International Students’ Caucus



Yan Wang: or
Stephanie Shaw:

UTGSU Exec Liaison

Jaby Mathew:

ISC Activities and Events Coordinators

Delphine Zheng
Yanshan Cao

ISC Funding Researcher/Advocates

Suwimon Phaetthayanan

ISC Marketing/Outreach Coordinators

Amir Abdul Reda
Alexander Fertman

ISC Health Insurance Researcher/Advocate

Sojung Lee

ISC Secretary

(Position has not been filled)

ISC City Representatives

Alexandra Arraiz Matute
Harriet Akanmori
Lindsay Kane


Upcoming Scheduled Events (2013-2014)


October 30, 2013: UHIP/Health Insurance Workshop #1 with Miranda Cheng and Shain Dhalla; Astronomy and Astrophysics Building (50 St. George Street) Room 107; 4-6 PM. Event Flyer [pdf]

December 3, 2013: Permanent Residency (PR) Workshop #1 with Elizabeth Long; Fitzgerald Building (150 College Street) Room 103; 5-7 PM. Facebook event here. Event Flyer [pdf]

February 6, 2013: Grants and Funding Workshop for International Graduate Students; Robarts Library; 4th Floor Electronic Classroom (Reference Department); 4-6 PM

March 11, 2013: PR Workshop #2 with Elizabeth Long


Social Events:

October 5, 2013: Nuit Blanche; Meeting at OCAD University (100 McCaul Street); 7-11 PM

November 18, 2013: International Students Day Celebration; Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (33 St. George Street); Cumberland Room; 3-8 PM


News & Events



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!