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UTGSU Digest: Support for Students Affected by the Asbestos Contamination, Executive-at-Large Election – April 20, 2017.


1. UTGSU Support for Students Affected by the Asbestos Contamination in the MSB
2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large
3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
4. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
5. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Submissions
6. Drinks for Democracy
7. Elevator Pitch
8. New Rescheduled Time: Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series  
9. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto  
10Graduate Speaker Series: Education in the 21st Century – Issues, Challenges, Social Justice and Policymaking

 

1. UTGSU Support for Students Affected by the Asbestos Contamination in the MSB
Please see the UTGSU Executive Committee’s Stance on the Asbestos Concern in the MSB statement published on April 18. The UTGSU Executive Committee is calling on all students to get in contact with us who work and/or study in the MSB that felt their health and academic work was jeopardized by the asbestos contamination. If this applies to you, please contact communications@utgsu.ca, and provide a brief outline of how you’ve been affected, and what type of advice you’re looking for to move forward. The Executive Committee is able to offer you guidance on how to navigate this situation.

2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large 
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large 1? This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the activities supporting the 2017-2018 Executive Legislative Program, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending a weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is a gross annual of $5,299.65. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 25 April, 6:10pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information, or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at: internal@utgsu.ca.

3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 25 April at 18.10 in Koffler House, Room 108. 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.

4. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of April for May, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. Please note that the gym will be closed in August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours.

5Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Submissions
The fourth Working the Scene in Colour (WSiC) event will be held on May 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the University of Toronto Multifaith Centre, in the Main Activity Hall. WSiC is accepting scene submissions for features, scripted television, and stage plays. University of Toronto graduate students who self-identify as a person of colour, are encouraged to submit their scenes, which can be works-in-progress or polished scripts, of up to 5 minutes to be performed by trained ACTRA actors. Produced scripts will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28. Please email your script and/or inquiries to: workingthescene@gmail.com. Brought to you by ACTRA Diversity and the UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus.

6. Drinks for Democracy 
Come out to Drinks for Democracy! Join the Civics Committee and grad students for an evening of postcard/letter writing to MP Adam Vaughan (or MP of your choice!). Come make your voice heard about the Liberal’s breaking their promise of electoral reform in a creative way, with colour, markers, and maybe even some glitter. And also enjoy some drinks and snacks with others who want to chat politics! Join us April 26th, 5-7pm, at the GSU Pub, 16 Bancroft Ave.

7. Elevator Pitch
Calling all graduate students (MAs; MEds; PhDs; and Professional Students), to come out and hear the elevator pitch of fellow students at U of T. You will have an opportunity to exchange ideas, expand your network and meet other graduate students across various disciplines. Date: April 27th, 2017. Time: 5-7pm. Location: OISE 12-274. For more information contact: Suzanne civics@utgsu.ca

8. New Rescheduled Time: Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series  
Due to some unforeseen events we’ve had to reschedule the continuation of our tasty condiment making workshop series for Tuesday May 9th. For this workshop we will be making a South Indian lemon-pickle chutney and an eggplant chutney and you’ll of course get to take some home. Come and make these dishes with us and RELISH in their glory! Cost: $10 for Harvest Noon/UTGSU members; $15 for non-members (includes $5 lifetime Harvest Noon membership); Pay What You Can spaces also available for those experiencing financial difficulty. Registration: sign up now in one of the reserved UofT grad student spaces (if grad student spaces are not filled as of Monday May 1st at 12PM, they are considered open to others and/or wait list members will be moved in to those spaces.)

9. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto
March for Science Toronto invite all people who understand the importance of science in our daily lives to stand together and champion its role by joining the march and rally on April 22. The four goals of the march are: science integrity, evidence-based policymaking, better and more inclusive STEM education, and a celebration of Canadian science and scientists. Toronto is marching in solidarity with American science marches, but is also focused on Canadian issues and opportunities. The March starts on Saturday April 22, 2017, at 11:00 am, concluding with a rally at Queen’s Park at 12:00 pm. Visit: March for Science for details.

10Graduate Speaker Series: Education in the 21st Century – Issues, Challenges, Social Justice and Policymaking
Graduate Speaker Series @ The Grad Room is back for the month of April. On Wednesday, April 26th (5:30pm – 7pm), the topic of discussion will be Education in the 21t Century. There will be two speakers from OISE. The first speaker will discuss his work on education in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and using educational policymaking as an endeavour for state-building. The second speaker will discuss her work on the French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers in Ontario and what is causing their flight form the province. All graduate students at UofT are welcome to attend the event. Please register. Pizza will be served.


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