Hub Community

Grad school offers the opportunity to have an engaging student life and building a network of support through grad school and beyond. This page is designed to help you in building your community here at USask. 

 

community_jumpto.svg
community_iconplugin.svg community_iconhubevents.svg community_iconlearningevents.svg community_iconcampusevents.svg community_iconstudentgroups.svg community_iconvolunteering.svg community_iconsocialspaces.svg

 

Plug In!

Bulletins

See past bulletins

Newsletters

See past newsletters

Imagine Magazine

See earlier issues 

 


 

Student Highlights

Loading...

Hub Events

Coming Up

Grad HUB | Welcome to Term 3
April 25 at 6-7 PM | Zoom

New to USask? New to grad school? Join Andrew Hartman via Zoom, and learn how to navigate your program and the uni with the Grad HUB online platform. Register to get your unique Zoom link.

 

Grad HUB | Welcome to Term 3
May 8 at 9-10:30 AM | IN PERSON THORV 118

New to USask? New to grad school? Join the Grad HUB team for pancakes while we show you how to navigate your program and the uni with the Grad HUB online platform. Register to save your spot in the pancake line!

 

Grad HUB Living Library
Details Coming Soon |  May 23rd 

Discover the richness of Indigenous graduate student experiences with CGPS's Living Library event! Open to all eager to delve into the diverse world of graduate education, this unique gathering invites participants to "borrow" a human book and immerse themselves in the captivating stories of Indigenous perspectives navigating academia. Our 'human books' are individuals with a spectrum of experiences in graduate education, from students to campus leaders ready to share their unique perspectives.

featuring Dr. Angela Jaime, Vice Provost Indigenous Engagement, Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson, Dr. Gordon Martell, Neal Kewistep, Kayla Benoit, and others!

Readers have the freedom to choose and switch between an array of human books, engaging in conversations, listening to narratives, or simply observing the diverse stories of Indigenous graduate students. This interactive event encourages attendees to ask questions, fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges, triumphs, and knowledge offered by each human book. By embracing the flexibility of our come-and-go style event, ‘readers’ can switch between books at any time, which ensures that they can extract the insights and inspiration that resonate the most with them.

What is a living library?

Campus Events

community_homecominggame

Student Events

Loading...

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar

Loading...

Graduate Students' Association Events

Learning Events

Building Your Learning Community

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning provides various workshops, courses, and other events you can attend to build your network.

Library Learning Services

Library Learning Services offers in-person and virtual workshops to build your academic skills alongside other grauate students. Library Learning Services can help you connect with other graduate students to build your social support network.

Student Groups

Student Groups

Check out the different student groups that exist on campus. Student groups help bring students together around a shared interest area. Activities include things like recreational, volunteer, or social justice initiatives. See a group that’s missing? You can start your own! 

Joining a student group

  1. Search through the student groups and identify potential groups
  2. Contact organizer to obtain information about requirements.
  3. Reflect on information to identify the group that best fits with your interests and capacity.
  4. Reply to student group organizer about joining

Creating a GSA student group

You can always create your own social/academic club as well! Groups must be ratified through the Graduate Student's Union on a yearly basis. Ratified groups may get the privilege of:

  • Booking the GSA Commons (pictured above) 
  • Applying to the Association for funding
  • Advertising news and events through the Association
  • Being indemnified by the GSA Commons liability insurance for certain events
    and activities

To find out more about benefits and procedures for ratifying a group, follow the link below! 

Volunteering

Sharing your time with social causes or initiatives that interests you is a great way to build your community. This can be accomplished both on and off campus. Volunteering both builds your career skills and introduces you to new people. Check out below for ideas on ways you can get involved!
For a list of a more inclusive list of on and off campus volunteer opportunities visit USask’s database of volunteer organizations

Social Spaces

The GSA Commons

The GSA Commons is a comfortable intellectual area for graduate students to study, relax and to socialize with their peers. The space is fitted with seating audio/visual equipment, refrigerator, and coffee machine.

Murray Library (Ground Floor)

The ground floor of Murray Library is there for your study and social needs, including bookable study rooms, assistive tech room, desktop computers, printers/photocopiers/scanners, charging stations, and Starbucks. As a bonus, the ground floor of the Murray Library stays open for three hours after the rest of the library closes for Late Night Study during the fall and winter semesters.

Louis' Pub

Located in the basement of the Memorial Union Building, Louis' is the on-campus pub that offers drink & food specials such as Fish Frydays and Perogy Mondays. There are also plenty of events in the evenings, including concerts and karaoke. Check out their events on their facebook page!

Louis' Loft

Louis' Loft is a coffee shop located on the upper level of the Memorial Union Building. Their menu includes coffee from local roasters as well as delicious sandwiches, baking, salads, and soups. Full of bright natural light and plenty of seating options, this is a great place to study or grab a coffee.

USSU Pride Centre

Located in the Memorial Union Building, the Pride Centre provides a safe environment with a diverse group of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The Pride Centre has space to hang out and socialize as well as various resources and events for 2SLGBTQ+ people and allies. 

Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is dedicated to supporting the personal, social, cultural, and academic success of Métis, First Nations, and Inuit students. In addition to Elder and Knowledge Keeper services, the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre offers a variety of student programming options including weekly grounding circles and free soup and bannock on Wednesdays.

Student Union Rooms

Many student unions have a dedicated space for their students to relax and socialize (the Arts & Science Students Union room is pictured above). Reach out to your college's student union to find out more!

Lower Place Riel

Lower Place is a bustling food court located between Murray Library and Upper Place. This a great place to grab lunch (or heat up food in the microwaves). There are also several services including a tech store, optometry office and dentistry office.

The Bowl

The Bowl is the oval-shaped field at the centre of the campus. This is a central landmark is surrounded by a majority of campus buildings and the skywalks. You can find events such as Welcome Week Beer Gardens or just take time between classes to soak up the sun and relax on the grass. 

St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More (STM) is a Catholic college federated with the University of Saskatchewan and located on the main USask campus in Saskatoon. You do not have to be registered as a STM student to take advantage of the study and socializing spaces in STM's newly renovated building. 
How to Make Friends on Campus

1. Say hello! It may be daunting but just go up to people and introduce yourself! It can be as simple as saying: "Hi, my name is Ali, mind if I join you?" 

2. Ask people about themselves. On campus, one of the easiest conversation starters is studying. You can ask “What are you studying?” or “What do you like about [their area of study]?”
 
3. Show up to class a couple minutes early and strike up conversation with your classmates. Nothing bonds people together like commiserating over an upcoming assignment or test.

4. Go to campus events! Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to people; it's likely that many people are there to meet people too! 

5. Invite new acquaintances to go to campus events, study together at one of the campus libraries, or rock climb at the PAC. Putting yourself out there is hard and most people will appreciate the offer!