UTGSU Digest: Decolonizing Conference 2018 & Grad Escape’s Improv Class at Second City – July 5th, 2018

July 5th, 2018

Digest

1. Travel Insurance
2. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
3. UTGSU Summer Office Hours
4. SEARCH: New Members for UTGSU Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)

5. Decolonizing Conference 2018 | Submit Your Proposals Now and Register Online!
6. Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention in Fieldwork
7. Apply for Funding | Attention Social Justice and Environment Action Groups
8. SGS Graduate Education Council – Call for Nominations
9. Grad Escape: Improv Class at Second City

 

 

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. SEARCH: New Members for UTGSU Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
Important work begins this summer by the Policy & Operations Standing Committee of the UTGSU Council, which oversees the Union’s legislation and governance practices. Work would involve meetings every 2-3 weeks and email consultations. It 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), as well as housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. In preparing your application, you can consult the POC Terms of Reference in the current Bylaw and Policy Handbook (versions February 2017). Please briefly list any relevant prior experience legislating for student associations. We welcome motivated U of T Graduate Students who are willing to learn from scratch as well as those with any experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy. Please email your application a.s.a.p. to Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca

5.  Decolonizing Conference 2018 | Submit Your Proposals Now and Register Online!
The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Decolonizing Conference on the theme “Dialoguing and Living Well Together: Decolonization and Insurgent Voices” from November 8-10, 2018 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (252 Bloor Street West). We highly encourage participation from educators, scholars, graduate/undergraduate students, artists, and community activists. Keynote Speakers: Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sandy Grande, Marie Battiste, and Molefi Kete Asante. Conference sub-themes include but are not limited to Black and Indigenous Futurisms; Water, Life, and Communities; Migration, Exploitation, and Resistance; Race and Gender Violence; Race, Queer, and Disability; Imperialism, Militarism, and Islamophobia; Sustainable Economies, Food Sovereignty, and Living Well; Race, Policing, and the Justice System; “Mixed Race” Identities, and more. Individual papers, group panels, workshops, and artistic interventions such as poetry, film, art installations are all welcome. Submission Deadline: July 7th. Join & Share: Facebook | Website:  http://decolonizingconference.com

6. 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

7. Apply for Funding | Attention Social Justice and Environment Action Groups
OPIRG Toronto’s application period for social and environmental justice based action groups for the 2018 – 2019 year is officially open! Please see the links below for online and downloadable application forms. Action Groups, on average, are eligible to receive between $400 – $700 per year. Forms can be found online here
https://goo.gl/forms/80ni9GEhNiZvR0Aw1

8. SGS Graduate Education Council – Call for Nominations
The Graduate Education Council (GEC) Election is underway with nominations now open.  The GEC is looking to fill three seats in Division II (Social Sciences). Attached is a Student Nomination Form; deadline for receipt is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018. Information regarding the GEC is available on the School of Graduate Studies Website: SGS Graduate Education Council. Please encourage graduate students in Division II to consider running, or nominating other graduate students, for a seat on the Council. If students have any questions after they have visited our website, please direct them to me at sgs.dean@utoronto.ca or 416-978-239

9. Grad Escape: Improv Class at Second City
On Wednesday, July 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm, get a taste of what The Second City is all about.  Learn how to think on your feet, be in the moment and say YES to everyone’s ideas all through fun improv games and exercises.  No experience required. Tickets are $15 and are available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca<http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/>.