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UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Gym Bookings & Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health – April 18th, 2019

Digest

1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for May
3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
4. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
5. UTGSU Transit Survey
6. ISC Health and Fitness Workshop
7. UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus Safe Space for Race

8. Grad Talk: U of T Libraries: Supporting your Research in the Summer Months​
9. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Gym Bursary

10. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader

 

1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
In a
 letter to students, faculty, and staff on March 28, President Gertler announced that the University of Toronto will implement a four-part plan of action on student mental health and wellness:
1. Convene a Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. Utilize the Undergraduate Student Educational Experience (USEE) Expert Panel and School of Graduate Studies (SGS) consultations on student experience as a foundation for enhancing the culture of support for students
3. Engage with our partners in the health system in the Toronto region to better serve students with mental illness 
4. Redouble efforts to impress upon the provincial government the need to provide significantly more resources for university student mental health.
Nominations (including self-nominations) may be submitted via the online form by April 24, 2019. More information can be found here

2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for May
Reservations for the month of May will be taken on April 29, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM by emailing your request, students names and ID numbers to gym@utgsu.ca
Mondays:
5:00 to 11:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for doubles badminton
Tuesdays:
5:00 – 8:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for Volleyball and 
8:00 – 11:00 PM – Drop in Competitive Volleyball
Wednesdays:
5:00 to 8:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for doubles badminton and 
8:00 – 11:00 PM Drop in Recreational Volleyball
Thursdays:
5:00 – 8:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for Basketball and 
8:00 – 11:00 PM Drop in Basketball
Fridays: 5:00 – 11:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for Badminton

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.  If you require a “Travel Letter” (proof of coverage) when applying for Visa, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca. It should include: Your name, Your Student Number, Purpose of your Travel and Travel Dates.  We require 4 business days to process this request.

4. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
As of April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario changed OHIP+. Students under the age of 24, will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+. For more information
 click here.

5 . UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

6. ISC Health & Fitness Workshop
Have you ever wanted to know what is best for you to do in the gym to take advantage of your workout time? 
ISC invites you to a mini-Workshop about Health and Fitness. It is a special mini-Workshop since our speaker, Ehsan Ashrafizadeh, is a young Strength Coach from Waterloo with over 4 years of experience as a strength athlete and 2 years of being a strength and conditioning coach. He will be discussing basic nutrition and programming for overall health and fitness, followed by a Q&A where you can ask all your Gym questions. So if you are curious to know how to efficiently live a healthier and more fitted life, please join us in this event. Healthy refreshments will be provided so PLEASE do not forget to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSearirj_StHtuDWC0Tnoj5XOoKJJFE-dmQF6AZ6SPz3OXrYgw/viewform
Date and Location: Thursday, April 25 at 5:00 pm in BA024 (Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St.)

7. UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus Safe Space for Race
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race” is a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. Join our third session focusing on Self and Community Healing Practices on April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Feel free to wear comfortable clothes to move around in and bring a cushion or blanket, any item that might support you in being more comfortable in the space if you’d like. Save the date for our last session on May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. There will be lots of food and beverages. TTC tokens will be provided to registered UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice to rec@utgsu.ca). Venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP: https://safespaceforrace3.eventbrite.ca

8. Grad Talk: U of T Libraries: Supporting your Research in the Summer Months​
Happening Monday, May 6, 1:00​-2:00pm (Grad Room). Wherever summer takes you and your research, U of T Libraries is here to help! This Grad Talk will highlight the ways the library is ready to support your work remotely. Access digital and print collections from wherever you are, Skype with a librarian to troubleshoot a lit review, figure out how to get into an archive or library away from home, strengthen the security and privacy of your data, and more. On campus or abroad, this talk will show you how the library can help you make it all work. Even in the summer​. Presented by Benjamin Walsh, U of T Libraries. ​​Register here: https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=13668a1e-f586-44da-9d83-a301fee56dcc

9. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Summer Gym Bursary
Planning to be on St. George campus this summer? Registered in the Summer 2019 term? Good news: this year, the SGS Gym Bursary will be open to all graduate students in professional and research-stream programs. Application opens in May. Check https://uoft.me/sgsgym for updates.

10. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader
Are you a student with family responsibilities juggling family life and studies? Are you going to be at U of T for a year in September 2019? Become a mentor/leader at the Family Care Office and share your strategies and insights with your peers. This activity will officially recognize your involvement outside the classroom as a significant part of your U of T experience and skills you have developed! Please fill out an application form and return it to family.care@utoronto.ca by August 23, 2019.

UTGSU Digest: Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health & UTGSU Travel Insurance – April 11th, 2019

Summer Gym Bursary

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Transit Survey & Changes to OHIP+ – April 4th, 2019

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