UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Letter of Accountability & UTGSU Executive Committee Statement in Response to Recent Events Concerning The Varsity – December 6th, 2018

December 6th, 2018

Digest1. UTGSU Letter of Accountability
2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement In Response to Recent Events Concerning The Varsity
3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
5. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
6. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
7. UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee Work Session: Taking Stock and Moving Forward
8. Tomorrow: the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner
9. The UTGSU Queer Caucus Presents: The Gingerbread Ball 

10. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
11. Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) RECing Ball

 

 

1. UTGSU Letter of Accountability
The UTGSU Executive Committee has drafted an Open Letter expressing our sincere regret that there was a significant structural oversight in making the Draft 2017-2018 Financial Audit available to all Members 13 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Ultimately, we hold ourselves accountable for the damage that these events have caused, and it is our sincere hope that this letter will satisfy the General Membership in knowing that we are taking proactive steps to identify and rectify these structural issues so that such oversight is not repeated at any future meeting. Click here to view the full letter: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UTGSU-Executive-Committee-Letter-of-Accountability.pdf

2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement In Response to Recent Events Concerning The Varsity
The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to release a statement in response to the recent coverage and actions by The Varsity at UTGSU meetings. Please click here to view the full statement: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UTGSU-Executive-Committee-Statement-In-Response-to-Recent-Events-Concerning-The-Varsity.pdf

3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2019 is January 1-31st, 2019. Full-time and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled on the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1st) for submitting the claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrolment period is completed. Please visit our website for more info: www.utgsu.ca/insurance

5. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are currently covered by the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance Plan, and you graduated in November, your coverage ends on December 31st, 2018 provided you paid all of the Fall fees. You are eligible to purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage, The Opt-in dates are January 1-31st, 2019. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the Health and Dental Office at health@utgsu.ca.

6. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
Step out of the cold and into the Hart House Music Room for an evening filled with winter-themed snacks, boardgames, and a raffle draw for great prizes! The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 14, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. More information on the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/297848754273529/

7. UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee Work Session: Taking Stock and Moving Forward
The Equity and Advocacy Committee is open to all members of the UTGSU, and would like to invite you to the first ‘Equity and Advocacy Committee Work Session: Taking Stock and Moving Forward’.  The objective of the meeting will be to finalize the implementation process of the EAC Award and take stock of present and future initiatives. To help plan, please fill out the following doodle poll by Friday December 7 at 5  PM: https://doodle.com/poll/yxngvhwddxr8iz8i. If you are a new member, please send a request to be added to the listserv by emailing communications@utgsu.ca with the subject “Add me to the EAC listserv”. Location and time will be confirmed by email to members who have joined the listserv. We look forward to your participation!

8. Tomorrow: the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner
Come join the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee for the screening of the documentary Home, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and have dinner and a discussion with them! Home takes you through an incredible journey into the heart of Mother Nature. It shows the beauty of our planet, the greats to its ecologic balance, and in the end, it leaves you with a glimmer of hope that all is not lost.
When: December 7th, 5:30-8:30pm.
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 5240.
RSVP: https://ejscdocumentaryscreening.eventbrite.ca

9. The UTGSU Queer Caucus Presents: The Gingerbread Ball
Following our December Caucus Meeting, please join us for the Gingerbread Ball and transform a run-of-the mill gingerbread person into a sickening Gingerqueen!
Tuesday December 11, 2018
Caucus Meeting: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Gingerbread Ball: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Koffler Centre Room 113

Space is accessible. All-gender single-user washrooms are available. For questions or comments, please contact the Queer Caucus Chair at queer@utgsu.ca

10. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all international graduate students to meet each other and socialize at “ISC End of Term/Holiday Party” at the Grad Loft (above the GSU Pub) on Tuesday, Dec 11th, at 6pm. Enjoy free food, free drinks, games and music, while you meet your fellow international grads from different background, create stronger community and also learn about the activities that ISC has planned for you for the coming year. RSVP by Dec 9 using the following link: https://goo.gl/EhREbq

11. Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) RECing Ball
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is pleased to announce our inaugural semester wrap up social for racialized students and allies. Come join in the festivities and celebrate the year end with free food, prizes, games, and an opportunity to de-stress and socialize. The event will take place on December 13th from 6-9PM at the Multi-Faith Centre (Room 208) and is wheel-chair accessible. RSVP now: https://recingball.eventbrite.ca Follow their website on the event and other activities: https://utgsu.ca/rec.

