UTGSU Digest: Vote in the UTGSU Elections & Graduate Student Referendum – February 15, 2018

February 15th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance
2. Vote in the 2018 UTGSU Elections
3. Volunteers Needed for the UTGSU Elections
4. The Graduate Community Development Fund: Winners Have Been Chosen
5. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
6. Free Income Tax Clinic
7. The 6th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival
8. Talking Walls Art Installation: Every Family Belongs 
9. AWAKE Olympics
10. 3 Minute Thesis Competition

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. Vote in the 2018 UTGSU Elections
What issues matter to you as a graduate student? The 2018 UTGSU Elections is your opportunity to vote for candidates that will represent you through the 2018-2019 academic year. Voting will take place from February 26, 2018 starting at 9:00 am and end on February 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm. You can vote in person at one of the polling stations or online. For a list of candidate statements, polling stations, and a link to the online voting website, visit: www.utgsu.ca/elections. If you have questions about this, email Lisa Aikman, the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), at cro@utgsu.ca.

3. Volunteers Needed for the UTGSU Elections
Want to be involved in helping us promote the 2018 UTGSU Elections? We are looking for ten volunteers to commit 1-2 hours of handing out promotional flyers at grad specific locations sometime between February 20 to February 28, 2018. If you’re interested in this, send an email to communications@utgau.ca with the subject line “UTGSU Elections: Volunteer” and include in the body of the email your name, phone number, and what day(s) you’d be available.
To thank you for helping out with the UTGSU Elections, there will be a volunteer appreciation event in March with free food and tons of board games. Details of the appreciation event will be shared with confirmed volunteers.

4. The Graduate Community Development Fund: Winners Have Been Chosen
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF). The winners have now been chosen and contacted by email. If you did not receive an email then, unfortunately, you did not win an award this year but we encourage you to re-apply next year. Please stay tuned for dates and the application form for the 2018 round.

5. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
The Varsity is a University of Toronto not-for-profit student-run newspaper. On February 28March 1, and March 2, 2018, The Varsity will be holding a referendum through The University of Toronto’s U-elecT system (which can be found here https://goo.gl/8ygkYz) asking graduate students to join The Varsity as Members and pay a $0.80 levy fee per semester. Currently, graduate students are not Members of The Varsity and do not pay a levy fee. The UTGSU Executive Committee asks that each student makes an informed decision and participate in the vote, regardless if they are in favour or in opposition to the referendum question. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at editor@thevarsity.ca.

6. Free Income Tax Clinic
The UTGSU has partnered with The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) to host a free income tax clinic to help U of T students file their 2017 tax returns. There are multiple time slots available from March 5 to March 23 and April 2 to 6, 2018 which will run out of 563 Spadina Crescent, Suite 236. For more information, to secure a time slot and what to bring to the clinic, visit https://goo.gl/bWY9qr. Please email services@apus.ca if you have any questions, or call 416-978-0831.

7. The 6th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival
The festival will premiere on February 23 at Woodsworth College Residence, located at 321 Bloor Street West, in Room 30. Featuring the Toronto Premier of the groundbreaking Guatemalan Film “500 Years. Life in Resistance.” Also screening is the Mapuche film “Mala Junta | Bad Influence” and other feature films such as “Born in Syria, “The Young Karl Marx”, and classics, “Tupac Amaru”, “Sacco and Vanzetti”, “El Brigadista The Teacher”, and “Born in Gaza”. Organized by The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu an OPIRG Toronto Action Group. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/gmeKLe.

8. Talking Walls Art Installation: Every Family Belongs
Happening on February 15 to March 2 on the first floor of Hart House. The Family Care Office has curated an exhibition that captures the intersections between family responsibilities and the university experience. Visit Hart House today to read the unique family narratives of your U of T staff, student, and faculty peers. Also, check out the Free Family Dance Party on Sunday, February 18, 11:10 am to 12 pm @ the Goldring Centre Fitness Studio. This event is open to participants 4 and up and it is free for students, members and caregivers. Sign in at the front desk required.

9.  AWAKE Olympics
The Institute of Medical Science Students Association (IMSSA) invites you to join them at their Olympics themed fundraiser, AWAKE Olympics, in support of the charity RightToPlay, who supports underprivileged children in playing team sports. Grab your crew and join them on February 24 from 11 am – 2 pm in the Gym and East Common room at Hart House. Their initiative features 12 themed stations, each reflecting one or more of AWAKE’s core values. Participants will be treated to an afternoon filled with fun, food, and prizes while celebrating community and sport. Registration is free via Eventbrite https://goo.gl/AQmJ1R. This event is brought to you in partnership with Right to Play UofT, UofT Emergency First Responders, Let’s Talk Science, and Exercise is Medicine at UofT. Find more details on our Facebook event page https://goo.gl/gedXsL.

10. 3 Minute Thesis Competition
So you think you’ve got a thesis? Be the first to sign up on to compete in U of T’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Registration for the divisional heats is on a first-come, first-served basis and open to doctoral students who have achieved candidacy (i.e. completed all course requirements) by April 2018. You’ll have just three minutes and one power-point slide to present your doctoral research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way to a panel of non-specialist judges. Registration for competitors will open at noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 via the links below. There are 25 competition spots for each division, and a wait list will also be generated for each division. For more information on the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Toronto, visit https://goo.gl/WPcQaZ