UTGSU Digest: Caucuses Recruiting New Executives & Health and Dental Change of Coverage Period – Friday, September 22

September 22nd, 2017

Digest
1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Kick-Off Rally
3. UTGSU Caucuses are Recruiting New Executives
4. UTGSU Gym Schedule for October
5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
6. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
7. Grad Minds Looking for Photographers
8. QT2SBIPOC Fall Social 
9. Childcare Subsidy Information Session
10. Survey on Impact of Tuition Fees and Student Debt

 

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Kick-Off Rally
Happening on Monday, September 25, from 12-2pm outside Simcoe Hall, in King’s College Circle. CUPE 3902’s current Unit 1 Collective Agreement is set to expire in December and the elected bargaining team has been hard at work over the summer crafting proposals to build a new and better Collective Agreement for everyone. For information on the platform, please see the bargaining bulletin: CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Platform. The space for the rally is physically accessible (please see the map for an accessible route) and there will be snacks available (including vegan and GF). Please contact vc1@cupe3902.org if there any other accommodations that would make it more accessible for you. All are welcome! The more strength the university sees the more negotiating power CUPE 3902 has.

3. UTGSU Caucuses are Recruiting New Executives
UTGSU Caucuses are identity-based groups on campus that work closely with graduate students and other internal University of Toronto organizations to build communities and host social, networking and other events to enhance the academic experience. Being part of one of the UTGSU Caucuses is a great opportunity to develop your soft skills and get involved in a wide range of initiatives. For a list of Executive positions within the International Students’ Caucus, Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus and the Race & Ethnicity Caucus, please refer to the postings here: Executive Position Application Form.

4. UTGSU Gym Schedule for October
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of October on Friday, September 29, starting at 10:00am. To book call 416-978 8464. Call early as space fills up quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7-10pm. You may also book the UTGSU Gym for basketball on Thursdays and doubles badminton on Fridays for one hour per week. MondayTuesday and Wednesday evenings are reserved for the volleyball league. Volleyball drop-in is available from 8 -11 pm on October 3 and 10th. The League begins Monday, October 16th. Daytime bookings can be made from 10 am to 5 pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation, and singles badminton. For more information, go to www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym or email gym@utgsu.ca. 

 

5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

6. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) would like to invite all international graduate students to a Welcome Back Event at the GSU pub on Wednesday, September 27th at 6 pm. Come and meet other international graduate students and enjoy free drinks and food! Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/1puR9NoRS6TcTSxF2. Email isc@utgsu.ca if you have any questions.

7. Grad Minds Looking for Photographers
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at the St.George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our knowledge, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. Grad Minds is currently recruiting photographers to join their editorial team. They are also accepting applications for journalists and design editors throughout the year. To apply, send your resume (a max. of two pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca. More information can be found online at: Grad Minds Positions.

8. QT2SBIPOC Fall Social 
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a fall social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC). There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting. We will have snacks (including vegan and gluten-free options). Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Location: Room 207 (MultiPurpose Hall), MultiFaith Centre. The MultiFaith Centre is located at 569 Spadina Avenue. The accessible entrance to the building is off of Bancroft Avenue. For more information visit: https://goo.gl/ePdBE4. 

9. Childcare Subsidy Information Session
Wednesday, September 27, 3:15 – 4:30 pm, 246 Bloor St. West, Rm 346. Learn what child care subsidy is and the eligibility requirements by the City of Toronto, including information about how the City of Toronto Children’s Services manages its waitlist, what happens if you don’t find a childcare space after the subsidy interview meeting, how to get subsidies to look for a job or if you are self-employed, and recent changes and updates to their policies.Registration required at http://uoft.me/3DQ. All University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome.

10. Survey on Impact of Tuition Fees and Student Debt
Chris Glover, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto is conducting a survey on the impact of university tuition fees and student debt. If you were a university student in the 2016-2017 academic year, please consider filling out this survey. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be combined with the responses of hundreds of other university students in Ontario and Quebec.  The survey will take you about fifteen (15) minutes to complete. Your participation would be greatly appreciated as the information will be provided to the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario in a final report and will be distributed to member locals to aid us in future lobbying efforts. The link to the survey in English is at: https://surveys.oise.utoronto.ca/surveyviewer2/index.php?surveyID=8Y8P2. If you have any questions please email c.glover@mail.utoronto.ca.

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