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Graduate Student Representation

Campaigning for and lobbying the government on behalf of UBC graduate students

Through the GSS VP University and Academic Affairs, VP External Relations, and our Academic and External Affairs Committee, we promote, advance, and secure the interests of graduate students at the university, as well as provincial and federal level.

By conducting research, writing positions, circulating reports, consulting our constituencies, meeting decision makers, and fostering broad-based discussions on issues that affect us, the GSS aims to improve the academic and personal experiences of UBC graduate students.

University Affairs

Through the VP University and Academic Affairs, the GSS articulates the concerns in different committees and maximizes and maintains our participation in university affairs. We continuously work with UBC, particularly the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, to ensure that changes in policies, positions, and programs benefit us.

For enquiries relating to university and academic affairs, please contact vpacademic@gss.ubc.ca.

External Affairs

Through the VP External Relations, the GSS pushes our advocacy for graduate students beyond our own university community to both the provincial and federal governments. We collaborate with other student societies through our membership in the following associations:

For enquiries relating to external advocacy, please contact vpexternal@gss.ubc.ca.

Issues that are of GSS’ Focus

Highlights of major graduate student-related issues that the GSS has focused on in the past few years include:

Excellence in Graduate Supervision

GSS recommends that UBC actively foster a culture of graduate student supervision as pedagogy by implementing:

  • High quality and mandatory training for graduate student supervisors as well as workshops and peer mentoring programs available for the ongoing development of supervisor proficiencies in the spirit of continuous learning,
  • Methods of assessment that consider feedback from both students and peers, and
  • The consideration of graduate student supervision philosophies and proficiencies in the criteria for hiring and promotion decisions.

→ Read our full Position Statement on Supervisory Excellence
→ Read our White Paper on Supervisory Excellence: A Graduate Student Perspective

Sexual Assault Prevention and Education

Responding to cases of sexual assault among graduate students at UBC, the GSS is developing an Active Bystander Train the Trainer Program. The program aims to train graduate students as facilitators who will deliver Active Bystander Workshops to fellow graduate students on how they can help stop sexual assaults on campus.

We are also working with other offices in the university, such as Access and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Student Well-Being, to provide seminars, lectures, and workshops to graduate students. We are committed to supporting and engaging the new UBC Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office.

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