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement & UTGSU Annual General Meeting – November 29th, 2018

November 29th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
2. Only a few days left until the UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM)! 
3. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
4. UTGSU Gym Fully Booked
5. UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents: ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner

6. Research Education and Governance Committee (REG) Meeting held on December 5th
7. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
8. Grad Escape: Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School
9. Grad Talk: Strategies for Setting Boundaries and Managing Responsibilities in Grad School
10. OISE GSCR Journal Launch
11. Parent Perspectives on Childcare in Toronto
12
. Raw Talk Podcast: Ep. 51 – From Miracle Drug to Epidemic

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out reimbursements by Direct Deposit were sent out on November 15th. The cheques were mailed out on November 16, 2018. Please note: Due to the Canada Post Labour Disruption, there may be delays in receiving your mail. If you do not receive your cheque by November 30, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.caYou should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. Please forward the email with the confirmation number, including your student number, to health@utgsu.ca  and we will investigate your reimbursement status.

2. Only a few days left until the UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM)! 
The UTGSU AGM will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018! This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union and is open to all graduate students. The meeting will be held at Wilson Hall, New College – Room 1016. Registration begins at 5:45pm and the meeting at 6:15pm. Pizza and Beverages will be served on a first-come-first-serve basis at 5:45pm. We hope to see you there! More information at: https://www.utgsu.ca/agm/. Click here to view the AGM agenda and supporting documents.

3. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
Step out of the cold and into the Hart House Music Room for an evening filled with winter-themed snacks, boardgames, and a raffle draw for great prizes! The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 14, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. More information on the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/297848754273529/

4. UTGSU Gym Fully Booked 
The UTGSU gym has been fully booked for December 2018 and January 2019. Please note that the UTGSU gym will be closed from December 14th, 2018 until January 14th, 2019. Stay tuned for more information on booking the gym for February, 2019 in the New Year!

5. UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee presents: ‘Home’ a Film & Dinner
Come join the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee for the screening of the documentary Home, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and have dinner and a discussion with them! Home takes you through an incredible journey into the heart of Mother Nature. It shows the beauty of our planet, the threats to its ecologic balance, and in the end, it leaves you with a glimmer of hope that all is not lost.
When: December 7th, 5:30-8:30pm.
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Room 5240.
RSVP: https://ejscdocumentaryscreening.eventbrite.ca

6. Research Education and Governance Committee (REG) Meeting held on December 5th
Are you a graduate student interested in doing advocacy work within and related to the University’s governance structure? If so, consider getting involved in your students’ union and joining the Research Education and Governance (REG) committee. Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 4pm at 16 Bancroft Ave in the Grad Loft (the top floor). During this meeting, we will identify and discuss our priorities for the year and begin planning our initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Stead at governance@utgsu.ca.

7. ISC End of Term/Holiday Party on December 11th
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all international graduate students to meet each other and socialize at “ISC End of Term/Holiday Party” at the Grad Loft (above the GSU Pub) on Tuesday, Dec 11th, at 6pm. Enjoy free food, free drinks, games and music, while you meet your fellow international grads from different background, create stronger community and also learn about the activities that ISC has planned for you for the coming year. RSVP by Dec 9 using the following link: https://goo.gl/EhREbq

8. Grad Escape: Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School
 Join Gradlife at the Loblaws Cooking School to decorate your own gingerbread house. You will be provided with the pre-assembled house, royal icing, and all the candies, and you have a blast decorating. When your masterpieces complete, they’ll wrap it in cellophane ready for you to take home to display! The PC Cooking school is located on the second floor of the Maple Leaf Gardens store, next to the JOE fresh and LCBO. The cost is $10 per gingerbread house. If you are bringing your family and only decorating one house together, you only need to purchase one ticket. The event is happening on Wednesday, December 5, 6:00- 7:30pm. Tickets are available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

9. Grad Talk: Strategies for Setting Boundaries and Managing Responsibilities in Grad School
In grad school, it can be difficult to simply say “no” to fellow peers, advisors, supervisors, and even new opportunities. This workshop will present you with important communication and negotiation skills on saying “yes,” learning to say “no,” and setting up healthy and beneficial boundaries. Pizza will be available. Presented by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre. Register at https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=d8902163-d0c9-4451-971c-d6479fdd2253. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 11, from 12-2 pm

10. OISE GSCR Journal Launch
Join OISE for the inaugural launch of the OISE GSRC Journal on December 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the OISE Library on the Ground Floor. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome! This initiative was funded by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and created to give students who presented at the Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC) the chance to publish their research. The journal was edited by Heba Elsherief (CTL/ Ph.D.) with the collaboration of OISE alumni and grad student volunteers. This event includes special guest speakers such as: Dean Glen Jones, Dr. Cindy Sinclair (OISE Alumni Association President), the OISE GSA and the new GSRC 2019 CO-Chairs! 

