcome to your February newsletter.
We hope you will be having a restful reading break. Here are the events and activities of the month happening on SFU campuses and in the community. 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/tea, we would love to see you around our GSS lounge.
Here are this month’s announcements from the GSS and the SFU community. To hear about events as they happen, please follow us on Facebook.
Announcements from the GSS
Director Elections & Referendum: Nominations are now open!
Bring Your Partner and Family: Scavenger Hunt
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Graduate Student Society (GSS) are hosting Bring Your Partner and Family: Scavenger Hunt for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This welcome event on February 28 will give you a space to connect with other graduate students, and their partners and families.
Join the Campus-wide scavenger hunt and learn more about SFU Burnaby campus with your partner and kids while tracking down clues. Win prizes! Registration is free and Pizza will be served. You can contact email@example.com for more information. Please RSVP now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bring-your-partner-family-scavenger-hunt-tickets-94265754409
Care Packages at Dog Therapy
Best combination ever to de-stress!
The GSS has partnered with SFSS to deliver care packages at dog therapy!
Come by February 25th and 26th from 12-2 pm and say hello to some adorable dogs and receive a care package.
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.)
Announcements from the University
Research Assistant Needed for a Project
Are you interested in an RA position starting soon with the payment rate of $25-35/hr, 8-10 hour/week? Would you like to contribute to a project very beneficial to SFU students?
Office of the Ombudsperson invites applications for a Research Assistant appointment to begin as soon as possible. The position will extend for the duration of the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms with the possibility of extension.
The Research Assistant will complete an environmental scan of North American post-secondary ombuds and Indigenous ombuds offices and the resources and supports provided, identify gaps in the SFU Ombuds Office’s offerings and develop SFU-relevant resources (grade appeal guides, fairness in the classroom guides for instructors, etc.).
More information can be found at pdf link
SFU has created a travel registry website
Given recent unrest and public health warnings around the world, SFU has created a travel registry website for students and faculty to check in to when they are heading overseas. When you register on the site, they will use the information provided to locate and assist you in case there is an emergency.
We highly recommend that you make use of this registry if you plan to travel outside of Canada! The link is here: https://www.sfu.ca/srs/
On Campus Events
Announcement from the TSSU
Are you a Research Assistant at SFU? Do you want your opinions to be included, and your voice to be heard?
Sign up to researchiswork.com/signup to receive surveys and invitations to the info sessions and focus groups in which important decisions about SFU RAs’ FIRST Collective Agreement ever are taken.
Access BC: Career Services and Employment event for International Grad Students
Events to shed some light on the Student Refugee Program (SRP) at SFU
The Refugee and Newcomers Program at the International Services for Students ISS and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) SFU local committee are launching a series of activities and events, within the context of refugee and forced migration support. These events intend to shed some light on the Student Refugee Program (SRP) at SFU and to invite you to pause and think about the refugee crisis and to explore with you what we can do to support our fellow refugee students in asylum countries.
Please support by participating in some of these events and by sharing this invitation with your SFU community- It would be highly appreciated if you share them through your department websites and social media outlets:
1) Documentary about forced migration and a discussion: Burnaby Campus, Feb 12th, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
2) Movie night about refugee experience and an orientation/ discussion about the Student Refugee Program at SFU: Surrey campus, Feb 27th, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
3) Workshop- Forced migration among youth and education opportunities: Burnaby Campus, March 5th, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
4) Movie night about refugee experience and an orientation/ discussion about the Student Refugee Program at SFU: Vancouver campus, March 11th, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This event is in collaboration with SFU Vancouver campus:
5) Movie night about refugee experience and an orientation/ discussion about the Student Refugee Program at SFU: Burnaby Campus, March 12th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Announcement from the Community
Registration Open | 18th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS)
COLLECTIVE INTERVENTION: INTERSECTIONALITIES OF BEING
Registration is open to attend the 18th Annual (IGSS) on March 14th, 2020 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The conference will be followed by an Indigenous and SAGE Alumni Networking Event from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
The IGSS organizers are excited to welcome Dr. Shawn Wilson as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Shawn Wilson is Opaskwayak Cree from Northern Manitoba and is a distinguished scholar in Indigenous research methodologies. He is well known for his book, Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methodologies. He is currently living in Bundjalung land in eastern Australia and is the Director of Research at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University.
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