UTGSU Digest: Spring Conference Bursary Deadline & Booking Space in the UTGSU Gym – May 25, 2017

May 25th, 2017

Gym

 

1. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
2. Booking Space in the UTGSU Gym
3. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Spring Application
4. UTGSU Hiring Casual Staff 

5. Grad Minds: Mental Health Magazine
6. International Students’ Caucus Sponsored Summer Social Event at Hart House Farm 
7. Life Management Series: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor 

8. Women’s and Children’s Health – Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room
9. Trailer Party! Cinema Politica UofT Relaunch
10. Grad Talk: Dealing with Awkward Situations in Grad School

1. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and will be graduating in June, you will still be covered under the plan till the end of the academic year in August, provided you paid the Winter fees. 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.

2. Booking Space in the UTGSU Gym
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of May for June, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours.

3. UTGSU Conference Bursary
The Spring Conference Bursary is live and open until May 31st! If you plan to attend a conference between July 1st and December 31st, you can apply at: UTGSU Spring Conference Bursary. For students inquiring about the Fall application, this is the finalized project after the pilot in 2016 and policy approval by General Council in April 2017. This means there was no application prior to May 2017 but going forward there will be an annual Fall application in November and an annual Spring application in May. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined. If you have any additional questions, please contact either finance@utgsu.ca or eal1@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Hiring Casual Staff
Interested in being contacted by the UTGSU for paid opportunities for small jobs throughout the year? In the past we’ve put out calls for people to put up promotional posters around campus, help facilitate sign-in stations for events, and working the day of our Fall Orientation. To be added to the listserv, email communications@utgsu.ca with your U of T email with the subject line: Casual Staff Listserv. 

5. Grad Minds: Mental Health Magazine
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at our St. George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our current knowledge/perception, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. We are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate students to join our editorial team. Details attached: Mental Health Magazine – Positions. Email all application documents to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca

6. International Students’ Caucus Sponsored Summer Social Event at Hart House Farm
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is inviting all international graduate students to enjoy summer at Hart House Farm Midsummer’s Eve Event on June 24th and 25th, 2017. ISC will subsidize the first 20 international students who sign up by reimbursing each participant $15 at the Hart House Farm. RSVP at: ISC Event Registration to enjoy this special event and social with your fellow international students. Please check: ISC Event Details for more information. Whether you choose to go with or without transportation, you are responsible to book your own ticket at the link above and arrive Hart House Farm.

7. Life Management Series: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor
Happening on Tuesday, May 30, 12 to 1 pm, as an online webinar. What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations? Join Heather and Priyanka from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre for a webinar about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing your family needs with your supervisor. Feel more confident about having a discussion with your supervisor about family issues, identify supports available to graduate students and techniques that may help you prepare for discussions with supervisors about family issues, and understand the importance of preparation for any discussion with a supervisor aimed at reaching an agreement (i.e. negotiation). Registration required.

8. Women’s and Children’s Health – Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room
Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room is back. On Tuesday, May 30th, they will discuss women’s and children’s health focusing on the topics of pre-term birth and complications during pregnancy. Please register at: Graduate Speaker Series Event. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 30th (5:30pm – 7pm) at the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. Pizza will be served. For more information regarding the Graduate Speaker Series, please visit: More Information on the Graduate Speaker Series.

9. Trailer Party! Cinema Politica UofT Relaunch 
Harvest Noon is happy to present the return of Cinema Politica UofT! Join them to help select documentary films to screen this summer and fall and to join our organizing collective. What is Cinema Politica? It’s a Montreal based network of community and campus based locals that’s committed to exploring under-represented stories by screening independent political film and video throughout Canada and the world  — to entertain but also to engage, inform, inspire, and provoke social change. FREE popcorn provided. Tuesday May 30th, 7-9pm, at Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event.

10. Grad Talk: Dealing with Awkward Situations in Grad School
On June 8, from 12-1:30pm. Have you ever walked away from a conversation wondering, “What just happened?” Ever seen a professor outside of class and, unsure of whether to make eye contact or not, marched past them while staring at the ground? Have you attended a large social gathering outside your department and found yourself in a corner not knowing where to start? Grad school can be full of awkward and potentially embarrassing moments. Join G2G Peer Advisors from the Conflict Resolution Centre for Graduate Students for a frank discussion about conflicting expectations, miscommunication, and the blurry boundary between social and professional. Pizza will be available. Register: Event Registration.

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UTGSU Digest: Conference Bursary & Hiring Casual Staff – May 18, 2017.

