UTGSU Digest: Nomination Period for the UTGSU Elections & In Solidarity with The CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team and Platform – January 18, 2018

January 18th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
2. New OHIP+ Drug Program

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
5. In Solidarity with The CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team and Bargaining Platform
6. Chesnut Residence Accepting Residence Don Applications
7. Parenting to Buffer the Consequences of Separation & Divorce
8. OISE Graduate Students Research Conference Final Call for Proposals
9. Grad Escape: Games Night at Bampot House of Tea
10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

2. New OHIP+ Drug Program
On January 1, 2018, the Ontario government launched a public drug program which covers more than 4,400 drug products for Ontario residents 24 years and under so long as they have valid OHIP coverage. You can also learn more about the program at ontario.ca/ohipplus. Information on who can and who cannot access the plan is listed below:

  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under covered by OHIP, most drug claims are now reimbursed by the Ontario Government through your health card.  Visit studentcare.cafor details.
  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under NOT covered by OHIP, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are an international student or if you are covered by another province’s health insurance plan, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over,  you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over with dependents, you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +, however, your dependents will qualify for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.

You can continue to claim your prescription drugs through your Health & Dental Plan by using your Pay-Direct Card which you can download at www.studentcare.ca.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

4. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2018-2019 are open until 5:00 pm on Wednesday January 31. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1228.96. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm), online at www.utgsu.ca/elections or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). For more information, including the Elections 2018 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Lisa Aikman, at cro@utgsu.ca.

5. In Solidarity with The CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Team and Bargaining Platform
On December 4, 2017 at the UTGSU Annual General Membership meeting, the Members of The UTGSU overwhelming voted ‘In Favour’ to a solidarity motion supporting the bargaining team’s demands for a more equitable Collective Agreement for CUPE 3902, Unit 1, which represents Teaching Assistants, Course Instructors, Chief Presiding Officers, Invigilators, Assistant Invigilators, Tutors, Markers, and Teaching Laboratory Assistants. To view the open letter sent to Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffatt, the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity at The University of Toronto, in support of CUPE 3902’s Unit 1 Bargaining Platform, visit: https://goo.gl/dbFSW7.

6. Chesnut Residence Accepting Residence Don Applications
Chestnut Residence at the University of Toronto is currently accepting Residence Don applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications are due on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 4:00pm. For more information and to access an application, please visit: http://uoft.me/ChestnutDons.

7. OISE Graduate Students Research Conference Final Call for Proposals
The OISE Graduate Student Research Conference on April 20-21, 2018 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is doing a final call for proposals. This year’s theme is “CREATING POSSIBILITIES FOR CHANGE IN EDUCATION.” They welcome graduate students and early career researchers to submit their work in a variety of formats. For more information, please go to www.oisegradconference.com. Submissions are due by January 19, 2018 at 11:59PM (EST).

8. Parenting to Buffer the Consequences of Separation & Divorce
(Available in person or as a webinar – Thursday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm – in person at the Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. W, Room SK 422.) If you are attending the session via a webinar, access details will be emailed. This introductory workshop will explore how parents can effectively buffer their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. The workshop will then be followed by a question and discussion period. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3Qn. Please select how you will be attending this workshop — either in person or as a webinar.

9. Grad Escape: Games Night at Bampot House of Tea
Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets: $9 Available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca<http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/>. Join Grad Life for some tea and board games at this local venue. Light refreshments provided. Please let them know if you have any food restrictions.

10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World
The Impact Centre (a unit under the Faculty of Arts & Science) is launching a new program for U of T graduate students and postdoctoral fellows called Igniting Impact. The program will work with graduate students and post-docs to identify areas where they can apply their expertise to solve global challenges and provide up to $5,500 plus access to space, equipment, and mentoring to kick-start your idea. The program will be delivered at three events with specific focus areas: January 23 – Assistive Devices, January 30 – Energy Efficiency, and February 7 – Improving Health. More information and a short application are available at: http://www.impactcentre.ca/ignite.

