UTGSU Digest: Gradfest Raffle Winners & UTGSU Hiring General Council Chair and Council Secretary – September 6th, 2018

September 6th, 2018

Digest

 

1. Gradfest Raffle Winners!
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair and Council Secretary
3. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
4. UTGSU 2018-2019 Annual Resource Guide Notebooks Are Here!!!
5. UTGSU Statement Condemning UofT’s University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
6. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
7. Queer Orientation coming September 24th – 29th!

8. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
9. Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention in Fieldwork
10. Graduate Students’ Association at Scarborough (GSAS) Orientation

11. Family Care Office Group – Talking with Children about Colonization
12. Downtown Legal Services
13. Learn SCUBA Diving at the Hart House Underwater Club

 

1. Gradfest Raffle Winners!
The UTGSU would like to thank all students, committees, and groups who attended Gradfest this year and made it such a great event! The winners of the Raffle Draw are: 6911198, 6911339, 6911259, 6911324, 6911201, 6911242, and 6911363.

Congratulations! Come by the UTGSU office by September 14th to claim your prize! Keep an eye out for our Winter Orientation for another chance to engage with other students and staff.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair and Council Secretary
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking to fill two positions on the UTGSU General Council (Chairperson and Secretary 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 executivedirector@utgsu.ca by TuesdaySeptember 18th, 2018 at 5 pm, stating the position you are applying for. Please contact executivedirector@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st 2018, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:

Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-October 2, 2018 (no exceptions will  be made if you miss the deadlines)
– Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca.
– Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca.
– Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca.
– Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2018-2019: (1)  www.utgsu.ca/insurance  (2) www.studentcare.ca and (3) www.greenshield.ca.

4. UTGSU 2018-2019 Annual Resource Guide Notebooks Are Here!!!
The UTGSU’s 2018-2019 Annual Resource Guides have arrived! Come out to UTGSU’s Gradfest 2018 or visit the UTGSU office to grab one. This guide is an important tool that provides graduate students with graduate-specific information to enhance their campus experience. Please note that this year’s Annual Resource Guide is a notebook and not an agenda.

5. UTGSU Statement Condemning UofT’s University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
On June 27, 2018, the University of Toronto Governing Council passed the “University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy” (UMLAP). The adopted policy gives University administration the power to put a student on an involuntary leave if a threshold criterion is met. Despite its adoption, the UTGSU Executive Committee remains in opposition to the policy and will continue to advocate for diverse, accessible, inclusive mental health resources, and we are committed to ensuring that the University takes seriously the concerns raised by our Members. Click here to view the full statement. 

6. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October. Three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm to 11pm. Registrants can register as a team, or individually (will be grouped together or placed with another team). Registration opens on August 27, 2018. Last day to register for the league is Friday September 14th at 5PM. More information about the league and how to register is available online at https://www.utgsu.ca/volleyball/. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca  and/or come to Gradfest where we will have a table with information about the league as well the opportunity to register in person.

7. Queer Orientation coming September 24th – 29th!
Queer Orientation (QO) is an annual week of LGBTQ-focused programming across all three campuses of U of T during the month of September. QO is an opportunity for new and returning students, staff and faculty to make connections, engage in activities and have discussions related to LGBTQ+ communities. There are 42 events happening across all three campuses from September 24 – 29, 2018.

Full events calendar including all the event details: uoft.me/QueerOrientation2018 or check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/291170675006022/

8. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
This important Standing Committee of UTGSU Council oversees the Union’s legislation and governance practices. Based on your experience in governance and academic skills, this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to conceptualizing the POC Program for 2018-2019, editorial streamlining of existing documentation, or priority restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, also remembering housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. 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

9. 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 

10. Graduate Students’ Association at Scarborough (GSAS) Orientation
GSAS is hosting their orientation this Thursday, September 13th from 5-8 pm! This is a great opportunity to learn about the services offered by different offices, centres, and associations at UTSC. Click here to visit the Facebook Page for more information and click here to RSVP!

11. Family Care Office Group – Talking with Children about Colonization
Talking with Children about Colonization – Wed Sep 26, Oct 3, 10 & 17, 12 – 1:15 pm – location TBA. Many parents would like to know more about and talk with their children about residential schools, 60’s scoop, current issues negatively affecting Canada’s Indigenous people, and don’t know where to start or how to do it. In this 4 meeting series members will be looking at what and how to tell children in our lives about the history of Canada’s colonization and current developments. Registration required at http://uoft.me/4a5. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome.

12. Downtown Legal Services
Downtown Legal Services is the Faculty of Law’s community legal clinic where Law students, working under the close supervision of expert staff lawyers, provide free legal assistance  in several areas of law. They also provide notary services at no (or nominal) charge. To access their services, call the intake line at 416 978-6447.  To find out more about DLS and our services, please visit our website at:http://downtownlegalservices.ca/

DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees. This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration.  To obtain a refund, please visit the clinic at 655 Spadina Ave. Refunds will also be available from 6-8 pm on September 10, 18 and 26.  Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

13. Learn SCUBA Diving at the Hart House Underwater Club
Explore the underwater world and dance around the coral reefs. The Hart House Underwater Club is offering opportunities for UofT students to learn SCUBA diving. The 11-evening full certification course starts on September 18th. There are also several of 1-evening Try SCUBA sessions available. If you are studying marine environments, seeking a personal challenge, or simply looking for a good study break activity, then why not learn to SCUBA dive! Location: St. George campus. Visit www.hhuc.ca for more information.