Graduate Peer Support (GPS)

The mission of the GPS committee is to provide resources and opportunities to support the social, emotional and financial well-being of graduate students at Western University. 

2019 Fall Term schedule: Each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7pm come and visit our team of trained peer support volunteers in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (on Perth Road, beside the Visual Arts Building) in room 1110. GPS drop-ins start on  Tuesday, September 24 and end on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

GPS Committee’s Programs

  • Reviewing applications to the Wellness Joint Fund, a project managed by SOGS which provides funding to wellness initiatives organized by departments, student groups, and other member-affiliated units across campus.
  • Did you know that the Wellness Joint Fund is supported by Western’s Student Experience team? They can help with arranging (free) room bookings (e.g., IGAB Atrium, which normally costs money) and various other logistical needs on campus. We can also further help you run an event by offering graphic design services and help with advertising. 
  • Did you know that we have a very flexible understanding of what “wellness” means? In other words,  you can apply to the Wellness Joint fund for a wide-variety of events on and off campus. (It doesn’t just have to be a yoga class or a guest speaker, you know?) You might want to host a fun social night out for you and your peers like a class where you learn a new skill  or even a fun experience to get you out of your heads, labs, and classrooms that  moves your bodies. We understand the value in getting your peers together for a general wellness event. Apply today!

Past Events and Projects

Past events

Wednesday, October 25; 4:30-6:00pm

Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

GPS invites everyone to the WEC for a presentation and chat about Scholarship Stress. Presentation by Paula Menzies Cameron, Financial Support & Scholarship Liaison Officer, School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS). Coffee and treats will be available.


Grad Skills

Wednesday, September 27; 4:30 – 6:00pm

Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

GPS invites you to join us for four microteach sessions (15 minutes each) on useful skills to support your graduate studies. Confirmed topics include: stress management, time management, healthy communication, and wellness.

The hour of microteaches will be followed by snacks and refreshments.