Join the UTGSU Executive! Nominations to Open Wednesday January 17

January 12th, 2018

This is your opportunity to join the UTGSU Executive Team for 2018-2019! The UTGSU Elections will be taking place in February and nominations for the six Executive Officer positions will be available as of 10:00 am on Wednesday January 17. The nomination period closes at 5:00 pm sharp on Wednesday January 31. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is $1228.96.

During the nomination period, nomination forms will be available at the UTGSU Offices (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm), online at www.utgsu.ca/elections or by special arrangement with the CRO (cro@utgsu.ca) Election information, including the Elections 2018 Timeline and the descriptions & responsibilities for each Executive position, will be posted online soon: www.utgsu.ca/elections. Keep an eye open for regular updates! (more…)

UTGSU Digest: New OHIP+ Program & Winter Welcome Social Feedback Form – January 11, 2018

January 11th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
2. New OHIP+ Drug Program

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
5. Winter Welcome Social Feedback Form
6. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
7. Winter Cycling Workshop
8. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving, Finding: Staying Motivated in Grad School
9. Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible
10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

2. New OHIP+ Drug Program
On January 1, 2018, the Ontario government launched a public drug program which covers more than 4,400 drug products for Ontario residents 24 years and under so long as they have valid OHIP coverage. You can also learn more about the program at ontario.ca/ohipplus. Information on who can and who cannot access the plan is listed below:

  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under covered by OHIP, most drug claims are now reimbursed by the Ontario Government through your health card.  Visit studentcare.cafor details.
  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under NOT covered by OHIP, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are an international student or if you are covered by another province’s health insurance plan, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over,  you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over with dependents, you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +, however, your dependents will qualify for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.

You can continue to claim your prescription drugs through your Health & Dental Plan by using your Pay-Direct Card which you can download at www.studentcare.ca.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

5. Winter Welcome Social Feedback Form
Thank you for joining us at our Winter Welcome Social! If you have two minutes, please fill out our feedback form so we can continue making events catered to you. We will be collecting anonymous responses until January 18, 2018. Feedback form: https://goo.gl/forms/rS8SHSCNkWXjXBiT2. If you have any questions about this feedback form, please email us at info@utgsu.ca.

6. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
In person outreach and engaging the public in a ‘one on one’ or public speaking fashion can easily feel overwhelming, even for the most extroverted of us. So how can you ease the stress, anxiety, and initial barriers to actually getting people to talk to you? Come learn some tips, tricks, and best practices to getting cold glances to melt and strangers to hear you out. In this workshop, we will be covering some of the basic and most common scenarios and how to best navigate each one. For example, fliering on street corners or in university halls, tabling at events, and speaking to a crowd during a public event or action. Each section will be broken down into an hour each and will incorporate participatory activities. More information at: https://goo.gl/JQME9i.

7. Winter Cycling Workshop
It’s never too late in the season to start winter riding! Join Bikechain from 6:30 to 8:30 on Monday, January 29th for a talk about proper gear, setting up and maintaining your bike, and tricks and tips to keep safe while riding in the winter. For more information, email them at: bikechainuoft@gmail.com.

8. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving, Finding: Staying Motivated in Grad School
Graduate school, as the saying goes, is more of a marathon than a sprint–but what does this mean in practice? In this workshop, you’ll explore the challenge of staying motivated when the finish line is nowhere in sight. This session will involve reflection and discussion. Presented by the Academic Success Centre. Happening on Thursday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:30pm. Register at: http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

9. Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible
Join the Family Care Office for this discussion on parenting concerns for children with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome; management of the disability at home and at school; discussing with your child about their learning disability; advocating and finding supports for your child; hear from 1-2 current U of T students with a learning disability about their experience growing up with a LD. A question and answer period will follow. Speaker: Pearl Levey, Ph.D., Disability Counsellor, U of T Accessibility Services. Happening on January 17, 12 – 1:30 pm at 214 College St., Room 313. Registration required at: http://uoft.me/3Qn.

