UTGSU Digest: Graduate Community Development Fund & Statement & Petition for Systematic Transformation at Massey College – October 5, 2017

October 5th, 2017

Digest

 


1. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
2. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
3.Update on the Statement & Petition for Systematic Transformation at Massey College
4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
5. Now Accepting Graduation Community Development Fund Applications
6. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
7. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
8. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
9. Grad Connections – Hot Topics for Graduate Students
10. Notice of Public Consultation: University of Toronto St.George Campus Housing Study

 

1. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested Members should send a statement of interest to
internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

2. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large! This position is open to any current UTGSU Member. Duties include supporting the 2017-2018 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. An honorarium is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on MondayOctober 23rd, starting at 6:15pm, located 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. Update on the Statement & Petition for Systematic Transformation at Massey College
Thank you to those who were able to sign the petition demanding systematic change at Massey College. Your support for the Junior Fellows has given them strength in numbers. The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to acknowledge that some of the demands have been met by the Administration at Massey College, but the conversations between the Junior Fellows and Administration are in its early stages. We encourage you to continue to circulate this petition and ask others to sign it, in order for this issue to stay at the forefront of conversation as we are calling for systemic change at Massey College: Statement & Petition

4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Subcommittee, email Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca with: (1) A brief paragraph about yourself and why you’re interested in joining and (2) year and program. A maximum of 8 spots is available on this committee, which is a low time commitment opportunity, spanning over three months. Applications will be accepted until October 26 at 11:59PM. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

5. Now Accepting Graduation Community Development Fund Applications
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59PM on October 31, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

6. 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.

7. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to this information workshop hosted by the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus to get your questions answered. The workshop will take place on October 19 from 6:00-8:00pm at UC 140, located at 15 King’s College Circle. The speaker, Elizabeth Long, is an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. If you would like to attend this session, RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/4pAbHiECeJIdx0bV2 by October 17. Snacks will be provided.

8. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
Happening on  October 19, 6- 9 PM. This free movie night for graduate students and community members – all welcome! Have you ever been through a bad breakup where you hated the world and yourself? This film explores what that’s like. It’s an anti-romantic comedy with a whole lot of heart. FYI – If you’re expecting a v-day romantic comedy with mental health fluff, this is not for you. We’re going to watch the film, laugh together, talk about mental health, and think about what we can do as a community to support each other. Please register asap as this event sold out at TIFF Lightbox! Trailer Facebook |  Tickets

9. Grad Connections – Hot Topics for Graduate Students
Gradlife is very excited to be starting a new program, a casual chat and lunch drop-in for graduate students, starting on October 16. If you’re looking for a place to connect with peers in a less formal setting, and like coffee and tea, then this is for you. Check out the event page for more information on #GradConnections topics and location. Event link: http://bit.ly/2yY7PNe.

10. Notice of Public Consultation: University of Toronto St.George Campus Housing Study
At Charles Street West and Yonge Street, two apartment towers provide housing to more than 2,000 people in 713 apartments, all of whom are currently student families. These properties are subject to a transfer agreement with the province, as well as a ground lease for adjacent commercial space, both of which expire in 2019. This provides the University with an opportunity to consider a new mix of residential and commercial uses, as well as renewal and redevelopment potential. How you can help: Your input to help develop recommendations for the housing strategy for the St. George campus is extremely valuable. Please attend the upcoming public consultation, on Oct. 10 from 7-9pm at 35 Charles Street West on the 2nd floor, for the Charles Street West neighbourhood to discuss your vision for housing in your community.

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