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GSS Newsletter – August 15, 2020



Attend the GSS event and win prizes!

Did you know that networking is one of the most effective strategies for uncovering opportunities and landing a job? Are you interested in learning first-hand job searching advice from current students and alumni? Please join us at 6:30pm on August 17 at the GSS work-search webinar series #2: Job Search — it’s all about networking! The series is meant to be interactive and participants are able to ask questions in a friendly, non-intimidating setting. At the end of each event, we will draw 5 random lucky winners and offer a $10 gift card to each person. You can find the Presenters’ Bios on the event page. Register here!

Professional/Volunteer Opportunities

Joining the Strategic Sustainability Plan’s Developmental Advisory Council

Help shape SFU’s climate action efforts by joining the Strategic Sustainability Plan’s Developmental Advisory Council. SFU’s Strategic Sustainability Plan, released in February 2020, covers sustainability work at SFU between the five-year period of 2020 to 2025. The goals, targets, and strategies within the plan prioritize climate action, which acts as the plan’s guiding theme. Current graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an expression of interest to join the Strategic Sustainability Plan’s Developmental Advisory Council for the Fall 2020 term. The group, consisting of students, faculty, and staff, will make critical decisions on the first full-term Advisory Council (Jan-Dec 2021), which will act as the governance body responsible for ensuring that the Plan is implemented based on its guiding principles. The Developmental Advisory Council role is for 15 hours this fall term. Student members will be given an honorarium. More information about the role and the Developmental Advisory Council’s Terms of Reference can be found here. Application deadline is 9am on Monday, August 31.


The GSS is looking for one of our members to occupy the position of Director of Student Life for the fall 2020 semester


The GSS is looking for one of our members to occupy the position of Director of Student Life for the fall 2020 semester. This position is mainly responsible for increasing our members’ sense of belonging to the GSS and at SFU in a variety of ways, including by sending out a bi-weekly newsletter, assisting in maintaining our social media presence(Facebook, Twitter, etc.), organizing social and networking events (mostly virtual at this time), and renewing our website. The ideal candidate should have experience related in some way to organizing events or engaging a varied and diverse public (or both). It would also be helpful to have some familiarity with the activities of the GSS.

Currently, this position’s stipend is $1150 per month; this amount should be adjusted up to account for inflation in September 2020. Successful candidates are expected to work an average of 50 hours a month and should be available to work from September 8 to December 31, 2020. (Please note that September’s stipend and working hours may have to be pro-rated to account for the late start.)

Interested candidates should send a two paragraph statement of interest that includes why they are interested in the position and how they feel they are qualified to see it through. This statement must be sent to the Director of Internal Relations at so that it may be included for consideration during the next meeting of Graduate Council on Tuesday, September 8. Candidates are also strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and present themselves to our Councillors. This meeting will be held online (via Zoom) at 4:00pm; if you can attend, please let us know and we will send you the appropriate link.



Reminders about safety from SFU’s Campus Public Safety

– Access to SFU buildings, at all campuses, remains limited – please have your SFU ID ready to present for access. Uniformed security guards will be present to check SFU ID and log access for safety purposes. Signage will direct community members to accessible entry points, along with a contact number for further information. Answers to frequently asked questions and more information about how SFU is responding to COVID-19 can be found here:
– Working alone on campus? Please consider your personal safety and refer to SFU’s policy on Working Alone or in Isolation (GP39) for guidance on appropriate additional safety measures. Call the Campus Public Safety Non-Urgent Line at 778.782.7991 to let them know what area you are working in and how long you anticipate being on site. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Non-US international students who want to travel to a destination outside Canada and return to Canada

At this moment, only the students who were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, are exempt from travel restrictions. However, for those who are planning to travel to their country or somewhere else and return to Canada even if their study permit is issued before March 18th, students should contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and inquire if documentation from SFU may be needed for their travel. You can find more information on ISS COVID-19 FAQ page:  


Temporary MSP coverage for international students and post-graduation work permit applicants under implied status in BC

A graduate student has put information regarding temporary MSP coverage for international students and post-graduation work permit applicants under implied status in BC together. You can read more here:




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