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UTGSU Digest: Winter Welcome Social Save the Date & UTGSU Travel Insurance – December 13th, 2018

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1. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
2. UTGSU Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
4. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. UTGSU Office Closure
6. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting: January 8, 2019
7. Today: Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) RECing Ball
8. OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC)
9. Are you a student with family responsibilities?

10. Give your children a winter full of fun, movement and play with Junior Blues!
11. Recruiting Mentors for Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP)

 

 

1. 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/

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. UTGSU Office Closure
The UTGSU Office Reception and Health and Dental Insurance Office will be closed from December 19, 2018, to January 7, 2019. If you require additional information during our office closure in relation to your health and dental plan, you can find more information on the Student Care website at www.studentcare.ca. Please refer to their ‘Contact Us’ page for additional information about their holiday hours and emergency contact information. If you are faced with an academic advocacy issue during our office closure, you can refer to the resources available on the UTGSU Academic Advocacy webpage. For any other inquiries, you can email the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

6. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting: January 8, 2019
The first Policy and Operations Committee meeting of the New Year will be held on January 8, 2019 at 5:30pm in the Earth Sciences Centre, room 1016M. An agenda will be circulated a week prior to the meeting, any subjects for discussion should be submitted by January 1st. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca for more information.

7. Today: 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 today from 6-9PM at the Multi-Faith Centre (Room 208) and is wheel-chair accessible. Don’t forget to RSVP: https://recingball.eventbrite.ca Follow their website on the event and other activities: https://utgsu.ca/rec.

8. OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC)
Calling all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, teacher, educators and individuals passionate about education from all across the globe! We invite you to the OISE Graduate Student Research Conference – An annual conference taking place at the Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE)
NEW DATES: Thursday, March 28 (Optional Pre-conference Workshop), Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30, 2019 (Conference)
NEW WEBSITE: www.oisegsrc.com Call for PRESENTATIONS: Complete the online presenter form by January,11th, 2019, here: https://www.oisegsrc.com/get-involved/ (select “Submit Your Proposal”)

Find out more about the OISE GSRC and how you can get involved below: https://www.oisegsrc.com/

9. Are you a student with family responsibilities?
In partnership with the Innovation Hub, the Family Care Office would love to hear about your experiences as a U of T student and parent or caregiver. We are currently looking for students to participate in 1 hour interview as part of this research. The insight from this project will be shared with our office to better service and support students with family caregiving information. For information and how to participate, please contact sherin.germami@mail.utoronto.ca or click here for more information: http://blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca/innovationhub/recruitment-family-care-research-project/

10. Give your children a winter full of fun, movement and play with Junior Blues!
U of T student-parents are eligible for a 15% discount. Register for our March Break Camps and sport programs on December 11, our aquatics programs on December 12 and our gymnastics programs on December 13. Learn more at www.juniorblues.ca!

11. Recruiting Mentors for Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP)
The Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP) is a University of Toronto mentorship program that provides grade 10-12 students in high needs community of Parkdale with exposure to basic life skills, career investigation, and worldview exploration. This is done through presentations from guest speakers, group activities, and one-on-one mentorship.If interested, please complete the brief application form by December 19, 2018https://goo.gl/forms/mZw6uT9iMnFupzDs1. If selected, you will be required to complete the vulnerable sector form before the first mentorship session. If you have any questions please e-mail uoftpmp@gmail.com.
What do mentors get: Opportunity to mentor!!! free lunches, field trips, networking opportunities and Co-Curricular Record.
When: Every Saturday (10 weeks) from February to April 2019 from 10am to 1pm.
Where: 220 Cowan Ave (Queen West & Brock Avenue)

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