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UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Letter of Accountability & UTGSU Executive Committee Statement in Response to Recent Events Concerning The Varsity – December 6th, 2018

Digest1. UTGSU Letter of Accountability
2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement In Response to Recent Events Concerning The Varsity
3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
5. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
6. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
7. UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee Work Session: Taking Stock and Moving Forward
8. Tomorrow: the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner
9. The UTGSU Queer Caucus Presents: The Gingerbread Ball 

10. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
11. Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) RECing Ball

 

 

1. UTGSU Letter of Accountability
The UTGSU Executive Committee has drafted an Open Letter expressing our sincere regret that there was a significant structural oversight in making the Draft 2017-2018 Financial Audit available to all Members 13 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Ultimately, we hold ourselves accountable for the damage that these events have caused, and it is our sincere hope that this letter will satisfy the General Membership in knowing that we are taking proactive steps to identify and rectify these structural issues so that such oversight is not repeated at any future meeting. Click here to view the full letter: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UTGSU-Executive-Committee-Letter-of-Accountability.pdf

2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement In Response to Recent Events Concerning The Varsity
The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to release a statement in response to the recent coverage and actions by The Varsity at UTGSU meetings. Please click here to view the full statement: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UTGSU-Executive-Committee-Statement-In-Response-to-Recent-Events-Concerning-The-Varsity.pdf

3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2019 is January 1-31st, 2019. Full-time and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled on the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1st) for submitting the claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrolment period is completed. Please visit our website for more info: www.utgsu.ca/insurance

5. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are currently covered by the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance Plan, and you graduated in November, your coverage ends on December 31st, 2018 provided you paid all of the Fall fees. You are eligible to purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage, The Opt-in dates are January 1-31st, 2019. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the Health and Dental Office at health@utgsu.ca.

6. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
Step out of the cold and into the Hart House Music Room for an evening filled with winter-themed snacks, boardgames, and a raffle draw for great prizes! The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 14, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. More information on the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/297848754273529/

7. UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee Work Session: Taking Stock and Moving Forward
The Equity and Advocacy Committee is open to all members of the UTGSU, and would like to invite you to the first ‘Equity and Advocacy Committee Work Session: Taking Stock and Moving Forward’.  The objective of the meeting will be to finalize the implementation process of the EAC Award and take stock of present and future initiatives. To help plan, please fill out the following doodle poll by Friday December 7 at 5  PM: https://doodle.com/poll/yxngvhwddxr8iz8i. If you are a new member, please send a request to be added to the listserv by emailing communications@utgsu.ca with the subject “Add me to the EAC listserv”. Location and time will be confirmed by email to members who have joined the listserv. We look forward to your participation!

8. Tomorrow: the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner
Come join the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee for the screening of the documentary Home, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and have dinner and a discussion with them! Home takes you through an incredible journey into the heart of Mother Nature. It shows the beauty of our planet, the greats to its ecologic balance, and in the end, it leaves you with a glimmer of hope that all is not lost.
When: December 7th, 5:30-8:30pm.
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 5240.
RSVP: https://ejscdocumentaryscreening.eventbrite.ca

9. The UTGSU Queer Caucus Presents: The Gingerbread Ball
Following our December Caucus Meeting, please join us for the Gingerbread Ball and transform a run-of-the mill gingerbread person into a sickening Gingerqueen!
Tuesday December 11, 2018
Caucus Meeting: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Gingerbread Ball: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Koffler Centre Room 113

Space is accessible. All-gender single-user washrooms are available. For questions or comments, please contact the Queer Caucus Chair at queer@utgsu.ca

10. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all international graduate students to meet each other and socialize at “ISC End of Term/Holiday Party” at the Grad Loft (above the GSU Pub) on Tuesday, Dec 11th, at 6pm. Enjoy free food, free drinks, games and music, while you meet your fellow international grads from different background, create stronger community and also learn about the activities that ISC has planned for you for the coming year. RSVP by Dec 9 using the following link: https://goo.gl/EhREbq

11. Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) RECing Ball
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is pleased to announce our inaugural semester wrap up social for racialized students and allies. Come join in the festivities and celebrate the year end with free food, prizes, games, and an opportunity to de-stress and socialize. The event will take place on December 13th from 6-9PM at the Multi-Faith Centre (Room 208) and is wheel-chair accessible. RSVP now: https://recingball.eventbrite.ca Follow their website on the event and other activities: https://utgsu.ca/rec.

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