UTGSU Digest: Students Voices on Sexual Violence Survey & Conference Grants – March 22, 2018

March 22nd, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-in Hours
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
7. SGS Conference Grant
8. Food for Thought Hackathon
9. Women in International Security Toronto Chapter Launch
Party
10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey
The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey will be coming to a close on March 26. This online survey has been conducted by CCI Research on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development. It is very important that student input is provided, as it can help to improve student support services and personal safety. Upon 60% completion of the survey, students will also receive a $5 electronic gift card. If you have not received a link and would like to fill out the survey, you can request it here: https://goo.gl/7qaZoP.

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
You can reserve a one-hour timeslot in the UTGSU Gym for the month of April on March 28 between 10:00 am and noon. To book, please email Pam at gym@utgsu.ca or call at (416) 978-8464 with: your name, student ID number, the day and time you wish to book the gym, and the names and student ID numbers of the other students you’ll be playing with. For more information on the programming in the gym, visit: https://goo.gl/332X4C.

4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-in Hours
All full-time graduate students are entitled to a free International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which may be used to obtain discounts on travel, merchandise, and services throughout the world. The ISIC provides members with student discounts on Greyhound Bus, VIA Rail, Porter Air, and other travel. The drop-in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm, no appointment necessary for the drop-in time. Other times are available by email appointment only. Drop-in cancellations will be posted on this webpage: https://goo.gl/X1drgk. We do not issue cards outside of drop-in times and appointments, and cannot accommodate walk-in requests for cards.

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. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at: https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

7. SGS Conference Grant
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference. The last day for applying to the Winter/Spring cycle is March 26, 2018 at 4:30pm. For more information, visit: https://goo.gl/YJoiYF. Direct all your questions to Tara Lock, the Graduate Awards Officer, at conferencegrant@utoronto.ca.

8. Food for Thought Hackathon
Have a passion for policy, food security, design thinking, or social impact at large? Join the “Food for Thought” policy hackathon on Sunday, March 25 hosted by the Policy innovation initiative (Pii) from the School of Public Policy & Governance. Their challenge this year centres on food security in an urban setting and will be a unique opportunity to creatively learn and connect with multi-disciplinary students and professionals. The hackathon features keynote from Lori Stahlbrand (Toronto Food Policy Council), and challenge leaders: Adeline Cohen (OpenLab, UHN), Cassandra Gentile (Food Innovation Hub), and Reg Noble (Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson). All are welcome and you can register on Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/F7Hs9q.

9. Women in International Security Toronto Chapter Launch Party
How are women transforming the field of global security? Join WIIS for a celebration and networking event, featuring some of the most influential women in Toronto working in the field of security. Women in International Security (WIIS) is a renowned global network that brings together scholars, professionals, experts, lawyers, journalists, military leaders, and students to support and promote women in the field of global security on topics ranging from human rights issues, humanitarian crises, climate security, conflict analysis and prevention, post-conflict peace-building, and more. RSVP to the WIIS-Toronto launch party to connect with this dynamic new city-wide network. All gender identities are welcome to attend. Happening on March 28, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Massey College, located at 4 Devonshire Place. RSVP at https://goo.gl/UeBREh.

10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring 
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) is a peer-training program providing pedagogical support to the three campuses of the University of Toronto, through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. TATP currently serves teaching assistants and graduate students; programming is available for students currently enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), regardless of teaching appointment, and members of CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1. There are a variety of positions available for the 2018-2019 Winter sessions, which can be found online here: https://goo.gl/afMEUo. Applications are due on or before March 262018 at 5:00 pm.