11. Parent Perspectives on Childcare in Toronto
The City of Toronto has partnered with researchers from the University of Toronto to find out what is most important to Toronto families when looking for child care. Please take this 10 minute survey called Parent Perspectives on Child Care in Toronto to help determine what matters to you. 

12. Raw Talk Podcast: Ep. 51 – From Miracle Drug to Epidemic
Open any newspaper and you’ll stumble across an article on the opioid crisis. While some mention illicit fentanyl, other pieces talk about doctor-prescribed substances. What is actually going on? To answer this question, Raw Talk Podcast spoke to a variety of stakeholders and did some sleuthing of their own. This episode will provide you with a historical perspective on the crisis, and its current transcendence beyond the transcription pad. Tune in on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcastsonline or wherever you listen to podcasts.

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement & UTGSU Gym Booking for December 2018 and January 2019 – November 22nd, 2018

November 22nd, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
2. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December 2018 and January 2019
3. 1 week left to apply to the UTGSU Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF)
4. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
5. Research Education and Governance Committee (REG) Meeting held on December 5th
6. RSVP to the Race and Ethnicity Caucus RECing Ball Party
7. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
8. International Workers Caucus Social: Monday, 26 November, 4:30-5:30pm
9. Bikechain Winter Cycling Workshop

10. Focus Group on Gender, Disability and Inclusion in the Workforce
11. English Cafe and Job Search Workshop for student partners/spouses

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out reimbursements by Direct Deposit were sent out on November 15th. The cheques were mailed out on November 16, 2018. Please note: Due to the Canada Post Labour Disruption, there may be delays in receiving your mail. If you do not receive your cheque by November 30, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.caYou should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. Please forward the email with the confirmation number, including your student number, to health@utgsu.ca  and we will investigate your reimbursement status.

2. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December 2018 and January 2019
To reserve space in the gym, reservations for one-hour time slots will take place on November 28, 2018 for both December 2018 and January 2019 for Graduate Students. The UTGSU gym will close on December 14th, 2018 and will reopen on January 14th, 2019. Please call the UTGSU office on November 28th beginning at 10:00 AM or send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. The gym can be reserved for Badminton on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6:00 PM or on Fridays from 5-10PM. Basketball slots can be booked on Thursday from 5-8:00 PM and Drop in Basketball is from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

3. 1 week left to apply to the UTGSU Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF)
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018! This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union and is open to all graduate students. The meeting will be held at Wilson Hall, New College – Room 1016. Registration begins at 5:45pm and the meeting at 6:15pm. Pizza and Beverages will be served on a first-come-first-serve basis at 5:45pm. We hope to see you there! More information at: https://www.utgsu.ca/agm/.

5. Research Education and Governance Committee (REG) Meeting held on December 5th
Are you a graduate student interested in doing advocacy work within and related to the University’s governance structure? If so, consider getting involved in your students’ union and joining the Research Education and Governance (REG) committee. Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 4pm at 16 Bancroft Ave in the Grad Loft (the top floor). During this meeting, we will identify and discuss our priorities for the year and begin planning our initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Stead at governance@utgsu.ca.

6. RSVP to the Race and Ethnicity Caucus RECing Ball Party
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is pleased to announce their inaugural semester wrap party for racialized students and allies. After another grueling semester of writing assignments, exams and, for some, dissertations, come raise your spirits and celebrate your hard work and resilience with FREE FOOD, MUSIC, PRIZES and GREAT CONVERSATION. The RECing Ball will be held on December 13th from 6-9 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (Room 208). You don’t want to miss it, so RSVP now: https://recingball.eventbrite.ca

7. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
Are you a professional graduate student? Do you care about issues unique to professional programs? The UTGSU is searching for motivated students to help re-launch the PGSC, and make its voice heard by the university administration. Visit https://www.utgsu.ca/pgsc/ to see what it was like to be a leader and a member in previous years. If interested in re-creating one of the most active and popular governing body of the Union, please drop a line to the Chair, Kyle Muir at pgsc@utgsu.ca.

8. International Workers Caucus Social: Monday, 26 November, 4:30-5:30pm
Are you an international student, a Postdoc or an Instructor working in the U of T under study or work permits? Come join us for a social event to both get to know other international workers, and discuss common issues you may have with working and living on campus. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
When: Monday, 26 November, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Sid Smith 2108. 

9. Bikechain Winter Cycling Workshop
While Toronto in January may not be the ideal place for a bike ride, with a little preparation, winter riding is totally doable! Join Bikechain on Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30-8:00pm to discuss proper gear, setting up and maintaining your bike, and tricks and tips to keep safe while riding in the winter. Register online at www.bikechain.ca/events.

10. Focus Group on Gender, Disability and Inclusion in the Workforce
Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) is collaborating with the Scarborough Women’s Centre to host a Focus Group for Cis & Trans Women with Disabilities on the topic of Gender, Disability and Inclusion in the Workforce. Join them on Thursday November 29 from 10am-12:30pm. Attendant care and light refreshments provided. TTC Tokens will be provided. Participants will receive a $20 gift card to Tim Horton’s. Please note that registration is required. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1936711186418094/

11. English Cafe and Job Search Workshop for student partners/spouses
The International Student Connect will be offering the English Cafe series and a Conducting Effective Job Search workshop . All international student partners/spouses are welcome to attend and should register with University Settlement.

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement & UTGSU Gym Booking for December 2018 and January 2019 – November 15th, 2018

November 15th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
2. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December 2018 and January 2019
3. UTGSU accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
6. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you
7. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
9. 
Friday Food Bank
10. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student – December 5, 12-2:00 PM
11. Applications for “U of T Most Understandable Scientist” (UTMUST) Competition

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out reimbursements by Direct Deposit were sent out this morning. The cheques are being mailed out tomorrow, November 16, 2018. Please note: Due to the Canada Post Labour Disruption, there may be delays in receiving your mail. If you do not receive your cheque by November 30, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.caYou should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. Please forward the email with the confirmation number, including your student number, to health@utgsu.ca  and we will investigate your reimbursement status.

2. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December 2018 and January 2019
To reserve space in the gym, reservations for one-hour time slots will take place on November 28, 2018 for both December and January 2019 for Graduate Students. Please send an email on November 28th beginning at 10:00 AM or send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. The gym can be reserved for Badminton on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6:00 PM or on Fridays from 5-10PM. Basketball slots can be booked on Thursday from 5-8:00 PM and Drop in Basketball is from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

3. UTGSU accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Committee, email the Finance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca. Applications will be accepted until November 18 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf or fill out this form to apply: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GCDF-Awards-Committee-Application-Instructions-and-Form.pdf

5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

6. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you:
This is a Standing Invitation for motivated U of T Graduate Students with experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy to deliberate and help shape up our Union’s legislation and governance practices. Those willing to learn from scratch are equally welcome to join the Policy and Operations Committee! The volume and scope of work on this important Standing Committee is suitable for a variety of schedules, attendance formats, and thematic preferences. Depending on your experience in governance and academic specialization, you can engage with any and all focus areas — brushing up existing documentation, conceptualizing the Union’s restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, (re)formulating housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. Please drop an email with interest/experience to the Internal Commissioner Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca 

7. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
Are you a professional graduate student? Do you care about issues unique to professional programs? The UTGSU is searching for motivated students to help re-launch the PGSC, and make its voice heard by the university administration. Visit https://www.utgsu.ca/pgsc/ to see what it was like to be a leader and a member in previous years. If interested in re-creating one of the most active and popular governing body of the Union, please drop a line to the acting ‘Chair,’ Kyle Muir at pgsc@utgsu.ca.

8. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is now looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under GSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and GSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, please send your application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

9. Friday Food Bank
The Undergraduate Student Union hosts a Food Bank that is open Fridays 12:00pm to 3:00pm, year-round and is free for all registered University of Toronto students In Need. Students are to bring their T-card as proof of registration in a UofT program. Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave, main floor. Click here for more information: https://www.utsu.ca/services/food-bank/

10. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student – December 5, 12-2:00 PM
Coping with the challenges of graduate studies, meeting expectations, and navigating complex university systems can be exhausting! Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success. This interactive session explores what it means to feel good and function well as a graduate student. Pizza will be available. Presented by Health and Wellness. Register here.