May 18th, 2017

Summer

1. UTGSU Office: Hours of Operation for the Summer
2. Travel Insurance
3 Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Summer International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-In Hours
5. Summer UTGSU Gym Hours
6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Spring Application
7. UTGSU Hiring Casual Staff 

8. Grad Minds: Mental Health Magazine
9. Bikechain Employment Opportunity 
10. Trailer Party! Cinema Politica UofT Relaunch 

1. UTGSU Office: Hours of Operation for the Summer
From Monday, May 8-August 21, 2017 the UTGSU Office, which includes the Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Office, will be open from 10:00am-3:00pm from Monday-Thursday and closed on Fridays. Students are able to book an appointment with Executives and Staff on Fridays, depending on the schedule of each individual person. For more information, please email: info@utgsu.ca

2. 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 the University of Toronto, including the HDI plan fee, and keep their provincial health-care coverage. 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.

3 Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and will be graduating in June, you will still be covered under the plan till the end of the academic year in August, provided you paid the Winter fees. 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. Summer International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-In Hours
From May 1-August 11, 2017 the drop-in time for ISIC issuing will be once per week, on Thursdays at 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Appointments are also available outside of the drop-in time. For available appointment times, please email Gail at: fieldworker@utgsu.ca

5. Summer UTGSU Gym Hours
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of May for June, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. Please note that the gym will be closed in August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours.

6. UTGSU Conference Bursary
The Spring Conference Bursary is live and open until May 31st! If you plan to attend a conference between July 1st and December 31st, you can apply at: UTGSU Spring Conference Bursary. For students inquiring about the Fall application, this is the finalized project after the pilot in 2016 and policy approval by General Council in April 2017. This means there was no application prior to May 2017 but going forward there will be an annual Fall application in November and an annual Spring application in May. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined. If you have any additional questions, please contact either finance@utgsu.ca or eal1@utgsu.ca.

7. UTGSU Hiring Casual Staff
Interested in being contacted by the UTGSU for paid opportunities for small jobs throughout the year? In the past we’ve put out calls for people to put up promotional posters around campus, help facilitate sign-in stations for events, and working the day of our Fall Orientation. To be added to the listserv, email communications@utgsu.ca with your U of T email with the subject line: Casual Staff Listserv. 

8. Grad Minds: Mental Health Magazine
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at our St. George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our current knowledge/perception, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. We are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate students to join our editorial team. Details attached: Mental Health Magazine – Positions. Email all application documents to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca

9. Bikechain Employment Opportunity
Bikechain is hiring a student for a 7 week contract! Do you enjoy teaching others and getting your hands dirty? Check out the posting at: Bikechain Employment Opportunity 

10. Trailer Party! Cinema Politica UofT Relaunch 
Harvest Noon is happy to present the return of Cinema Politica UofT! Join them to help select documentary films to screen this summer and fall and to join our organizing collective. What is Cinema Politica? It’s a Montreal based network of community and campus based locals that’s committed to exploring under-represented stories by screening independent political film and video throughout Canada and the world  — to entertain but also to engage, inform, inspire, and provoke social change. FREE popcorn provided. Tuesday May 30th, 7-9pm, at Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event.

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Executive Committee 2017-2018

May 12th, 2017

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1&2 – Christopher Ball
academics1and2@utgsu.ca

Chris is a 4th year PhD student in the department of Anthropology. His PhD research focuses on the palaeocthnobotany of the Northeast and the evolution of traditional lifeways in southwestern Ontario near ing the turn of the first millenium. His goals as a Commissioner or t he UTGSU’s Executive Committee are to
advocate For fair graduate student treatment in all aspects or life at UotT and to campaign For increased graduate student access to a variety of available sources of funding at the University of Toronto.

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3&4 – Andrea Constantinof
academics3and4@utgsu.ca

Civics & Environment Commissioner – Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano
civics@utgsu.ca

Leonardo is a 3rd year international PhD student in the department of Physics. His doctoral research is focused on Biophysical techniques for efficient cancer detection using quantum optics. As Civics and Environment commissioner of the UTGSU, Leonardo wants to advocate and promote activities that aim to generate environmental awareness and encourage graduate students to solve the problems that they are currently facing.

Executive at Large 1 – Branden Rizzuto
eal1@utgsu.ca

Branden Rizzuto is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. An interdisciplinary student by training, Branden’s doctoral research Focuses on the origins and early developments of arsenic bronze technologies on the north coast of Peru, and how these technologies played a role in the shifting socio­ political and religious organization of the region du ring the Middle Horizon Period (600 – 1000 CE). A student at the University of Toronto since 2008, for years Branden has dedicated himself to improving the student experience at the University of Toronto and beyond . This year as an Executive of Large, Branden plans to continue to oversee the execution of the UTGSU Graduate Student Census and the UTGSU Conference Bursary Fund, both or which Branden played a major role in formulating during his term as UTGSU Academics and Funding Commissioner (Div. I and 11) during the 20l6-2017 academic year.