10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World
The Impact Centre (a unit under the Faculty of Arts & Science) is launching a new program for U of T graduate students and postdoctoral fellows called Igniting Impact. The program will work with graduate students and post-docs to identify areas where they can apply their expertise to solve global challenges and provide up to $5,500 plus access to space, equipment, and mentoring to kick-start your idea. The program will be delivered at three events with specific focus areas: January 23 – Assistive Devices, January 30 – Energy Efficiency, and February 7 – Improving Health. More information and a short application are available at: http://www.impactcentre.ca/ignite.

 

 

 

UTGSU Digest: Winter Welcome Social & Office of the University Ombudsperson Feedback Form – January 4, 2018

January 4th, 2018

Digest1. Winter Welcome Social 
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
5. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
6. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
7. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
8. Student Parent Storytelling
9. LGBTQ Leadership Series: Kristin Wong-Tam and George Smitherman
10. Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards

 

1. Winter Welcome Social
The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 10, 2018 from 5-7pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. The event will be filled with winter-themed snacks, games and a raffle draw for individual prizes worth up to $60. More information on the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/h3kgM6.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca. 

4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can optout of these services: Levy Groups OptOut Periods.

5. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
The Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto has introduced a three-pronged approach to improve graduate education for doctoral-stream students in Arts & Science programs on all three U of T campuses. Branden Rizzuto, the UTGSU Executive-at-Large 1, worked very closely with the Vice-Dean of Graduate Education & Program Reviews to have this information available online. To view, visit the following link: https://goo.gl/9CMGFb.

6. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee is asking for current University of Toronto graduate students to provide feedback on the Office of the University Ombudsperson, which provides impartial, confidential advice to students on current university policies and procedures. The hope is to provide meaningful feedback on how the service could be improved. The UTGSU Executive Committee will then take this data and put it together in a written report for The Office of the Ombudsperson Review Committee to consider. This survey is anonymous and personal information will not be collected. Please complete the survey before January 6, 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/XleMeojP5CHOy2lV2.

7. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
In person outreach and engaging the public in a ‘one on one’ or public speaking fashion can easily feel overwhelming, even for the most extroverted of us. So how can you ease the stress, anxiety, and initial barriers to actually getting people to talk to you? Come learn some tips, tricks, and best practices for getting cold glances to melt and strangers to hear you out. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic and most common scenarios and how to best navigate each one. Each section will be broken down into an hour each and will incorporate participatory activities. More information at: https://goo.gl/8bFajF.

8. Student Parent Storytelling
Join The Family Care Office on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am to noon ay OISE 252 for an opportunity to socialize with other student parents and a chance to be featured in Hart House’s upcoming Family Day-themed exhibition. Help increase visibility of students with family responsibilities on campus by sharing your story and having your photo taken on this day. Childminding and light refreshments will be provided. All students and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration required. If childminding is needed, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca with your child’s name and age. More information at: https://goo.gl/Uc8E1Y.

9. LGBTQ Leadership Series: Kristin Wong-Tam and George Smitherman
Join the Spectrum at the School of Public Policy and Governance on Monday, January 15th at 12:30pm in University College (Main Building), Room 314, for their first LGBTQ+ in Leadership Series. The event will feature an in-depth conversation with Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Former Deputy Premier & Cabinet Minister George Smitherman. Light lunch will be served. Everyone is welcome. More information at: https://goo.gl/kBHKLR.

10. Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards recognize the valuable contributions of TAs and graduate student Course Instructors to undergraduate education at the University of Toronto. Winners receive a framed certificate and monetary award and invited to participate in a panel during the 2018 Tri-Campus TA Day.  Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor by submitting a nomination package. More information is available online: http://tatp.utoronto.ca/awards/ci-award/. Nominations close on February 28, 2018. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact: Kathleen Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, CTSI at: k.olmstead@utoronto.ca.