11. Applications for “U of T Most Understandable Scientist” (UTMUST) Competition
Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) invites you to participate in the 5th “U of T Most Understandable Scientist” (UTMUST) competition on Nov. 23th, 2018 (12:30-4pm) at George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto. UTMUST is an annual, university-wide academic competition in which international graduate students present their research in five minutes to a non-specialist audience. The top winners will be awarded prizes valued at approximately $1200, $800 and $500, respectively. Submit an online application along with a copy of Curriculum Vitae (CV) and an abstract of your research (250-words limit) at https://form.jotform.com/82956083283263

UTGSU Digest: Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle) & Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) Applications – November 8th, 2018

November 8th, 2018

Digest

1. Notice of UTGSU Website Technical Difficulties
2. Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
6. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
7. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
8. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
9. KAIROS Blanket Exercise – Friday, November 16 (P.A. Day), 10 am to 12 pm
10. Join the SGS Intramural Leagues9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
11. ACORN, ROSI Alumni Transcripts, Degree Explorer, MyRes & VBRS unavailable November 16-19

1. Notice of UTGSU Website Technical Difficulties
The UTGSU is currently experiencing technical difficulties with the website and is working towards solving these issues and updating content on the website. If you have any difficulties finding information or have any questions, please contact us at info@utgsu.ca or call us at 416-978-6233 and we will be happy to assist you. Our team will provide updates on the status of the website when possible. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.

2. Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 15, 2018. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle). There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Finance Commissioner at: finance@utgsu.ca. Click here for the application instructions and form. 

3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Committee, email the Finance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca. Applications will be accepted until November 18 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf or fill out this form to apply: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GCDF-Awards-Committee-Application-Instructions-and-Form.pdf

5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

6. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
Are you a professional graduate student? Do you care about issues unique to professional programs? The UTGSU is searching for motivated students to help re-launch the PGSC, and make its voice heard by the university administration. Visit https://www.utgsu.ca/pgsc/ to see what it was like to be a leader and a member in previous years. If interested in re-creating one of the most active and popular governing body of the Union, please drop a line to the acting ‘Chair,’ Kyle Muir at pgsc@utgsu.ca.

7. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
November 5, 12 and 19 2018, 4-6pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. A series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre to help graduate students understand what conflict is and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. The workshop series is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflicts.  One Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). For more information see gradcrc.utoronto.ca or email gradcrc@utoronto.ca. Register for the Series clnx.utoronto.ca (under Events & Workshop Calendar > Graduate Conflict Resolution > November 5, 2018).

8. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
Bikechains AGM will be held on November 22nd this year. The AGM is an opportunity for the community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information can be found here.
When: Thursday, November 22, 6:30 – 9:30
Where: GSU lounge, 16 Bancroft ave., 2nd floor
RSVP: bikechainuoft@gmail.com

9. KAIROS Blanket Exercise – Friday, November 16 (P.A. Day), 10 am to 12 pm
Learn about Indigenous colonization as it really happened in this interactive, family-friendly KAIROS-inspired blanket exercise led by facilitator Dawn Maracle. Participants – including children 5 years and older – will take part in a time-traveling, role-playing exercise that captures the experiences of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, known to most today as “Canada.” Wear your fun/mismatched socks as you will be taking shoes off for the exercise! All U of T students, staff and faculty and their partners and children are welcome – registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca

10. Join the SGS Intramural Leagues
Co-funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, SGS Intramurals offer different levels of competition in many sports through leagues, tournaments and special events. Leagues starting up soon, so click this link to submit your information to get signed up onto a sport you have never played or a sport you love!  SGS Winter 2019 Interest Form

11. ACORN, ROSI Alumni Transcripts, Degree Explorer, MyRes & VBRS will be unavailable from November 16 at 4 p.m. to November 19 at 8 a.m. (EST)
U of T is upgrading ACORN and associated applications to improve performance for faster enrolment. As one of the largest university-wide initiatives, the project has involved converting 2 million lines of code to Java and replacing a mainframe server with Linux blade servers. The new platform will ensure that U of T stays at the forefront of technological innovation.Thank you for your patience as they make these improvements. For updates on progress, check @uoftacorn on Twitter and Facebook.

UTGSU Digest: *Updated Correct Dates* Now Accepting Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle) & Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) Applications – November 1st, 2018

November 7th, 2018

Digest

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
2.*Updated Correct Dates* Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
6. LGBTQ International Students Discussion: “My Mother Tongue”
7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
10. Join the SGS Intramurals Leagues
11. Snacks and Conversations with Dean Glen Jones – November 7th 4 pm -6 pm

 

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St. George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from November 2018 to March 2019, working a number of those hours during the February 2019 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sophie at academics3and4@utgsu.ca by Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sophie at academics3and4@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

2.*Updated Correct Dates* Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 15, 2018. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Finance Commissioner at: finance@utgsu.ca. Click here for application instructions and form. 

