Archived below are activities, projects, and initiatives organized by our students and members of the Humanities Student Union (HUMSU).

Student Contest

Witness to Humanity

"Witness to Humanity" was a writing and art contest open to all SFU undergrads. The theme encouraged students to explore topics from a modern perspective. Whether in celebration or concern, witnessing was done in creative, interdisciplinary ways. Those featured in the publication are our contest winners and honourable mentions, who best demonstrated the urgency and relevance of studying humanities.

Available issue

* WitnesstoHumanity2023_issue1_.pdf
"Witness to Humanity" writing/art contest

Student Newsletter

Re-engaging the community

The HUMSU started this amazing initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to connect students, instructors, faculty members, and staff during the challenging time by inviting them to share their experiences.

Available issues

* HUMSU Newsletter Vol. 1.pdf
"Community Over COVID" Newsletter
* HUMSU Newsletter Vol. 2.pdf
"Community Over Injustice" Newsletter

Academic Journal

The HUMSU publishes inter/tidal., an academic interdisciplinary journal that showcases poetic and prosaic pieces, visual art, as well as short crtical essays. The journal is currently on hiatus.

Available issues


Recent Socials and Events

2023 Activities

Humanities Student Union Club's Day | May 18 @ 11:00AM–2:00PM | Table 37, Convocation Mall, SFU Burnaby

Interested in the Humanities? Come see us on Club's Day on Thursday at Table 37 from 11AM–2PM!

"Witness to Humanity" Gala Reception and Awards | Apr 12 @ 8:00PM–10:00PM | EDB 7608, SFU Burnaby

A night to celebrate the winners of the "Witness to Humanity" Contest! Get ready for a fun night of mingling, food, and drinks. Winners will be announced later into the evening. This event, hosted in collaboration with ESU and HSU, is open to all SFU students, regardless of participation in the "Witness to Humanity" contest.

HUMSC Call for Submission: “Witness to Humanity” | Deadline: Mar 24 @ 11:59PM

The 2023 Humanities Showcase (HUMSC) is accepting interdisciplinary submissions for narratives on the theme of "Witness to Humanity" (more information on this prompt in the link below). This contest is open to all Simon Fraser University undergraduate students of all faculties. The due date for submissions is 11:59pm, March 24th.

We are looking for various types of work, separated into three categories:
  • Creative Writing (Short stories, Flash fiction, Poetry, and Prose)
  • Academic Essays (Analytical, Critical, Descriptive, and Persuasive)
  • Visual Art (Painting, Sculptures, Typography, etc.)

Within each category, one student is eligible to win a cash prize of $100, an award of excellence certificate, and guaranteed publication in an upcoming Spring print. Other cash awards, such as Honourable Mentions, may be announced in the future. Winners of the contest will be announced during the award ceremony of the HUMSC Gala on the evening of April 12th so those who submit are highly encouraged to attend. All undergraduate students are invited to attend the free Gala Reception, regardless if they submit to the contest or not. More details regarding this event are to be announced via your SFU email closer to this date. 

This contest and event is held in collaboration with the sfu.humsuSFU History Student Union, and SFU English Student Union.

If you would like to help out with the event, or have any questions, qualms, or comments, contact HUMSU via:

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Arts Week | Mar 8 @ 1:00–3:00PM & Mar 9 @ 11:00AM–1:00PM | Convocation Mall 

Come visit us at Arts Week on Wednesday and Thursday in Convocation Mall to learn more about some exciting events that Humanities has coming up!

Bonding with Buttons Social Event | Jan 19 @ 11:30AM–1:00PM | AQ 6205, SFU Burnaby

The Global Humanities Student Union will be hosting a "Bonding with Buttons" social event on January 19th 11:30 AM in the Humanities Lounge! This is a great opportunity to meet some fellow students, make awesome buttons to decorate yourself with, eat some free food (drinks and snacks), and enter for a chance to win a prize! You don't have to be a Global Humanities major to participate—all are welcome!

Past socials and events

2022 Activities

Humanities Student Union Study Session | Dec 1 @ 11:30AM | AQ 6204, SFU Burnaby

Want some company while preparing for final season? Join HUMSU on Dec 1st for a chill study session! Free coffee and snacks will be provided and drop-ins are welcome!

Humanities Student Union Career Talks | Nov 3 @ 10:30AM–12:00PM |  SUB 3220, SFU Burnaby

Not sure what to do with a Global Humanities degree? Want to know more about the skills you gain from studying Global Humanities? Would you like to know more about what you can do post-graduation?

