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GSS Newsletter – June 21, 2020


GSS Budget 2020-2021

General Membership Budget Consultation

As you may have heard from your caucus councilors already, the GSS is planning for the next fiscal year’s budget (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021), and we would like to hear your thoughts. Your feedback is very important to us because we would like to understand how we can use our budget and resources appropriately to respond to your needs as a graduate student. So join us in a casual consultation session on Tuesday June 23, 4:30 to 6 pm 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! Register here:


Finance & Audit Committee Membership

As graduate students, you can be closely involved with the budget planning process for next year’s budget. The GSS Finance & Audit Committee now has 8 members, including staff, student directors, councilors and general members. We talk about budget possibilities, new ideas for how students’ needs can be addressed as well as upcoming challenges regarding the pandemic. If you have ideas to share, or are interested to hear these conversations and be part of the discussion, please contact us at to have a chance to attend our next meetings. You will also receive a stipend of $25 for each meeting that you choose to attend.


GSS Council Meeting

The GSS Graduate Council met on June 9th

Some important motions and discussions:

Three motions: – Expressing solidarity with Black Lives Matter                 – Calling upon SFU to honour its agreement with TSSU to unionize research assistants                  – Working more closely with other graduate student societies in British Columbia

Two discussions: – Planning for the 2020-2021 GSS Budget: We want to know what you think!              – SFU laboratories reopening: Is this being done safely?

Announcements: – GSS Space Working Group is still seeking a general member! Email if interested              – Check your GoSFU accounts for the April U-Pass Refunds                 – Benefit Plan cost for 2020-2021: $465, which is below cost; we are also looking to increase support with Covid-19 issues

See our two-page summary here!


GSS Events

The GSS is Recruiting Webinar Presenters

The GSS is planning on organizing a series of work-search related webinars for graduate students at SFU beginning in July. The webinar consists of a 2 * 20~40-minute presentation via Zoom, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The total duration will be less than 90 minutes. For each session, two presenters will be sharing their experience and knowledge on the same topic. We will also be offering a gift card to each presenter.

Event:  Webinar Series: Career Development

Time: 7pm on a weekday, beginning in late July

Location: Zoom

Target number of participants: 50

1. Job Search Skills during COVID-19
2. Job Search — it’s all about networking!
3. Linkedin Tips  
4. Career Fair Advice  
5. Information Interview Tips  
6. Ace the Interview  
7. Assess Job Offers and Negotiate Salary

We would request that you choose a topic that you are passionate about/interested in and lead a session around that topic. Your biography will be shared with participants in advance of the session to give them an idea of your background and potentially guide their questions. A 15-minute dry run will be scheduled a week prior to the webinar to make sure everything goes smoothly. If you would like to share your stories and experience, please spend one minute to fill out this short survey. The GSS Director of Student Life will contact you after your submission.

If you have any questions, please email



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