UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive, Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period – January 19, 2017

January 19th, 2017

Winter Week of Welcome

UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive, Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period – January 19, 2017

1. Join the UTGSU Executive! Nomination Period Open Until January 27 (5:00 pm)
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-30, 2017
3. Financial Survival Workshop and Fair
4. New to campus in 2017 January?  UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guides can help
5. Reserve Gym time for February on Friday 27 January at 10:00
6. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 31 January at 18.10
7. Sexual Education Centre Graduate Student Levy Opt-out: Fri. February 10th
8. SBA Levy Opt Out Dates
9. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 OptOut Period Concludes
10. OPIRG-Toronto Winter 2017 Fees Refund Period
11. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out Hours
12. International Students’ Caucus Welcome Back Event at ROM Friday Night Live
13. Grad Escapes: Improv for Anxiety
14. Thinking About Your Future While Finishing Your Graduate Degree – A Workshop by the Healthy Grad Crew
15. Nutrition and Public Health Policy – Graduate Speaker Series (January 2017 Session)
16. Call for Abstracts – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
17. Grad Minds Mental Health Video Campaign

 

1. Join the UTGSU Executive! Nomination Period Open Until January 27 (5:00 pm)
Representing over 17, 000 graduate students across 85 departments, the University of Toronto Graduate Student Union is one of the cornerstones for student advocacy at the University of Toronto. The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal position in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2017-2018 are currently open! The nomination period closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27. Nomination forms are available online at www.utgsu.ca/elections or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is $1228.96. For more information, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Scott Surphlis, at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-30, 2017
IMPORTANT: The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2017 is January 1-30,2017. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & 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 on the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more info: www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

3. Financial Survival Workshop and Fair
Learn about helpful financial resources & information, including: Practical ways of budgeting and saving money, on campus student services and family resources, dealing with debt, OSAP, tax credits and deductions, what grant committees are looking for and extended Health and Dental benefit plans and student discounts. When: January 25th, 2017. Where: Hart house East Commons. Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

4. New to campus in 2017 January?  UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guides can help
Come and pick up your copy of the UTGSU Agenda and Resource Guide to help you navigate campus. You can find the agendas at your Graduate Student Union on 16 Bancroft Avenue, in the basement offices. We would love to meet you!

5. Reserve Gym time for February on Friday 27 January at 10:00
UTGSU gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00. To book please call416 978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set-aside for basketball and Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:00. Monday through Wednesday evenings the gym is reserved the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

6. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 31 January at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 31 January at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. 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 andfieldworker@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.

7. Sexual Education Centre Graduate Student Levy Opt-out: Fri. February 10th
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre and receive a refund of their fees can stop by the SEC office at (21 Sussex Ave, Unit 612). Refunds for the winter term are $0.50 for full-time graduate students and $0.25 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of enrolment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are from 10am-6pm,Monday to Friday, starting Friday January 20 and ending Friday February 10. To make alternate arrangements please contact utsec.financial@gmail.com.

8. SBA Levy Opt Out Dates
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration. The drop in times for those wishing to opt-out is: Thursday January 26th between 5:30-7:30pm. If you wish to receive your levy refund during the evenings, please call our office number 416 967 7322 and we will let you into the building.

9. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (TSFC) Winter 2017 OptOut Period Concludes
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (which operates Harvest Noon Cafe) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the winter term are $0.50 for full-time graduate students and $0.25 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID + proof of enrolment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are as follows: weekdays January 9th to January 27th from 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of January 9th, 26th and 23rd between 3:30-9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt-out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

10. OPIRG-Toronto Winter 2017 Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto, but who have not opted out in Fall 2016, are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2017 Winter academic term. Please bring your proof of enrollment to the OPIRG Office in the North Borden Building at 563 Spadina Crescent, Room 101 during the opt-out period: Tuesday, January 17 to Friday, January 20: 11-7PM. Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27: 11-5PM. To make alternate arrangements to obtain your refund, our phone number is (416)978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca.

11. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out Hours
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s winter levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from January 5th through 20th, during the following hours: Tuesdays 10am-5pm, Wednesdays 10am-5pm, Thursdays 12pm-9pm, Fridays 10am-5pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Students who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

12. International Students’ Caucus Welcome Back Event at ROM Friday Night Live
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is organizing a welcome back party at Friday Night Live (FNL) at ROM to welcome all the international graduate students for the Winter term on Feb 3rd 2017 at 7:00 pm. Join us to enjoy this special event and socialize with your fellow international students. For more information about FNL check http://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent. The ISC will subsidize the first 20 students who sign up so they can get the ticket for $5 each. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/j2DsP54DPoxpNvsW2 and we will contact you for the ticket.

13Improv for Anxiety
Thursday, February 9, 7-9pm $15 Learn the fundamental tools of Improv with other students who wish to have a better experience in social settings.The exercises are modified to remove any “performance” aspect and instead we focus on the skills to address social triggers and to add effective communication experiences to everyday situations. Register: http://uoft.me/2Mk

14. Thinking About Your Future While Finishing Your Graduate Degree – A Workshop by the Healthy Grad Crew
Presented by the Health Grad Crew, this workshop will explore key considerations and highlight the need to ask ourselves certain questions at strategic points throughout our graduate programs. The value of strong time-management and networking skills, the ability to identify and amplify our skill set and accomplishments, and strategies and tips for finding employment – within or outside of the academy – are key themes of the workshop. The workshop will take place at the Grad Room on Monday, January 23, 2017 (1pm – 2pm). Please register at: http://bit.ly/2ivSlLV

15. Nutrition and Public Health Policy – Graduate Speaker Series (January 2017 Session)
The Graduate Speaker Series is back! For the month of January, we will focus our discussion on nutrition and public health policy. There will be two speakers from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The first speaker will discuss ‘food faddism’ and perceived benefits of foods – it’s influences, credibility and population health outcomes. The second speaker will  discuss public health policies and her thesis work building an evidence base to inform sugar related policies. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (5:30pm – 7pm) at the Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. Light snacks will be served. Please register at http://bit.ly/2jGlEIM

16. Call for Abstracts – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) in partnership with the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the Department of Sociology, UTM will convene and anti-racism conference as part of the 2017 IDERD Campaign which will be held over two days (March 20-21, 2017). The theme for this year’s IDERD Campaign is: “What’s Anti-Racism Good for Now?”. The two days will consist of a one day thought provoking Conference that will convene on March 20th followed by the Recognition Awards Ceremony on March 21st. Both events will be held at the University of Toronto St. George campus. Further information on the Call for Abstracts, can be found on the ARCDO website at the following URL:  http://www.antiracism.utoronto.ca/iderd/callforabstracts.html.

17. Grad Minds Mental Health Video Campaign
Grad Minds Mental Health Advisory Committee is planning to produce a mental health video campaign, and is seeking students who have or are experiencing a mental health condition and are willing to speak about it on camera. We are looking to represent all mental health conditions, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders etc. The video is intended to be empowering and will present students in a positive light. The video is intended to reach the UofT community and will also potentially be posted on YouTube. If interested or have questions please email jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca. Help educate our community on mental health!

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