UTGSU Digest: Office Closure for the Winter Break & Office of the University Ombudsperson Feedback Form – December 14, 2017

December 14th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Office Closure for the Winter Break
2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation

5. 2018 Governing Council Student Nominations
6. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
7. Winter Welcome Social
8. Christmas Market Event with the International Students’ Caucus
9. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
10. Student Journal Forum 2018

 

1. UTGSU Office Closure for the Winter Break
The UTGSU Office Reception and Health and Dental Insurance Office will be closed on Monday, December 18, 2017, to January 2, 2018, and re-opening to regularly scheduled hours on January 3, 2018. If you require additional information during our office closure in relation to your health and dental plan, you can find more information on the Student Care website at www.studentcare.ca. Please refer to their ‘Contact Us’ page for additional information about their holiday hours and emergency contact information. If you are faced with an academic advocacy issue during our office closure, you can refer to the resources available on the UTGSU Academic Advocacy webpage. If you need to get in touch with the UTGSU directly, you can email Dave Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered by 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 and pay fees to The University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca. 

5. 2018 Governing Council Student Nominations
The University of Toronto is looking for prospective candidates that are either full-time or part-time students at U of T in a program that leads to a degree, post-secondary diploma or certificate to serve as an elected student governor. Governors are collectively and individually stewards of the University and are asked to contribute to decisions that affect the University’s current and future achievements. Prospective candidates are advised to review the Elections Guidelines 2018 at the following website: http://uoft.me/GCElections2018Nomination forms will be available at http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/Governing_Council/elections.htm between 12:00 on Thursday, January 4, 2018, and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018. Paper copies will be available in the Office of the Governing Council, Room 106, Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle.

6. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
The Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto has introduced a three-pronged approach to improve graduate education for doctoral-stream students in Arts & Science programs on all three U of T campuses. Branden Rizzuto, the UTGSU Executive-at-Large 1, worked very closely with the Vice-Dean of Graduate Education & Program Reviews to have this information available online. To view, visit the following link: https://goo.gl/9CMGFb.

7. Winter Welcome Social
The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 10, 2018 from 5-7pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. The event will be filled with winter-themed snacks, games and a raffle draw for individual prizes worth up to $60. More information on the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/h3kgM6.

8. Christmas Market Event with the International Students’ Caucus
Join the International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and other international students for a free tour of the Distillery District at the Toronto Christmas Market on Tuesday, December 19. Information on the tour can be found at: www.gotourscanada.com/walking-tours. The ISC will meet at St.George Station by the corner of Time Horton’s at 2:40pm. The cost of TTC tokens to the event will be covered by the ISC. RSVP at: ISC Christmas Market Registration. Space is limited to a first come first serve basis. Follow the ISC on Facebook at: ISC Facebook page to stay updated on other upcoming events.

9. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee is asking for current University of Toronto graduate students to provide feedback on the Office of the University Ombudsperson, which provides impartial, confidential advice to students on current university policies and procedures. The hope is to provide meaningful feedback on how the service could be improved. The UTGSU Executive Committee will then take this data and put it together in a written report for The Office of the Ombudsperson Review Committee to consider. This survey is anonymous and personal information will not be collected. Please complete the survey before January 2, 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/XleMeojP5CHOy2lV2.

10. Student Journal Forum 2018
Are you involved in student journal publishing? Ever thought of starting your own journal? University of Toronto Libraries will be hosting a Student Journal Forum that will bring together student journal editors, or those looking to start a journal, to discuss best practices as well as resources and services to help sustain your publication. There will be short presentations focused on helping student editors learn more about the journal process. Happening on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10am – 1:30pm at Robarts Library in the Robert H. Blackburn Room (4th floor). Online registration now open. Visit the Student Journal Forum website for more information on this free event.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Office Closure for the Winter Break & Health and Dental Travel Insurance Information – December 7, 2017

