UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Hiring Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections & Gym Bookings for November – October 25th, 2018

November 7th, 2018

Digest

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for November
3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
4. Equity and Advocacy Committee Meeting
5. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you 

6. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 101
7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
9. Raw Talk Podcast: Canada Legalizes Cannabis
10. Sport & Rec’s aquatics team is staffing up, significantly!

 

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. UTGSU Gym Bookings for November
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of November on October 29, starting at 10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. or call 416-978-8464.  Please note that emails are preferredIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. From Monday to Wednesday Evenings, from 5-6:00 PM Badminton can be booked and the other times are reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. Thursday Evenings from 5-8pm can be reserved for basketball or students can drop in for pick-up basketball from 8-11pm. A one-hour timeslot on Friday Evenings from 5-11pm can be reserved for doubles badminton. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

3. 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. 

4. Equity and Advocacy Committee Meeting
The Equity & Advocacy Committee (EAC) is open to all graduate student members at U of T.  EAC coordinates efforts to deal with issues of social justice and engage in campaigns to combat all forms of discrimination and social inequity that intersects with the University and wider community. Priorities are decided by the membership and new leadership positions (such as Social Media Coordinator or Funding Coordinator) can be created and must be elected by Committee members. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a graduate community, tackle multiple systemic forms of oppression on campus, and strengthen EAC efforts. To be added to the EAC email list, contact info@utgsu.ca. To attend our next meeting, fill out this doodle poll by Friday, October 26, 2018: https://doodle.com/poll/sxbba47vxguabhby.

5. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you
Our Union needs motivated U of T Graduate Students with experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy to deliberate and help shape up our Union’s legislation and governance practices. Those willing to learn from scratch are equally welcome to join the Policy and Operations Committee! The volume and scope of work on this important Standing Committee is suitable for a variety of schedules and thematic preferences. Depending on your experience in governance and academic specialization, you can engage with any and all focus areas — brushing up existing documentation, conceptualizing the Union’s restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, (re)formulating housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. Please drop an email with interest/experience to the Internal Commissioner Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca 

6. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 101
Event Details: Monday October 29th 2018, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, room 2279 at OISE (252 Bloor St W). Join BDS in an interactive workshop led by Palestine community organizer Hind Awwad! As a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice, and equality, BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, BDS has been adopted by many unions, churches, academic associations, companies, and grassroots collectives across the world. Join us to learn more about how you can participate in the struggle against Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. This workshop will provide an overview of the BDS movement, its history, and information on divestment and boycott strategies that work to challenge international funding and support of the Israeli system of apartheid. This event is co-organized by the UTGSU BDS Committee and the CUPE BDS Political Action Committee.

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. Raw Talk Podcast: Canada Legalizes Cannabis
Just about everyone has an opinion on cannabis legalization. Throughout this episode, you’ll hear from people around downtown Toronto, sharing their views on legalization and some interesting personal experiences. There are also many misconceptions out there and this episode is a great place to start! Tune in on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

10. Sport & Rec’s aquatics team is staffing up, significantly!
They’re looking to hire! The roles will run from January – April 2019 and are ideal for students with aquatics experience and certifications. In addition to offering flexible hours that work with student schedules, the Aquatics team offers competitive wages (ranging from $17 – 30/hr), a great team environment and discounts on recertification courses. The deadline to apply for all of these positions is November 11, 2018. Find detailed job postings and information on how to apply on the KPE website.