UTGSU Digest: Wellness Portal Live & UTGSU Operations & Policy Standing Comm. Callout – June 7th, 2018

June 7th, 2018

Digest

1. Travel Insurance
2. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
3. UTGSU Summer Office Hours
4. UTGSU Policy & Operations Standing Committee Callout
5. Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention in Fieldwork
6. 
Graduate Wellness Portal Now Live
7. Bike Safety and the Law: What to do if you get hit.

8. Join OPIRG-Toronto’s for their Annual General Meeting
9. The SGS Summer Gym Bursary Application Now Open

 

 

1. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage. For more information, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the Health and Dental Office at health@utgsu.ca.

2. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance Plan (i.e. if you had paid the Winter fees), and you are graduating in June, you will still be covered under the plan until August 31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the Health and Dental Office at health@utgsu.ca.

3. UTGSU Summer Office Hours
The UTGSU office and HDI office will be reverting to a summer schedule from May 1st, 2018 to August 11, 2018. Our summer hours will be Mondays to Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm and Thursdays from 12 pm to 3 pm. The UTGSU office and HDI office will be closed on Fridays, however, folks will have the option of booking appointments with staff. Please email info@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Policy & Operations Standing Committee Callout
At the beginning of the new UTGSU Executive term, we invite applications for members of the Policy & Operations Standing Committee of UTGSU Council, which oversees the Union’s legislation and governance practices. Work (meetings every 2-3 weeks and email consultations) will commence in June and will range from preparation of the POC Legislative Agenda to editorial streamlining of existing documentation, to top-level re-conceptualization in view of the Ontario Non-profit Corporation Act (ONCA). In preparing your application, please consult the POC Terms of Reference in the current Bylaw and Policy Handbook (versions February 2017), and briefly list any relevant prior experience legislating for student associations. U of T Graduate Students with an aptitude for/background in human rights, constitutional, and corporate law, policy and equity studies, and political philosophy are very welcome, as are those who are willing to learn from scratch. Please email your application A.S.A.P to Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca

5. Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention in Fieldwork
Does your degree program involve fieldwork? Are you interested in working to develop a set of guidelines aimed to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the field and support survivors? If so, please contact Sam Stead at governance@utgsu.ca

6. Graduate Wellness Portal Now Live
Looking for mental health services, resources, or academic supports? Need to talk to someone about your experiences of supervision? Visit the Graduate Wellness Portal, a collaboration between the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Access a directory of U of T and community resources, supervisor tipsheets, and FAQs. This is an evolving portal that is shaped by you! We encourage feedback, questions, or content suggestions be sent to sgs.communications@utoronto.ca. If you would like to join the Wellness Portal Working Group, please email Cristina at external@utgsu.ca with the subject “Wellness Portal Working Group”.

7. Bike Safety and the Law: What to do if you get hit.
We often get questions from shop users around how the rules of the road apply to cyclists, and what legal rights you have when you’ve been involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.On Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-7:30, we’re pleased to have David Shellnutt, the Biking Lawyer from Scher Law (sdlaw.ca), deliver a workshop on this topic for Bikechain. David will cover what to do when you’ve been hit from the scene of the crash to determining what access you may have to rehabilitation services and compensation for lost wages. This event will be held at 563 Spadina  Cres., entrance on Bancroft ave. RSVP: www.bikechain.ca/events

8. Join OPIRG-Toronto’s for their Annual General Meeting
On Wednesday, June 13th at 1 pm, Come celebrate another inspiring year of student and community activism with OPIRG-Toronto at their Annual General Meeting (AGM). The event will be held at the Centre for Women and Trans People 563 Spadina Crescent, room 101. Come for the food and stay for the opportunity to meet and connect with staff, board members, and OPIRG volunteers and get involved with the next year of Social and Environmental Justice work at UofT. Find out more about the work that is done and how to get involved Wednesday. RSVP: Facebook Event

9. The SGS Summer Gym Bursary Application Now Open
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f you are a full-time registered doctoral-stream student planning to be on campus this summer, strike a balance between work and play by purchasing a summer gym membership at an athletics facility on St. George campus. Upload your proof of membership purchase to the SGS portal (https://apps.sgs.utoronto.ca/), and get up to 100% back in your pocket from the School of Graduate Studies. Details: uoft.me/sgsgym