UTGSU Digest: Deadline Extension for Hiring of UTGSU General Council Chair & Ecofair! – April 19th, 2018

April 19th, 2018

 

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair (EXTENDED Deadline)
3. UTGSU Gym Summer Schedule

4. Eco-Fair 2018

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus:#RacializedOnCampus End of Year Social
7. International Students’ Caucus: Sponsored “Avengers: Infinity War” Movie/Drinks Night
8. Grad Connections: Life as an International Student
9. Making Your Own Babyfood: Introducing Solids
10. Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair (EXTENDED Deadline)
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and 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 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 5 pm. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. UTGSU Gym Summer Schedule
The UTGSU Gym summer schedule is now available on our website. Reservations will be taken on April 26, 2018, beginning at 10 AM by emailing gym@utgsu.ca or by calling 416-978-8464 for the Summer Schedule. Check out the UTGSU Gym Summer Schedule Page for more information.

4. Eco-Fair 2018
Want to get some free clothes, get your jeans fixed AND have your bike checked-up all at the same time? Then come join our Eco-Fair on Friday, April 20th from 4-6 pm in the David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building). This is where you will find a mini Free Market, a mini Repair Café and a Bike Chain’s bike check-up all happening together for the first time! For more info, check out the Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee Page.

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
Are you interested in getting a better transit deal? We need your ideas for this to happen! If you want to join this committee, please contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #RacializedOnCampus End of Year Social
#RacializedOnCampus is a year-end social gathering for racialized students and allies organized by the Race and Ethnicity Caucus of the UTGSU. Join us on April 19th at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre for conversations on healing from experiences of racial and other forms of discrimination, self-care, the physical and emotional labour involved in activism, and building solidarity amongst racialized students and allies on campus. RSVP to this event here: #RacializedOnCampus Eventbrite. Hear from our community healers, enjoy local Syrian food, win prizes, and much more!

7. International Students’ Caucus Sponsored “Avengers: Infinity War” Movie/Drinks Night
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is inviting all international graduate students to join us on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 for a night of free drinks and a free Movie. We will meet at Jack Astor’s for drinks at 5:30 pm (133 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4) and then we will head over to watch “Avengers: Infinity War” at Scotiabank Theater (259 Richmond St W).   RSVP ASAP for the ISC Movie/Drinks Night Here. Seats are very limited (first 20 international students) and you will be contacted to confirm your reservation. 

8. Grad Connections: Life as an International Student
On Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 12 pm to 1 pm, take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. This week’s theme will discuss Lie as an International Student. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available Drop-In (no registration required). The event will be taking place at 21 Sussex Ave. room 321.

9. Making Your Own Babyfood: Introducing Solids
On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm, learn to use simple equipment to make your own baby food, know how and when to introduce solid foods, adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs, compare homemade and store-bought baby food, and learn how to handle and store food safely. Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, FoodShare. The event will be taking place at Koffler Student Services Centre, room 313. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3Qn.

10. Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School
Do you have the tools to navigate your relationship commitments? As a graduate student you need to foster effective relationships with your peers, professors, supervisors, partner, family and friends in tandem. Good and healthy relationships require both a personal and professional investment in order to lead a productive lifestyle. Join us on Thursday, April 19 at the Grad Room from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for a session where we explore Brene Brown’s teachings on the importance of being vulnerable and have you assess your Emotional Quotient (EQ). Presented by the Leadership Team in Student and Campus Community Development. Pizza will be available. Register for this event at Grad Talk: Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School.For more information on Gradlife events, please visit the Grad Life Website

UTGSU Digest: Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair & #RacializedOnCampus – April 12th, 2018

April 12th, 2018

 

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Eco-Fair 2018

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus:#RacializedOnCampus End of Year Social
7. International Students’ Caucus: Sponsored “Avengers: Infinity War” Movie/Drinks Night
8. Webinar: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor
9. Online Chat for Student Families
10. Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and 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 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Eco-Fair 2018
Want to get some free clothes, get your jeans fixed AND have your bike checked-up all at the same time? Then come join our Eco-Fair on Friday, April 20th from 4-6 pm in the David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building). This is where you will find a mini Free Market, a mini Repair Café and a Bike Chain’s bike check-up all happening together for the first time! For more info, contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
Are you interested in getting a better transit deal? We need your ideas for this to happen! If you want to join this committee, please contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #RacializedOnCampus End of Year Social
#RacializedOnCampus is a year-end social gathering for racialized students and allies organized by the Race and Ethnicity Caucus of the UTGSU. Join us on April 19th at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre for conversations on healing from experiences of racial and other forms of discrimination, self-care, the physical and emotional labour involved in activism, and building solidarity amongst racialized students and allies on campus. RSVP to this event here: #RacializedOnCampus Eventbrite. Hear from our community healers, enjoy local Syrian food, win prizes, and much more!

