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UTGSU Digest: Update on Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, and Advocating for Student Rights – March 23, 2017

1. An Update for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting

3. UTGSU Executive Committee Advocating for Student Rights
4. Share Your Feedback on the New Education and Prevention Initiatives About Sexual Violence
5. Graduate Student Parent Circle
6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference  
7. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
8. Part-time Students Parent Support Group
9. Watch the University of Toronto 3MT® Competition Finals
10. Elder care: Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning and What You Should Know
11. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel



1. An Update for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
The UTGSU Executive Committee have received additional information regarding the asbestos related concern in the Medical Science Building. Please find the full statement here: UTGSU Executive Committee’s Response.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 March at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. All UTGSU Members are welcome, but only Representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a Representative and you wish to speak, you can have your Course Union Representative request this on your behalf during the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. All guests and proxies will be asked to show their T-card upon registration. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

3. UTGSU Executive Committee Advocating for Student Rights
University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union Executives demand accessible education and no more broken promises to Indigenous peoples. Students are in Ottawa to send a clear message to the federal government that we want increased access to post-secondary education and no more broken promises to Indigenous peoples,” said Cristina Jaimungal, the UTGSU External Commissioner. “We have a plan to make education accessible to all, now we need our government to commit to take action,” added Suzanne Narain, the UTGSU Civics and Environment Commissioner.  Students are calling for a shift from piecemeal reforms to universal access now. Read the full media statement here.

4. Share Your Feedback on the New Education and Prevention Initiatives About Sexual Violence
The University of Toronto’s Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence is seeking feedback on new education and prevention initiatives about sexual violence. The draft principles call for all members of the community to receive education on the contents of the university’s new policy, including the roles and responsibilities of those who witness or become aware of incidents or complaints of sexual violence. Additional training would be developed for student leaders and some faculty and staff including advisers, counsellors, campus police and senior administrators. Here is the direct link to the online consultation website: https://forms.provost.utoronto.ca/svep-consultation/.

5. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Monday, April 10, from 12–2 pm, Hart House North Sitting Room Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, talk about what is important to you, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Refreshments will be served. All U of T expectant and graduate student parents are welcome. Register at: Graduate Student Parent Circle. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, the UTGSU, Grad life, and Hart House.

6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference  
Grad Minds will be hosting its annual Open Minds Conference on Wednesday, March 29th (5pm – 10pm) at Hart House. For details and registration, please visit: Registration Details. The theme for 2017 is Making Headway – “Being Healthy is a State of Mind“, is a mantra we all need to live by, especially as students, where stress and anxiety can become part of our daily life. The evening will include workshops, panel talks, engaging speakers and a film screening. Some of the workshops include impostor syndrome, wellness & mindfulness, healthy eating and dealing with crisis. Please make sure to register for one workshop per concurrent session. Light refreshments will be provided.

7. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) invite you to join us for the first of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC). Date: Monday, March 27. Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm; Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor. If doors are locked, call (416) 967-7322 for entry. For more information: Full description. For access needs please contact Nadia at: sba.avdocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

8. Part-time Students Parent Support Group
Our goal is to help student parents access the support and community that can help shape their academic and personal success. Our next meeting is drop-in and casual. We are currently trying to recruit new participants. Our facilitator is a grad student, open to facilitating group discussions as well as one-on-one mentorship with sole parents. Our next meetings are on March 27 and April 24 at 2:30PM in the APUS North Borden office (563 Spadina Crescent, Suite 236).

9. Watch the University of Toronto 3MT® Competition Finals
All students, staff, faculty, and community members are warmly invited to attend the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.  Listen to the advanced research findings presented to a lay audience on Wednesday, April 5th from 6-9pm at Room SF1105, Sandford Fleming Building.  Please RSVP

10. Elder care: Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning and What You Should Know
On Wednesday, April 5, from 12 – 1:30 pm @ 214 College St., Room 313: Join Graham Webb, Executive Director at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly as he discusses the issues around health care consent, advance care planning, powers of attorney and substitute decision-making. The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) is a community legal clinic for low income senior citizens that provides direct legal services, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities. Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome.

11. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel
On Thursday, March 30th, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. join the OISE Student Affairs Society (SAS) for a panel discussion on graduate student support that moves beyond the traditional “programming” approach. The speakers include, Kathleen Moore (PhD Candidate a OISE), Brie Berry-Crossfield (UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner), Fiona Check (Students for Barrier-Free Access) and Michelle Ekuban (SGS Financial Advisor). Panelists will discuss a range of topics including financing, housing, health and wellness, university governance, and accessibility. Light snacks will be provided and the event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Check out the Facebook Event for more information.

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