International Students’ Caucus

 

Chair

Yan Wang: yanxw.wang@mail.utoronto.ca or isc@utgsu.ca

UTGSU Exec Liaison

Leah Bender: leah@utgsu.ca

Vice Chair Operations

Alexander Fertman: s.fertman@mail.utoronto.ca

Secretary

Diep Nguyen: hoandiep.nguyen@mail.utoronto.ca

Social Event Coordinators

Rajeev Acharya: rajeev.acharya@mail.utoronto.ca
Yanshan Cao: yanshan.cao@mail.utoronto.ca

Marketing Coordinators

Amir Abdul Reda: amir.abdulreda@mail.utoronto.ca
Lydia Di Li: lydialovekite@gmail.com

Funding Researchers/Advocates

Sally Fertman: drsally84@gmail.com

Health Insurance Researcher/Advocate

Suwimon Phaetthayanan: suwimon.phaetthayanan@mail.utoronto.ca

City Representative

Harriet Akanmori: harriet.akanmori@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Upcoming Scheduled Events (Fall 2014 to Winter 2015)

September 2014:
Saturday, Sept 27: City of Toronto, 3rd International Students Festival

October 2014:
Monday Oct 27, 5-7pm: PR workshop with immigrant lawyer Ms. Elizabeth Long @RW117 (Ramsay Wright Laboratories)

November 2014:
Thursday Nov 13, 5-6:30pm: UHIP workshop with UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance Administrator, Shain Dhalla @MS2170 (Medical Sciences Building)

Friday Nov 21, 3-5pm: UofT Most Understandable Scientist (MUST) competition @ Koffler house Rm 108. To apply as a competitor, simply go to http://goo.gl/forms/c7fOy1NLyh (Deadline Nov.10th); to attend, register at http://goo.gl/forms/Ex3gCs9i6M (Deadline Nov. 17th). There is an after-social event at GSU Pub second floor from 5-7pm

January 2015:
Wednesday Jan 14, 4-6pm: Grants and Funding workshop with UofT Funding Database Coordinator, Christina Tooulias-Santolin @ 4th floor electronic room, Robarts Library

 

News & Events

 

Meetings

Monthly, as announced in the Weekly UTGSU Digest.

 

About the Caucus

The International Students’ Caucus shall act as the body that coordinates efforts centered around international graduate students’ interests and concerns. Meetings will be held monthly and will focus on the needs of the caucus’ members and the needs of all international graduate students including social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming and/or governance at the university, city, and/or provincial levels.

 

Caucus Legislative Program

International Students’ Caucus Legislative Program 2013-2014 [pdf]

 

Caucus Agenda

This year, the caucus will be focusing its efforts on the following:

a) Informing students about Permanent Residency options
b) Informing students about how to obtain funding as an international graduate students
c) Advocating for improved funding for international graduate students
d) Informing international graduate students about insurance (UHIP/GSU)
e) OHIP for all campaign
f) Providing opportunities for international graduate students to meet and socialize with one another

 

Want to Get Involved?

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities within the Caucus:

ISC Activities and Events Coordinator(s)
This person will be responsible for organizing social gatherings and events for international graduate students. Events will take place on and off campus.

ISC Funding Researcher/Advocate(s)
This person will be responsible for finding all of the funding opportunities available to international graduate students at the University of Toronto. He/she will also be responsible for finding avenues in which the ISC can advocate for improved funding for international graduate students, either through scholarships, bursaries, and/or grants.

ISC Marketing/Outreach Coordinator(s)
This person will be responsible for advertising ISC events and meetings. It has become evident in our meetings that many international graduate students do not know about the ISC and do not hear about our meetings and events. So this person will be responsible for finding new ways to advertise so that more international students hear about what we do!

ISC Health Insurance Researcher/Advocate(s)
This person will be responsible for learning about how UHIP works and the differences between UHIP and OHIP. He/she will also find avenues in which the ISC can advocate for re-integration of international students into OHIP, either without cost or with a paid premium. Our previous attempts to lobby for changes have found dead ends due to recent changes in the provincial government. Therefore, new strategies will need to be created that can best address this issue.

ISC Secretary
This person will be responsible for taking attendance and meeting minutes at our ISC meetings. He/she will type up all the meeting minutes and send them to the ISC chair for distribution.

ISC City Representative(s)
This person will be responsible for attending the City of Toronto’s International Students Program Organizing Committee meetings. He/she will keep the ISC abreast of all city-sponsored events related to international students and will take ISC feedback to the city in order to improve the city’s current programs.

Contact ISC Chair for more information or to join the ISC listserv!