7. International Students’ Caucus Sponsored “Avengers: Infinity War” Movie/Drinks Night
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is inviting all international graduate students to join us on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 for a night of free drinks and a free Movie. We will meet at Jack Astor’s for drinks at 5:30 pm (133 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4) and then we will head over to watch “Avengers: Infinity War” at Scotiabank Theater (259 Richmond St W).   RSVP ASAP for the ISC Movie/Drinks Night Here. Seats are very limited (first 20 international students) and you will be contacted to confirm your reservation. 

8. Webinar: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor
On Wednesday, April 18th, join Heather and Priyanka from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre for a webinar about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family issues and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing your family needs. Feel more confident about having a discussion with your supervisor about family issues, be able to identify supports available to graduate students and techniques that may help them prepare for those discussions about such issues, and understand the importance of preparation for any discussion with a supervisor aimed at reaching an agreement (i.e. negotiation). Registration required at http://uoft.me/3Qn. All University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome.

9. Online Chat for Student Families
Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on child care & child care subsidies, schools & children programs, integrating study and family (and work as well), and any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T! All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration information available at http://uoft.me/3Qn

10. Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School
Do you have the tools to navigate your relationship commitments? As a graduate student you need to foster effective relationships with your peers, professors, supervisors, partner, family and friends in tandem. Good and healthy relationships require both a personal and professional investment in order to lead a productive lifestyle. Join us on Thursday, April 19 at the Grad Room from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for a session where we explore Brene Brown’s teachings on the importance of being vulnerable and have you assess your Emotional Quotient (EQ). Presented by the Leadership Team in Student and Campus Community Development. Pizza will be available. Register for this event at Grad Talk: Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School.For more information on Gradlife events, please visit the Grad Life Website

UTGSU Digest: Eco-Fair 2018 & Hiring for General Council Chair – April 5th, 2018

April 5th, 2018

 

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Eco-Fair 2018

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #Racialized@Uoft End of Year Social
7. Grad Minds Mental Health Conference “Peace/Piece of Mind”
8. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer  Coordinator
9. Online Chat for Student Families
10. Grad Escape: Tour of Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and 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 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Eco-Fair 2018
Want to get some free clothes, get your jeans fixed AND have your bike checked-up all at the same time? Then come join our Eco-Fair on Friday, April 20th from 4-6 pm in the David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building). This is where you will find a mini Free Market, a mini Repair Café and a Bike Chain’s bike check-up all happening together for the first time! For more info, contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
Are you interested in getting a better transit deal? We need your ideas for this to happen! If you want to join this committee, please contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #Racialized@Uoft End of Year Social
The Race and Ethnicity Caucus’ #Racialized@Uoft is a year-end social gathering for racialized students and allies of the university. Join us on April 19th at 5:30-8 pm at the Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre for conversations on healing from experiences of racial and other forms of discrimination, self-care from the labour of activism, and building solidarity amongst racialized students and allies. There will be traditional Syrian hors ‘d oeuvres, speakers, prizes, music, and much more!

7. Grad Minds Mental Health Conference “Peace/Piece of Mind”
Grad Minds’ Mental Health Conference is happening this April 12 from 5-9 pm in Koffler House/Multi-Faith Center! It will feature workshops on stigma, mental health in marginalized groups, CBT, eating disorders, mental health in families, Impostor Syndrome, and physical fitness and mental health, among other topics! There will also be activities, raffle prizes, and free food!! The event is FREE. It is an amazing opportunity to learn more about how to improve your own mental health and help loved ones who may be struggling. The workshops have limited capacity so sign up for the ones you want quick! For more information visit the Conference Facebook Page. Folks who are interested in attending can register here: Open Minds Conference 2018

8. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
Students For Barrier Free Access (SBA) is hiring! The job opening requires a commitment of 25 hours per week. A successful candidate will be paid $20.00 per hour plus benefits and vacation, occasional evenings and weekends with a 3 month probation period. The position is unionized with Workers United. The Application Deadline is April 9th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Starting Date is June 2018. For more information please contact SBA (sba.hiringcommittee@gmail.com)