December 7th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Office Closure for the Winter Break
2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. Winter Welcome Social
6. Free Intramural Sports for the Winter Semester
7. If You’re Reading This, It’s (Not) Too Late – Panel on Alternative Local Democracy
8. Christmas Market Event with the International Students’ Caucus
9. Bikechain Winter 2018 Opt-Out Period
10. GradLife: Grad Connections

 

1. UTGSU Office Closure for the Winter Break
The UTGSU Office Reception and Health and Dental Insurance Office will be closed on Monday, December 18, 2017, to January 2, 2018, and re-opening to regularly scheduled hours on January 3, 2018. If you require additional information during our office closure in relation to your health and dental plan, you can find more information on the Student Care website at www.studentcare.ca. Please refer to their ‘Contact Us’ page for additional information about their holiday hours and emergency contact information. If you are faced with an academic advocacy issue during our office closure, you can refer to the resources available on the UTGSU Academic Advocacy webpage. If you need to get in touch with the UTGSU directly, you can email Dave Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered by 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 and pay fees to The University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca. 

5. Winter Welcome Social
The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 10, 2018 from 5-7pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. The event will be filled with winter-themed snacks, games and a raffle draw for individual prizes worth up to $60. More information on the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/h3kgM6.

6. Free Intramural Sports for the Winter Semester
Based on the individuals who filled out the interest form, 24 teams were created for the Winter Semester Intramural Sports Teams. For a list of which teams and divisions were created, visit: Winter Intramural Sports. If you are new to the league this semester and want to sign up for a team, create your account on imleagues.com, and find The University of Toronto page. Scroll down on the page to the sports teams that say “SGS” and join the ones that are of interest to you. If you haven’t yet, take a minute to fill out the interest form here: Intramural Sports Interest Form. If you have questions about this process, email Peter Nash, the Coordinator, at: sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. If You’re Reading This, It’s (Not) Too Late – Panel on Alternative Local Democracy
The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus and Our Toronto invite you to join them for a panel discussion, If Youre Reading This, Its (Not) Too Late, on December 10th. They will discuss emerging forms of alternative local democracy in light of Toronto’s political landscape—where racialized people represent 51% of the city, but only 12% representation at City Hall. Panelists, Kate Shea Baird (Barcelona en Comu), Keegan Henry-Mathieu (Ward 7 Candidate), Pamela Robinson (Professor of Urban Planning, Ryerson), Amy Desjarlais (Indigenous knowledge keeper), and Sandrine Uwimana (local activist), will address questions such as: How do we ensure that “Diversity Our Strength” is more than an empty slogan? Light breakfast will be served. Please register through the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ycvxmfwn.

8. Christmas Market Event with the International Students’ Caucus
Join the International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and other international students for a free tour of the Distillery District at the Toronto Christmas Market on Tuesday, December 19. Information on the tour can be found at: www.gotourscanada.com/walking-tours. The ISC will meet at St.George Station by the corner of Time Horton’s at 2:40pm. The cost of TTC tokens to the event will be covered by the ISC. RSVP at: ISC Christmas Market Registration. Space is limited to a first come first serve basis. Follow the ISC on Facebook at: ISC Facebook page to stay updated on other upcoming events.

9. Bikechain Winter 2018 Opt-Out Period
Bikechain will be holding their winter 2018 opt-out period during open hours between the dates of January 11th and 18th, times are: Thursday, Jan. 11 from 12 -9, Friday, Jan. 12 from 10-5, Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 12-9, Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 10-5 and Thursday, Jan. 18 from 12-9. If you have any questions about this, email Bikechain at: bikechainuoft@gmail.com.

10. GradLife: Grad Connections
Happening on December 11, 12-2 pm, 21 Sussex Ave., Room 321. The theme of the event is Life after Graduate School. Take a break and connect with other grad students at a bi-weekly chat forum. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. No registration required. (Grab a hot chocolate, too.) For more information visit: Grad Connections.

