GSS Graduate Student Essential Guide

Welcome to UBC

Today is page one of a new journey – Graduate School. It’s the place where your commitment to learning is strengthened and refined. You are making the decision to be here today, and graduate school is all about making that decision again and again, every single day. In the University of British Columbia, graduate students thrive in a challenging work environment to help us become decision makers in a changing world. It will not be easy, it’s not supposed to be – but you are not alone. That is what the GSS is here for.

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is a student organization driven by graduate students. We organize student led events, we represent students in pressing university issues, and we lobby for policies in the provincial and federal levels of government. In the GSS we strive to create a community that is inclusive, diverse, and responsive to the needs of graduate students. We as an organization are constantly trying to improve ourselves, and that means your participation and feedback is always valuable to us.

Each graduate student has a different journey, but no matter where we go, no matter where we come from, and no matter how long we stay, we must first acknowledge the place we are in. The UBC campus was built on unceded land. As an international student, I myself did not know what “unceded” meant. But in time, through the generosity of others I learned that this meant that the land was never surrendered. We are standing on land that taken away from it’s original inhabitants, and as a community, we have a lot of healing to do.

As we begin this new journey, let us be reminded that the land we stand on is the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We are all grateful visitors in this place, and what we do with the knowledge we receive on this sacred land will shape the realities for many generations to come. Let us remember this through every challenge or victory we encounter, every step we take. This is page one. We have a long journey ahead.

Gen Cruz
President, Graduate Student Society


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