We strive to be an open and welcoming place where students from all backgrounds can have their concerns addressed. We try to represent groups on campus who have traditionally been marginalized, or those who have specific needs that are not being met by the University.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Students with Dependents
The GSS annual Student Satisfaction Survey’s reveal that as a group, students who have dependents tend to have very distinct needs. Which exhibits both positive and negative impacts on a students’ life. Perhaps unsurprisingly, students with dependents experience more financial hardship but they also enjoy better mental health and wellness, which could be a reflection of the power of family support they enjoy.
7% of graduate students support dependents at UBC, both in the form of children, or relatives they care for. GSS understands that these students have different requirements, in terms of housing, transportation, work-life balance, and financial needs. They also interact with their peers and the campus a different tangent, many a times struggling to balance their personal life and academic/professional life. GSS advocates for these students, to help provide for their needs, and to make the university aware of the issues they encounter.
University of British Columbia has the 2nd largest international student community in Canada. 30% of masters students and 44% of doctoral students at UBC are international. With international students adding to the diversity of the university, GSS also ensures that they are welcomed and their transition into Canada made easier. The society holds a number of orientation sessions at the beginning of the academic year welcoming all, and advocacy team at GSS is available at all times to guide students better.
The society advocates for a campus that is accessible and free from discrimination. We also understand the added financial pressures that can exist for students with disabilities, particularly as many domestic students have already reached the limit of financial support from the government.
The GSS believes that sexual violence and harassment has no place on UBC campus. We support the University and the AMS in creating services to support survivors of sexual violence and to develop targeted education.
The society holds Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention (SAPI) training for graduate students, for them to learn how to intervene in such uncomfortable situations. GSS strives to create a safe and comfortable space for students to gain knowledge and feel safe and protected at all times.