U15 Report

Graduate student societies (GSSs) from the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities informally met on November 10, 2020, to discuss how to coordinate federal advocacy initiatives relevant to graduate programs at research-intensive universities. This collaboration is loosely based on the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU).

Several common concerns have already been identified through our inaugural meeting, which include.

  • Challenges faced by international students still abroad
  • International student work permits and pathways to immigration in Canada
  • Mental health supports across cultural and linguistic groups
  • Tri-Council funding packages

President seanor is excited to be part of a sub-committee that will be coordinating to draft a letter to the federal government intending to:

1) draw attention to unique needs and contribution of graduate students,

2) highlight how the pandemic has impacted graduate students, and

3) outline solutions and actions for federal government to provide relief and support for graduate students.

Read the full report HERE.

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