Letter From the Executive

August 2015
From: University of Toronto’s Graduate Students’ Union

Dear Graduate Students,

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union would like to welcome you to another academic year. The UTGSU represents over 16,000 students studying in 90 departments, and we work with you to promote the interests of graduate students on campus and fight for your right to a public, accessible post-secondary education.

The UTGSU distributes funding to students through department Course Unions; funds graduate conferences and initiatives; administers health and dental insurance; offers confidential academic advice; provides a cafe, pub and gym; promotes positive change via lobbying and campaigns; and is a voice for graduate students at U of T. Read on for more about our programs, services, events and how to get involved!


Mark your calendars now for the UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on Tuesday, 01 December beginning at 6:10 pm at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W. The AGM is your opportunity to vote on motions which impact the direction of our advocacy efforts and services. Come and make your voice heard!


To defend public post-secondary education and to promote equity and social justice, please consider joining our Civics; Environmental Justice & Sustainability; Equity & Advocacy; Research, Education & Governance; and Policy & Operations Committees. You may also be interested in one of our ad-hoc committees: GradMinds (Graduate Student Mental Health), Student Rights, Financial Support or Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions. Or join one of our five identity-based caucuses: International Students; Queer; Race & Ethnicity; Women and Trans People; and Professional Graduate Students. For more opportunities, visit us at: utgsu.ca/committees-caucuses.


Course Unions hold elections annually. For more information, please check with your Course Union at your graduate department or link to your Course Union from the UTGSU website at: utgsu.ca/course-unions. You could be elected into leadership positions within your course union, including a seat on the UTGSU General Council. The UTGSU provides support and funding for course unions within each department.

Please visit us in person at 16 Bancroft Avenue, in the basement, or online at www.utgsu.ca. Like us! www.facebook.com/utgsu. Follow us! www.twitter.com/utgsu.


In Solidarity,

The UTGSU Executive