UTGSU Digest: Voting now Open for UTGSU Elections & Join the UTGSU Civics Sub-Committee – February 28th, 2019

February 28th, 2019

Digest


1. Online voting for the 2019 UTGSU Elections is now open until March 5th.
2. Open Letter to University of Toronto Regarding Changes to Post-Secondary Education
3. Join the UTGSU Civics Subcommittee to Organize Against Changes to Post-Secondary Education
4. The UTGSU is Hiring!

5. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic 
6. PR Workshop for International Students

7. Zero Waste Budget Shopping workshop
8. ISC Presents: Indoor Soccer at Hart House

9. Student Parents Pizza Night

10. Black Entrepreneurs and Visionaries’ Table Talk Event

11. Graduate Student Experience Week 201March 4-9
12. Life Management Series: Manage Time, Manage Distractions 

 

 

1. Online voting for the 2019 UTGSU Elections is now open until March 5th.
Online voting for the 2019 UTGSU Elections is now open until March 5th. Visit www.utgsu.ca/elections for more information on each candidate and how to vote. You can vote using your UTORid account by clicking on the following link: https://utgsu.simplyvoting.com/ You will only be allowed to vote once in this election. Voting in the 2019 UTGSU Executive Elections will be taking place strictly online through SimplyVoting.com. There are no physical polling stations on campus this year. Students requiring accommodations will be assisted on a case by case basis. If you have accessibility needs, you or a representative should contact Adrian Aziz, the Chief Returning Officer cro@utgsu.ca by March 4th, 2019 at 9:00am. If you have any other questions about how to vote please contact Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Open Letter to University of Toronto Regarding Changes to Post-Secondary Education
The UTGSU Executive has signed an open letter drafted by The Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS) asking the University of Toronto to stand with our tri-campus student community and say “NO” to the reckless changes to post-secondary education being proposed by the Ontario provincial government. Click on the link to view the letter: https://bit.ly/2VqbXQT

3. Join the UTGSU Civics Subcommittee to Organize Against Changes to Post-Secondary Education
Are you interested in organizing against the changes to post-secondary education that were recently announced by the provincial government? Join the UTGSU Civics subcommittee. Our first meeting will be next Friday, March 8th from 12-2pm in the Grad Loft at 16 Bancroft Avenue (second floor). Please email civics@utgsu.ca if you have any questions or require accommodations to attend the meeting. Click the following link to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/civics-subcommittee-tickets-57667784897

4. The UTGSU is Hiring!
The UTGSU Health & Dental Office is currently seeking a candidate for a part-time contract position. Familiarity with Student Union health and dental plans are an asset, must be a graduate student. For more information about this opportunity, click here. For any inquiries, please email Shain at healthadmin@utgsu.ca

5. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union (UTGSU) are proud to offer a free tax clinic to help undergraduate and graduate students registered at the University of Toronto file their 2018 tax returns. In partnership with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, our Tax Clinic is a free service to help students complete their tax returns. Click here to book your appointment today.

6. Zero Waste Budget Shopping workshop
Pasta in plastic! Salad in plastic boxes! Seems like you only have bad options, between the budget stores with overpackaged foods, or the boutique stores with eco choices? Don’t want to spend your budget on a “zero waste kit” with fancy stainless steel and produce bags? Fret not! Join us and together we’ll make a mason jar into a thermos, an old T-shirt into a shopping bag, a rag into a food wrap and a jar of ten cent toothpaste… and more virtually-free ways to shop zero waste. You’ll leave with a list of local resources for shopping that won’t harm the planet or your wallet, and a zero waste solution to try out. Refreshments will be provided.
When: Monday, March 4th, 4-6pm.
Where: Gradloft, 16 Bancroft Ave, Second Floor.
RSVP: https://ejsczerowasteworkshop.eventbrite.ca/

7. PR Workshop for International Students
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to this information session hosted by the International Students’ Caucus at the UTGSU to get your questions answered! Our Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Location of this workshop is Ramsay Wright building, room 117 (RW117, 25 Harbord Street). Our 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 at https://goo.gl/sCSSfTby Mar 4th. Snacks will be provided.

8. ISC Presents: Indoor Soccer at Hart House
International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all international graduate students for 1-hour indoor soccer game. You don’t need to be a pro and everyone is welcome. We will meet in front of Hart House on Sunday, March 3rd, 8-9AM. We will get together after our game for some food and refreshments. RSVP: https://goo.gl/zyn8L2

9. Student Parents Pizza Night
Kick off your children’s March Break weekend by joining other student parents and their children for a fun and relaxing night out. While parents relax and network, children activities will be provided in the same space such as button-making, colouring, and playing with other children. Pizza will be provided! Partners and children are welcome.
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: GSU Loft
Access: The UTGSU Building is not fully wheel chair accessible.

10. Black Entrepreneurs and Visionaries’ Table Talk Event
New Date: Monday, March 11th, 2019 1-3pm. Come out and meet six innovative, dynamic and influential Black women and men who are making waves, changing narratives and creating a bright future for the Black Diaspora. Hear firsthand from this eclectic group of entrepreneurs about the impact they are making and their vision for the future. A fantastic opportunity to talk, share stories and learn from their journey. Light refreshments will be provided

11. Graduate Student Experience Week 201March 4-9
Join Student Life for a week of special programming for all grad students! Highlights include a student success panel and daily coffee events in the SGS graduate student lounge. Topics discussed this week include staying well, Finances, SGS Academic Services, leadership, the 3MT and more. Build your community and learn about strategies & resources to help you define your own path to success as a graduate student and beyond. Register for events early – space is limited! Presented by Gradlife + the School of Graduate Studies. #UofTGradWeek. Register and details: http://uoft.me/gradweek

12. Life Management Series: Manage Time, Manage Distractions
Happening Monday, March 4, 12 – 1 pm, at 33 St. George St., Baldwin Room. Whether you are parenting young children, caring for elderly parents, or looking after someone with a disability, the reality is that your time and space are not entirely yours to control. Facilitated by a U of T graduate who has personally experienced the complexities of juggling academia and caregiving, this workshop offers a fresh perspective on how to study with distractions.  Facilitator: Jacquelyn Laurenda, M.A.. Pizza lunch will be provided. The Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. Registration at https://uoft.me/managetimedistractions.