Join the Global Humanities Student Union (HUMSU) on November 3rd, at 10:30 AM in SUB 3220 for their event, Humanities Career Talks. This event will feature a panel of professors and guest speakers to discuss their career paths followed by a Q & A session where you will have an opportunity to ask questions. There will be free coffee and snacks and a chance to win some prizes! 

To sign up for the free event, please register here. (Drop-ins welcome.)

Humanities Student Union Drop-in Meet & Greet | Sep 21 @ 10:30–11:30AM | AQ 6205, SFU Burnaby

Come by the Global Humanities Lounge for our drop-in "meet and greet" to meet some awesome, like-minded people and learn about some of the student union positions that are available. There will be free coffee and donuts, and a chance to win a gift basket!

2021 Activities

Halloween Movie Night | Oct 28 @ 6:30PM | Images Theatre, SFU Burnaby | Registration Required

Ready for a spooky good time? We're very excited to be collaborating with the History Student Union for a special Halloween movie night! Vote on movie and pizza selection when you register! Note: COVID-19 safety protocols, such as contact tracing and social distancing, will be in effect.

Humanities Student Union Drop-in Meet & Greet | Sep 28 @ 2:30–4:00PM | AQ 6205, SFU Burnany

Come by the Humanities Lounge for our drop-in "meet and greet"! Meet the Humanities Student Union Execs, Humanities professors, and other Humanities students and get to know our department better. Individually-wrapped goodie bags will be up for grabsNote: as per COVID-19 safety guidelines, masks are required and contact tracing will be in effect.

Humanities Student Union Virtual Career Night | Jul 13 @ 6:30PM | Via Zoom, Registration Required

We are hosting a Career Night! Discuss future careers and opportunities with Humanities professors and alumni to see what a Humanities degree can offer. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for e-gift cards for the SFU Bookstore and more!

Humanities Student Union Virtual Game Night | Mar 25 @ 6:30PM | Via Zoom, Registration Required

Join us for a night of Jackbox, Among Us, and more! All attendees will be entered into a random draw for e-gift card prizes. Brought to you by the Humanities Student Union, World Literature and Languages Student Union, and Global Asia Studies Student Union.

2020 Activities

Humanities Student Union Virtual Jeopardy Night | Oct 20 @ 7:00PM PST | VIA Zoom, Registration Required

Brought to you by the Humanities Student Union. Join us for a game of Jeopardy with questions from all areas of the humanities! Participants will be randomly split into teams, with one member from each team playing per round. Every member from the winning team will win a prize! If we have enough players, we will even award prizes to the top 3 teams so spread the word because the more people that participate, the more prizes will be up for grabs!

Humanities Student Trivia Night | Mar 26 @ 4:30–6:30PM | GSS Lounge, MBC 2212, SFU Burnaby (Cancelled Due to COVID-19)

Come for Trivia Night and earn prizes! Open to everyone. Free pizza and snacks provided. Brought to you by the Humanities Graduate Student Caucus and Humanities Student Union.

High Tea with Bob Ross | Mar 5 @ 5:30–7:30PM | AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby

Join us for the perfect combo: tea, snacks, and Bob Ross! Everyone welcomed. Brought to you by the Humanities Student Union and World Languages and Literature Student Union.

Humanities Student Union General Meeting | Jan 27 @ 11:00AM–1:00PM | AQ 5118, SFU Burnaby

If you are curious about the Humanities Student Union, come to our General Meeting to learn about the available executive positions in our upcoming election! You can voice your opinion on upcoming events and how we can get more people involved, as well as connect with others and, most importantly, eat free food!

Humanities Student Union Club's Day | Jan 16 @ 11:00AM–3:00PM | Table 15, Renaissance Cafe, SFU Burnaby

Join us again for Club's Day! Find our table at Renaissance Cafe on Thursday to make new connections and learn more about our union and upcoming events.

Humanities Student Union Club's Day | Jan 15 @ 11:00AM–3:00PM | Table 93, Saywell Hall, SFU Burnaby

Who's excited about Club's Day?! Find our table in Saywell Hall on Wednesday if you are interested in learning more about our union and becoming a part of the team.

2019 Activities

Department of Humanities Meet & Greet | Dec 2 @ 2:00–4:00PM | AQ 5118, SFU Burnaby

Meet professors, TA's, and fellow students at our upcoming meet and greet to learn more about the department and get study tips, along with free hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies! Brought to you by the Humanities Student Union.

Humanities Student Union Meeting| Nov 12 @ 2:30PM | AQ 5118, SFU Burnaby

After 7 years, the Humanities Student Union is back! Come to our first meeting where we will be updating our constitution, planning our first event, and discussing leadership roles. Snacks will be provided.