UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Gym Bookings for April & Transit Survey – March 14th, 2019

March 14th, 2019


1. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
2. UTGSU Transit Survey
3. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
4. Wall-E Movie Screening
5. Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents: Safe Space for Race

6. ISC celebrating Persian New Year on March 23rd
7. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism (March 19th – March 27th)

8. Social Justice Education Colloquium
9. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
10. OISE GSA Executive Elections 2019

11. University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
12. Getting Fit to Fight Chronic Conditions: Exercise Prescription by Health Practitioners



1. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of April 2019 on March 27, 2019 starting at10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca.   In your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. You will receive a confirmation of your booking within 24 hours.

2. UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for 4 $50 Gift Cards! https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

3. 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.

4. Wall-E Movie Screening
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) is hosting a dinner and screening of WALL-E! Happening on Thursday, March 14th at 6PM in the Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE (252 Bloor Street West). RSVP: https://ejscwalle.eventbrite.com.

5. Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents: Safe Space for Race
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race”, a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. In this space, they will share experiences and engage in dialogue that is geared toward enhancing community-building, empowerment, and mental health. Join their second session focusing on sharing personal experiences of racism and resilience through storytelling on March 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Save the date for additional sessions on April 23 and May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Refreshments and beverages will be served. TTC tokens will be provided to UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice). Venue is wheelchair accessible.
More information about this and future events can be found on our website: www.utgsu.ca/rec
RSVP: https://safespaceforrace2.eventbrite.ca

6. ISC celebrating Persian New Year on March 23rd
We are proud and excited to invite you to join us for the celebration of Persian New Year on Sat, March 23, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm. We are going to listen to some Persian music, play some board games, and have some Persian style lunch (do you like Koobide and Chicken Kabab?! Salad and Rice will also be provided). Everyone is welcome to bring one of their friends as well. To make sure everyone gets a delicious meal, please purchase an 8 $ ticket and kindly present it (with its barcode) together with your UT card at the door. We have limited tickets, so make sure you purchase yours early. Tickets: Students: 8 $ per person (limited two tickets per student) https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nowrouz-party-persian-new-year-tickets-58681080692 How to pay: Once registered, you can e-Transfer the money to arpeymani93@gmail.com WITH THE NAMES OF ATTENDEES IN THE MESSAGE. Looking forward to seeing you all.

7. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism (March 19th – March 27th)
JOIN BDS as they continue to build momentum on campus for the main BDS campaign at UofT that calls on the University of Toronto administration to divest from companies which are directly complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights, and that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the construction of the Apartheid Wall.
–  Tuesday, March 19 – 6:30pm – Dr. Ruba Salih: De-colonial and intersectional alliances in the Palestinian struggle for justice with No One Is Illegal at University College, room 144
–  Thursday, March 21 – 6:30pm – Dr. Nahla Abdo: Palestine in Our Hearts, Palestine a Thorn in the Flesh of Imperialism at University College, room 52
–  Tuesday, March 26 – 7:00pm – Film Screening: A Stone’s Throw from Prison at Lash Miller building, room 158
  Wedneday, March 27 – 6:30pm – Wala3at Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance opened by Sto: Loh Elder Lee Maracle at Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall

8. Social Justice Education Colloquium
Join us for the annual Social Justice Education Colloquium, entitled “Enacting Radical Traditions in the Academy”. What can researchers committed to social justice learn from Dr. Roderick Fergusons’ reconceptualization of queer liberation movements? In what ways does the University, a supposed site of critical inquiry, simultaneously enact violence on students, faculty, and society? What coalitions and commitments make radical futures more possible? The SJE Colloquium will be held from March 19 to March 20, 2019 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (9 am to 4 PM). This event is open to all students, faculty and community members. Free lunch will be available, the presentation rooms are wheelchair accessible and scent free.
RSVP | PROGRAM | CONTACT DETAILShttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-social-justice-education-colloquium-tickets-55918597029 

9. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
Wed February 6, 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.

10. OISE GSA Executive Elections 2019
OISE GSA will be holding Executive Elections in April 2019. Please visit the following link for details: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/gsa/OISE_GSA_Elections_2019.html You must be an OISE student to run for one of these 4 exciting positions. Each position pays $800 per month. International Students from OISE do not require Canadian Work Authorization to apply for these positions. The skills you will learn from these positions are excellent so you can list them in your resume.

11. University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has launched. This program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring top-tier postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. Each fellowship provides $70,000 per year to Faculties to support up to two years of postdoctoral salary and benefits. It is also expected that Faculties and/or faculty advisors will supplement this funding with a $5,000 per year start-up fund. Nominations will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, beginning on March 8, 2019. Complete application details and requirements are available on the following webpage https://uoft.me/Provost-PDF.

12. Getting Fit to Fight Chronic Conditions: Exercise Prescription by Health Practitioners
EIMC at U of T is pleased to present our second annual speaker panel on Exercise Medicine. Building off our previous event that discussed the future of Exercise as Medicine, in this event, we will hear from healthcare practitioners that currently prescribe exercise and physical activity in their practice. Featuring a diverse panel of clinicians in cardiac rehabilitation, obstetrics, organ transplantation, dementia and sports/exercise medicine, you will hear about the current landscape of exercise prescription to combat chronic conditions. Tickets are $10. Food and drinks will be provided!
Date and Time: March 19th, 2019 at 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Hart House East Common’s Room
Link to event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/getting-fit-to-fight-chronic-conditions-exercise-prescription-by-health-practitioners-tickets-57359009341