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GSS January 2020 Newsletter


Happy January! We hope you are enjoying this snowy season.

The GSS lounge (MBC 2205) is available for the purpose of socializing, working, and having coffee/tea Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. We would love to see you around our GSS office and lounge, so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee/tea with us.

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


Your Ideas for GSS Events

We are thinking about organizing some GSS events and we want your feedback to decide which ones should be the priority this semester.  

Are you more interested in game night or movie night? Are you crazy for Monopoly or the Lord of the Rings? Would you like to attend events that celebrate diverse cultural festivals with our international students?

We want to hear any other ideas you might have for an awesome GSS event. Use the link to fill out the survey and tell us how we can make your semester just a little bit better! ______________________________________________________________________________

GSS Annual General Meeting!

The next Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for February 11th, 2020, at MBC 2290. The AGM is one of the biggest events of the GSS because it’s when we update our Bylaws and Constitution (aka the most important internal governing documents!) 

There will also be food and a themed social at Club Ilia!


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.)


GSS in the News

High Turnout Elects Four New GSS Directors


Announcements From the University


Remember the People We Lost in Flight 752 in Iran


When: Thursday, January 16, 12:00pm/noon – 2:00pm

Where: Arts Central (AQ 3020), Burnaby campus.


Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Students & International – Open Forum

The Search Committee for the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Students & International will begin the process of searching for candidates. All members of the community are invited to visit the search website ( for information regarding this open search process and to view the membership of the search committee.

An important part of the process is considering input from the community. We want to hear from you about what qualities and characteristics the candidates should possess, along with the opportunities and challenges the next Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Students & International will face. You can input in one of two ways:

  1. At an Open Forum to be held on Thursday January 16, 2020 from 9:30am – 11:00am in the Big Data Hub Presentation Theatre (ASB 10900). A videoconference link will be available from Surrey campus, room 5100 and Vancouver campus, Harbour Centre, room 1415. The Open Forum will also be webcast live and archived for viewing later. The webcast link is You may access the webcast using your SFU Computing ID and password.
  2. You can also provide input through the comments form on the search webpageby 4:30pm on Friday January 24th, 2020.


Graduate Student Colloquium

You’re cordially invited to attend the graduate student colloquium of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from 9:30am to 3:30pm on January 29, 2020 at Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. Please find the attached poster for the list of speaker and their paper titles.


All in a Day: Research Toolkit

All in a Day: Research Toolkit is coming to SFU Surrey on Saturday, January 18. These workshops are targeted to grad students and postdoctoral fellows.   Please feel free to post/share the attached.

The workshops includeResearch Ethics:  Principles and Institutional RequirementsWriting in Lay Languageand Finding Data.

Participants can register for as many workshops as they like, but please note that some workshops are concurrent. For the complete workshop list and registration information, please see:


Call for Nominations: Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy

The Sterling Prize Committee is looking for work that challenges complacency. The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy is awarded annually for work that presents new ways of looking at the world that are daring and creative. Whether a student, a staff member, an academic at SFU, or a member of the community at large, the recipient of the Sterling Prize is selected for decidedly unconventional and distinctly untraditional work that provokes a wide audience. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and makes a public presentation.

The Nomination Form can be found at:

A list of previous recipients and further information about The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy can be found at

Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2020.

A committee member may be available, upon request, to offer some guidance in the preparation of the nomination package if adequate notice is provided before the deadline. Any inquiries can be sent to the Vice-President, Academic Office at


Announcements from the Community

Embark Sustainability Society is currently recruiting volunteer Board members!

Open positions include Governance Officer, Treasurer, and Director at Large. Embark is a student-led nonprofit that works to empower the next generation of sustainability leaders through programming, grants, and advocacy both on and off campus. As a Board member you’ll represent SFU’s 5,000+ graduate students while determining the strategic direction of the organization, and gain valuable experience in partnership building, strategic planning, governance, and nonprofit operations.

Applications are due February 9th, and Board Member orientations for interested applicants will be hosted on Burnaby campus Feb 3th (4:30-5:30pm) in the GSS and Feb 5th (12:30-1:30pm) in WMC . Position descriptions are listed here on Embark’s opportunities page. New Board Members will be voted in at the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Monday February 24th from 5:30-7:30pm. Any questions can be directed to Ali White, Embark’s Executive Director –

Disability Through My Lens Project: Photovoice Student Research Ambassadors wanted!

Apply until January 26, 2020. Complete a short application form here and email to Precious: 

Use pictures and story-telling to identify issues and suggestions to make your SFU community more inclusive. This creative action research project is open to all SFU students with disabilities. The project is in partnership with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning and also approved by the Research Ethics Board. 

What’s in it for students research ambassadors: Resume Booster & $100 honorarium & Build research and leadership skills & Gain photography and story-telling skills & Showcase your work at a photo exhibit and dialogue.

For general questions or accessibility inquiries: Contact Precious Ile, | 778.872.6264 Masters in Community Development (MACD) Candidate, University of Victoria


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