UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Open & Health and Dental Change-Of-Coverage Period Closes Today – January 31st, 2019

January 31st, 2019

Digest


1. Nomination Period Open for UTGSU Elections
2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement on the Ontario Provincial Announcement to Post-Secondary Education
3. 
Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period CLOSES TODAY
4. Join the UTGSU Zumba Class happening February 14th from 4-5pm
5. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
6. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
7. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
8. Hart House Global Commons Virtual Café
9. Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy
10. UofT Machine Intelligence Student Team

 

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. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement on the Ontario Provincial Announcement to Post-Secondary Education
On January 17, 2019, the provincial government announced that their party was implementing a series of policy changes and cuts to the post-secondary education sector’s Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) and tuition fees. While a decrease in tuition fees is a positive step forward, the removal of tuition assistance programs create additional financial barriers to education. The UTGSU Executive Committee stands in solidarity with students across Ontario and Canada in taking action against the provincial government’s changes to post-secondary education. To read the full statement and get involved, please visit the UTGSU website https://www.utgsu.ca/correspendance-media/ and stay plugged into the upcoming rally on February 4, 2019 via https://m.facebook.com/events/296202404419912.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period CLOSES TODAY
The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period CLOSES TODAY. There is a blackout period for students (who started in January) until March 1 for submitting the claims. The University will send the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded on the Green Shield System. For more information on your plan details, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

4. Join the UTGSU Zumba Class happening February 14th from 4-5pm
Get out of your winter coats and join the UofT MoveU crew for the first Zumba class hosted by the UTGSU! The class will take place on February 14th from 4:00-5:00PM in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave). Click Here to Register and for more information. 

5. 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, Feb 6th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at University College (UC), Room 140 (15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7). 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 Feb 4th. Snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

6. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
Happening Wednesday, February 6th from 3 to 5 pm at 214 College St., Rm 313. When a problem arises, be it academic, family related, personal or professional, advocating for oneself and one’s family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high.  This workshop will focus on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing. Facilitator: Dr. Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic, Writing & Rhetoric, Innis College. Viktoria is also a mom of two children who is no stranger to the life of a student with family responsibilities! All U of T students are welcome, pre-registration required at https://uoft.me/Advocacyforstudents.

7. 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

8. Hart House Global Commons Virtual Café
Join the world in conversation at the Hart House Global Commons Virtual Café, Thursday, February 7, from 10-12pm EST. Students from all 3 U of T campuses, and students joining virtually from Colombia, South Africa, France, and the U.S.A. will connect with NGOs and Activists from Toronto, Indiana, and Egypt for a truly engaging dialogue on issues around Gender Equality and Equity. For more information, to register, and to learn about more Hart House Global Commons events, visit: www.harthouse.ca/globalcommons

9. Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy
Become a part of a dynamic training and research community in Public Health Policy! Engage with academic mentors, students and policymakers in governmental and non-governmental public health agencies to learn about real-world policy issues and public health policy agenda setting, and enhance the professional skills required to succeed in your profession. Any student who has been accepted into a graduate-level program at the University of Toronto may apply. The application deadline is Friday, May 3th, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For application forms and more information about the program, please visit their website at www.publichealthpolicy.utoronto.ca, or send your information request to Publichealthpolicy@utoronto.ca.

10. UofT Machine Intelligence Student Team
MIST101 #4 Computer Vision, Tue Feb 5, SS1102. This event covers the basic knowledge to recent advances of computer vision. RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mist1013-a-dive-in-cv-and-recent-advances-tickets-55539532236. This semester, they will also present: MIST101 #4: Natural Language Processing; Guest Speaker Talk #4: Jekaterina Novikova, Director of Machine Learning at WinterLight Labs; Paper Reading Group #3: Exploration in Reinforcement Learning, Guest Speaker Talk #5: Min Liang, Data Scientist in RBC, and more to come. Subscribe to the mailing list: http://eepurl.com/dGMddD