FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What is SUSK Congress?
    • The Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK) Congress provides students from across Canada and internationally with the opportunity to learn more about the Ukrainian Canadian community, as well as ways to grow personally and professionally. With leadership workshops followed by the ability to meet motivated students, SUSK Congress offers a unique experience for Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian students alike. This year’s SUSK Congress will have a special component to teach delegates about the building a SUSK-essful USO.
    • SUSK has partnered with the Holodomor Resource and Education Consortium for the weekend, Additional programming about the Holodomor and disinformation in the media will also be provided. 

 

  • How much does it cost? What does it include?
    • $100 for early bird (April 30), $130 for regular.
    • This price includes covers the attendance of programming, your zabava ticket for the evening, most meals, and transportation throughout the weekend (not airport).
    • Hotel prices for the weekend are not included in the registration fee. Please check out the “Accommodations” tab for more information.
    • You must also plan your transportation accordingly whether that is a flight or driving. We are keeping an eye out for flight deals and we will post them to our Facebook event as they come up.

 

  • Is there funding available for me?
    • There is a possibility for each delegate to receive funding based on the distance from their home institution. Partial funding is provided in the form of reimbursement after the Congress.
    • We encourage you to reach out to your university, local Ukrainian organizations, and ask assistance from your local USO. We would be happy to assist you. For help email president@susk.ca.

 

  • What do I pack?
    • For days of the sessions, pack some business casual clothing. This would include a nice shirt and pants/skirt. Suits are not necessary. 
    • For the excursions, pack comfortable shoes that you are able to walk throughout the city.
    • For the Zabava (dance) pack some semi-formal clothing (dress, dress pants, dress shirt, suit, tie etc).  
    • There is no pool at the hotel so a swimsuit is unnecessary.
  • What if I don’t know anyone or have someone to share a room with?
    • This is no problem at all. Make sure to note on the registration form you are looking to share a room with someone and SUSK can coordinate this on your behalf.

 

  • Do I need to speak Ukrainian?
    • There is no requirement to speak Ukrainian. All sessions will be conducted primarily in English.

 

  • Do I need to be 18 to attend?
    • You are not required to be 18 to attend. SUSK Congress does not allow for underaged drinking, and you will be ID’d at any occasions where there is alcohol present (ei: zabava).

 

  • What is a USO?
    • A USO is a Ukrainian Student Organization, which are local clubs located at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Events organized by local USO Executives are aimed at promoting Ukrainian language, community, culture, and fostering a sense of belonging for Ukrainian students.  Some events hosted by a USO could include an Annual Sports Tournament, a Holodomor/Genocide 1932-1933 commemoration, as well as various Ukrainian themed events such as a Varennyky Night or Pysanky Making Night.
    • Individuals who attend from USOs are considered delegates, however, observers are welcome.

 

  • Do I have to be a part of a USO to attend?
    • No, you are able to attend Congress as an observer. This does not prevent you from taking part in the programming. 
    • The only difference is that you do not have an official during the SUSK Board Elections and Resolutions.

 

  • Is there a maximum amount of delegates that can attend per USO?
    • There is a maximum of 3 official delegates from your USO who will have official voting rights, but all of your members are welcome to participate fully in as observers.

 

  • Do I have to be a student?
    • It isn’t necessary to be a student to attend the Congress. It is necessary to be a student if you choose to run for the SUSK Board of Directors. 

 

  • Do I have to be Ukrainian?
    • No, you do not have to be Ukrainian to attend. All that is required is the interest of the topics at Congress. We encourage all students to attend!

 

  • How can I join the SUSK Board of Directors?
    • In order to join the Board of Directors, you must be a student from a registered USO. Someone must nominate you for a position by 11:59pm on Friday night. Elections will take place on Saturday morning, where you will have a few moments to speak about why you are the best for the position. Election results will be released later that evening at the Zabava.