UTGSU Digest: Vote for your UTGSU Executives Feb. 27 & 28 – February 16, 2017.

February 16th, 2017

Elections


1. Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections February 27 and 28, and Win Prizes!
2.
 UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting. Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
3. Reserve Gym time for March on Friday 24 February at 10:00
4. Student Winter Used Item Sale
5. 
Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 17th, 6-10pm
7. Harvest Noon Closed February 20th to 24th; Reopens February 27th 2016

8. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 13-17: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
9. Grad Escape: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village: February, 19, 11-1pm
10. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30
11. #BlackOnCampus: Addressing Anti-Black Racism at OISE
12. Graduate Speaker Series – Embodiment, Mind and Body in Social Justice Discourses


1. Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections February 27 and 28, and Win Prizes!

The UTGSU Elections will be held on February 27, and 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You will have a chance to vote in candidates for the six Executive Commissioner positions for the 2017/2018 year. This year you will also be eligible to win one of three prizes, if you choose to enter the contest. The prizes are: a pair of headphones, a grocery or coffee gift card. For a full list of polling stations, please visit: www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations. If you have any questions, or accessibility requests, please contact the CRO, Scott Surphlis, at: cro@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting. Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 February 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 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.

3. Reserve Gym time for March on Friday 24 February at 10:00
UTGSU gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00. To book please call 416 978 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.

4. Student Winter Used Item Sale
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee, in collaboration with Grad Minds, will be hosting a Student Winter Used Item Sale! Registered students will have the opportunity to sell their gently used items, such as clothes, electronics, books, and housewares to students. The event will occur on March 16 from 12-4 pm, location TBA. If you are interested in being registered as a ‘vendor’ for the event and having a table to sell your items, please email jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca. Please note that all vendors will be responsible for their own table of items on the day of the sale. Registration is first come first served. Send inquires to the email above. Time to reduce and reuse!

5. Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
We invite you to join us for a panel discussion about the systemic barriers Black people continue to encounter. Panelists will explore how the Post Racial narrative functions to reinforce discriminatory ideologies and practices and reflect on what a collective movement of Black liberation would look like. This event will be hosted by the Massey College Diversity Committee in partnership with the UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus. Thursday, February 23rd | Massey College, Upper Library | 4 Devonshire Place | 7pm Free Entry | Register at: http://bit.ly/2kPVkPL

6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 17th, 6-10pm
Harvest Noon just turned five! We’re celebrating by continuing our birthday tradition (we’re old enough to say that now??) of a vegan dessert potluck party in the cafe. FREE and open to all! This year we’re also especially celebrating our volunteers because without you, we couldn’t happen. So bring some type of vegan-friendly dessert to share and let’s have fun together! Nut free please. (And know that if you bring a non-dessert, we’ll still love you). RSVP & let us know what you’re bringing here: https://is.gd/2CX7ZJ Party Time: Friday February 17th, from 6-10pm. Party Location: Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event: https://is.gd/HOTzRu

7. Harvest Noon Closed February 20th to 24th; Reopens February 27th 2016
Please note that Harvest Noon will be closed next week during UofT Reading Week starting Monday February 20th. We’ll be back open for regular lunch service starting on Monday February 27th. Harvest Noon Café+Co-Op serves affordable local and organically grown vegan and vegetarian food upstairs at UTGSU (16 Bancroft Ave), as well as hosts educational workshops. For more information about us, our weekly changing menu, workshops, initiatives and events or to propose an event, please visit www.harvestnoon.com.

8. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 13-17: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
Mark your calendars! The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place in Toronto from March 13-17. First launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine Solidarity Calendar. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for theBoycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This year’s IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The events will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, and Hind Awwad, among others. Find us on Facebook! The full program will be made available soon at www.apartheidweek.org and www.uoftdivest.com/iaw17.
9. Grad Escape: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village: February, 19, 11-1pm
Ever wanted to visit Evergreen Brickworks? Now is your chance to explore this fantastic historical site in Toronto while indulging in a little post-holiday shopping and walking. Join Gradlife at Castlefrank Station, where we’ll start our walk to Evergreen Brickworks through the hidden wooded-valleys of Toronto, before stopping to explore and shoot at the Winter Market. Bring comfy shoes, a camera, and your wallet to grab some hand-made souvenirs and warm drinks! Register: http://uoft.me/2Qx.10. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30 Grad Room
Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful. Pizza will be available. Register: http://uoft.me/2Qw.

11. #BlackOnCampus: Addressing Anti-Black Racism at OISE
Wednesday February 22, 2017. 3pm to 5pm. Nexus Lounge, OISE. #BlackOnCampus events have been taking place across postsecondary campuses with students working to support international Black movements to resist anti-Black racism and dubious hiring practices across Canada. Building on the legacy of Black students organizing and work within the University of Toronto, this panel brings together faculty and graduate students to examine the intersections of Blackness, social justice and representation at OISE, the University of Toronto and across Canada. This event features Dr. Lance McCready, Dr. Njoki Wane, Mama Nii Owoo, and moderated by Sagal Yusuf. See Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714383265519118/. The venues are wheelchair accessible and close to accessible washrooms.Please note that this is a scent-free environment. To discuss how we can make events accessible to you, please contact president.gsa@utoronto.ca.

12. Graduate Speaker Series – Embodiment, Mind and Body in Social Justice Discourses
Graduate Speaker Series is back. The next session will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd (5:30pm – 7pm). We will discuss themes of mind and the body in social justice discourses. The first speaker will discuss her research on whether there is a way that we can utilize the body, and body based healing, such as yoga, to work through emotions to pursue healing from a holistic method. The second speaker will discuss her research on dreaming as an embodied way of knowing that taps into mind, body and spirit in a holistic cohesive way. Please register at: http://bit.ly/2l0gkR4.

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