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GSS April 2019 Newsletter


Hey Grads,

Welcome to your April Newsletter!

We hope the end of the semester is shaping up nicely. This will be my last newsletter as your Director of Student Life. It has been a pleasure giving back to the graduate student community here at SFU over the past year. What an experience! 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 and enjoy the summer!


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. Here is what we currently need help with:


GSS Events:

(The spring social at Steam Works was a success and we have nothing else at the GSS planned for the term. Enjoy your break!)


Announcements From the GSS:

Exciting news! The GSS is partnering with SFU REC to bring you a graduate student drop-in sports program. Starting summer term, we will run a pilot program alternating between indoor soccer and basketball, with the option of adding different sports depending on demand. The program will run on Friday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. Stay tuned for the exact start date. It will most likely begin within the first few weeks of summer term. The program will be free of charge for graduate students. After the summer pilot program ends, we would love your feedback. We are hoping to make this a more permanent program, if it is a success. So, help spread the word!


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 Awardsposted by GPS. 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:

The Women’s Center needs graduate student volunteers!

The SFU Women’s Center has asked the GSS for graduate student volunteers for their highly celebrated summer story time event this July. If you are interested, or would like more information, please email Paola at Thanks for your help! It is always a really fun event, especially for students with families.


The Ministry is looking for a graduate or post-graduate student to sit on the Quality Assessment Board!

The Board is an advisory board appointed by the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to oversee the quality assessment process and make recommendations to the Minister on applications for:

·  new degree programs and exempt status submitted by B.C. public post-secondary institutions and private and out-of-province public post-secondary institutions; and

·  use of the word “university” submitted by private and out-of-province public post-secondary institutions.

The Board meets 8-10 times per year, generally on a Monday from approximately 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Meetings take place in Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, preparatory work is required due to the volumes of materials provided in the monthly agenda packages.

Please apply through the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office(CABRO) online submission process. This posting closes Friday, April 26th.


Concerned about equity, diversity & inclusion at SFU?

For graduate students interested in having their voices heard around inclusion, belonging, fairness, and mutual respect here at SFU, the It’s Time to Listen, Talk and Reflect Community Conversation initiative is holding weekly open forums designed to hear your views and ideas for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus.

These discussions are an opportunity to tell us what SFU is doing well and where it can improve. As a graduate student, your input will inform a report and recommendations to SFU for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion across the university.
Can’t make it to an open forum? There are plenty of ways to participate and make your voice heard at

LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER: It’s time to listen, talk and reflect


On Campus Events:


Announcements from the Community:

Jobs for Students!

JOB ALERT! Join BrainStation, a global leader in digital skills training and development, as their next Campus Coordinator. This role is centered around animating the BrainStation campus in Vancouver. You will be a key player in delivering a five-star customer experience to every person who comes to the campus. This will involve sharing everything we offer at our campus, from workshops and events to courses in business, design, and development. Follow the link for more information and to apply:


Creating Connections 6.0 is a biennial diversity conference on attracting, engaging, and retaining women and underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our conference welcomes STEM professionals, academics, and students of all genders and backgrounds for two days of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration. Creating Connections is hosted by Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST), the operating name of the current NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the BC/Yukon Region held by Professor Lesley Shannon of Simon Fraser University. 

We are excited to announce that registration is open and early bird pricing is $55–135 until March 31. We are also offering on-site childcare and travel bursaries for attendees in BC and Yukon. Please visit our website at for more information about our programkeynotes, and volunteer opportunities