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GSS Newsletter – July 19, 2020


Defending Black Lives

Defending Black Lives – GSS Statement & Call to Action

Last month, the Graduate Student Society of SFU (GSS) Council passed a motion in solidarity with movements around the world standing in defense of black lives and to “condemn the systemic racism playing out on a daily basis in the US and Canada, as well as the abuse, racial profiling, and killing of Black people at the hands of law enforcement.” The resolution also directed future action on behalf of the Society including expressing solidarity, promoting education and calling for specific action. At this time, we would like to invite all of our members to become familiar with the following sampling of information resources and support opportunities:


Professional/Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed


Fall Orientation is right around the corner and we need volunteers! If you’d like to help out at this virtual event or be a part of the planning process, please fill out our volunteer sign up form here


The GSS Is Recruiting Webinar Presenters


The GSS is planning on organizing a series of work-search webinars for graduate students at SFU. The event will be a great chance to contribute to the SFU graduate community and connect with SFU graduate students. We will also be offering a gift card to each presenter. If you would like to share your stories and experience, please fill out this short survey. The GSS Director of Student Life will contact you after you submission. If you have any questions, please email


Embark is currently hiring student coordinators

Embark is currently hiring a team of student coordinators for the 2020-21 year.
  • Climate Action Coordinator | We are looking for someone who is excited about co-creating solutions to climate change and is passionate about climate justice. As Embark‘s Climate Action Coordinator you will coordinate a team of volunteers, organize climate change-related events, and collaborate with community partners on initiatives connected to climate action. Deadline to apply is July 26th.
  • Food Systems Change Coordinator | We are looking for someone who is ready to advance Embark’s Food System Change priority area. This role involves the opportunity to engage students with challenges present in our food systems, facilitate monthly [virtual] Community Kitchens, and support our Food Rescue and Learning Garden programs. Deadline to apply is July 26th.
  • Social Sustainability Coordinator | image.pngWe are looking for someone to expand and deepen Embark’s Social Sustainability priority area by promoting equity, building capacity, and welcoming diverse perspectives to strengthen our student community. As our Social Sustainability Coordinator, you will chair Embark’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, Decolonization, and Inclusion (JEDDI) working group, conduct research, and develop resources that will centre decolonization, anti-oppression and anti-racism in Embark‘s work. Deadline to apply is July 26th.
  • YouTube Content Coordinator | We’re recruiting Youtube Content Coordinators to co-host our next season of Sustainability Circle. This is an opportunity to develop and edit engaging content on the intersections of sustainability on Embark‘s Youtube channel. If you’re someone who is invested in the world of Youtube or have always wanted to create your own videos, this coordinator role is for you! Deadline to apply is July 26th.



The GSS work-search webinar series: Job Search — it’s all about networking!

The GSS work-search webinar series was designed to provide graduate students with first hand job searching advice from GSS current students and alumni. Each webinar consists of a 2 * 20~40-minute presentation via Zoom, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. For each session, two presenters will be sharing their experience and knowledge on the same topic. The series is meant to be interactive and participants are able to ask questions in a friendly, non-intimidating setting. Webinar 1: Job Search — it’s all about networking! Time: 6:30pm on August 17.

Find Presenter’s Bio on the event page:

Register here:



GSS Budget Consultation

As you may have heard from your caucus councilors already, the GSS is now at the final stages of planning for the next fiscal year’s budget, which runs from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. You can view what has so far been proposed in this document. Before Council approves the budget in August, We would like to hear your thoughts and those of your other caucus members! Your feedback is very important to us because we wish to better understand how we can use our budget and resources appropriately to respond to the needs of our members. Please join us for a casual consultation session on Tuesday, July 28, from 4:30 to 6:00pm to share your concerns and ideas with the Director of Finance and members of the GSS Finance and Audit Committee. You can come and go in this session as you please. Hope to see you there! To attend this consultation session, please click on the following link:


Bring your Pet to Zoom!

Connect in for Bring your Pet to Zoom on July 31st at 2:15pm – 2:45pm and bring a pet!

Start your long weekend with some happy furry faces. Destress before moving into exam season! 

Upcoming and Current Students, Staff, and Faculty Welcome! We all love our pets, and so let us share the joy that our furry animals bring in our virtual reality too! Whether you want to meet pets, or show one off, join the call! 

Register here!




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