UTGSU Digest: Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline & Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary – November 2, 2017

November 2nd, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
3. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
4. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
5. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
6. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
7. 150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism and Indigeneity across Lands
8. Financial Survival Talks

9. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent While Pursuing a Graduate Degree – Panel Discussion
10. Competition Opens for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
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.

2. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
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 has been extended to 11:59pm on November 15, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

3. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

4. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams and divisions graduate students are interested in having, please fill out the following form: Winter Intramural Sign-Up Sheet. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the intramural session for the Winter Semester. Stay tuned for an email the week of November 20 for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Winter Semester. If you have any questions or an accessibility request, email Peter, the Intramural Coordinator at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

5. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
On November 24 from 1 to 3 pm, join the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and the University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) at the 2017 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest, taking place at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). Speakers from different areas will present their cutting-edge research works. Apply to present at www.utmust.ca/application, or attend the presentation as a viewer. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

6. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is committed to social justice, community building, and healing for self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour at the intersections of gender, ability, age, class, religion and sexuality. They are currently looking for two enthusiastic, and forward-thinking candidates to be their new Vice-President of Internal Operations and Vice-President of Finance. For more information, visit: Race & Ethnicity Caucus Positions. The deadline to apply is November 30 at 5pm.

7. 150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism and Indigeneity across Lands
To mark the one year anniversary of the Decolonizing Conference, the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) in collaboration with Equity Studies, New College and endorsed by the UTGSU will be hosting an interactive workshop series geared toward critical dialogues, arts, and activism on Saturday, November 11th, 2017. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity to connect with scholars, activists, artists, and fellow graduate/undergraduate students in an environment that fosters critical thought, engagement, creativity, and innovation in the areas of race, anti-racism, Indigeneity, and decolonization. Get your tickets on the Facebook event to secure your spot.

8. Financial Survival Talks
On Wednesday, November 15 from 12-2pm in the Main Activity Hall of the MultiFaith Centre. Come and speak individually with various U of T staff and union staff representatives about financial assistance you can access at The University of Toronto. Learn more about student discounts, newly created UTGSU Awards, Extended Health & Dental benefit plans, SGS Parental Grant, OSAP, childcare subsidies and the review by the City of Toronto for international students, what grant committees are looking for on-campus student services and family resources. Lunch will be served. Your partner/spouses are welcome to attend. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3I3.

9. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent While Pursuing a Graduate Degree – Panel Discussion
Happening on Tuesday, November 7 from 12-2pm in Grad Room, located at 66 Harbord Street. This talk will provide you with information to allow you to make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family, including: Programs and resources available for students who are starting a family, such as, University and Government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/ parental leave; and resources for new parents. A panel discussion featuring a faculty member and graduate students who are raising children. You will be able to hear first-hand about their experiences, challenges and valuable strategies for integrating studies and careers with raising children. Pizza will be served. Space is limited. Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and Gradlife. Register: www.familycare.utoronto.ca/events/workshops.html.

10. Competition Opens for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award
First Nations, Metis and Inuit students registered full-time in a graduate degree program are encouraged to apply for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award, launched last spring by SGS in partnership with Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement, University of Toronto (SAGE UT). The award offers up to $1,000 for travel to Indigenous-focused events. To apply, complete an application at www.sgs.utoronto.ca/Documents/Indigenous-Graduate-Travel-Award-Application.pdf and email it to sage@utoronto.ca. The application deadline is November 27, 2017. For more information, please contact the SAGE Program Director at sage@utoronto.ca.

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