External Commissioner -Cristina Jaimungal
external@utgsu.ca 

Cristina Jaimungal is a PhD student in the Department or Social Justice Education (SJE) and Comparative, International, and Development Education (CIDE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Cristina has successfully advocated for increased student participation and decision-making through her role in the SJE Student Caucus. This has resulted in the initiation of professional workshops, the first departmental award exclusively for racialized students, the creation of a student-led speaker series, and more student involvement on committees. She brings her experiences as an educator and researcher to the position or External Commissioner, and intends to Focus on anti-racism, accessibility, and decolonization. Cristina holds a BA with Honours in English and Professional Writing from York University and an MA in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning with a specialization in CIDE from OISE.

Finance & University Governance Commissioner – Brieanne Berry-Crossfield
finance@utgsu.ca

Brieanne is completing her Master of Education in tlhe Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute For Studies in Education (OISE). In her position at the UTCSU, she is focused on creating equitable educational experiences for students through increased funding opportunities, better accessibility to mental health services for graduate students and the development of community to create stronger coalitions both on and off campus.

Internal Commissioner – Sarah Cooper
internal@utgsu.ca

Sarah Cooper is completing a Masters of Global Affairs (MCA) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Interested in a spectrum of topics related to our increasingly interconnected world, Sarah often focuses her work on justice and global advocacy, the role of civil-society, and investigating the challenges technology poses to traditional policy-making. Having previously served as an Executive-at-Large, Sarah is eager to dive into the responsibilities of Internal Commissioner, and this year intends to focus on completing a comprehensive review or the UTGSU structure, bylaws and policies. This summer Sarah is completing a required internship position in Bangkok, Thailand and will be serving in her role with the UTCSU remotely. Sarah is 100% committed to always being accessible to fellow graduate students and UTGSU members and despite the + 11 hour time difference is more than happy to connect with you. Please do not hesitate to drop a line if you have any issues or would like to set up a meeting.

UTGSU Digest: Summer Hours of Operation & Spring Conference Bursary Application – May 11, 2017.

May 11th, 2017

Summer

1. UTGSU Office: Hours of Operation for the Summer
2. Travel Insurance
3 Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Summer International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-In Hours
5. Summer UTGSU Gym Hours
6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Spring Application
7. Grad Minds: Mental Health Magazine
8. The Muslims are Coming: A Discussion Series
9. Graduate Student Parent Circle
10. Women’s & Children’s Health – Graduate Speaker Series
11. Grad Escape: Games Night at Hart House

1. UTGSU Office: Hours of Operation for the Summer
From Monday, May 8-August 21, 2017 the UTGSU Office, which includes the Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Office, will be open from 10:00am-3:00pm from Monday-Thursday and closed on Fridays. Students are able to book an appointment with Executives and Staff on Fridays, depending on the schedule of each individual person. For more information, please email: info@utgsu.ca

2. 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 the University of Toronto, including the HDI plan fee, and keep their provincial health-care coverage. 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.

3 Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and will be graduating in June, you will still be covered under the plan till the end of the academic year in August, provided you paid the Winter fees. 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. Summer International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-In Hours
From May 1-August 11, 2017 the drop-in time for ISIC issuing will be once per week, on Thursdays at 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Appointments are also available outside of the drop-in time. For available appointment times, please email Gail at: fieldworker@utgsu.ca

5. Summer UTGSU Gym Hours
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of May for June, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. Please note that the gym will be closed in August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours.

6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Spring Application
We are excited to share that the UTGSU Conference Bursary is back by popular demand. If you plan on attending a conference sometime between July 1-December 31, 2017, you could be eligible to receive $250 to put towards your conference expenses. Applications are being accepted until May 30, 2017. For more information, visit: Spring Conference Bursary. If you require additional assistance, please email: finance@utgsu.ca.

7. Grad Minds: Mental Health Magazine
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at our St. George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our current knowledge/perception, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. We are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate students to join our editorial team. Details attached: Mental Health Magazine – Positions. Email all application documents to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca

8. The Muslims are Coming: A Discussion Series
This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome. This space centres the experiences of Black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people. The Muslims Are Coming! is a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP. Date: Tuesday May 24; Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm; Location: 246 Bloor Street West Room 720, 7th floor. Full description and access info: The Muslims are ComingContact Nadia at: sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com for any other access needs.

9. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Happening on Monday, May 15 from 12:00-2:00pm in the Hart House, Committees Room. Connect and unwind with other University of Toronto graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, talk about what is important to you, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Pizza will be ordered. All University of Toronto expectant and graduate student parents are welcome. Registration at: Graduate Student Parent Circle. A collaborate initiative of the Family Care Office, the UTGSU, Grad Life, and Hart House.

10. Women’s & Children’s Health – Graduate Speaker Series
On Tuesday, May 30th (5:30pm – 7pm), the folks at Grad Room will be discussing women’s and children’s health as part of the monthly Graduate Speaker Series. The topics of discussion will include preterm-birth and complications during pregnancy. Please register at: Women’s & Children’s Health Registration. For more information regarding the Graduate Speaker Series, please visit: Graduate Speaker Series.

