UTGSU Digest: Notice of AGM & Halloween on Church St – October 25, 2017

October 26th, 2017

Digest
1. Graduate Community Development Fund
2. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
3. UTGSU Annual General Meeting 2017: Mon Dec 4, 6:10pm
4. International Students’ Caucus: Bar Hopping for “Halloween on Church Street”
5. Come to Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting: Wed Nov 15, 6:30-9:30pm
6. Optimize Your Graduate Experience: Thurs Nov 2, 5-9pm
7. Grad Talk – Becoming a Parent in Grad School: Tues Nov 7, 12-2pm
8. Graduate Student Parent Circle: Wed Nov 1, 12-2pm
9. New Frontiers Seminar Series: Thurs Nov 2, 12-1pm
10. Dismantling Islamophobia in Higher Education: Mon Oct 30, 6:30-8pm
11. Our Doors Are Open Graduate Seminar: Thurs Nov 9, 4:30-6:30pm

 

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. UTGSU Annual General Meeting 2017: Mon Dec 4, 6:10pm
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent).

Any UTGSU member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm. Motions submitted by the deadline that are in order will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27.

4. International Students’ Caucus: Bar Hopping for “Halloween on Church Street”
To celebrate Halloween, the International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all the international graduate students for bar hopping for Toronto’s most anticipated street party. We will enjoy the Halloween on Church Street starting 7:30 pm on October 31st (Tuesday) and take this opportunity to socialize with international students. We will go to two different bars, watch the parade and enjoy Halloween. Free drinks and snacks would be provided. Please RSVP for this event asap as we have spots for the first 20 international students. Please sign up at link below and we will send you further details soon. https://goo.gl/forms/7uDgvxceABueMic52

5. Come to Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting: Wed Nov 15, 6:30-9:30pm
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for the Bikechain community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday November 15, from 6:30-9:30pm, at the Harvest Noon Cafe (2nd floor of the GSU building). All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information here: www.bikechain.ca/2017-agm.

6. Optimize Your Graduate Experience: Thurs Nov 2, 5-9pm
Connect with peers, hear from our student & resource panel about dealing with challenges in grad school, and choose from great breakout sessions that will help you to make connections, map out & set goals for your graduate career, and give you tangible to manage stress and avoid burnout. Refreshments will be served. Thursday November 2, 5-9 pm, Music Room, at Hart House. *Space is limited and you are encouraged to register early as breakout sessions are filling up. Register: www.utoronto.audienceview.net/Online/default.asp.

7. Grad Talk – Becoming a Parent in Grad School: Tues Nov 7, 12-2pm
Are you a student parent? Would you be willing to share your story of being a parent and a graduate student? Many students debate if they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. Share your story with graduate students who are considering becoming parents by being a panelist on Nov. 7th for the Grad Talk entitled “Becoming a Parent in Grad School”. We would love to hear from interested dads and moms. Tuesday November 7, from 12-2 pm, in the Grad Room (66 Harbord St.). Contact Kathryn.haworth@utornto.ca or 416-946-0687.

8. Graduate Student Parent Circle: Wed Nov 1, 12-2pm
Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Pizza lunch will be served. All U of T graduate student parents and expectant graduate students are welcome. Wednesday November 1st, from 12-2 pm, in the Hart House Committees Room. Please pre-register at http://uoft.me/3I3. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, Graduate Student Union, Grad Life and Hart House.

9. New Frontiers Seminar Series: Thurs Nov 2, 12-1pm
Understanding the determinants, rates and uncertainty in population increase is essential if we are to predict recovery in depleted populations. How can we identify thresholds for impaired recovery using observed data? What subset of traits are important? Seminar by Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings: “Empirical Links between Demography, Life History, and Recovery in Fishes”. Thursday November 2, from 12-1pm (light refreshments will be served). At UTSC (Scarborough campus), in AA160. Contact nfss@utsc.utoronto.ca for more viewing options. More info: UOFT.ME/NFSS.

10. Dismantling Islamophobia in Higher Education: Mon Oct 30, 6:30-8pm
This forum aims to provide a space to discuss and unpack Islamophobia, its manifestation and impact, particularly in the post-secondary context. It will aim to identify the root causes of Islamophobia and in what manner it operates within communities and institutions. The panelists will speak about how Islamophobia takes up different forms for people of various intersectional identities, as well as for those perceived to be Muslim. They will also address Anti-Islamophobia work being organized, the tension points and challenges it poses as well as some promising practices institutions can undertake to confront the denial of islamophobia, address backlash and find solutions to address its impact. Speakers: Gilary Masa, Advocacy Coordinator for the National Council of Canadian Muslim; Remi Warner, Manager, Strategic Initiatives for the Anti-Racism Directorate; Jasmine Zine, Sociology Professor at Wilfred Laurier University. Moderator: Dalia Hashim, Community Organizer.

Monday October 30th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, 7 Hart House Circle, Music Room. Facebook event. For tickets. For any accommodation and accessibility needs please contact antiracism@utoronto.ca.

11. Our Doors Are Open Graduate Seminar: Thurs Nov 9, 4:30-6:30pm
The Our Doors are Open train-the-trainers seminar is designed specifically to help individual faith-based organizations. It enables organizations to develop what we call “inclusive thinking,” encourages them to reach out to their members with disabilities, helps them to engage those members in full participation, discusses ways to create accessible media and communications, and allows them to assess the physical and social inclusivity of their community spaces. Join the upcoming discussion on disability inclusivity with guest panellist Rev. Miriam Spies and Dr. Tom Reynolds. Thursday November 9th, from 4:30-6:30pm, in Classroom D, Regis College (100 Wellesley Street W). Free food and accessible space. For more information on Our Doors are Open: Facebook page and opendoors.idrc.ocadu.ca.

 

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