UTGSU Digest: Winter Welcome Social & Office of the University Ombudsperson Feedback Form – January 4, 2018

January 4th, 2018

Digest1. Winter Welcome Social 
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
5. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
6. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
7. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
8. Student Parent Storytelling
9. LGBTQ Leadership Series: Kristin Wong-Tam and George Smitherman
10. Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards

 

1. Winter Welcome Social
The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 10, 2018 from 5-7pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. The event will be filled with winter-themed snacks, games and a raffle draw for individual prizes worth up to $60. More information on the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/h3kgM6.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca. 

4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
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 optout of these services: Levy Groups OptOut Periods.

5. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
The Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto has introduced a three-pronged approach to improve graduate education for doctoral-stream students in Arts & Science programs on all three U of T campuses. Branden Rizzuto, the UTGSU Executive-at-Large 1, worked very closely with the Vice-Dean of Graduate Education & Program Reviews to have this information available online. To view, visit the following link: https://goo.gl/9CMGFb.

6. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee is asking for current University of Toronto graduate students to provide feedback on the Office of the University Ombudsperson, which provides impartial, confidential advice to students on current university policies and procedures. The hope is to provide meaningful feedback on how the service could be improved. The UTGSU Executive Committee will then take this data and put it together in a written report for The Office of the Ombudsperson Review Committee to consider. This survey is anonymous and personal information will not be collected. Please complete the survey before January 6, 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/XleMeojP5CHOy2lV2.

7. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
In person outreach and engaging the public in a ‘one on one’ or public speaking fashion can easily feel overwhelming, even for the most extroverted of us. So how can you ease the stress, anxiety, and initial barriers to actually getting people to talk to you? Come learn some tips, tricks, and best practices for getting cold glances to melt and strangers to hear you out. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic and most common scenarios and how to best navigate each one. Each section will be broken down into an hour each and will incorporate participatory activities. More information at: https://goo.gl/8bFajF.

8. Student Parent Storytelling
Join The Family Care Office on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am to noon ay OISE 252 for an opportunity to socialize with other student parents and a chance to be featured in Hart House’s upcoming Family Day-themed exhibition. Help increase visibility of students with family responsibilities on campus by sharing your story and having your photo taken on this day. Childminding and light refreshments will be provided. All students and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration required. If childminding is needed, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca with your child’s name and age. More information at: https://goo.gl/Uc8E1Y.

9. LGBTQ Leadership Series: Kristin Wong-Tam and George Smitherman
Join the Spectrum at the School of Public Policy and Governance on Monday, January 15th at 12:30pm in University College (Main Building), Room 314, for their first LGBTQ+ in Leadership Series. The event will feature an in-depth conversation with Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Former Deputy Premier & Cabinet Minister George Smitherman. Light lunch will be served. Everyone is welcome. More information at: https://goo.gl/kBHKLR.

10. Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards recognize the valuable contributions of TAs and graduate student Course Instructors to undergraduate education at the University of Toronto. Winners receive a framed certificate and monetary award and invited to participate in a panel during the 2018 Tri-Campus TA Day.  Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor by submitting a nomination package. More information is available online: http://tatp.utoronto.ca/awards/ci-award/. Nominations close on February 28, 2018. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact: Kathleen Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, CTSI at: k.olmstead@utoronto.ca.