11. Grad Escape: Games Night at Hart House
On May 25, from 7-9pm, join fellow grad students for a fun games night at Hart House! A selection of games will be available including: Catan, Code Names, Exploding Kittens, Ticket to Ride, and more. Snacks will be available. Presented in partnership with Hart House. Location: East Common Room. Register at: Games Night at Hart House.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Travel Insurance Information & UTGSU Conference Bursary Application – May 4, 2017.

May 4th, 2017

Travel


1. Welcome your 2017/2018 UTGSU Executive Committee
2. UTGSU Office: Hours of Operation for the Summer
3. Travel Insurance
4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation 
5. Summer International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-In Hours
6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Spring Application
7. Grad Minds Yoga – Summer 2017 Hour
8. Massey College Bursaries for Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean Canadian Students 
9. Graduate Student Parent Circle 
10. Grant Writing Courses

 

1. Welcome your 2017/2018 UTGSU Executive Committee
As of May 1, 2017, the UTGSU welcomed its new Executive Committee for the 2017/2018 year. Joining the team this year is:
Academics and Funding Commissioner for Divisions 1 and 2: Christopher Ball (academics1and2@utgsu.ca)
Academics and Funding Commissioner for Divisions 3 and 4: Andrea Constantinof (academics3and4@utgsu.ca)
Civics and Environment Commissioner: Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano (civics@utgsu.ca)
Finance and University Governance Commissioner: Brieanne Berry-Crossfield (finance@utgsu.ca)
Internal Commissioner: Sarah Cooper (internal@utgsu.ca)
Executive-at-Large 1: Branden Rizzuto (eal1@utgsu.ca)
If you are not sure which Executive to contact for a specific matter, contact: info@utgsu.ca for guidance.

2. UTGSU Office: Hours of Operation for the Summer
From Monday, May 8-August 21, 2017 the UTGSU Office, which includes the Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Office, will be open from 10:00am-3:00pm from Monday-Thursday and closed on Fridays. Students are able to book an appointment with Executives and Staff on Fridays, depending on the schedule of each individual person. For more information, please email: info@utgsu.ca

3. 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 the University of Toronto, including the HDI plan fee, and keep their provincial health-care coverage. 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. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and will be graduating in June, you will still be covered under the plan till the end of the academic year in August, provided you paid the Winter fees. 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. Summer International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-In Hours
From May 1-August 11, 2017 the drop-in time for ISIC issuing will be once per week, on Thursdays at 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Appointments are also available outside of the drop-in time. For available appointment times, please email Gail at: fieldworker@utgsu.ca

6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Spring Application
We are excited to share that the UTGSU Conference Bursary is back by popular demand. If you plan on attending a conference sometime between July 1-December 31, 2017, you could be eligible to receive $250 to put towards your conference expenses. Applications are being accepted until May 30, 2017. For more information, visit: Spring Conference Bursary. If you require additional assistance, please email: finance@utgsu.ca.

7. Grad Minds Yoga – Summer 2017 Hours
Grad Minds will be offering free yoga throughout summer starting May 11, 2017. Yoga will take place every Thursday at the Grad Room from 5:15pm – 6:15pm. Please bring your own yoga mat.

 8. Massey College Bursaries for Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean Canadian Students
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has launched new bursaries, developed in collaboration with partners in the graduate community: Massey College, the University of Toronto, and Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE UT). The SGS Bursaries at Massey College will cover the fees of Resident and Non-Resident Junior Fellows who are Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean Canadian students, groups that are currently underrepresented among the College’s Junior Fellows. Additional information can be found at: Massey College Bursaries.

9. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Happening on Monday, May 15 from 12:00-2:00pm in the Hart House, Committees Room. Connect and unwind with other University of Toronto graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, talk about what is important to you, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Pizza will be ordered. All University of Toronto expectant and graduate student parents are welcome. Registration at: Graduate Student Parent Circle. A collaborate initiative of the Family Care Office, the UTGSU, Grad Life, and Hart House.

10. Grant Writing Courses
The Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) is offering a variety of courses starting mid-May to help students get a head start on preparing their CIHR, NSERC, and SSHERC grant proposals for the fall. Online Registration for these courses is open to registered University of Toronto graduate students. Please read the registration instructions carefully.

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Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee

May 1st, 2017

About the Committee

The UTGSU Graduate Student Census project aims to develop and implement a comprehensive census among the UTGSU Membership which probes into the day-to-day issues and perceptions of graduate students at the University of Toronto, with the findings to be synthesized into an analytical report for publication online on the UTGSU website. The project is most concerned with investigating the unique issues and perceptions particular to different communities within the U of T graduate student population, as well as that of the U of T graduate student population as a whole. Overall, the ultimate aim of the project is to provide a repository of data and information which can be utilized by the UTGSU and other U of T bodies as an aid in future decision making and practices.

