Global Connections Network
Who are we?
The Global Connections Network is a collaboration between the many internationally-oriented student associations at the University of Saskatchewan and the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) to promote intercultural engagement and learning. All students at the University of Saskatchewan are invited to be involved!
What do we do?
The Global Connections Network (GCN) seeks to enrich student experience at the University of Saskatchewan by making a meaningful contribution to the internationalization of campus life. The goal of the GCN does not only celebrate the actively diverse student body, but seeks to create space for intercultural engagement between all students – be they from Canada or around the globe.
The student associations who comprise the GCN collaborate on events and programs throughout the year. Events hosted include:
- Welcoming all international Students at the USask International Student Welcome
- Global Village – a one-day intercultural celebration
- Welcome events for members of their associations
- Fundraisers for causes identified by each association
- Endless social events all year round!
Join the Global Connections Network
Want to join or learn more about the Global Connections Network (GCN)? You don't need to be a member of a student association -- the GCN is for every student at the University of Saskatchewan. Fill in the form below and you'll receive a message in your email with 5 business days.
Global Village is a one-day intercultural event which celebrates cultural diversity at the University of Saskatchewan while exploring themes of social justice related to inclusion and global development. Each year over 20+ student associations come together to host an event with food, performances and much more. The event is possible due to the generous sponsorship from the Nasser Family Fund to Cultural Awareness and Appreciation.
Global Connections Student Leadership Retreat
Each academic year Global Connections Network members come together for the one-day Global Connections Student Leadership Retreat. The goal of the Retreat is to create a space to bring together student leaders with the purpose of stablishing meaningful relationships, create cultural awareness, address common issues and initiate collaborative work among them.
The University of Saskatchewan Student Union (USSU) and Graduate Student Association (GSA) help collaborate to make the event happen. Past Retreats have been hosted at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (2017) as well as the GSA Commons (2018).
The 2019-20 edition of the Global Connections Student Leadership Retreat will be hosted in Term 2. Details and sign up will be available in October 2019.
Join a Student Association
Why Join a Student Association?
There are many unique international and culturally-orientated student asociations at the University of Saskatchewan. They are always looking for new members to take part in their programming, or take on leadership roles within their executives. Benefits of joining a student association include:
- Create friendships and connect socially with student peers with common interests and objectives
- Build confidence and gain interpersonal skills by taking on leadership roles in student associations
- Enrich your student experience by engaging with the diverse student body at USask
- Develop intercultural competence by experiencing the world right here on the USask campus
Global Connections Network Members
Confucius Institute Student Club
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/confuciusinstitute.usask.ca/
Global K-Culture Club
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/gkcc.yxe/
India Students’ Association
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/isausask/
Nepalese Students' Association
Social Media: www.facebook.com/uofsnsa
Nigerian Students' Association
Pakistan Students' Association
Social Media: Pakistan Students' Association at University of Saskatchewan
Funding for Student Associations
It may be possible for student associations to receive funding from ISSAC to support student-led events and programs. Funding received is to ISSAC’s discretion and is based upon financial resources already available to the student association. Funding will be prioritized to events that include the following:
- Promotes intercultural/cross-cultural understanding and relationships among all students at USask
- Collaboration between multiple student associations
- Funding will not be provided to events that include alcohol
Please apply below no less than 2 weeks before your event date. Please allow 5 business days for a response. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
For alternative forms of funding, please consider the following resources:
- University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) or Graduate Student Association (GSA)
- Local companies in Saskatoon that would have an incentive to connect with your associations members
- Local restaurants, retailers or another vendors
- Local cultural associations with similar goals and values of your association
If you want to get involved or learn more, contact the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC).