UTGSU Digest: Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health & UTGSU Travel Insurance – April 11th, 2019

April 11th, 2019


1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. UTGSU Travel Insurance
3. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
4. UTGSU Transit Survey
5. Happening Today! Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference
6. ISC is Looking for New Executives

7. The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Presents “Safe Space for Race”
8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Gym Bursary

9. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader
10. Science Rendezvous Call for Science Pitch Contestants


1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
In a
 letter to students, faculty, and staff on March 28, President Gertler announced that the University of Toronto will implement a four-part plan of action on student mental health and wellness:
1. Convene a Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. Utilize the Undergraduate Student Educational Experience (USEE) Expert Panel and School of Graduate Studies (SGS) consultations on student experience as a foundation for enhancing the culture of support for students
3. Engage with our partners in the health system in the Toronto region to better serve students with mental illness 
4. Redouble efforts to impress upon the provincial government the need to provide significantly more resources for university student mental health.
Nominations (including self-nominations) may be submitted via the online form by April 24, 2019. More information can be found here

2. 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.

3. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
As of April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario changed OHIP+. Students under the age of 24, will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+. For more information
 click here.

4. 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

5. Happening Today! Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference 
Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference is next today! The conference will take place this evening from 5:30-9:30 pm at Multi Faith Center on Campus (569 Spadina Avenue)! The event is free to all students, staff and faculty and will be catered! To find out more information and sign up for our workshops, visit our Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-minds-mental-health-conference-surviving-grad-school-a-mental-toolkit-registration-59806374476?aff=GradMindsConference2019 Also check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431898820881399/ This year’s theme is Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit! Workshops and speakers will be focused on providing practical 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, and mental health advocacy, among others!

6. ISC is Looking for New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is the main body that coordinates efforts centred around international graduate students’ interests and concerns at UofT. ISC is currently looking for new passionate executives to join the team. At ISC, you will have the oppourtunity to propose and run events, practice organization and leadership skills, and network with professionals. If you are interested, please follow ISC on Facebook  and contact ISC President, Amin Kamaleddin (isc@utgsu.ca) regarding the available positions.

7. The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Presents “Safe Space for Race”
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race” is a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. In this space, we will share experiences and engage in dialogue that is geared toward enhancing community-building, empowerment, and mental health. Join our third session focusing on Self and Community Healing Practices on April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Save the date for our last session on May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. There will be lots of food and beverages. TTC tokens will be provided to registered UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice to rec@utgsu.ca). Venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP: https://safespaceforrace3.eventbrite.ca

8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Summer Gym Bursary
Planning to be on St. George campus this summer? Registered in the Summer 2019 term? Good news: this year, the SGS Gym Bursary will be open to all graduate students in professional and research-stream programs. Application opens in May. Check https://uoft.me/sgsgym for updates.

9. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader
Are you a student with family responsibilities juggling family life and studies? Are you going to be at U of T for a year in September 2019? Become a mentor/leader at the Family Care Office and share your strategies and insights with your peers. This activity will officially recognize your involvement outside the classroom as a significant part of your U of T experience and skills you have developed! Please fill out an application form and return it to family.care@utoronto.ca by August 23, 2019.

10. Science Rendezvous Call for Science Pitch Contestants
Science Rendezvous is currently looking for Science Pitch contestants from graduate students engaged in science-related fields. The aim of the competition is to present your current research using only a single PowerPoint slide in an engaging and accessible three-minute pitch to our non-specialist judges as well as the general public attending the festival. There are only 10 spots available and participants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. This competition is open to research-stream and professional graduate students in science-related fields at the master’s or doctoral level. The Science pitch competition will take place on May 11, 2019 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Please read the eligibility and judging criteria before applying. If you are interested in applying to Science Pitch, please fill out the following form by April 26, 2019: https://forms.gle/bQgWDgoS4ttkvg8c7