9. Online Chat for Student Families
Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on child care & child care subsidies, schools & children programs, integrating study and family (and work as well), and any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T! All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration information available at http://uoft.me/3Qn

10. Grad Escape: Tour of Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library
Have you ever held a book that’s over 400 years old? Or seen the U of T’s founding document? Or read Leonard Cohen’s notebooks from the 1960s, where he drafted some of his early songs? On April 26th from 5:00 pm 6:30 pm, meet staff from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives, where they will take you on a tour of some of the rich treasures held right here on campus. Come for the view and the stories and discover how you can incorporate this one-of-a-kind research material into your own academic work. For folks who are interested, please register at https://goo.gl/DopcFC. Any further details on GradLife events can be found at gradlife.utoronto.ca

 

UTGSU Digest: Election for University Governance Commissioner & Hiring General Council Chair – March 29th, 2018

March 29th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Queer Caucus Movie Screening
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
7. Grad Student Parent Meet-up 

8. Grad Talk: Getting the Most from your Supervisor
9. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
10. Calling all U of T Startups: New April Workshops for Entrepreneurs

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and 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 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Queer Caucus Movie Screening
Join the UTGSU Queer Caucus to view and discuss the film “Tangerine” on Wednesday April 4th at 6:30pm! We will be gathering in the Department of East Asian Studies Lounge on the 14th Floor of Robarts (take the P4 elevator from the second floor of Robarts). Enjoy a great view of the city, a hilarious and insightful queer film, snacks aplenty, and the company of your fellow queer graduate students. Room is fully accessible, with single user washrooms on the first floor. E-mail queer@utgsu.ca with any questions!

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
Students For Barrier Free Access (SBA) is hiring! The job opening requires a commitment of 25 hours per week. A successful candidate will be paid $20.00 per hour plus benefits and vacation, occasional evenings and weekends with a 3 month probation period. The position is unionized with Workers United. The Application Deadline is April 9th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Starting Date is June 2018. For more information please contact SBA (sba.hiringcommittee@gmail.com)

7. Grad Student Parent Meet-up
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. Expectant graduate students are welcome as well. On Wednesday, April 4th 12:00-2: 00 pm at Hart House Committees Room. You may register at http://uoft.me/3Qn or just drop in. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, Graduate Student Union, Grad Life and Hart House. For more information please email Maria from the Family Care Office (maria.jardim@utoronto.ca).

8. Grad Talk: Getting the Most from your Supervisor
Wondering how you can get the most out of your supervisory relationship?  Want to know how you can use the Graduate Supervision Guidelines and learn some effective strategies for implementing positive change? On Tuesday, April 3rd 12:00 -2:00 pm, join fellow graduate students and G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for an interactive discussion about the challenges of working with a supervisor, how to use the guidelines to your advantage, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your supervisory relationship. Pizza will be served. Folks who are interested can register for the event here: Grad Talk: Getting the Most from your Supervisor. For more information on the content of the workshop, visit Graduate Supervision Guidelines.

9. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

10. Calling all U of T Startups: New April Workshops for Entrepreneurs
Get to know what campus startup mentors, spaces, funding opportunities are available (Launchpad workshop: April 4th), learn the basics of company research (Intro to Business Resources, April 4th) and avoid some legal woes (Legal Do’s & Don’ts for Startups with Bhole IP Law, April 6th). Space is limited. To register & for more information: http://uoft.me/gersteinworkshop.

Hiring University Governance Commissioner!

March 29th, 2018

Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider running to fill the new executive role as University Governance Commissioner! This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities.The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner.

Please see a link to the duties attached below:

University Governance Commissioner Duties [PDF]

UTGSU Digest: Students Voices on Sexual Violence Survey & Conference Grants – March 22, 2018

March 22nd, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-in Hours
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
7. SGS Conference Grant
8. Food for Thought Hackathon
9. Women in International Security Toronto Chapter Launch
Party
10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey
The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey will be coming to a close on March 26. This online survey has been conducted by CCI Research on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development. It is very important that student input is provided, as it can help to improve student support services and personal safety. Upon 60% completion of the survey, students will also receive a $5 electronic gift card. If you have not received a link and would like to fill out the survey, you can request it here: https://goo.gl/7qaZoP.

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
You can reserve a one-hour timeslot in the UTGSU Gym for the month of April on March 28 between 10:00 am and noon. To book, please email Pam at gym@utgsu.ca or call at (416) 978-8464 with: your name, student ID number, the day and time you wish to book the gym, and the names and student ID numbers of the other students you’ll be playing with. For more information on the programming in the gym, visit: https://goo.gl/332X4C.

