UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Transit Survey & Changes to OHIP+ Coming on April 1, 2019 – March 28th, 2019

March 28th, 2019


1. UTGSU Transit Survey
2. Significant Changes to OHIP+ coming on April 1, 2019
3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
4. Research Education and Governance (REG) Committee Meeting

5. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting
6. Equity and Advocacy Committee Graduate Equity Forum
7. Panel on Emerging issues on Environment
8. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit

9. ISC Info Session on Funding Opportunities
10. Webinar: Negotiating Time for Family – Strategies for Bringing up Family with your Supervisor
11. Grad Connections: Navigating Grad School as a Racialized Student
12. LSCDS Healthcare Consulting Mini-Networking April 5th


1.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 one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

2. Significant Changes to OHIP+ coming on April 1, 2019
Starting April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario is changing OHIP+.  For students under the age of 24, you will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and you will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+.  You have until March 31, 2019 to get your prescriptions filled/refilled under the OHIP+ plan. For more information
 click here.

3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.  If you require a “Travel Letter” (proof of coverage) when applying for Visa, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca.  It should include: Your name, Your Student Number, Purpose of your Travel and Travel Dates.  We require 4 business days to process this request.

4. Research Education and Governance (REG) Committee Meeting
Are you a graduate student interested in advocacy work related to University policy? Join the Research, Education and Governance committee! Our next meeting will be on Thursday April 18th from 5-7pm in the Grad Loft of the UTGSU building (16 Bancroft Avenue). Please email governance@utgsu.ca if you plan to attend.

5. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting
The next Policy and Operations Committee meeting will take place at 4:00pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Wilson Hall – New College Room 2006. Students who have questions are welcome to contact Justin Patrick, the internal commissioner, at
 internal@utgsu.ca. Feel free to make changes to the wording, and let us know if there is anything else you need!

6. Equity and Advocacy Committee Graduate Equity Forum
The Equity and Advocacy (EAC) Executive Team of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) presents “The Equity Forum: Addressing Graduate Trends across the University of Toronto (UTSG, UTM, UTSC)” on Friday, March 29 from 1:30-3:30 PM at Grad Room (66 Harbord St.). The purpose of this forum is to better understand the scope of graduate-level equity initiatives and engagement across our tri-campus. To help us plan, please RSVP by March 28, 2019: https://gradequityuoft.eventbrite.ca. Grad Room is located at 66 Harbord Street at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Harbord Street. The room can be accessed underneath the Second Cup by stairs. Grad Room is wheelchair accessible through Grad House. To access the elevator to Grad Room, you must first check-in with the Grad Room staff, and they will accompany you to the adjacent entrance through Grad House.
Time: March 29, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Location: Grad Room (66 Harbord Street)
Food Requirements: Email Paolo at paolo.frasca@mail.utoronto.ca

7. Panel on Emerging issues on Environment
As part of the 2019 OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), OISE GSA Sustainability Committee in collaboration with the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee and the OISE Environmental Sustainability Education is organizing this panel, that aims to discuss the most pressing environmental issues in our current society. Come and join us this Friday, March 29th, from 3:20pm to 4:20pm at Room 8-201, OISE (252 Bloor St. W.). RSVP at 
gsrcenviropanel.eventbrite.com. More information on the panelists here: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Student-Panel-V2-09.png

8. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit
Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference is coming up! This year’s theme is Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit. Workshops and speakers will be focused on provided tactical skills for taking care of your mental health during grad school and getting involved in mental health advocacy! Topics include time and resource management, resolving supervisor conflicts, financial management, suicide prevention, mental health of marginalized groups, and mental health advocacy, among others! The conference will take place on April 11 from 5:30-9:30 pm at Multi Faith Center on Campus! The event is free to all students, staff and faculty and will be catered! Workshop registration will open early next week! For more information see our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431898820881399/.

9. ISC Info Session on Funding Opportunities
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you for a workshop on available funding opportunities for international graduate students. We will talk about OGS, OTS, Vanier, and SGS grants in this workshop.

Date: Thursday April 11th; 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
Location: Gerstein Science Library, 2nd floor, room 2000. Go through Gerstein Reading Room and take stairs to the right. If you have any questions, please reach out at isc@utgsu.ca

10. Webinar: Negotiating Time for Family – Strategies for Bringing up Family with your Supervisor
Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a webinar on Thursday April 4th from12-1PM about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family needs and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing them with your supervisor. Registration at https://uoft.me/negotiating.

11. Grad Connections: Navigating Grad School as a Racialized Student
Happening Friday, March 29, 2-3:30pm in the SGS Lounge (63 St George St)Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Space is limited to 25.

12. LSCDS Healthcare Consulting Mini-Networking April 5th
Interested in a career in Healthcare Consulting? Join LSCDS us for their 2nd collaborative Mini-Networking Night with Graduate Management Consulting Association. This is an event you don’t want to miss! 
: Friday April 5th, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Prenup Pub, 191 College St, 2nd Floor
Register: https://www.lscds.org/events/mini-networking-night-in-collaboration-with-gmca-healthcare-consulting/