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UTGSU Digest: Annual General Meeting & Health and Dental Information – November 30, 2017

November 30th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018
6. Lest We Forget: Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
7. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
8. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student
9. Graduate Student Parent Meet Up
10. Borrow More Than Just a Book at the Library

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). This is a chance for the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. We will also be giving away raffle prizes, valued at $50. More information at: UTGSU AGM. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, email the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca.

2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered by 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 and pay fees to The University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca. 

5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018
UTGSU Gym time for January can be reserved on December 8, 2017 starting at 10am. To book please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca or call (416) 978-8464. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set-aside for basketball and Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7pm to 10pmMonday through Wednesday evenings the gym is reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. The gym will be closed on Friday, December 15 for the Winter Break and reopen on January 8, 2018.

6. Lest We Forget: Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
For the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, we remember the women who have lost their lives to senseless violence. This year, The UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner will be attending a roundtable and open community microphone event and encourages other Members to attend. Panelists will be discussing trends and challenges in their work as survivor counselors, activists, and researchers in the area of gender and sexual violence in higher education and other areas of social life. The event is on December 6 at the OISE NEXUS Lounge, located on the 12th floor, from 5-7pm. For more information about the event, email the organizer, Miglena Todorova at miglena.todorova@utoronto.ca.

7. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
The UTGSU is working closely with TTCRiders, and CFS-Ontario to campaign for greater public transit access across Ontario. Fill out the provincial transit survey as your feedback will help inform our public transit campaign by shaping and backing up what we call on decision-makers to do to build better transit services. The survey can be found at: Transit Survey and more information on the campaign at: Students for Greater Transit Access Campaign Launch.

8. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student
On December 5, from 12-1pm in the Grad Room. Coping with the rigor of your academic curriculum, living up to expectations, and adapting to a new environment can be exhausting. Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success in your academic, professional, and personal lives. This session on self-care explores what it means to feel good and function well as a graduate student.  Drawing on recent evidence from the study of well-being, you’ll be introduced a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and prevent burn-out so you can be at your best. Pizza will be available. Pizza will be available. Presented by the Healthy Grads team. Register at: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. For more information about Grad Connections, visit them online at: Grad Connections.

9. Graduate Student Parent Meet Up
On Tuesday, December 5 from 12-2pm, at the Hart House Committees Room. Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Pizza lunch will be served. All U of T graduate student parents and expectant graduate students are welcome. Please pre-register at http://uoft.me/3I3.

10. Borrow More Than Just a Book at the Library
U of T Libraries has a range of technology services and resources available for use. Check out what else you can borrow or use in-house: Want to learn more about 3D Printing? Visit the MADLab at Gerstein; Looking for statistical software? Check out the software available at the Map & Data Library; Forgot your laptop, phone or tablet charger at home? They can lend you one.

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UTGSU Digest: Win $250 with the Fall Conference Bursary & Notice of Annual General Meeting – November 23, 2017

November 23rd, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
3. UTGSU Draft Financial Audit
4. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018
6. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
7. Research, Education and Governance Meeting
8. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
9. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
10. Mental Health and the Graduate Student Experience – A TED-talk Style Event

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). This is a chance for the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. We will also be giving away raffle prizes, valued at $50. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: UTGSU AGM.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out cheques will be mailed out the week of November 27. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made the week of November 20. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and the Health and Dental Office will investigate your opt-out.

3. UTGSU Draft Financial Audit
Every year at the AGM the UTGSU Membership appoint an auditor to review and assess the UTGSU’s finances and accept the Draft Financial Audit as presented. The purpose of the audit is to have a third-party ensure that the UTGSU’s financial statements are in accordance with Canadian non-profit organization standards and the management of the UTGSU are preparing financial statements that are free from material misstatement. The 2016-2017 UTGSU Draft Financial Audit can be found here: UTGSU Draft Financial Audit.

4. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The last day to submit an application to the Fall Conference Bursary is Thursday, November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018 
UTGSU Gym time for January can be reserved on December 8, 2017 starting at 10am. To book please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca or call (416) 978-8464. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set-aside for basketball and Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7pm to 10pmMonday through Wednesday evenings the gym is reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. The gym will be closed on Friday, December 15 for the Winter Break and reopen on January 8, 2018.

6. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
On November 24 from 1 to 3 pm, join the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and the University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) at the 2017 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest, taking place at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). Information for attendees and the presentation schedule can be found online at: UTMUST Competition. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

7. Research, Education and Governance Meeting
The Research, Education and Governance Committee will be hosting its first meeting on November 29th from 5 to 7PM in the UTGSU Lounge. They will be discussing upcoming programming for the Winter Semester, graduate student representation and advocacy, as well as current issues affecting graduate students. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at: finance@utgsu.ca. Light snacks will be provided. 

8. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
The UTGSU is working closely with TTCRiders, and CFS-Ontario to campaign for greater public transit access across Ontario. Fill out the provincial transit survey as your feedback will help inform our public transit campaign by shaping and backing up what we call on decision-makers to do to build better transit services. The survey can be found at: Transit Survey and more information on the campaign at: Students for Greater Transit Access Campaign Launch.

9. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
The UTGSU Queer Caucus is proud to present Gaymes Night on November 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Hart House South Sitting Room (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus). Join them for a night of board games, snacks, and general merriment before exam season comes. While organized by the UTGSU Queer Caucus, queer students from across U of T are all welcome- feel free to invite your friends! The space is accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and there is an all gender washroom available. No identities assumed! E-mail questions to queer@utgsu.ca, and join the official Facebook group: UTGSU Queer Caucus.

10. Mental Health and the Graduate Student Experience – A TED-talk Style Event
Grad Minds invites you to attend their TED-talk style event where graduate students will share their stories and insight on how their graduate student experience has affected their mental health, and how mental health conditions affected their graduate school experience. This is a space for students to share their stories and ask questions about navigating mental health as a graduate student. The event will be held on November 30th from 7-8:30 pm in Sid Smith, Room SS1074. For more information, visit: Mental Health and the Graduate Student Experience Facebook Event.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques & Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy – November 16, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
3. Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
4. Resources and Supports About Graduate Supervision
5. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December
6. Students for Greater Transit Access
7. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
8. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
9. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
10. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: www.utgsu.ca/agm.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out cheques will be mailed out the week of November 27. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made the week of November 20. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and the Health and Dental Office will investigate your opt-out.

3. Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee opposes the proposed “University Mandated Leave of Absence” Policy in its current form. Graduate students are fortunate to have a voluntary leave of absence implemented at The School of Graduate Studies. However, a mandatory absence does not help graduate students seek specific accommodations to help them complete their program in a timely manner. Moving forward, the Executive Committee will be asking the University Affairs Board to act on multiple items before moving forward with the implementation of the policy. The full statement from the Executive Committee can be found here: Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy (Statement).

4. Resources and Supports About Graduate Supervision
If you’re in a research-stream program, supervision can be the most defining experience of your graduate career. Where can you look for information about supervision, or find additional support if you need it? Consult this new fact sheet developed by the UTGSU and School of Graduate Studies: Graduate Supervisor‐Student Relationships, Resources & Supports.

5. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December
To reserve a one-hour timeslot for the UTGSU Gym for the month of December, send an email to gym@utgsu.ca on November 24 starting at 10am with: your name, student number, list of players and their names and student numbers, the desired day and timeslot for bookings. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Graduate students can reserve the gym for basketball from 5-6pm or 6-7pm and then drop-in recreational basketball is from 7-11pm. Friday evenings for doubles badminton. On December 11 from 5-11pm there is drop-in volleyball at the recreation and intermediate levels, on  December 12 from 5-7pm there is drop-in volleyball at the competitive level and on December 13, one-hour timeslots from 5-11pm can be booked for volleyball. Please note, the UTGSU gym will close for the Winter Break on Friday, December 15, 2017.

