UTGSU Digest – Apply to be an Executive-at-Large, Hiring a General Council Chairperson – April 13, 2017.

April 13th, 2017



1. UTGSU Student Rights Workshop
2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large
3. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chairperson

4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
5. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
6 Transit Issues for St.George Students Travelling to UTSC and UTM
7. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto
8. Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series
9. Family Event: Bike Mechanics 
10. The Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik 
11. Grad Talk: Navigating Your Online Persona
12. Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain

 

1. UTGSU Student Rights Workshop
This workshop is for graduate students at the University of Toronto who are interested in hearing more about their legal rights, and how to address health and safety concerns in the workplace (specifically labs, and study space). The facilitator, Richard Blair, will be providing a brief introduction about himself, and basic information on what rights students have in the workplace. He will then open the floor for questions. Registration: UTGSU Student Rights Workshop. For an accessibility request, or more information, please contact the UTGSU Communications & Promotions Coordinatorat: communications@utgsu.ca or (416) 978-6233.

2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large 
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large 1? This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the activities supporting the 2017-2018 Executive Legislative Program, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending a weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is a gross annual of $5,299.65. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 25 April, 6:10pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information, or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at: internal@utgsu.ca.

3. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chairperson
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2017-2018 academic year. Experience chairing large bodies/board of directors, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council or like decision-making body, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 8 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to
hiring@utgsu.ca by Sunday April 16th at midnight. Interviews will take place April 19th to 21st. Please visit: Hiring a General Council Chairperson, or contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request. 

4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 25 April at 18.10 in Koffler House, Room 108. 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.

5. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of April for May, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. Please note that the gym will be closed in August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours. 

6. Transit Issues for St.George Students Travelling to UTSC or UTMC
The UTGSU Civics and Environment Commissioner has been made aware that some students are experiencing transit issues at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. In order to better serve you, the Membership, this survey has been designed to tally the number of folks affected by this, and how the UTGSU can advocate for better service on your behalf. The form is for all University of Toronto graduate students who are enrolled at the St.George campus, but travel to the Mississauga or Scarborough campuses for labs. If you answer no for the first question, please do not continue the rest of the survey. Fill out the form here: Transit Issues Form.

7. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto
March for Science Toronto invite all people who understand the importance of science in our daily lives to stand together and champion its role by joining the march and rally on April 22. The four goals of the march are: science integrity, evidence-based policymaking, better and more inclusive STEM education, and a celebration of Canadian science and scientists. Toronto is marching in solidarity with American science marches, but is also focused on Canadian issues and opportunities. The March starts on Saturday April 22, 2017, at 11:00 am, concluding with a rally at Queen’s Park at 12:00 pm. Visit: March for Science for details.

8. Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series  
Join Harvest Noon on Tuesday, April 18 from 6-9pm, for the continuation of our condiment making workshop series. This time we’re focussing on the ever versatile chutney! We’ll be making several types of this tasty sauce variety and you’ll of course get to take some home. Cost: $10 for Harvest Noon/UTGSU members; $15 for non-members (includes $5 lifetime Harvest Noon membership); Pay What You Can spaces also available for those experiencing financial difficulty. Registration: Sign up now in one of the reserved UofT grad student spaces (if grad student spaces are not filled as of Friday April 14th at 10AM, they are considered open to others and/or wait list members will be moved in to those spaces. Grad students can still sign up afterwards though as a member or nonmember!)

9. Family Event: Bike Mechanics 
On Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, bring your children (4-12 years old) on campus to learn how to keep their bikes in top condition, including bike maintenance and safety. Stick around after the workshop to have a mechanic check of your child’s bike to make sure it’s safe and ready to ride. You’ll be all set for summer! Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951. Children of University of Toronto students, staff, and faculty are welcome, adult supervision required. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs. This event is offer in collaboration with BikeChain, a not-for-profit cycling organization based at the University of Toronto. Location TBD.

10. The Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik
This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture.
This space centres the experiences of Black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people. At this session we will be screening the film Naz & Maalik, followed by a short discussion and social. The Muslims Are Coming! is a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP. Date: Tuesday April 18; Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm; Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall. Full description and access info: contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

11. Grad Talk: Navigating Your Online Persona  
On April 19, from 4-5:30pm. Work email, Utoronto email, personal email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat- is Twitter still a thing? Oh my! In this hour and half workshop we will explore our online personas as we navigate individual differences in communication styles and how they influence our personal and professional lives. Pizza will be available. Presented by: Ashna Khanna and Lorri Pacheco, Peer Leadership Facilitators, Leadership Development.
Register

12. Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain 
On April 20 from 6-8pm in the OISE Nexus Lounge, on the 12th floor. Join the OISE Black Women’s Caucus, and  the OISE Graduate Students’ Association for a panel speaker session on how black women can navigate the terrain around them. The speaker list includes: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, Humber College, Dr. Andrea Davis, York University, Dr. Ann Lopez, OISE/UT, Dr. Delores V. Mullings, Memorial University, and Dr. Roberta Timothy, Continuing Healing Consultants. For more information, contact Janelle Brady at: janelle.baptiste.brady@mail.utoronto.ca.

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