Established in 1965, the Simon Fraser Student Society has maintained a long tradition of students working together to improve student life. In its first year, the Society organized social events, started a newspaper, co-sponsored Vietnam teach-ins, and even started a co-op bookstore. Throughout its’ history The Society has maintained its strong commitment to improving student life through its advocacy campaigns.
Throughout the years, many successful campaigns have been organized through the Society, including the U-Pass BC program and more recently, Build SFU, a project dedicated to building a new student union building and stadium for SFU’s Burnaby campus.
In the ’60s, students often came together to rally and protest in defense of free speech, students’ rights and academic freedom. Most notably in 1967, there was a protest involving 2,500 students and faculty. In commemoration of this protest, the place where they rallied was named “Freedom Square” and a plaque was put up in their honor. The plaque had since disappeared many times. In 1999, the plaque was permanently remounted in uncovered area east of Convocation Mall.
In 2012, the Build SFU project was passed via referendum. This project is a proposal to create a Student Union Building to tackle the shortage of student space on campus.
The Student Society encourages you to make your time here at SFU more than just lectures and exams. By getting involved you can enrich your university experience and make a difference in the lives of your fellow students and the people living in the surrounding community.