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The GSS Council represents and advocates on behalf of all graduate students at UBC Vancouver to the University, the Government, and the public. The Council is comprised of executive members and graduate student representatives elected from each graduate department of the University.

All graduate programs and departments, regardless of size, are entitled to appoint one council member to the GSS Council. Depending on the number of enrollment, larger departments may request a second council member.

2017/18 Council Meetings

Council Meetings take place once a month and continue through the summer semester. Council meetings are open to current UBC graduate students (as non-voting members).

Date: third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise stated)
Time: 5:30pm-9pm
Location: Michael Kingsmill Forum at The Nest (Fourth floor near Gallery 2.0)

  • May 18, 2017
  • June 15, 2017
  • July 20, 2017
  • August 17, 2017
  • September 21, 2017
  • October 19, 2017
  • November 16, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • January 18, 2018
  • February 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
  • April 19, 2018

Past Council meeting minutes

How Do I Become a GSS Councillor?

Step 1: Contact the GSS (aa@gss.ubc.ca) to see if your department has a representative on Council.

Step 2: If there is a vacancy, you will need to inform your department’s Graduate Student Association (or equivalent), Graduate Secretary, or Graduate Administration staff that you are interested in becoming the Departmental Representative.

Council members must be appointed in an open and democratic election.

  • If you are the only candidate: please complete the Affidavit Of Election and send a copy to the GSS.
  • If there are more than one candidate: please contact your department’s Graduate Student Association (or equivalent), Graduate Secretary, or Graduate Administration staff to organize an election. The selected candidate will need to submit a completed Affidavit Of Election to the GSS.

Step 3: Attend an orientation session prior to being seated on the Council and becoming a voting member. All new council members must attend this session.

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