Happy Holidays from UTGSU Exec & Staff

December 19th, 2014

The Executive and Staff of the UTGSU would like to take this opportunity to thank all Course Union representatives and presidents for their continued support and dedication in serving graduate students.

We wish you all happy holidays and a pleasant winter break.

The UTGSU Offices (at 16 Bancroft Ave) will be closed while the University is closed, from December 22 to January 2 (inclusive). We will re-open in 2015 at 10am on Monday, January 5. (more…)

Free Pancakes! Mon Jan 26, 9-11am

December 19th, 2014

Drop in between 9-11am for FREE pancakes! Planned with new incoming students in mind, this event will be a great chance to meet your UTGSU Executive, learn about our services, and find out how to get involved. All members of the UTGSU – incoming or returning students alike – are welcome to attend. (more…)

Know Your Rights Workshop: Jan 22

December 16th, 2014

Want to learn about your rights as a graduate student? Having issues or tensions with your supervisor? Need advice? Get great tips from the experts! (more…)

Date Change: January General Council

December 15th, 2014

Please be advised that the Executive Committee has rescheduled the January General Council Meeting due to the time constraints at the December Council meeting, and the need to move the elections process forward as soon as possible. The new meeting date and time are as follows:

January General Council Meeting
Date: Monday, January 12th, 2014
Time: 6:10pm
Location: McLennan Physics (MP) room 202

Thank you for your understanding.

Digest: January Jobs & a Book Club – December 11, 2014

December 11th, 2014

1. This is the Last Digest of 2014!
2. UTGSU Holiday Closure: 22 December – 2 January
3. Sign up for January UTGSU Gym Time: Fri Dec 19, 10am
4. UTGSU Head Grant Applications: Deadline Fri Dec 19, noon
5. The UTGSU Students’ Rights Subcommittee is Here to Help!
6. General Council Meeting: Mon Jan 12, 6:10pm
7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
8. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide
9. Jobs for January at Harvest Noon Café+Co-op: Deadline Wed Dec 17, noon
10. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students: Wednesdays 12-1pm
11. Cycling for Sustainability with The Otesha Project
12. LSCDS Career Workshop – Write an Effective Cover Letter: Mon Jan 19, 5:30-7:30pm
13. Studying and Raising a Family: Fri Jan 9, 12-2pm
14. Engineering Strategies & Practice Still Accepting Project Ideas for Winter 2015
15. AMIGAS Book Club – December Read: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Race & Ethnicity Caucus Launch Party: Fri Dec 12, 6-9pm

December 10th, 2014

We invite you to celebrate the launch of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union’s newly formed UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC). Please join us for an artist roundtable with Saroja Ponnbambalam, Sharrae Lyon, and Gita Hashemi. Sushi, light appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. We will also be giving away raffle prizes!

Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6-9PM
Mutli-Faith Centre, Multipurpose Room (569 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor)
RSVP to the facebook event here.
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Digest: Self-Massages & Essential Primers – December 4, 2014

December 4th, 2014

1. UTGSU Holiday Closure: 22 December – 2 January
2. Race and Ethnicity Caucus Launch: Fri Dec 12, 6-9pm
3. Sign up for January UTGSU Gym Time: Fri Dec 19, 10am
4. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am
5. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students
6. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide
8. Winter Cycling Workshop with Bikechain: Mon Dec 8: 7-8:30pm
9. Harvest Noon How To: Green Tomato Jam-Making: Mon Nov 24, 6:30-8pm
10. Studying and Raising a Family: How to Make it Work
11. OPIRG Know Your Rights – The Essential Activist Legal Primer: Sat Dec 13, 2-5pm
12. SGS Winter Intramural Sign-Ups
13. CSSDP Conference on Global Drug Policy – Save the Date & Call for Abstracts
14. Learn to SCUBA Dive with the Hart House Underwater Club: January to April 2015

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Digest: Winter Buffet and a Family Skate – November 27, 2014

November 27th, 2014

1. CFS Referendum: Voting: 24-28 November
2. UTGSU Annual General Meeting: Monday 1 December, 6:10pm
3. UTGSU Council Meeting: Monday 1 December, immediately following AGM
4. UTGSU Gym Schedule: November to April
5. Grad Minds: Mental Health Tuesdays: 2 December, 6-7:30pm
6. UTGSU Grant Application Deadlines
7. Hart House Winter Buffet: Monday 15 December
8. UTGSU Holiday Closure: 22 December – 2 January
9. Grad Escape: Family Skate at Nathan Phillip’s Square: 6 December, 2-4pm
10. Improve Transit with TTCriders!
11. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am
12. Holiday Art Book Sale: 2-6 December
13. SGS Intramural Sign-Ups
14. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students
15. St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland – May 2015
16. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
17. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide

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AGM 2014 Reports relevant to motions submitted with due notice:

November 27th, 2014

2014 Final Report Student Societies Summit

CFS Final Report of the Task Force on Campus Racism

Black Lives Matter Toronto Protest TONIGHT Nov 25 6pm

November 25th, 2014

The UTGSU Executive Committee endorses Black Lives Matter Toronto’s direct action to condemn the decision not to indict Michael Brown’s killer.

We encourage our members to stand in solidarity with many others at the peaceful protest being held outside the US Consulate tonight at 6pm.

For more information, please visit the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/318420711695491/