4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-in Hours
All full-time graduate students are entitled to a free International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which may be used to obtain discounts on travel, merchandise, and services throughout the world. The ISIC provides members with student discounts on Greyhound Bus, VIA Rail, Porter Air, and other travel. The drop-in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm, no appointment necessary for the drop-in time. Other times are available by email appointment only. Drop-in cancellations will be posted on this webpage: https://goo.gl/X1drgk. We do not issue cards outside of drop-in times and appointments, and cannot accommodate walk-in requests for cards.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at: https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

7. SGS Conference Grant
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference. The last day for applying to the Winter/Spring cycle is March 26, 2018 at 4:30pm. For more information, visit: https://goo.gl/YJoiYF. Direct all your questions to Tara Lock, the Graduate Awards Officer, at conferencegrant@utoronto.ca.

8. Food for Thought Hackathon
Have a passion for policy, food security, design thinking, or social impact at large? Join the “Food for Thought” policy hackathon on Sunday, March 25 hosted by the Policy innovation initiative (Pii) from the School of Public Policy & Governance. Their challenge this year centres on food security in an urban setting and will be a unique opportunity to creatively learn and connect with multi-disciplinary students and professionals. The hackathon features keynote from Lori Stahlbrand (Toronto Food Policy Council), and challenge leaders: Adeline Cohen (OpenLab, UHN), Cassandra Gentile (Food Innovation Hub), and Reg Noble (Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson). All are welcome and you can register on Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/F7Hs9q.

9. Women in International Security Toronto Chapter Launch Party
How are women transforming the field of global security? Join WIIS for a celebration and networking event, featuring some of the most influential women in Toronto working in the field of security. Women in International Security (WIIS) is a renowned global network that brings together scholars, professionals, experts, lawyers, journalists, military leaders, and students to support and promote women in the field of global security on topics ranging from human rights issues, humanitarian crises, climate security, conflict analysis and prevention, post-conflict peace-building, and more. RSVP to the WIIS-Toronto launch party to connect with this dynamic new city-wide network. All gender identities are welcome to attend. Happening on March 28, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Massey College, located at 4 Devonshire Place. RSVP at https://goo.gl/UeBREh.

10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring 
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) is a peer-training program providing pedagogical support to the three campuses of the University of Toronto, through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. TATP currently serves teaching assistants and graduate students; programming is available for students currently enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), regardless of teaching appointment, and members of CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1. There are a variety of positions available for the 2018-2019 Winter sessions, which can be found online here: https://goo.gl/afMEUo. Applications are due on or before March 262018 at 5:00 pm.

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Opt Out Cheques & Hiring a Communications Coordinator – March 15, 2018

March 15th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Hiring: Three-Month Contract
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
4. Sustainable Products Hands-on Workshop
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. African Liberation Month Lecture: Black Theorizing in Academia
7. Anti-Racism Conference at U of T:  Free Registration for All Students
8. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
9. Webinar: Life Management Series: Stress Management Webinar
10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting this Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: Three-Month Contract for a Communications Coordinator
The UTGSU is hiring a full-time Communications & Promotions Coordinator for a three-month contract. Interested applicants are asked to apply through Charity Village: https://goo.gl/yiYmMr. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2018. 

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
You can reserve a one-hour timeslot in the UTGSU Gym for the month of April on March 28 between 10:00 am and noon. To book, please email Pam at gym@utgsu.ca or call at (416) 978-8464 with: your name, student ID number, the day and time you wish to book the gym, and the names and student ID numbers of the other students you’ll be playing with. For more information on the programming in the gym, visit: https://goo.gl/332X4C

4. Sustainable Products Hands-on Workshop
In this two hour workshop, you’ll explore dozens of ways to reduce our waste by creating some incredible products such as cleaning supplies, body care products and single-use packaging alternatives all of which you can take home with you. Join the Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee at Grad Room located at 66 Harbord Street on Monday, March 19 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information, email Leo, the Civics & Environmental Justice & Sustainability Commissioner at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. African Liberation Month Lecture: Black Theorizing in Academia
The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) welcomes you to attend an incredible talk given by anti-racist scholar Dr. George Sefa Dei! This event will also include a response by Dr. Jennifer Mills, from the Institute of Social Research at York University. Happening on March 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 252 Bloor Street West. A link to the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/J6wCFh. All are welcome to attend.

