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GSS September 2019 Newsletter


We hope you had a great start of the Fall term, and those of you who are new to SFU are settling in nicely.

Please stop by our offices and the GSS lounge (MBC 2205) for a chat, to get some coffee (always a great thing, especially on a rainy day!), or connect with fellow graduate students.

The GSS Lounge and Offices are now back to their regular schedule and are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

In the meantime, here are some announcements about what’s happening in the coming weeks. We are wishing you a productive and fun Fall term!

Opportunities to Get Involved

We want to take this chance to thank all GSS volunteers who helped during the Graduate Orientation 2019, welcoming new students, making sure the event ran smoothly, and conducting campus tours. Thank you!

If you’re looking to get involved with the GSS as a volunteer, you can join the GSS volunteer list here. Volunteering is a great way to feel more connected to the graduate student community, meet people, and gain experience.


Announcements from the GSS

Grad Nights begin next week @ Club Ilia

We are excited to announce that September 17 will mark the beginning of Grad Nights at Club Ilia. Every Tuesday evening Club Ilia will be providing discounts for graduate students on food and drinks from 6 to 9 pm.

This is a new opportunity for graduate students from different programs to meet, talk, unwind and ultimately build a sense of community among graduate students. 

Please help us spread the word by sharing the image below on social media and informing people in your program. 

For students in Surrey and Vancouver there will be events organized throughout there year near your campuses as well. Stay tuned! 

Grad Nights


Contribute to The Peak

The campus newspaper, the Peak is always looking for new graduate student contributors to cover issues such areas as family housing, tuition & finances, child care, student-supervisor relationships, and GSS advocacy campaigns and any other issues of interest to graduate students.

Graduate student voices are often not heard loudly enough when it comes to campus issues. Along with The Peak, we would like to see that changed. If you’re new to journalism or writing, The Peak offers freelancing positions that pay per article written. Email the Promotions Coordinator at promotions@the-peak.caand they will get you on the mailing list for the newspaper section you want to write for. We hope to see some of you take up this opportunity!


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 Summer Awards posted by GPS. If you are aware of an additional award, or if you would like an award featured here, please email Marina at


Announcements From the University

Centre for Accessible Learning

SFU is committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of academic life.  The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) supports such equal participation by coordinating the provision of services and reasonable accommodations (adjustments to programs or policy) for students with mental and/or physical disabilities.  Graduate students are encouraged to contact CAL as early as possible to confidentially explore any disability-related issues or needs.  Please visit the Centre’s website for further details:


On Campus Events

TSSU Table in the GSS Lounge

Throughout the month of September, the Teaching Support Staff Union is in the GSS Lounge every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you have any questions about being a or need information about your benefits and rights, this is a great opportunity to have a chat and familiarize yourself with the TSSU.

ARThrive Healthy Relationship Series

Through simple and creative guided workshops, each ARThrive session will explore different topics while creating art together in a safe(r) space. All materials are included and light meals will be provided. ARThrive is a partnership between SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office and the SFSS Women’s Centre and, new this year, we are working in partnership with the SFU’s Indigenous Student Centre to support some of our sessions. 

Sessions are open to all students of all genders. 

For more information on the series of Healthy Relationships, please visit for any of the sessions is required:

ARThrive diving inside


Announcements from the Community

Elections Canada jobs available for October 5-9

Work as a poll worker at SFU during the Federal Election 2019. Information Officers, Security Officers, and Service Agents are needed on October 5-9 with a flexible schedule. Only Canadian citizens are eligible to apply. To apply, email your resume to

Events and Announcements for Indigenous Graduate Students

Here are some upcoming events and announcements for Indigenous graduate students. 

Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit – Oct 10-12, 2019 | Vancouver, BC –

National Gathering for Indigenous Education – Nov 21-22, 2019 | Toronto, ON – More details

Learning Bird, who works in collaboration with First Nations across the country to create digital classroom resources that infuse Indigenous language and culture, is looking for Education Content Creators (which is a part-time role that can be remote) and a Partner Development Representative (full-time role).  

International Indigenous Mentorship Workshop in New Zealand

International Indigenous Mentorship Workshop hosted by CIHR IIPH in collaboration with the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. The IIM Workshop will be held in early December 2019 in New Zealand. 

For more info: 

Applications are open from undergraduate level to early career investigators.  Apply online: Deadline to submit is Oct 1, 2019.


#MadeBySFU is accepting applications

Product ventures, small product businesses, and craft-makers! You are invited to compete in #MadebySFU for a chance to sell your items at SFU Spirit Shop’s online store and three brick-and-mortar stores. You will be judged for several prizes while selling and showcasing your products at the #MadeBySFU marketplace. 

For more information, please click here.


If you have events or announcements that you would like to see included in next months’ GSS newsletters, you can share them with us by emailing

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