UTGSU Digest: Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, Graduate Student Parent Circle – March 16, 2017

March 16th, 2017

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UTGSU Digest: Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, Graduate Student Parent Circle – March 16, 2017

1. A Message for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting Tuesday 28 March at 18.10
3. Graduate Student Parent Circle
4Elevator Pitch Your Thesis for a Chance to Win Prizes
5. Drinks for Democracy 
6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference
7. Free Grad Minds Dance Class
8Register for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
9. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel
10. Hart House Committees: Looking for New Members

1. A Message for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
Please be advised that at this time asbestos-related concerns have been raised regarding the current air quality in the Medical Science Building. We have been told more information will be released to students via email later this evening. The UTGSU Executive Committee is taking this concern very seriously, and will be monitoring this situation to ensure that the safety of all graduate students is a top priority. For more information, visit: Asbestos Related Concern in the Medical Science Building.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 March 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. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Monday, March 20 and April 10, from 12 – 2 pm, Hart House North Sitting Room Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, talk about what is important to you, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Refreshments will be served. All U of T expectant and graduate student parents are welcome. Register at: Graduate Student Parent Circle. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, the UTGSU, Grad life, and Hart House.

4Elevator Pitch Your Thesis for a Chance to Win Prizes 
Calling all graduate students (MAs; MEds; PhDs; and Professional Students), this is your chance to share your elevator pitch about your research or relevant work in a supportive and social environment. You will have an opportunity to exchange ideas, expand your network and meet other graduate students across various disciplines. All participants will be entered in a draw to win cash prizes (First place-$75 prize; Second place- $50 prize; Third place- $25prize). Potential Date: April 6th, 2017. Time: 6-8pm. Please email Suzanne: civics@utgsu.ca if you are interested in participating by noon on March 23rd.

5. 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!). 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 food with others who want to chat politics! Join us March 21, 7-9pm, at the Fox and the Fiddle at 17 Fort York Blvd. For more info: Drinks to Democracy Event.

6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference  
Grad Minds will be hosting its annual Open Minds Conference on Wednesday, March 29th (5pm – 10pm) at Hart House. For details and registration, please visit: Registration Details. The theme for 2017 is Making Headway – “Being Healthy is a State of Mind“, is a mantra we all need to live by, especially as students, where stress and anxiety can become part of our daily life. The evening will include workshops, panel talks, engaging speakers and a film screening. Some of the workshops include impostor syndrome, wellness & mindfulness, healthy eating and dealing with crisis. Please make sure to register for one workshop per concurrent session. Light refreshments will be provided.

7. Free Grad Minds Dance Class
Grad Minds will be hosting another free dance class this March 23rd from 6-7pm! It will be a beginner Jazz class hosted in the dance studio at Goldring Center. Come join us to learn some new moves, make some new friends, and de-stress! Absolutely no dance experience required. If you have any questions, or an accessibility request, please email Jacalyn, the Chair of Grad Minds, at: mentalhealth@utgsu.ca.

8Register for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
Registration is now open for the IDERD Conference, hosted by the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office. This thought provoking conference will be held over March 20-21, 2017, and is open to all University of Toronto graduate students. Participants interested in attending the conference should register, and indicate which of sessions would be your first choice to attend: Registration Form for IDERD Conference. If you require accommodation(s) due to disability, please email: antiracism@utoronto.ca directly and they will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

9. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel
On Thursday, March 30th, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. join the OISE Student Affairs Society (SAS) for a panel discussion on graduate student support that moves beyond the traditional “programming” approach. The speakers include, Kathleen Moore (PhD Candidate a OISE), Brie Berry-Crossfield (UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner), Fiona Check (Students for Barrier-Free Access) and Michelle Ekuban (SGS Financial Advisor). Panelists will discuss a range of topics including financing, housing, health and wellness, university governance, and accessibility. Light snacks will be provided and the event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Check out the Facebook Event for more information. 

10. Hart House Committees: Looking for New Members
Find new ways of thinking and doing. Lead the charge on social justice issues, and create change. Build communities and improve students’ well-being. Galvanize the music, library, theatre, arts scene on campus. Hart House Committees need your ideas, energy and involvement. “Being part of the Social Justice Committee for the past few years has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences I’ve had at U of T.” Mayte Achante, Hart House Social Justice Committee. To apply and for more information about Hart House Committee opportunities, visit: Hart House Standing Committee Application.

 

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