Mandate

  • The UTGSU Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee was struck by the UTGSU General Council in October of 2016 to oversee the execution of the UTGSU Graduate Student Census.

Composition

  • One (1) Member from each of the four (4) Divisions of the School of Graduate Studies
  • One (1) Member from any of the four (4) Divisions of the School of Graduate Studies, as appointed by General Council, to serve as Committee Chair

Committee Members

  • Branden Rizzuto (Committee Chair)
  • Anna Cwikla (Division 1 Member)
  • Samantha Larocque (Division 2 Member)
  • David Gafni (Division 3 Member)
  • Jackie Koyama (Division 4 Member)

Progress

As part of the overall Graduate Student Census project, the UTGSU Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee initiated an extensive consultation process with U of T graduate students and other members of the U of T community during the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of this consultation process was to directly characterize the issues, themes, and topics that were most important to U of T graduate students, and by virtue, to provide a foundation for the focus of the census itself. In total, members of the Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee conducted in-person consultations with more than 170 graduate students from more than 35 groups/organizations across the university. The Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee is currently utilizing this ethnographic data to construct the census structure, and hopes to have a final draft of the census itself circulated to the U of T graduate student population by December of 2017.

Contact

census@utgsu.ca

Summer Gym Bursary: FAQ

April 28th, 2017

As part of a three-year pilot program to promote graduate student wellness, the UTGSU Executive Committee worked closely with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to offer students a chance to be reimbursed for their summer gym membership to the Hart House gym, and the Athletics Centre, also known as KPE. Students will be eligible for reimbursement starting May 15, 2017. We have made some victories, which we are very proud of, but continue to advocate for students who are not fully covered by this reimbursement.

For more information, please see the list of FAQs below.

Q: Who is eligible for the summer gym bursary?

A: All graduate students registered in research-stream master’s and PhD programs in the summer session are eligible for the bursary. Only those who are not registered in the summer and those registered in professional programs are ineligible for this bursary.

Unfunded research-stream master’s students and research-stream students beyond the normal funded period are still eligible.

If you are unsure of which cohort you’re a part of, please email the Academics and Funding Commissioner for Division 3 and 4, Andrea, at academics3and4@utgsu.ca.

Q: Do I get reimbursed in full for both Hart House and the Athletics Centre for the entire summer?

A: Students who are eligible for the summer gym bursary will receive $97.60 for their Hart House gym membership from May-August, 2017. At the Athletics Centre, students will receive a maximum of $97.60, which will be applied to students’ 1, 2 or 4 month membership. Therefore, the cost of a 4-month and a 2-month membership will be partly covered by the bursary, and a 1-month bursary will be fully covered. Eligible students can only apply to the summer gym bursary once per summer term. 

Q: How do I get reimbursed?

A: You can get reimbursed by uploading your proof of payment through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) portal here:

Summer Gym Bursary Reimbursement Portal 

Your level of reimbursement will vary. Full instructions can be found on the SGS webpage, at: www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/SGS-Gym-Bursary.aspx. Reimbursement will be processed within 7-10 business days. For more information, you can contact Michelle Ekuban, the SGS Financial Advisor at: m.ekuban@utoronto.ca.

Q: Why aren’t all graduate students able to get reimbursed for using the Hart House Gym and Athletics Centre?

A: At this time, the UTGSU Executive Committee is actively advocating for the summer gym fee to be reimbursed to all graduate students, or at least, providing students with a discounted, affordable student rate to the facilities. We’d also suggest you’d consider joining a free graduate student intramural league in the Fall and Winter (for more information: www.utgsu.ca/2017/01/27/sgs-intramurals) or reserve a one-hour timeslot in the UTGSU gym for the month of May for singles or doubles badminton, or drop-in volleyball or basketball (for more information: www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym.)

Q: I have a question that is not listed on this FAQ page. Who should I direct it to?

A: If you have additional questions that were not outlined in this FAQ page, please email info@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Summer Gym Bursary Question, or call (416) 978-2391 during our hours of operation.

 

UTGSU Digest: Accomplishments Achieved by the 2016/2017 Executive Committee & Summer ISIC and Gym Hours – April 27, 2017.

April 27th, 2017

 

1. List of Accomplishments Achieved by the 2016/2017 Executive Committee
2. Summer ISIC Card Hours 
3. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym

4. Engaging Our Great Waters – Connecting Water & Young Canadians
5. Growing Farmers & Food Justice Advocates
6. Permanent Residency Information Session 
7. New Travel Award for Indigenous Graduate Students
8. Grad Talk: Bike Chain presents: Cycling Safety & Maintenance
9. Student Family Housing: Place to Live on Campus
10. Free Tickets for the Canadian Privacy Summit

1. List of Accomplishments Achieved by the 2016/2017 Executive Committee
As the 2016/2017 Executive Committee’s term comes to an end, the UTGSU would like to applaud their achievements that now enhance the graduate student experience. For a light highlighting their top ten major accomplishments, see here: Student Victories, the UTGSU Executive Committee Makes a Difference.

