UTGSU Digest: Graduate Community Development Fund & Executive-at-Large Position – October 12, 2017

October 12th, 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. Graduate Community Development Fund
4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
5. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
7. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
8. Optimize Your Graduate Experience
9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room – Global Affairs and The Rule of Law
10. Workshop: Rim Brakes: Identification, Adjustment, and Troubleshooting


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. Graduate Community Development Fund
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.

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. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
Grad Minds will be hosting an event to increase students’ understanding of mental illnesses at UofT. They are looking for students with lived experience with mental illness who are comfortable speaking about it openly in front of an audience in a TED Talk-style. They are looking for students with a broad range of mental illnesses, including (but not limited to) anxiety disorder, depression, diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, eating disorders, etc. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Jacalyn, one of the Gradminds Co-Chairs, at: jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca.

6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to this informative 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.

7. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
Happening on October 19, 6- 9pm. 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 the TIFF Lightbox! Facebook |  Tickets

8. Optimize Your Graduate Experience
Connect with peers on Thursday, November 2 from 5-9pm at Hart House’s Music Room, and hear from a student & resource-partner panel, engage in a café carousel, and choose from great breakout sessions that will help you to make connections in new settings, map out & set goals for your graduate career, and give you tangible tools to manage stress and avoid burnout. Refreshments will be served.  Registration required. Space is limited. Hosted by Gradlife.

9. Graduate Speaker Series @ The Grad Room – Global Affairs and The Rule of Law
The October session of the Graduate Speaker Series will take place on Tuesday, October 17th (6 pm – 7:30 pm) at the lower level of the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. The topic for October is ‘Global Affairs and The Rule of Law’. Talks will include themes such as law related to combat/military activities, humanitarian interventions, sovereignty and international law. As always, there will be two speakers who will present their research. This will be followed by an ample time for Q&A and discussion. Pizza will be served. For details about talks, speakers and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/2xIYETx.

10. Workshop: Rim Brakes: Identification, Adjustment, and Troubleshooting
A safe bike is a bike that can stop! Join Bikechain on October 18th from 6:30-8:30pm and learn how to set up, adjust, and troubleshoot your rim brakes. Participants are invited to bring their own bikes and will have a chance to identify their type of brake and check for issues. Pay what you can (PWYC) $5-15 is the suggested donation.
RSVP: www.bikechain.ca/events.
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