The nominations for the position of Graduate Student Trustee are still open!
The Graduate Student Trustee is elected to a two year term to represent graduate and professional students to the Board of Trustees–one of the chief governing bodies for Queen’s University, responsible for all financial and strategic matters, as well as the hiring of the Principal and Vice-Principals).
The nomination period closes tomorrow (Wednesday March 9) at 11:59 pm.
If you would like to place any items on the agenda for the Spring General Meeting, please contact email@example.com before TODAY (Tuesday, March 8) at 5:00 pm.
Attention, calling all volunteers! For the first time, SGPS is partnering with Queen’s very own Good Times Diner (GTD)!
GTD is a student run service that provides free and delicious meals biweekly to all students.
For this Sunday service, GTD is calling for SGPS volunteers to help cook! All volunteers will be reserved a meal following the service!
Fresh Food Box
In partnership with the Peer Health Educators and the AMS Foodbank we are excited to offer a Fresh Food Box and virtual healthy cooking session on March 24th. These Fresh Food Boxes will provide all ingredients for a Pangoa Buddha Bowl. These boxes will contain 4 servings which is perfect if you are looking to have leftovers or to share this meal with friends! Sign up using the link in our bio as registration is limited and spots will fill up quickly.
Registration for SGPS members will end on March 16th at noon. Advanced registration will be capped at 20 participants, after which interested participants can register with Queen's University BeWell.
Is your Graduate Department Student Council or Professional Faculty Society looking to hold an in-person event?
Did you know that any group planning to hold an event that involves members of the SGPS in an official capacity must have its event sanctioned?
Apply for Event Sanctioning to ensure that SGPS members are able to have fun and be engaged while having the event insured by the SGPS.
Our new Mental Health Bursary is open! Thus bursary is aimed at subsidizing sessions for SGPS Members who have maxed out their SGPS health plan coverage of $500 per policy year for Mental Health Practitioners.
To learn more about this one time bursary of $250, check out the link below.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as bursary funds are very limited. The SGPS Finance and Services Committee reserves the right to close bursary applications once funds have been exhausted.
An Opportunity from the Government's Career Ready Fund
The Career Ready Fund helps publicly-assisted colleges and universities, employers and other organizations create experiential learning opportunities for postsecondary students, recent grads and apprentices.
Are you interested in how technology can help build a better future for our community? They are looking for students who are ready to make change!
Take part in this challenge and develop solutions to a real-world problem of your choice within two categories – Climate Change and Sustainability or Societal Impact and Supporting Community. Any post-secondary student in Canada can join – they only encourage that 50% of your team identifies with the 2SLGBTQ+ community. You don’t need a background in tech, they want all walks of life to come to the table.
Register a team or join one today! Make sure you submit your ideas by March 13.
To learn more about your SGPS and the services we offer, please check out our website at https://sgps.ca
Upcoming Workshops from the
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Promoting Intercultural Engagement and Collaborations in the Classroom
Thursday, March 17, 2022; 10:30am– 12:00pm
Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Intercultural engagement has become a prominent challenge in teaching and learning due to the increasing numbers of internationally educated students coming to Queen’s. On the contrary to the assumption that students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds interact automatically in the classroom, educators need to intentionally plan and guide intercultural interactions to help students collaborate effectively. In this 90-minute interactive workshop, participants will work together to explore practical strategies, tools, and teaching tips that help promote intercultural engagement in their own practices.
Participants will work in small groups for most of the workshop. Therefore, full commitment to the workshop is critical for the success of each participant and is highly encouraged.
Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, a minimum number of 18 participants is required for this workshop to take place.
For registration, please click here: Registration Form
Identifying Challenges in Writing Across Borders Panel Q&A
Tuesday, March 22, 2022; 1:30 -2:30pm
Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning
In Fall 2021, the Centre for Teaching and Learning hosted the ‘Identifying Challenges in Writing Across Borders’ workshop series to explore the critical role culture plays in English academic writing. Many participants shared that they would like to further discuss this topic as well as identify educational strategies to employ in the classroom, so we have organized this panel to answer your questions.
This panel session will be facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Educational Developer at the Centre for Teaching & Learning with the below panelists:
Johanna Amos, Academic Skills & Writing Specialist, Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
Alyssa Foerstner, Academic Skills Support Coordinator (EAL), Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
Matt Rahimian, Academic Integrity Coordinator, Office of the Provost, and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Lydia Skulstad, Intercultural Academic Support Coordinator, Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
We look forward to continuing the conversation with you. For registration, please click here: Registration Form
QEval, running in a hybrid format from May 2-June 24, introduces learners to foundations and applications of community-engaged scholarship through program evaluation.
Learn transferable evaluation skills and contribute to solving a real-world issue. Receive course credit and networking opportunities. No prerequisite required.
Please email questions or expressions of interest to Dr. Michelle Searle firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen’s Distinguished Service Awards Nominations
Queen’s faculty, staff, students, and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the University a better place through their extraordinary contributions.
Guidelines, the online nomination form, and additional information are available at https://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/university-council/distinguished-service-awards.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 29, 2022 at 4 pm.
Please contact the University Secretariat at email@example.com if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Awards or the nomination process.
HREO Learning Challenge
The Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) invites you to take part in this year's HREO Learning Challenge between February and April 2022.
The HREO Learning Challenge is a set of virtual and self-paced learning opportunities designed to give you a foundational understanding of human rights, equity, anti-racism, accessibility and sexual violence prevention and response.
How it Works:
Register for the Learning Challenge beginning February 2022. Educational offerings have been customized for Faculty, Staff and Students
Complete five selected HREO trainings between February and April 2022.
Receive a certificate of completion if all five HREO trainings are completed by April 30, 2022.
Are Extenuating Circumstances Impacting Your Academics?
If something comes up unexpectedly outside your of control and it's impacting your academics, use the extenuating circumstance procedures in your faculty/school to request academic consideration. These procedures should also be used for COVID-19-related absences.
Don’t forget that the SGPS Peer Academic Advisors can help you navigate all layers of academic bureaucracy! Scroll down to learn more about how the Advisors can help.
Want to know more about SGPS Events?
If you want to know about our events and you don’t want to wait for the newsletter, you can always check out the events calendar on our website!
Also, all our events are posted on our social media accounts which always have the most up-to-date SGPS info. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Please note, a Strava account is required to join our Strava clubs.
Resources from the
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SGPS Peer Academic Advisors
The SGPS Peer Academic Advisor program is here to help graduate and professional students navigate the complexities of academia during their time at Queen’s.
As graduate and professional students ourselves, we understand that school can be unpredictable. Sometimes the student-supervisor relationship isn’t what you expected it to be. You may have failed a course, or perhaps you want to appeal a grade or some other academic decision. Maybe you just want some extra support through a difficult time.
Our goal is to empower students by confidentially working with them to develop a plan to solve their issues. Seeking a graduate or a professional degree can be very complicated, and the Peer Academic Advisors are here to help.
Contact the SGPS Peer Academic Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org for free, confidential help today.
SGPS Resource Hub
Check out the SGPS Resource Hub for information about all sorts of on campus and off campus resources, including resources for Indigenous students and International students.
SGPS EDII Resource Guide
Have you made the decision to volunteer or work in the field of EDII (Equity, Diversity, Inclusive and Indigeneity) within your department and/or student association?
The SGPS has complied a guide that will help you in making informed decisions to assist you on creating a more EDII conscious department.
Questions or concerns? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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