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. 

graduate peers support drop-ins

  • What: Drop-in sessions where your graduate student volunteers can offer emotion and practical advice, and direct you to resources. Coffee and baked goods offered weekly. 
  • When: Thursdays from 12pm-2pm. 
  • Where: SOGS Multipurpose Room (Middlesex College, room 8) 
  • GPS drop-ins start in the Winter Term on Thursday, February 13, 2020 and runs until Thursday, April 30, 2020
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 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. 
    • We have a very flexible understanding of what “wellness” means. 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?) There is great 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.