UTGSU Digest: Executive Commissioner Nomination Period Extended & CUPE 3902 #StrikeRally Countdown – February 1, 2018

February 1st, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance
2. Top 10 Mental Health Services for U of T Graduate Students
3. Executive Commissioner Nomination Period Extended
4. Now Hiring: Poll Clerks
5. CUPE 3902 #StrikeCountdown Rally
6. Logo Design Contest: $200 to be Won
7. Grad Minds Presents ‘Speak Your Mind: Students Speak About Lived Experience with Mental Illness’
8. Decolonization Through Storytelling, a Conversation with Lee Maracle
9. Family Care Office Student Parent Meet-Up
10. Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance
The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period is now CLOSED. There is a blackout period for students (who started in January) until March 1 for submitting the claims. The University will send the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded
on the Green Shield System. For more information on your plan details, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca

2. Top 10 Mental Health Services for U of T Graduate Students
We often joke about how tough, exhausting, and HARD grad life can be. So let’s pause and take a moment to help each other out and build a strong network of services and tips geared towards thriving, not just surviving grad life. Remember: you are not alone: https://goo.gl/Lw18Gh.

3. Executive Commissioner Nomination Period Extended
Interested in running for a position with the UTGSU Executive, but thought you missed the deadline? It’s not too late, as the nomination for the following positions has officially been extended until Wednesday, February 7 at 5:00 pm:
-Academics and Funding Commissioner for Divisions 3&4
-External Commissioner
-Internal Commissioner
Nomination forms are currently available at the UTGSU offices (16 Bancroft Avenue) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), online at www.utgsu.ca/elections or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). Don’t miss your chance to make an impact at Canada’s largest university, while gaining practical skills in policy and governance. More information, including a summary of the responsibilities for each Executive position and the Elections 2018 Timeline can be found at www.utgsu.ca/elections. or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). For more information, please email the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Lisa Aikman, at cro@utgsu.ca

4. Now Hiring: Poll Clerks
The Elections and Referendum Committee at The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) invites applications for full-time and part-time poll clerks for our 2018 Executive Elections. The Executive Elections will be held from February 26 to February 28. Interested applicants should email the DRO (Deputy Returning Officer) a paragraph outlining your availability and stating why they are interested in the position. In your response indicate if you have access to a vehicle. Owning a vehicle is not compulsory for the position. Indicate whether you have access to a laptop computer or if we need to provide you with one. The position pays $15.00 per hour. International Students are encouraged to apply because you are not required to have a Canadian Work Permit. Paid training will be provided. You must include a telephone number in your response. Applications are due on February 12 by 10:00 am and should be sent to Mr. Adrian Aziz – The Deputy Returning Officer at dro@utgsu.ca.  

5CUPE 3902 #StrikeCountdown Rally 
Mark your calendars for the #StrikeCountdown Rally to support the Bargaining Team on their last day of conciliation. Your attendance at this rally is crucial in gaining as much leverage at the table as CUPE 3902 possibly can for the Bargaining Team. When: Wednesday, 7 February at 12 pm. Where: Outside Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle. There will be food, and chanting to fight for the best possible deal! If you require any accommodations to attend this rally, please contact vc1@cupe3902.org by Friday, 2 February at 12 pm to make any necessary arrangements. Join CUPE 3902 members and allies to demonstrate that we all are fighting back and demanding better.

6. Logo Design Contest: $200 to be Won
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) wants you to design their new logo and a logo for their environmental festival, ECOFEST. The prize for each logo is $100! Instructions: Submit an electronic version of a simple logo with a transparent background as an .AI (Illustrator) file for one or both designs to civics@utgsu.ca by February 11, 2018.

7. Grad Minds Presents ‘Speak Your Mind: Students Speak About Lived Experience with Mental Illness’
Come out to the UTGSU’s Grad Minds’ TED-talk style event to hear students talk about their personal lived experiences with mental illness and mental health concerns including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. This is a great opportunity to learn more about mental illnesses, what they feel like for those who suffer, and how individuals have coped with them. The event is taking place on February 8 from 6-8 pm in University College (UC) room 152. Check out the Facebook event at https://goo.gl/MF8GNJ.

8. Decolonization Through Storytelling, a Conversation with Lee Maracle
This event is an initiative of the Truth & Reconciliation Student Working Group at the Faculty of Information, a voluntary committee of the Doctoral Student Association in collaboration with the Master of Information Student Council and the Museum Studies Student Association. This initiative seeks to contribute to and feed into the broader efforts at our Faculty and University, and within the information, heritage and education fields, to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Happening on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 5:30 pm in the Bissell Building Room 728. This event is free, wheelchair accessible and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/DxyQG6. For additional information, email: trswg.information@gmail.com.

9. Family Care Office Student Parent Meet-Up
Happening on Saturday, February 3, 2 – 4 pm at OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 5170. A social afternoon for you and your family to connect and relax with other student families who understand your challenges and concerns! Learn about mindful parenting while your child(ren) up to 12 years of age are cared for. Refreshments for adults and snacks for children up to 12 years of age will be provided. Babies should stay with the parent if not yet mobile. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3Qn. If requiring child care for this session, please call their office at 416-978-0951 or email them at: family.care@utoronto.ca with your child’s name(s) and age(s).

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.