UTGSU Digest: Election Results & Student Voices on Sexual Violence – March 1, 2018

March 1st, 2018

Digest

1. UTGSU 2018 Election Results
2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
3. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
4. Crip Commitments: Disability, Technoscience, Politics
5. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
6. Racism on Campus: An Anonymous, Open-Sourced Survey
7. She Moves! International Women’s Day
8. Dealing with Awkward Situations
9. The Spice: Free Community Cooking and Lunch
10. International Women’s Day: Honouring Our Sisters

 

1. UTGSU 2018 Election Results
The votes are in! The University of Toronto Graduates Students Union (UTGSU) congratulates the following individuals on their election to the 2018-2019 UTGSU Executive Committee:

 
Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1& 2
Christopher Ball

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 & 4
Sophie McGibbon-Gardner

Civics & Environment Commissioner
Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano

External Commissioner
Cristina Jaimungal

Finance & University Governance Commissioner
Branden Rizzuto

Internal Commissioner
Lynne Alexandrova
 
Thank you to all the candidates who ran, and all the students who came out to vote. If you have any questions, please email the CRO, Lisa Aikman at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
Have you received the Student Voices on Sexual Violence, a survey sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and distributed via CCI Research, Inc? This survey will be available to U of T Students until March 26, 2018. If you have not received the survey, you can request a link here: https://goo.gl/HXubXX. The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to encourage as many students as possible to fill out the survey if they are able to do so. It will take approximately 20 minutes and you will receive a $5.00 e-gift card for completion of up to 60% of the survey. We are aware that some of the questions will be difficult and can potentially trigger students, but there are community resources available that we can assist in directing anyone who requires support. If you have any further questions or requests for information, please contact Brie, the UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner at:finance@utgsu.ca.

3. 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/8ygkYzasking 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.

4. Crip Commitments: Disability, Technoscience, Politics
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Disability Studies Speakers Series, Kelly Fritsch asks what it means to commit to crip technoscience. Exploring practices of knowing and making with a disability, Fritsch critically engages afterlife, maimed and debilitated life, and the difference that disability makes so as to push forward frictional practices of access that non-innocently anticipate and critically value disability. The event will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the OISE Library, located at 252 Bloor Street West, above the St.George Subway Station. The location is wheelchair accessible and there will be ASL + access copies available. Graduate students are encouraged to attend this free event.For accessibility or additional information, please contact uoftdisabilitylistserve@gmail.com.

5. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
Are you a graduate student interested in policy and governance? Looking to get involved in your students’ union? The UTGSU is holding meetings in March to review policies and bylaws of the union. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 6 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor) and the second meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 13th from1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor). If you have any questions, please contact Sarah, the UTGSU Internal Commissioner, at internal@utgsu.ca.

6. Racism on Campus: An Anonymous, Open-Sourced Survey
The UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Executives have encountered multiple cases of racism at The University of Toronto, particularly throughout the academic year. As such, they have created an anonymous, open-sourced survey called “Racism on Campus”. The purpose of this survey is to create a safe space for individuals to share their experiences of racial discrimination anonymously. In collecting this information, they hope to provide a sense of the scale and patterns of racism in various academic settings. While they advocate for the collection of such data, they understand the implications and difficulties of speaking out about racism and racial violence. They ask that you distribute this form broadly through your networks: https://tinyurl.com/RacializedOnCampus. For additional information, contact REC at rec@utgsu.ca.

7. She Moves! International Women’s Day
U of T Intramurals is inviting all women-identified U of T students to their International Women’s Day event, She Moves! The event will have a series of different activity stations with all sorts of women from different backgrounds participating (think yoga, Zumba, spin class, dodgeball, a nutrition station, group workout, etc.) In addition, everyone gets a free event t-shirt and a bag with some goodies to take home. There will be a panel discussion following the activity portion of the event with two-time Olympians Rosie MacLennan and Tamara Tatham, and national champion Ali Greey. The event will take place on March 8, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. To register, fill out this link (https://goo.gl/rTWdkW) and submit it online to intramurals@utoronto.ca or in person to the AC Main Office.

8. Dealing with Awkward Situations
Grad school can be full of awkward moments and missed opportunities. Ever walked away from a conversation wondering, “What just happened?”  Ever seen a faculty member outside of class or the lab and walked past them while staring at the ground? Ever attended a department event and asked yourself, “What am I doing here?” Join G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre(CRC) for a frank discussion about conflicting expectations, awkward conversations, and the blurry boundary between social life and professional life. Pizza will be available. Register at: https://goo.gl/8aYM5e. Happening on Tuesday, March 6, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

9. The Spice: Free Community Cooking and Lunch 
The Spice is a weekly, participatory cooking program organized by The Centre for Women and Trans People. The Spice encourages participants to initiate discussions on issues that reflect our lived realities and to socialize in a supportive and inclusive environment. Meal preparation, clean up and menu ideas for the following weeks are all shared tasks. Recipes are chosen that are affordable, healthy, diverse and easy to make. Vegan options always served. Children welcome! Dates: Every Thursday (except during noted closures); Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Location. The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT; 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100. Wheelchair ramp access via Bancroft Ave. Please arrive fragrance-free if possible.

10. International Women’s Day: Honouring Our Sisters
Join the International Women’s Day on March 3 at 11 AM252 Bloor Street West (OISE). This year’s theme is Liberation: Honouring our sisters, Celebrating Our Victories, Strengthening Our Resistance…On Indigenous Land. The march will end at City Hall, and meet with organizers of the Justice for Tina Fontaine. Walk with them this year to celebrate 100 YEARS of Women’s Solidarity and Resistance. We encourage all graduate students to attend. Visit Facebook: https://goo.gl/7Xeo7e for updates on the march route and stay connected via Instagram: @IWDTO & Twitter: @IWD_TO.