2. Summer ISIC Card Hours
From May 1 to August 11, 2017 the drop-in time for ISIC issuing will be once per week, on Thursdays at 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Appointments are also available outside of the drop-in time. For available appointment times, please email Gail at: fieldworker@utgsu.ca

3. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
Please note that the gym will be closed on May 2 for scheduled maintenance, as well as all of August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours.

4. Engaging Our Great Waters – Connecting Water & Young Canadians
Waterlution, in partnership with the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) are launching a “Engaging Our Great Waters – Connecting Water & Young Canadians” workshop in Toronto – one in a series of workshops hosted across the country. From Vancouver to St. John’s, and Gjoa Haven to Toronto, this #Canada150 initiative offers young Canadians the opportunity to connect to water and make visible how water has shaped their identity and that of their community. Registration for this free event can be found here: Engaging Our Waters Registration. Happening on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00am to 3:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

5. Growing Farmers & Food Justice Advocates
The Black Creek Food Justice Network in collaboration with the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) presents a 2-day training session on urban farming and food justice. Growing Farmers will feature speakers and workshop sessions on the challenges of accessing healthy, fresh and culturally appropriate food; and how to develop and build skills as an urban farmer/ food justice advocate. The workshop will be held at the Black Creek Community Farm on May 13th & 14th 11-4pm. Please email: blackcreekfoodjustice@gmail.com to register by May 3rd. Priority will be given to students from equity seeking groups and residents.

6. Permanent Residency Information Session 
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you to a join a Permanent Residency Information Session at the Bahen Centre, Room 1170 on May 9, from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. Staff members from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be talking about the Express Entry Program. Please register at: Permanent Residency Information Session.

7. New Travel Award for Indigenous Graduate Students
Did you know that registered Indigenous graduate students interested in participating in Indigenous-focused events can now apply for up to $1,000 in travel assistance? Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement, University of Toronto (SAGE UT) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) have partnered to develop the SGS Indigenous Travel Award, launched this spring.First Nations, Metis and Inuit students are encouraged to visit the SGS website or contact the SAGE Program Director (sage@utoronto.ca) for additional details and to obtain an application.

8. Grad Talk: Bike Chain presents: Cycling Safety & Maintenance
On May 2, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in Grad Room. Do you feel nervous biking in the city? Would you like to know how to keep your bike running smoothly? Come to Bikechain’s Cycling Safety and Maintenance workshop! You will get tips and resources on biking safely in the city. We will also go over the basic maintenance you can do on your bike at home, and talk about when you should bring. Register here: Cycling Safety & Maintenance Registration.

9. Student Family Housing: Place to Live on Campus
Student Family Housing is presently offering vacancies for June 1st for students with a partner/spouse and/or children. Come join our vibrant community where there is always a lot going on! With 710 apartments, a rooftop garden, recreation rooms, family drop-in centre, activities & events for the whole family, underground parking, and an on-site childcare centre, this is a place you can call home. Visit us at Facebook: University of Toronto Student Family Housing, Twitter: SFHResLife, Instagram: sfhreslife, Website: studentfamilyhousing.utoronto.ca.

10. Free Tickets for the Canadian Privacy Summit
The UTGSU is offering free tickets to graduate students on a first come, first serve basis to attend the 2017 Canadian Privacy Summit. This Summit is designed for top experts and key stakeholders in the technology and privacy communities, and across diverse sectors in Canada, to assess the latest developments and build solutions for Canada. Stakeholders will share their experiences and best practices to provide decision makers with innovative solutions. Representatives from Facebook, Shopify, and Mastercard are part of the featured speakers list. If you’re interested in attending this conference on May 2 and May 3, please email the UTGSU Communications & Promotions Coordinator at: communications@utgsu.ca with your full name, department of study, phone number and email address.

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UTGSU Digest: Support for Students Affected by the Asbestos Contamination, Executive-at-Large Election – April 20, 2017.

April 20th, 2017


1. UTGSU Support for Students Affected by the Asbestos Contamination in the MSB
2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large
3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
4. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
5. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Submissions
6. Drinks for Democracy
7. Elevator Pitch
8. New Rescheduled Time: Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series  
9. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto  
10Graduate Speaker Series: Education in the 21st Century – Issues, Challenges, Social Justice and Policymaking

 

1. UTGSU Support for Students Affected by the Asbestos Contamination in the MSB
Please see the UTGSU Executive Committee’s Stance on the Asbestos Concern in the MSB statement published on April 18. The UTGSU Executive Committee is calling on all students to get in contact with us who work and/or study in the MSB that felt their health and academic work was jeopardized by the asbestos contamination. If this applies to you, please contact communications@utgsu.ca, and provide a brief outline of how you’ve been affected, and what type of advice you’re looking for to move forward. The Executive Committee is able to offer you guidance on how to navigate this situation.