3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Committee, email the Finance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca. Applications will be accepted until November 18 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf or fill out this form to apply: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GCDF-Awards-Committee-Application-Instructions-and-Form.pdf

5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018.

6. LGBTQ International Students Discussion: “My Mother Tongue”
Monday, November 12, 2018 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at 21 Sussex Avenue, Room 421 (Jim Delaney Lounge) Join the LGBTQ+ International Students Group for a discussion about navigating spaces with our different languages, accents and cultures. Are there people who sound like you in LGBTQ+ spaces you have been in? How does the way you speak impact your experiences within different spaces at U of T and in Toronto? Share your experiences and hear from other students. LGBTQ International Students events are organized by the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) and the Centre for International Experience (CIE) at the University of Toronto. This group exists to help build a network of students, identify needs, and foster a community on campus. Through the LGBTQ International Student group you will connect with others through fun and exciting activities!
Find out more about LGBTQ International Student events.
Read about this event online.
Join this event on Facebook.

7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
Tuesday, November 6, 12 to 2:30 pm, Main Activity Hall, MultiFaith Centre – 569 Spadina Ave., 2nd Floor

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school You will also be offered the opportunity to do a self-assessment to explore your own readiness to start a family. Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program. Registration required at https://uoft.me/BecomingaParentinGraduateSchool. University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome. Please let them know if you have any mobility challenges so they can accommodate your needs.

8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
November 5, 12 and 19 2018, 4-6pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. A series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre to help graduate students understand what conflict is and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. The workshop series is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflicts.  One Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). For more information see gradcrc.utoronto.ca or email gradcrc@utoronto.ca. Register for the Series clnx.utoronto.ca (under Events & Workshop Calendar > Graduate Conflict Resolution > November 5, 2018).

9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
Bikechains AGM will be held on November 22nd this year. The AGM is an opportunity for the community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information can be found here.
When: Thursday, November 22, 6:30 – 9:30
Where: GSU lounge, 16 Bancroft ave., 2nd floor
RSVP: bikechainuoft@gmail.com

10. Join the SGS Intramural Leagues
Co-funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, SGS Intramurals offer different levels of competition in many sports through leagues, tournaments and special events. Leagues starting up soon, so click this link to submit your information to get signed up onto a sport you have never played or a sport you love!  SGS Winter 2019 Interest Form

11. Snacks and Conversations with Dean Glen Jones – November 7th 4 pm -6 pm
The OISE GSA and the Dean’s Office are organizing a meet and greet with the Dean! Come and have snacks and conversations with Dean Jones. Location: Fifth Floor Lounge, Rm 5-210/220. The even starts at 4pm – 6pm! If you have any questions please email them to president.gsa@utoronto.ca before November 7th. They will also be live on Twitter. On November 7th between 4pm – 6pm, please tweet your questions using the hashtag @gsatweetthedean. Follow them on Twitter: @oise_gsa. Click here for more details on the event. 

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Hiring Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections & Gym Bookings for November – October 25th, 2018

November 7th, 2018

Digest

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for November
3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
4. Equity and Advocacy Committee Meeting
5. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you 

6. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 101
7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
9. Raw Talk Podcast: Canada Legalizes Cannabis
10. Sport & Rec’s aquatics team is staffing up, significantly!

 

1. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2019 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St. George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from November 2018 to March 2019, working a number of those hours during the February 2019 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sophie at academics3and4@utgsu.ca by Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sophie at academics3and4@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for November
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of November on October 29, starting at 10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. or call 416-978-8464.  Please note that emails are preferredIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. From Monday to Wednesday Evenings, from 5-6:00 PM Badminton can be booked and the other times are reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. Thursday Evenings from 5-8pm can be reserved for basketball or students can drop in for pick-up basketball from 8-11pm. A one-hour timeslot on Friday Evenings from 5-11pm can be reserved for doubles badminton. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

4. Equity and Advocacy Committee Meeting
The Equity & Advocacy Committee (EAC) is open to all graduate student members at U of T.  EAC coordinates efforts to deal with issues of social justice and engage in campaigns to combat all forms of discrimination and social inequity that intersects with the University and wider community. Priorities are decided by the membership and new leadership positions (such as Social Media Coordinator or Funding Coordinator) can be created and must be elected by Committee members. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a graduate community, tackle multiple systemic forms of oppression on campus, and strengthen EAC efforts. To be added to the EAC email list, contact info@utgsu.ca. To attend our next meeting, fill out this doodle poll by Friday, October 26, 2018: https://doodle.com/poll/sxbba47vxguabhby.

5. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you
Our Union needs motivated U of T Graduate Students with experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy to deliberate and help shape up our Union’s legislation and governance practices. Those willing to learn from scratch are equally welcome to join the Policy and Operations Committee! The volume and scope of work on this important Standing Committee is suitable for a variety of schedules and thematic preferences. Depending on your experience in governance and academic specialization, you can engage with any and all focus areas — brushing up existing documentation, conceptualizing the Union’s restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, (re)formulating housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. Please drop an email with interest/experience to the Internal Commissioner Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca 

6. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 101
Event Details: Monday October 29th 2018, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, room 2279 at OISE (252 Bloor St W). Join BDS in an interactive workshop led by Palestine community organizer Hind Awwad! As a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice, and equality, BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, BDS has been adopted by many unions, churches, academic associations, companies, and grassroots collectives across the world. Join us to learn more about how you can participate in the struggle against Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. This workshop will provide an overview of the BDS movement, its history, and information on divestment and boycott strategies that work to challenge international funding and support of the Israeli system of apartheid. This event is co-organized by the UTGSU BDS Committee and the CUPE BDS Political Action Committee.

7. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School 
Tuesday, November 6, 12 to 2:30 pm, Main Activity Hall, MultiFaith Centre – 569 Spadina Ave., 2nd Floor

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school You will also be offered the opportunity to do a self-assessment to explore your own readiness to start a family. Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program. Registration required at https://uoft.me/BecomingaParentinGraduateSchool. University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome. Please let them know if you have any mobility challenges so they can accommodate your needs.

8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
November 5, 12 and 19 2018, 4-6pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. A series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre to help graduate students understand what conflict is and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. The workshop series is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflicts.  One Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). For more information see gradcrc.utoronto.ca or email gradcrc@utoronto.ca. Register for the Series clnx.utoronto.ca (under Events & Workshop Calendar > Graduate Conflict Resolution > November 5, 2018).

9. Raw Talk Podcast: Canada Legalizes Cannabis
Just about everyone has an opinion on cannabis legalization. Throughout this episode, you’ll hear from people around downtown Toronto, sharing their views on legalization and some interesting personal experiences. There are also many misconceptions out there and this episode is a great place to start! Tune in on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

10. Sport & Rec’s aquatics team is staffing up, significantly!
They’re looking to hire! The roles will run from January – April 2019 and are ideal for students with aquatics experience and certifications. In addition to offering flexible hours that work with student schedules, the Aquatics team offers competitive wages (ranging from $17 – 30/hr), a great team environment and discounts on recertification courses. The deadline to apply for all of these positions is November 11, 2018. Find detailed job postings and information on how to apply on the KPE website.

UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large & UTGSU Gym Bookings for November – October 18th, 2018

October 18th, 2018

Digest

1. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
2. Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal Opening
3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
4. UTGSU Gym Bookings for November
5. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you 

6. Wellness Routes – Tuesdays 12-1pm – First Walk: October 16th
7. Online Chat for Student Families – Friday, Oct 19 10:00 – 11:00 am
8. Bikechain x Repair Cafe – Today, October 18th
9. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
10. Chief Presiding Officer Employment Opportunity for Graduate Students
11. Thinking about a career as a Medical Science Liaison?

 

1. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large! This position is open to any current UTGSU Member. Duties include supporting the 2018-2019 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. A monthly honorarium of approximately $400 is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on TuesdayOctober 23rd 2018 starting at 6:15pm, located at Sidney Smith Hall Room 2117 (100 St George St.). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca or info@utgsu.ca. Nominations close on Friday, October 19, at 12 midnight.

2. Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal Opening
The UTGSU is seeking General Members to serve as Vice-Chairperson on the Union’s Board of Appeal for the 2018-2019 year. Nominees should not hold an elected or appointed position on a UTGSU governing body (e.g., Executive Committee, Council members, Committee or Caucus Executives). The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed at the beginning of the Council year to serve until the Fall of the following year. For more information re the position’s terms of reference, please consult UTGSU Bylaw Article 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/. Interested General Members of the Union should send a statement of interest with relevant qualifications/experience to internal@utgsu.ca by Sunday, October 22, 2018, 5:00 PM.