7. Anti-Racism Conference at U of T:  Free Registration for All Students
The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) is hosting the 2018 IDERD Conference, March 19 -20, 2018. The Conference will address the theme, “Anti-Racism Change in Postsecondary Institutions: Resistance, Assessment, Measurement, and Accountability.” Graduate students are highly encouraged to attend as our postsecondary institutions have a pivotal role to play in advancing a systemic anti-racism agenda. Registration available at:  https://goo.gl/YWYrhD. Programming for the event can be found here: https://goo.gl/gBwKhv. Don’t forget to share this event on Facebook: https://goo.gl/AFwZrj. 

8. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at: https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

9. Webinar: Life Management Series: Stress Management Webinar 
Students who can manage stress are more productive; have an easier time memorizing information and concentrating on their academic work; and an overall happier disposition. This one-hour webinar helps students learn to focus on goals, think strategically about hobbies, and explore what makes them feel relaxed. Facilitator: Carrie Smeenk, Learning Strategist from University of Toronto Academic Success Centre. Register at http://uoft.me/3Qn. Happening on March 22, from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm.

10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring 
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) is a peer-training program providing pedagogical support to the three campuses of the University of Toronto, through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. TATP currently serves teaching assistants and graduate students; programming is available for students currently enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), regardless of teaching appointment, and members of CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1. There are a variety of positions available for the 2018-2019 Winter sessions, which can be found online here: https://goo.gl/afMEUo. Applications are due on or before March 262018 at 5:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTGSU Digest: The Varsity Referendum Results & Family Study Space – March 8, 2018

March 8th, 2018

Digest

1. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
2. The Varsity Referendum Results
3. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
4. Queers and Beers
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. Eco-Fest 2018
7. Gradlife 101: Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience
8. Grad Meditation
9. Family Study Space at Robarts Library – Opening Reception
10. Indigenous Language Games

1. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
Have you received the Student Voices on Sexual Violence, a survey sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and distributed via CCI Research, Inc? This survey will be available to U of T Students until March 26, 2018. If you have not received the survey, you can request a link here: https://goo.gl/HXubXX. The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to encourage as many students as possible to fill out the survey if they are able to do so. It will take approximately 20 minutes and you will receive a $5.00 e-gift card for completion of up to 60% of the survey. We are aware that some of the questions will be difficult and can potentially trigger students, but there are community resources available that we can assist in directing anyone who requires support. If you have any further questions or requests for information, please contact Brie, the UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner at: finance@utgsu.ca.

2. The Varsity Referendum Results
The referendum that The Varsity held last week to establish a $0.80 levy per session for full-time graduate students has passed. There were 127 full-time graduate students who participated in the referendum, and there were 65 (51%) ‘Yes’ votes, 60 (47%) ‘No’ votes, and 2 (2%) abstentions. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at: editor@thevarsity.ca.

3. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
Are you a graduate student interested in policy and governance? Looking to get involved in your students’ union? The UTGSU is holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 13th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor)to review policies and bylaws of the union. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sarah, the UTGSU Internal Commissioner, at internal@utgsu.ca.

4. Queers and Beers
The UTGSU Queer Caucus will be hosting “Queers and Beers” on Thursday, March 15th at 6:00pm at Firkin on Bay Street at 1075 Bay Street (near Bay and Wellesley). Join them for some company from your fellow queer graduate students with drinks and pub food provided! The venue is fully accessible, but please note that there is no single-user washroom available. For more information, contact the Caucus directly at: queer@utgsu.ca.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. Eco-Fest 2018
Eco-Fest 2018 is a two week long environmental and sustainability awareness campaign organized by UTERN, The UTGSU Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee, UTSU, and other environmental clubs on campus. Eco-Fest will begin on March 12, 2018 and run through to March 23, 2018. Some of the amazing events in the line-up include: seed planting, an eco-beauty night, and a spring bike tune-up. For more information, visit their Facebook page at: https://goo.gl/y4Wf4B.

7. Gradlife 101: Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience
Do you want to get the most of your time in grad school?  Discover your community and the essential support services and resources offered by Gradlife and the School of Graduate Studies. Learn how to develop skills, enhance wellness, and have fun during your grad school experience. You will leave with a personalized plan of how you can get involved and where to go for support during your career as a U of T grad student. Pizza will be available. Presented by Jennifer Pinker (Gradlife) and Susan Hopkirk (SGS). Ideal for incoming grad students but open to all. (Tuesday, March 13, 12:00- 2:00 pm, Grad Room.) Register at: https://goo.gl/ZZ7VsU. For more information contact Gradlife at (416) 946-0148.

