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UTGSU Digest: Five $1,000 and Ten $500 to be Won with the Graduate Community Development Fund – October 19, 2017

Digest1. Graduate Community Development Fund
2. Gym Bookings for November
3. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
4. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
5. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
6. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
7. Parenting in Today’s World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness
8. Bikechain: Looking for Board Members
9. Startup Research Accelerator One-Day Bootcamp
10. SD Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society

1. Graduate Community Development Fund
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on October 31, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

2. Gym Bookings for November
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of November on October 27, starting at 10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. or call 416-978-8464.  Please note that emails are preferredIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. From Monday to Wednesday Evenings it is reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. Thursday Evenings from 5-6pm can be reserved for basketball or students can drop in for pick-up basketball from 7-11pm. A one-hour timeslot on Friday Evenings from 5-11pm can be reserved for doubles badminton. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

3. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large! This position is open to any current UTGSU Member. Duties include supporting the 2017-2018 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. An honorarium is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on MondayOctober 23rd, starting at 6:15pm, located at Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested Members should send a statement of interest to
internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

5. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Subcommittee, email Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca with: (1) A brief paragraph about yourself and why you’re interested in joining and (2) year and program. A maximum of 8 spots is available on this committee, which is a low time commitment opportunity, spanning over three months. Applications will be accepted until October 26 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

6. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
Grad Minds will be hosting an event to increase students’ understanding of mental illnesses at UofT. They are looking for students with lived experience with mental illness who are comfortable speaking about it openly in front of an audience in a TED Talk-style. They are looking for students with a broad range of mental illnesses, including (but not limited to) anxiety disorder, depression, diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, eating disorders, etc. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Jacalyn, one of the Gradminds Co-Chairs, at: jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca.

7. Parenting in Today’s World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness On Tuesdays, October 31November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, at the First Nations House Lounge, located at 563 Spadina Ave. Facilitators: Mikaela Gabriel, PhD student & Mairi McKenna-Edwards, Division of Student Life. Join them for a 6 session brown bag lunch series to learn about Indigenous past & present realities and how to speak about it with your children. You will learn about Canada’s diversity issues including its impact on racialized and Indigenous people and ongoing indigenous colonization and gain the knowledge and language to introduce your child to Indigenous history and present concerns, and concepts of identity, racism, and cultural differences. Your partner/spouse are welcome to attend. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3I3.

8. Bikechain: Looking for Board Members
Interested in having a say in the behind-the-scenes operations at Bikechain? Join their Board of Directors. They’re holding an information session on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30-8:00pm at their shop located at 563 Spadina Crescent, and the entrance is on Bancroft. This session will be a primer on the ins and outs of being a Board Member with Bikechain – time commitment, different roles, perks, and how to run at their annual AGM. Members of their 2016-2017 Board will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their experiences on the Board. No prior experience necessary. RSVP at www.bikechain.ca/events.

 

9. Startup Research Accelerator One-Day Bootcamp
On Novembe 7, accelerate your entrepreneurship research skills! This boot camp provides a comprehensive set of resources and tools to support your startup, and meets all Co-Curricular Record (CCR) requirements too. In a single day, take 4 key workshops:  Launchpad: Campus Resources for U of T Startups, Introductions to Business Resource, Demystifying Business Research with the Business Model Canvas, Primary Research Strategies, and Tools. Space is limited. To register: http://uoft.me/1jE.

10. SD Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society
The 3rd SD Clark Symposium will be held at the University of Toronto on 10 November, bringing together political scientists, geographers and sociologists from Canada and the UK to debate ‘The Future of Canada’s Territorial Borders and Personal Boundaries’. Please join in on what promises to be a lively discussion of a topical issue. Admission is free but registration is required at the following link: http://bit.ly/2wLzO12.

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