2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large 
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large 1? This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the activities supporting the 2017-2018 Executive Legislative Program, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending a weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is a gross annual of $5,299.65. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 25 April, 6:10pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information, or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at: internal@utgsu.ca.

3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 25 April at 18.10 in Koffler House, Room 108. All UTGSU Members are welcome, but only Representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a Representative and you wish to speak, you can have your Course Union Representative request this on your behalf during the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. All guests and proxies will be asked to show their T-card upon registration. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

4. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of April for May, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. Please note that the gym will be closed in August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours.

5Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Submissions
The fourth Working the Scene in Colour (WSiC) event will be held on May 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the University of Toronto Multifaith Centre, in the Main Activity Hall. WSiC is accepting scene submissions for features, scripted television, and stage plays. University of Toronto graduate students who self-identify as a person of colour, are encouraged to submit their scenes, which can be works-in-progress or polished scripts, of up to 5 minutes to be performed by trained ACTRA actors. Produced scripts will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28. Please email your script and/or inquiries to: workingthescene@gmail.com. Brought to you by ACTRA Diversity and the UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus.

6. Drinks for Democracy 
Come out to Drinks for Democracy! Join the Civics Committee and grad students for an evening of postcard/letter writing to MP Adam Vaughan (or MP of your choice!). Come make your voice heard about the Liberal’s breaking their promise of electoral reform in a creative way, with colour, markers, and maybe even some glitter. And also enjoy some drinks and snacks with others who want to chat politics! Join us April 26th, 5-7pm, at the GSU Pub, 16 Bancroft Ave.

7. Elevator Pitch
Calling all graduate students (MAs; MEds; PhDs; and Professional Students), to come out and hear the elevator pitch of fellow students at U of T. You will have an opportunity to exchange ideas, expand your network and meet other graduate students across various disciplines. Date: April 27th, 2017. Time: 5-7pm. Location: OISE 12-274. For more information contact: Suzanne civics@utgsu.ca

8. New Rescheduled Time: Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series  
Due to some unforeseen events we’ve had to reschedule the continuation of our tasty condiment making workshop series for Tuesday May 9th. For this workshop we will be making a South Indian lemon-pickle chutney and an eggplant chutney and you’ll of course get to take some home. Come and make these dishes with us and RELISH in their glory! Cost: $10 for Harvest Noon/UTGSU members; $15 for non-members (includes $5 lifetime Harvest Noon membership); Pay What You Can spaces also available for those experiencing financial difficulty. Registration: sign up now in one of the reserved UofT grad student spaces (if grad student spaces are not filled as of Monday May 1st at 12PM, they are considered open to others and/or wait list members will be moved in to those spaces.)

9. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto
March for Science Toronto invite all people who understand the importance of science in our daily lives to stand together and champion its role by joining the march and rally on April 22. The four goals of the march are: science integrity, evidence-based policymaking, better and more inclusive STEM education, and a celebration of Canadian science and scientists. Toronto is marching in solidarity with American science marches, but is also focused on Canadian issues and opportunities. The March starts on Saturday April 22, 2017, at 11:00 am, concluding with a rally at Queen’s Park at 12:00 pm. Visit: March for Science for details.

10Graduate Speaker Series: Education in the 21st Century – Issues, Challenges, Social Justice and Policymaking
Graduate Speaker Series @ The Grad Room is back for the month of April. On Wednesday, April 26th (5:30pm – 7pm), the topic of discussion will be Education in the 21t Century. There will be two speakers from OISE. The first speaker will discuss his work on education in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and using educational policymaking as an endeavour for state-building. The second speaker will discuss her work on the French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers in Ontario and what is causing their flight form the province. All graduate students at UofT are welcome to attend the event. Please register. Pizza will be served.


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UTGSU Digest – Apply to be an Executive-at-Large, Hiring a General Council Chairperson – April 13, 2017.

April 13th, 2017



1. UTGSU Student Rights Workshop
2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large
3. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chairperson

4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
5. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
6 Transit Issues for St.George Students Travelling to UTSC and UTM
7. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto
8. Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series
9. Family Event: Bike Mechanics 
10. The Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik 
11. Grad Talk: Navigating Your Online Persona
12. Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain

 

1. UTGSU Student Rights Workshop
This workshop is for graduate students at the University of Toronto who are interested in hearing more about their legal rights, and how to address health and safety concerns in the workplace (specifically labs, and study space). The facilitator, Richard Blair, will be providing a brief introduction about himself, and basic information on what rights students have in the workplace. He will then open the floor for questions. Registration: UTGSU Student Rights Workshop. For an accessibility request, or more information, please contact the UTGSU Communications & Promotions Coordinatorat: communications@utgsu.ca or (416) 978-6233.

