UTGSU Digest: Eco-Fair 2018 & Hiring for General Council Chair – April 5th, 2018

April 5th, 2018

 

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Eco-Fair 2018

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #Racialized@Uoft End of Year Social
7. Grad Minds Mental Health Conference “Peace/Piece of Mind”
8. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer  Coordinator
9. Online Chat for Student Families
10. Grad Escape: Tour of Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library

 

 

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. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Eco-Fair 2018
Want to get some free clothes, get your jeans fixed AND have your bike checked-up all at the same time? Then come join our Eco-Fair on Friday, April 20th from 4-6 pm in the David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building). This is where you will find a mini Free Market, a mini Repair Café and a Bike Chain’s bike check-up all happening together for the first time! For more info, contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
Are you interested in getting a better transit deal? We need your ideas for this to happen! If you want to join this committee, please contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #Racialized@Uoft End of Year Social
The Race and Ethnicity Caucus’ #Racialized@Uoft is a year-end social gathering for racialized students and allies of the university. Join us on April 19th at 5:30-8 pm at the Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre for conversations on healing from experiences of racial and other forms of discrimination, self-care from the labour of activism, and building solidarity amongst racialized students and allies. There will be traditional Syrian hors ‘d oeuvres, speakers, prizes, music, and much more!

7. Grad Minds Mental Health Conference “Peace/Piece of Mind”
Grad Minds’ Mental Health Conference is happening this April 12 from 5-9 pm in Koffler House/Multi-Faith Center! It will feature workshops on stigma, mental health in marginalized groups, CBT, eating disorders, mental health in families, Impostor Syndrome, and physical fitness and mental health, among other topics! There will also be activities, raffle prizes, and free food!! The event is FREE. It is an amazing opportunity to learn more about how to improve your own mental health and help loved ones who may be struggling. The workshops have limited capacity so sign up for the ones you want quick! For more information visit the Conference Facebook Page. Folks who are interested in attending can register here: Open Minds Conference 2018

8. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
Students For Barrier Free Access (SBA) is hiring! The job opening requires a commitment of 25 hours per week. A successful candidate will be paid $20.00 per hour plus benefits and vacation, occasional evenings and weekends with a 3 month probation period. The position is unionized with Workers United. The Application Deadline is April 9th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Starting Date is June 2018. For more information please contact SBA (sba.hiringcommittee@gmail.com)

9. Online Chat for Student Families
Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on child care & child care subsidies, schools & children programs, integrating study and family (and work as well), and any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T! All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration information available at http://uoft.me/3Qn

10. Grad Escape: Tour of Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library
Have you ever held a book that’s over 400 years old? Or seen the U of T’s founding document? Or read Leonard Cohen’s notebooks from the 1960s, where he drafted some of his early songs? On April 26th from 5:00 pm 6:30 pm, meet staff from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives, where they will take you on a tour of some of the rich treasures held right here on campus. Come for the view and the stories and discover how you can incorporate this one-of-a-kind research material into your own academic work. For folks who are interested, please register at https://goo.gl/DopcFC. Any further details on GradLife events can be found at gradlife.utoronto.ca