8. Grad Meditation
On Mondays between 12:10 pm to 12:45 pm, and Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm in the Grad Room located at 66 Harbord Street. The St. George meditation programme has been developed by Health and Wellness and the Multi-Faith Centre in partnership with other units across campus with student leadership. The secular based sessions are appropriate for beginners to seasoned practitioners. Would you like to be more calm, confident and connected? Drop-in sessions held weekly to practice secular mindful meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus. For more information, visit the Facebook event at: https://goo.gl/oSLfS7.

9. Family Study Space at Robarts Library – Opening Reception
U of T current students, their partners and children (12 years and under) are invited to the opening of Canada’s first academic library family study space. Join the Family Care Office on Thursday, March 15 at 12:30 pm for the opening and refreshments at Robarts Library. Also, don’t forget to register for the free March Break events at U of T by emailing family.care@utoronto.ca with: your name, U of T status and names & ages of your participating children.

10. Indigenous Language Games
You’ve probably played Scrabble, but have you tried sCREEble? or Baapaase, a mash-up of Jenga and charades? Learn vocabulary in a low-pressure environment… with lots of help along the way. Delicious tacos on Ojibway-style frybread will be served. Join the Centre for International Experience at Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies (located at 563 Spadina Avenue on the second floor) on Friday, March 9th from 5 to 8 pm. For more information, contact the Centre for International Experience at: cie.information@utoronto.ca

UTGSU Digest: Election Results & Student Voices on Sexual Violence – March 1, 2018

March 1st, 2018

Digest

1. UTGSU 2018 Election Results
2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
3. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
4. Crip Commitments: Disability, Technoscience, Politics
5. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
6. Racism on Campus: An Anonymous, Open-Sourced Survey
7. She Moves! International Women’s Day
8. Dealing with Awkward Situations
9. The Spice: Free Community Cooking and Lunch
10. International Women’s Day: Honouring Our Sisters

 

1. UTGSU 2018 Election Results
The votes are in! The University of Toronto Graduates Students Union (UTGSU) congratulates the following individuals on their election to the 2018-2019 UTGSU Executive Committee:

 
Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1& 2
Christopher Ball

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 & 4
Sophie McGibbon-Gardner

Civics & Environment Commissioner
Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano

External Commissioner
Cristina Jaimungal

Finance & University Governance Commissioner
Branden Rizzuto

Internal Commissioner
Lynne Alexandrova
 
Thank you to all the candidates who ran, and all the students who came out to vote. If you have any questions, please email the CRO, Lisa Aikman at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
Have you received the Student Voices on Sexual Violence, a survey sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and distributed via CCI Research, Inc? This survey will be available to U of T Students until March 26, 2018. If you have not received the survey, you can request a link here: https://goo.gl/HXubXX. The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to encourage as many students as possible to fill out the survey if they are able to do so. It will take approximately 20 minutes and you will receive a $5.00 e-gift card for completion of up to 60% of the survey. We are aware that some of the questions will be difficult and can potentially trigger students, but there are community resources available that we can assist in directing anyone who requires support. If you have any further questions or requests for information, please contact Brie, the UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner at:finance@utgsu.ca.

3. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
The Varsity is a University of Toronto not-for-profit student-run newspaper. On February 28March 1, and March 2, 2018, The Varsity will be holding a referendum through The University of Toronto’s U-elecT system (which can be found here https://goo.gl/8ygkYzasking graduate students to join The Varsity as Members and pay a $0.80 levy fee per semester. Currently, graduate students are not Members of The Varsity and do not pay a levy fee. The UTGSU Executive Committee asks that each student makes an informed decision and participate in the vote, regardless if they are in favour or in opposition to the referendum question. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at editor@thevarsity.ca.

4. Crip Commitments: Disability, Technoscience, Politics
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Disability Studies Speakers Series, Kelly Fritsch asks what it means to commit to crip technoscience. Exploring practices of knowing and making with a disability, Fritsch critically engages afterlife, maimed and debilitated life, and the difference that disability makes so as to push forward frictional practices of access that non-innocently anticipate and critically value disability. The event will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the OISE Library, located at 252 Bloor Street West, above the St.George Subway Station. The location is wheelchair accessible and there will be ASL + access copies available. Graduate students are encouraged to attend this free event.For accessibility or additional information, please contact uoftdisabilitylistserve@gmail.com.

5. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
Are you a graduate student interested in policy and governance? Looking to get involved in your students’ union? The UTGSU is holding meetings in March to review policies and bylaws of the union. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 6 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor) and the second meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 13th from1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor). If you have any questions, please contact Sarah, the UTGSU Internal Commissioner, at internal@utgsu.ca.

6. Racism on Campus: An Anonymous, Open-Sourced Survey
The UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Executives have encountered multiple cases of racism at The University of Toronto, particularly throughout the academic year. As such, they have created an anonymous, open-sourced survey called “Racism on Campus”. The purpose of this survey is to create a safe space for individuals to share their experiences of racial discrimination anonymously. In collecting this information, they hope to provide a sense of the scale and patterns of racism in various academic settings. While they advocate for the collection of such data, they understand the implications and difficulties of speaking out about racism and racial violence. They ask that you distribute this form broadly through your networks: https://tinyurl.com/RacializedOnCampus. For additional information, contact REC at rec@utgsu.ca.

7. She Moves! International Women’s Day
U of T Intramurals is inviting all women-identified U of T students to their International Women’s Day event, She Moves! The event will have a series of different activity stations with all sorts of women from different backgrounds participating (think yoga, Zumba, spin class, dodgeball, a nutrition station, group workout, etc.) In addition, everyone gets a free event t-shirt and a bag with some goodies to take home. There will be a panel discussion following the activity portion of the event with two-time Olympians Rosie MacLennan and Tamara Tatham, and national champion Ali Greey. The event will take place on March 8, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. To register, fill out this link (https://goo.gl/rTWdkW) and submit it online to intramurals@utoronto.ca or in person to the AC Main Office.

8. Dealing with Awkward Situations
Grad school can be full of awkward moments and missed opportunities. Ever walked away from a conversation wondering, “What just happened?”  Ever seen a faculty member outside of class or the lab and walked past them while staring at the ground? Ever attended a department event and asked yourself, “What am I doing here?” Join G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre(CRC) for a frank discussion about conflicting expectations, awkward conversations, and the blurry boundary between social life and professional life. Pizza will be available. Register at: https://goo.gl/8aYM5e. Happening on Tuesday, March 6, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

9. The Spice: Free Community Cooking and Lunch 
The Spice is a weekly, participatory cooking program organized by The Centre for Women and Trans People. The Spice encourages participants to initiate discussions on issues that reflect our lived realities and to socialize in a supportive and inclusive environment. Meal preparation, clean up and menu ideas for the following weeks are all shared tasks. Recipes are chosen that are affordable, healthy, diverse and easy to make. Vegan options always served. Children welcome! Dates: Every Thursday (except during noted closures); Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Location. The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT; 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100. Wheelchair ramp access via Bancroft Ave. Please arrive fragrance-free if possible.

10. International Women’s Day: Honouring Our Sisters
Join the International Women’s Day on March 3 at 11 AM252 Bloor Street West (OISE). This year’s theme is Liberation: Honouring our sisters, Celebrating Our Victories, Strengthening Our Resistance…On Indigenous Land. The march will end at City Hall, and meet with organizers of the Justice for Tina Fontaine. Walk with them this year to celebrate 100 YEARS of Women’s Solidarity and Resistance. We encourage all graduate students to attend. Visit Facebook: https://goo.gl/7Xeo7e for updates on the march route and stay connected via Instagram: @IWDTO & Twitter: @IWD_TO.

UTGSU Digest: Polls and Online Voting Open Monday & Gym Bookings for March – February 22, 2018

February 22nd, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance
2. Polls and Online Voting Open Monday
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for March
4. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
5. Free Income Tax Clinic
6. Queer Caucus Meeting
7. 14th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
8. CWTP Free School: Gender, Masculinities & Social Change
9.  Grad Connections Program
10. The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication

1. Health and Dental Insurance
The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period is now CLOSED. There is a blackout period for students (who started in January) until March 1 for submitting the claims. The University will send the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded on the Green Shield System. For more information on your plan details, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

2. Polls and Online Voting Open Monday
It’s almost time to cast your ballot! Voting for the 2018 UTGSU Executive Election will run from 9 am on Monday, February 26 to 5 pm on Wednesday, February 28. This is your chance to have a say in who speaks for students. UTGSU Executives represent you on many of the University of Toronto’s most influential decision-making committees. They are also tasked with making sure student voices are heard outside of the university, acting as your representative and ensuring student voices are heard in matters of public policy. Take the opportunity to learn more about the candidates and about the election before casting your ballot. Polling locations, candidate statements, and more can be found at: www.utgsu.ca/elections.  New this year, online voting will take place simultaneously with physical voting. Beginning at 9 am on Monday, February 26, you can cast your ballot by
visiting https://utgsu.simplyvoting.com/. All you need to log in is your UTORID. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Aikman at cro@utgsu.ca.

