UTGSU Digest: *Updated Correct Dates* Now Accepting Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle) & Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) Applications – November 1st, 2018

November 7th, 2018

Digest

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
2.*Updated Correct Dates* Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
6. LGBTQ International Students Discussion: “My Mother Tongue”
7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
10. Join the SGS Intramurals Leagues
11. Snacks and Conversations with Dean Glen Jones – November 7th 4 pm -6 pm

 

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St. George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from November 2018 to March 2019, working a number of those hours during the February 2019 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sophie at academics3and4@utgsu.ca by Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sophie at academics3and4@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

2.*Updated Correct Dates* Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 15, 2018. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Finance Commissioner at: finance@utgsu.ca. Click here for application instructions and form. 

3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Committee, email the Finance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca. Applications will be accepted until November 18 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf or fill out this form to apply: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GCDF-Awards-Committee-Application-Instructions-and-Form.pdf

5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018.

6. LGBTQ International Students Discussion: “My Mother Tongue”
Monday, November 12, 2018 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at 21 Sussex Avenue, Room 421 (Jim Delaney Lounge) Join the LGBTQ+ International Students Group for a discussion about navigating spaces with our different languages, accents and cultures. Are there people who sound like you in LGBTQ+ spaces you have been in? How does the way you speak impact your experiences within different spaces at U of T and in Toronto? Share your experiences and hear from other students. LGBTQ International Students events are organized by the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) and the Centre for International Experience (CIE) at the University of Toronto. This group exists to help build a network of students, identify needs, and foster a community on campus. Through the LGBTQ International Student group you will connect with others through fun and exciting activities!
Find out more about LGBTQ International Student events.
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7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
Tuesday, November 6, 12 to 2:30 pm, Main Activity Hall, MultiFaith Centre – 569 Spadina Ave., 2nd Floor

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school You will also be offered the opportunity to do a self-assessment to explore your own readiness to start a family. Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program. Registration required at https://uoft.me/BecomingaParentinGraduateSchool. University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome. Please let them know if you have any mobility challenges so they can accommodate your needs.

8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
November 5, 12 and 19 2018, 4-6pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. A series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre to help graduate students understand what conflict is and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. The workshop series is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflicts.  One Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). For more information see gradcrc.utoronto.ca or email gradcrc@utoronto.ca. Register for the Series clnx.utoronto.ca (under Events & Workshop Calendar > Graduate Conflict Resolution > November 5, 2018).

9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
Bikechains AGM will be held on November 22nd this year. The AGM is an opportunity for the community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information can be found here.
When: Thursday, November 22, 6:30 – 9:30
Where: GSU lounge, 16 Bancroft ave., 2nd floor
RSVP: bikechainuoft@gmail.com

10. Join the SGS Intramural Leagues
Co-funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, SGS Intramurals offer different levels of competition in many sports through leagues, tournaments and special events. Leagues starting up soon, so click this link to submit your information to get signed up onto a sport you have never played or a sport you love!  SGS Winter 2019 Interest Form

11. Snacks and Conversations with Dean Glen Jones – November 7th 4 pm -6 pm
The OISE GSA and the Dean’s Office are organizing a meet and greet with the Dean! Come and have snacks and conversations with Dean Jones. Location: Fifth Floor Lounge, Rm 5-210/220. The even starts at 4pm – 6pm! If you have any questions please email them to president.gsa@utoronto.ca before November 7th. They will also be live on Twitter. On November 7th between 4pm – 6pm, please tweet your questions using the hashtag @gsatweetthedean. Follow them on Twitter: @oise_gsa. Click here for more details on the event.