6. Students for Greater Transit Access
The UTGSU is working closely with TTCRiders, and CFS-Ontario to campaign for greater public transit access across Ontario. Fill out the provincial transit survey as your feedback will help inform our public transit campaign by shaping and backing up what we call on decision-makers to do to build better transit services. The survey can be found at: www.cfsontario.ca/transit-survey and more information on the campaign at: Students for Greater Transit Access Campaign Launch.

7. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
The UTGSU Queer Caucus is proud to present Gaymes Night on November 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Hart House South Sitting Room (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus). Join them for a night of board games, snacks, and general merriment before exam season comes. While organized by the UTGSU Queer Caucus, queer students from across U of T are all welcome- feel free to invite your friends! The space is accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and there is an all gender washroom available. No identities assumed! E-mail questions to queer@utgsu.ca, and join the official Facebook group: UTGSU Queer Caucus.

8. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

9. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St.George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from December 2017 to March 2018, working a number of those hours during the February 2018 election period.
Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

10. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes of Council meetings running from January until April. Applicants must be available to work the following evenings starting at 5pm and ending sometime between 8pm-11pm: December 4, 2017 (training), January 29, 2018, February 26, 2018, March 26 2018, and April 23, 2018. The Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with UTGSU Staff, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the UTGSU website. Previous experience with UTGSU General Council meetings will be considered as an asset to this position. The remuneration is $200.00 per meeting. To apply for the position, send your CV to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017, at 5pm. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Hiring a Secretary & Chief Returning Officer – November 9, 2017

November 9th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
3. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections.
4. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
5. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
7. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
8. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution, Communication & Negotiation

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: www.utgsu.ca/agm.

2. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes of Council meetings running from January until April. Applicants must be available to work the following evenings starting at 5pm and ending sometime between 8pm-11pm: December 4, 2017 (training), January 29 2018, February 26 2018, March 26 2018, and April 23 2018. The Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with UTGSU Staff, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the UTGSU website. Previous experience with UTGSU General Council meetings will be considered as an asset to this position. The remuneration is $200.00 per meeting. To apply for the position, send your CV to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24 2017 at 5pm. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

3. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St.George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from December 2017 to March 2018, working a number of those hours during the February 2018 election period.
Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

4. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards has been extended to 11:59pm on November 15, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

5. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams and divisions graduate students are interested in having, please fill out the following form: Winter Intramural Sign-Up Sheet. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the intramural session for the Winter Semester. Stay tuned for an email the week of November 20 for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Winter Semester. If you have any questions or an accessibility request, email Peter, the Intramural Coordinator at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
On November 24 from 1 to 3 pm, join the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and the University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) at the 2017 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest, taking place at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). Speakers from different areas will present their cutting-edge research works. Apply to present at www.utmust.ca/application, or attend the presentation as a viewer. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

8. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is committed to social justice, community building, and healing for self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour at the intersections of gender, ability, age, class, religion and sexuality. They are currently looking for two enthusiastic, and forward-thinking candidates to be their new Vice-President of Internal Operations and Vice-President of Finance. For more information, visit: Race & Ethnicity Caucus Positions. The deadline to apply is November 30 at 5pm.

9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
The AGM is an opportunity for the Bikechain community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m at the Harvest Noon Cafe, located on the 2nd floor of the UTGSU building. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information here: bikechain.ca/2017-agm.

10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution, Communication & Negotiation
How can we deal more effectively with conflict as grad students? Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Center & G2G Peer Advisors this November for a series of workshops to learn about what makes conflict in grad school so unique and the role of effective negotiation and communication in resolving it: For details and to register for the series, visit: www.gpsconflictresolutionfundamentals.eventbrite.ca. Workshops run on November 16, 23 and 30 from 1-3pm out of Grad Room, located at 66 Harbord Street on the lower level.

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