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for March
Please be advised that the UTGSU gym will reopen for use on March 5, 2018. Reservations will be taken by email at gym@utgsu.ca on March 1, 2018, beginning at 10 am until noon or by calling 416-978-8464. No emails will be responded to from March 2 – March 12, 2018. Only one-hour reservations will be accepted during the week from 10 am to 5 pmfor singles Badminton or quiet day-time activities like yoga. You can reserve the gym Thursdays for basketball from 5 to 6 pm or 6 to 7 pm or play pick-up basketball from 7-11pm. Friday evenings from 5 pm to 11 pm you can reserve the gym for a one-hour timeslot for doubles badminton. The volleyball league is running as scheduled. 

4. The Varsity: Graduate Student Referendum
The Varsity is a University of Toronto not-for-profit student-run newspaper. On February 28March 1, and March 2, 2018, The Varsity will be holding a referendum through The University of Toronto’s U-elecT system (which can be found here https://goo.gl/8ygkYz) asking graduate students to join The Varsity as Members and pay a $0.80 levy fee per semester. Currently, graduate students are not Members of The Varsity and do not pay a levy fee. The UTGSU Executive Committee asks that each student makes an informed decision and participate in the vote, regardless if they are in favour or in opposition to the referendum question. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at editor@thevarsity.ca.

5. Free Income Tax Clinic
The UTGSU has partnered with The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) to host a free income tax clinic to help U of T students file their 2017 tax returns. There are multiple time slots available from March 5 to March 23 and April 2 to 6, 2018 which will run out of 563 Spadina Crescent, Suite 236. For more information, to secure a time slot and what to bring to the clinic, visit https://goo.gl/bWY9qr. Please email services@apus.ca if you have any questions, or call 416-978-0831.

6. Queer Caucus Meeting
The Queer Caucus will be having its February Caucus Meeting on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 pm in Robarts Library Building, Room RL1408. Meet your fellow queer grad students, enjoy snacks, and help determine the caucus’ future activities. The room is fully accessible, with single-user washrooms available on the first floor. For more information get in contact with the Caucus at queer@utgsu.ca.

7. 14th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week
The will take place from March 7 to March 15, 2018. First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine Solidarity calendar. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This year’s IAW will reflect on 70 years of Palestinian popular struggle and resistance since the 1948 Nakba. The speakers this year will include Ghada Ageel, Nick Estes, Chandni Desai, Ghadeer Malek, and Andy Clarno, among others. The full program and event details can be found on Facebook https://goo.gl/dfj613For more information, contact the UTGSU BDS Ad-Hoc Committee: divest@utgsu.ca.

8. CWTP Free School: Gender, Masculinities & Social Change
Join CWTP Free School as they welcome Robert Diaz for an afternoon of tea and snacks, and a discussion of gender, masculinities, and social change in the context of Filipinx queer diaspora. Date: Tuesday February 27; Time: 4-6PM. Location: Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT; 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100; Wheelchair access via Bancroft Ave. CWTP Free School is a free lecture series organized by The Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP). The series features lecturers and researchers doing amazing feminist, anti-racist, pro-queer liberation, and pro-trans liberation work, across different departments and programs in the University of Toronto. Access Info: Free event – everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible building and room. Accessible, single-user, all-gender washroom. Please arrive fragrance-free if possible. For access requests and concerns, please email cwtp@utoronto.ca Facebook Event: https://goo.gl/y8DdKz.

9.  Grad Connections Program
On Monday, February 26, from noon until 1:30 pm at 21 Sussex Ave, room 321. Theme: Communicating with your supervisor (a G2G student from the Conflict Resolution Centre will be present). Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. Hot chocolate will be available. Drop In (no registration required).

10. The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication
The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) offers free non-credit courses designed to target the needs of U of T graduate students (both native and non-native speakers of English) related to academic writing and speaking. Online registration for February/March 2018 courses is open. Please visit the GCAC website for the course schedule, course descriptions and registration instructions: https://goo.gl/ULsWXa.