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The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Student Union has strong visions for the upcoming school year at Simon Fraser University. This student union aims to bring the department, its faculty, and students together in order to create connection, inclusivity, and representation to marginalized groups in a safe space. Previously, this has been pursued through events like career nights, trivia nights, movie nights, french fry socials, fundraisers, and much more! Our goal is to continue these types of events and to also bring in new and fun things to do in the upcoming year.
Any GSWS major, minor, joint major, or student taking at least one GSWS class can join the GSWS Student Union! The perks include: making a difference in the SFU community, making new friends, being a part of something greater, and having fun! Elected executives also get volunteer experience on their Co-Curricular record!
We meet in the GSWS lounge: Academic Quadrangle on the fifth floor in room 5102, also known as AQ 5102. We invite you to check out our socials for all the latest updates and on how to be a part of the GSWSSU!
GSWS Student Union Executive Profiles
My name is Alicia Fahrner (she/her pronouns). I am the Chair of the GSWSSU, SFSS Council Representative, as well as the Department Representative. I am in my fourth year with a major in both Psychology and GSWS. I fell in love with GSWS early on into my undergraduate journey, amazed by how much clarity GSWS brought to my academic and personal life, as a queer woman of colour, so I decided to pursue it as more than just the occasional elective and it has been one of the best decisions I have made. The environment that GSWS classes provide are open spaces to learn and grow, be inclusive, with radical forms of thinking, resisting and being, which are all supported by the instructors and students. So often I find myself inspired and thankful for crossing paths with different amazing folks because of GSWS. Therefore, I want to nurture our student union to be one which is inclusive, radically defiant, resistant and insistent on claiming a space and creating a student culture that is a unifying community.
My name is Selina Sahota (she/her pronouns) and I am the Special Events Coordinator and Recording Secretary for the GSWSSU. I am beginning my second year of university in hopes of pursuing an English and GSWS joint major. GSWS classes taught me so much during my first year about gender, sexuality, and intersectionality that I want to continue learning more. As a woman of colour, these topics are highly relevant and important in my life. The GSWS classroom atmosphere of inclusivity and respect is what made me want to become more involved and join the union. By being part of the GSWSSU I hope to increase my engagement at SFU and create positive change in my community.
My name is Madeleine Chan (she/they pronouns) and I am the Social Media Engagement Officer for the GSWSSU. I am in my fourth year as a Communications major and GSWS minor. I chose GSWS because I took one class as an elective and fell in love with the subject matter. It really related to my personal life and also to what I was seeing in the world at large. GSWS has now become very important to me because it has allowed me to expand my worldview and given me the tools to help the world around me. I hope that through the GSWSSU I can help build SFU’s GSWS community and make SFU a more inclusive and fun place to be for everyone!
My name is Hanieh Ghaderi (she/her pronouns), and I am the Communication Coordinator for the GSWSSU. I am a second-year student and majoring in GSWS as becoming a women's rights activist is my enthusiasm. I found being a member of GSWSSU an enjoyable activity since I can learn a lot, share my ideas, make new friends, and help other students. I do hope to learn from GSWSSU new ways of cooperating and working together.
My name is Nimrit Basra (she/her pronouns) and I am in my third year working towards completing an English Major, GSWS Extended Minor, Criminology Minor, and a Legal Studies Certificate. I took my first GSWS class in my second year of university, as social justice and activism is a large part of my life. As a woman of colour, I feel GSWS courses relate to me on a personal level and provide me with insights and tools to help navigate through the world. In these courses, students are able to discuss topics which relate to our lives and current events/issues without judgement or fear of ridicule. The staff, faculty, and students of the GSWS Department are welcoming, supportive, and consistently encouraging positive growth and inclusive learning. I got involved in the GSWSSU as a Special Events Coordinator in the hopes of contributing to a space where GSWS students are free to exercise our individuality, as well as discover ways in which we can create inclusive spaces to thrive in!
My name is Lizzy Gregson (she/her pronouns) and I’m the Treasurer of the GSWSSU. I’m in my fourth year of a GSWS major and Indigenous studies minor. I’m a white settler living on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. I chose GSWS as my major because I was raised by my feminist single mother who taught me the importance and necessity of gender equity, intersectionality, and radical activism. One of my favorite things about GSWS is that I’m constantly learning (and unlearning) ideas that challenge my beliefs as well as institutions of power. I joined the GSWSSU to support and surround myself with like minded people in an inclusive space and have found exactly that. My goal is to promote the GSWSSU and GSWS classes to people that might not be aware they exist, so they can participate in the amazing community we have here.