2. Join the Team! Apply to be an Executive-at-Large 
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large 1? This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the activities supporting the 2017-2018 Executive Legislative Program, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending a weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is a gross annual of $5,299.65. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 25 April, 6:10pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information, or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at: internal@utgsu.ca.

3. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chairperson
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2017-2018 academic year. Experience chairing large bodies/board of directors, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council or like decision-making body, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 8 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to
hiring@utgsu.ca by Sunday April 16th at midnight. Interviews will take place April 19th to 21st. Please visit: Hiring a General Council Chairperson, or contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request. 

4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 25 April at 18.10 in Koffler House, Room 108. All UTGSU Members are welcome, but only Representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a Representative and you wish to speak, you can have your Course Union Representative request this on your behalf during the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. All guests and proxies will be asked to show their T-card upon registration. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

5. Summer Hours for the UTGSU Gym
You can book space in the UTGSU Gym on the last Friday of April for May, starting at 10:00, by calling (416) 978-8464. Call early as space goes quickly. Please note that the gym will be closed in August for Orientation preparations. For a full list of times you can reserve the gym for singles badminton, doubles badminton, and when the volleyball, and pick-up basketball leagues run, please visit: UTGSU Summer Gym Hours. 

6. Transit Issues for St.George Students Travelling to UTSC or UTMC
The UTGSU Civics and Environment Commissioner has been made aware that some students are experiencing transit issues at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. In order to better serve you, the Membership, this survey has been designed to tally the number of folks affected by this, and how the UTGSU can advocate for better service on your behalf. The form is for all University of Toronto graduate students who are enrolled at the St.George campus, but travel to the Mississauga or Scarborough campuses for labs. If you answer no for the first question, please do not continue the rest of the survey. Fill out the form here: Transit Issues Form.

7. March for Science at the March for Science Toronto
March for Science Toronto invite all people who understand the importance of science in our daily lives to stand together and champion its role by joining the march and rally on April 22. The four goals of the march are: science integrity, evidence-based policymaking, better and more inclusive STEM education, and a celebration of Canadian science and scientists. Toronto is marching in solidarity with American science marches, but is also focused on Canadian issues and opportunities. The March starts on Saturday April 22, 2017, at 11:00 am, concluding with a rally at Queen’s Park at 12:00 pm. Visit: March for Science for details.

8. Chutney Time – Harvest Noon Condiment Workshop Series  
Join Harvest Noon on Tuesday, April 18 from 6-9pm, for the continuation of our condiment making workshop series. This time we’re focussing on the ever versatile chutney! We’ll be making several types of this tasty sauce variety and you’ll of course get to take some home. Cost: $10 for Harvest Noon/UTGSU members; $15 for non-members (includes $5 lifetime Harvest Noon membership); Pay What You Can spaces also available for those experiencing financial difficulty. Registration: Sign up now in one of the reserved UofT grad student spaces (if grad student spaces are not filled as of Friday April 14th at 10AM, they are considered open to others and/or wait list members will be moved in to those spaces. Grad students can still sign up afterwards though as a member or nonmember!)

9. Family Event: Bike Mechanics 
On Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, bring your children (4-12 years old) on campus to learn how to keep their bikes in top condition, including bike maintenance and safety. Stick around after the workshop to have a mechanic check of your child’s bike to make sure it’s safe and ready to ride. You’ll be all set for summer! Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951. Children of University of Toronto students, staff, and faculty are welcome, adult supervision required. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs. This event is offer in collaboration with BikeChain, a not-for-profit cycling organization based at the University of Toronto. Location TBD.

10. The Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik
This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture.
This space centres the experiences of Black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people. At this session we will be screening the film Naz & Maalik, followed by a short discussion and social. The Muslims Are Coming! is a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP. Date: Tuesday April 18; Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm; Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall. Full description and access info: contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

11. Grad Talk: Navigating Your Online Persona  
On April 19, from 4-5:30pm. Work email, Utoronto email, personal email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat- is Twitter still a thing? Oh my! In this hour and half workshop we will explore our online personas as we navigate individual differences in communication styles and how they influence our personal and professional lives. Pizza will be available. Presented by: Ashna Khanna and Lorri Pacheco, Peer Leadership Facilitators, Leadership Development.
Register

12. Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain 
On April 20 from 6-8pm in the OISE Nexus Lounge, on the 12th floor. Join the OISE Black Women’s Caucus, and  the OISE Graduate Students’ Association for a panel speaker session on how black women can navigate the terrain around them. The speaker list includes: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, Humber College, Dr. Andrea Davis, York University, Dr. Ann Lopez, OISE/UT, Dr. Delores V. Mullings, Memorial University, and Dr. Roberta Timothy, Continuing Healing Consultants. For more information, contact Janelle Brady at: janelle.baptiste.brady@mail.utoronto.ca.

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