UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Now Open & February Gym Bookings – January 24th, 2019

January 24th, 2019

Digest

 

 


1. Nomination Period will Open for UTGSU Elections on January 23rd
2. Gym Bookings for February
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
4. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
7. Disability Justice Discussion Group
8. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
9. GSA Election Committee Hiring Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the 2019/2020 Elections.
10. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving: Staying Motivated as a Grad Student

 

1. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2019 -2020 is now open until 8:00 am on Friday February 15th, 2019. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1,200. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available online at www.utgsu.ca/elections at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). For more information, including the Elections 2019 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Adrian Aziz, at cro@utgsu.ca

2. Gym Bookings for February
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of February, 2019 on January 30, 2019 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 reserved for one hour timeslots. Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM can be reserved for one hour timeslots 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. Please note that timeslots are booked very quickly on a first come first serve basis.

3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2019 is January 1-31st, 2019. Full-time and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled on the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1st) for submitting the claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrolment period is completed. Please visit our website for more info: www.utgsu.ca/insurance

4. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are currently covered by the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance Plan, and you graduated in November, your coverage ends on December 31st, 2018 provided you paid all of the Fall fees. You are eligible to purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage, The Opt-in dates are January 1-31st, 2019. 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.

5. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
Want to address anti-racism issues on campus and contribute to the creation of an anti-racism strategy? Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan Working Group! We’re seeking racialized students, allies, and critical friends to join us for up to 5-10 hours a month (January to April 2019) to build a robust strategy and implementation plan. Expertise and/or experience in the fields of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice advocacy is highly valued but not necessary. Join the Working Group by emailing Cristina Jaimungal, UTGSU External Commissioner and Chair of the UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee, at external@utgsu.ca by January 25, 2019 with the subject line “UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan: Working Group”. Interested members will be invited to participate in a doodle poll and will be contacted with meeting details by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to the information session hosted by the International Students’ Caucus at the UTGSU to get your questions answered! This Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Wednesday, January 30th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Location to be announced soon). The speaker will be Elizabeth Long, an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. Elizabeth will be presenting information about the ins and outs of applying for permanent residency and will be available to answer questions. If you’d like to attend this workshop, please RSVP to https://goo.gl/sqgUwPby Jan 28th. Snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

7. Disability Justice Discussion Group
Join Students for Barrier-free Access for the first meeting of our Disability Justice Discussion Group. This is an opportunity for our community to engage in discussions about what disability justice means to them, and what it looks like in practice. Best of all, there are no required readings!
Date: Tuesday February 5, 2019
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor
Access Info: The SBA Centre is an accessible space. Accessible all-gender single stall washrooms are located on the same floor as the SBA Centre.
Please arrive to the event fragrance free.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/762514424107349/

8. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
February 5, 12 and 19 2019, 3-5pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. This series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre helps 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 conflict.  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

9. GSA Election Committee Hiring Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the 2019/2020 Elections.
The elections will be held in March 2019. The elected person will represent the Election Committee and oversee the 2019 GSA electoral process. If this position interests you, please see below for details regarding the responsibilities of the CRO, as well as the necessary applicant criteria. This is a paid position of $800 requiring 40 hours of work. Your application for CRO is a letter of intent stating your interest in the position, as well as your qualifications and relevant experiences. All letters of intent should be sent to oisegsaelections2019@gmail.com The deadline for submissions is January 28th, 2019 at midnight. Applicant Criteria: Click here For more details. For questions please email to oisegsaelections2019@gmail.com.

10. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving: Staying Motivated as a Grad Student
Tuesday, January 29, 12-2pm: Graduate school, as the saying goes, is more of a marathon than a sprint—but what does this mean in practice? In this workshop, we’ll explore the challenge of staying motivated when the finish line is nowhere in sight. This session will involve reflection, discussion, and creative exercises. Active participation is encouraged. Pizza will be available. Presented by Academic Success. Register at: https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=a56ff7b9-3f43-40d1-b2db-53f819586530