UTGSU Digest: The Varsity Referendum Results & Family Study Space – March 8, 2018

March 8th, 2018

Digest

1. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
2. The Varsity Referendum Results
3. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
4. Queers and Beers
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. Eco-Fest 2018
7. Gradlife 101: Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience
8. Grad Meditation
9. Family Study Space at Robarts Library – Opening Reception
10. Indigenous Language Games

1. 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.

2. The Varsity Referendum Results
The referendum that The Varsity held last week to establish a $0.80 levy per session for full-time graduate students has passed. There were 127 full-time graduate students who participated in the referendum, and there were 65 (51%) ‘Yes’ votes, 60 (47%) ‘No’ votes, and 2 (2%) abstentions. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at: editor@thevarsity.ca.

3. 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 a meeting on Tuesday, March 13th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor)to review policies and bylaws of the union. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sarah, the UTGSU Internal Commissioner, at internal@utgsu.ca.

4. Queers and Beers
The UTGSU Queer Caucus will be hosting “Queers and Beers” on Thursday, March 15th at 6:00pm at Firkin on Bay Street at 1075 Bay Street (near Bay and Wellesley). Join them for some company from your fellow queer graduate students with drinks and pub food provided! The venue is fully accessible, but please note that there is no single-user washroom available. For more information, contact the Caucus directly at: queer@utgsu.ca.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. Eco-Fest 2018
Eco-Fest 2018 is a two week long environmental and sustainability awareness campaign organized by UTERN, The UTGSU Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee, UTSU, and other environmental clubs on campus. Eco-Fest will begin on March 12, 2018 and run through to March 23, 2018. Some of the amazing events in the line-up include: seed planting, an eco-beauty night, and a spring bike tune-up. For more information, visit their Facebook page at: https://goo.gl/y4Wf4B.

7. Gradlife 101: Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience
Do you want to get the most of your time in grad school?  Discover your community and the essential support services and resources offered by Gradlife and the School of Graduate Studies. Learn how to develop skills, enhance wellness, and have fun during your grad school experience. You will leave with a personalized plan of how you can get involved and where to go for support during your career as a U of T grad student. Pizza will be available. Presented by Jennifer Pinker (Gradlife) and Susan Hopkirk (SGS). Ideal for incoming grad students but open to all. (Tuesday, March 13, 12:00- 2:00 pm, Grad Room.) Register at: https://goo.gl/ZZ7VsU. For more information contact Gradlife at (416) 946-0148.

8. Grad Meditation
On Mondays between 12:10 pm to 12:45 pm, and Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm in the Grad Room located at 66 Harbord Street. The St. George meditation programme has been developed by Health and Wellness and the Multi-Faith Centre in partnership with other units across campus with student leadership. The secular based sessions are appropriate for beginners to seasoned practitioners. Would you like to be more calm, confident and connected? Drop-in sessions held weekly to practice secular mindful meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus. For more information, visit the Facebook event at: https://goo.gl/oSLfS7.

9. Family Study Space at Robarts Library – Opening Reception
U of T current students, their partners and children (12 years and under) are invited to the opening of Canada’s first academic library family study space. Join the Family Care Office on Thursday, March 15 at 12:30 pm for the opening and refreshments at Robarts Library. Also, don’t forget to register for the free March Break events at U of T by emailing family.care@utoronto.ca with: your name, U of T status and names & ages of your participating children.

10. Indigenous Language Games
You’ve probably played Scrabble, but have you tried sCREEble? or Baapaase, a mash-up of Jenga and charades? Learn vocabulary in a low-pressure environment… with lots of help along the way. Delicious tacos on Ojibway-style frybread will be served. Join the Centre for International Experience at Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies (located at 563 Spadina Avenue on the second floor) on Friday, March 9th from 5 to 8 pm. For more information, contact the Centre for International Experience at: cie.information@utoronto.ca