3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

4. UTGSU Gym Bookings for November
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of November on October 29, starting at 10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. or call 416-978-8464.  Please note that emails are preferredIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. From Monday to Wednesday Evenings, from 5-6:00 PM Badminton can be booked and the other times are reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. Thursday Evenings from 5-8pm can be reserved for basketball or students can drop in for pick-up basketball from 8-11pm. A one-hour timeslot on Friday Evenings from 5-11pm can be reserved for doubles badminton. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

5. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you
Our Union needs motivated U of T Graduate Students with experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy to deliberate and help shape up our Union’s legislation and governance practices. Those willing to learn from scratch are equally welcome to join the Policy and Operations Committee! The volume and scope of work on this important Standing Committee is suitable for a variety of schedules and thematic preferences. Depending on your experience in governance and academic specialization, you can engage with any and all focus areas — brushing up existing documentation, conceptualizing the Union’s restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, (re)formulating housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. Please drop an email with interest/experience to the Internal Commissioner Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca 

6. Wellness Routes – Tuesdays 12-1pm – First Walk: October 16th 
Fall Colours & Mindfulness – A Walking Meditation Led by Cristina Domingues. Join in our inaugural Wellness Routes walk by celebrating nature’s highlight of the fall season where we admire a number of tree species and the astonishing changing their leaves colours. Walking can be a way to incorporate mindfulness and meditation techniques.  Participants will be encouraged to become present through stepping, breathing and connecting with their senses. Meet at the RAWC Entrance – Rain or shine, dress for the weather. More info here…

7. Online Chat for Student Families – Friday, Oct 19 10:00 – 11:00 am
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 (or expecting) and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required at https://uoft.me/4hA.

8. Bikechain x Repair Cafe – Today, October 18th
Do you have a household item that needs fixing? Bikechain is partnering with Repair Cafe Toronto to help you out! Bring in your clothing, jewelry, glasses or bicycle and volunteers from Repair Café and Bikechain will walk you through the repairs. The event will be happening on Thursday, October 18 from 3-6 p.m. in ES 1042 (across the street from the GSU building). Repair Café Toronto is a grassroots, volunteer group that organizes events where neighbours help neighbours learn how to repair. They provide the skills, tools, and refreshments all for free in order to help our community reduce waste and change the attitudes of our throwaway society one repair at a time

9. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
November 5, 12 and 19 2018, 4-6pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. A series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre to help graduate students understand what conflict is and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. The workshop series is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflicts.  One Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). For more information see gradcrc.utoronto.ca or email gradcrc@utoronto.ca. Register for the Series clnx.utoronto.ca   (under Events & Workshop Calendar > Graduate Conflict Resolution > November 5, 2018).

10. Chief Presiding Officer Employment Opportunity for Graduate Students
Are you a current U of T graduate student looking for part-time work during the exam period? The Office of the Faculty Registrar for Arts & Science is now accepting applications for Chief Presiding Officers (CPOs, for short) to help facilitate undergraduate exams for this December. CPOs at the Faculty of Arts & Science are an extension of the Office of the Faculty Registrar, helping administer final exams alongside instructors & TAs in the exam room. Visit our website for more info on tasks, qualifications, & application details: uoft.me/cpo

11.Thinking about a career as a Medical Science Liaison?
If so, join the Life Sciences Career development Society (LSCDS) Career Seminar Series on October 25th to learn about this field with speakers Speaker Taline Movsessian, PhD. Medical Science Liaison Manager at AbbVie. This event will take place from 5:50 – 8:00 pm and is located at the Galbraith Building (35 St George St), Room 248. Register at: http://www.lscds.org/events/careers-in-medical-affairs/

UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large & Vice-Chairperson for Board of Appeal Search – October 11th, 2018

October 11th, 2018

Digest

1. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
2. Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal Opening
3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
4. Call for UTGSU Board of Appeal Admin Facilitation 
5. Re-launch the Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
6. Top 12 Mental Health and Academic Resources for Graduate Students
7. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)

8. Participate in the Development of Health and Wellness Pharmacy
9. Varsity Publications Board of Directors By-Election
10. Startup workshops on user experience design, data visualization & business research
11. CAMH Scientific Computing Fundamentals for Biomedical Applications Workshops

 

1. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider becoming an Executive-at-Large! This position is open to any current UTGSU Member. Duties include supporting the 2018-2019 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. A monthly honorarium of approximately $400 is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on TuesdayOctober 23rd 2018 starting at 6:15pm, located at Sidney Smith Hall Room 2117 (100 St George St.). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca or info@utgsu.ca. 

2. Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal Opening
The UTGSU is seeking General Members to serve as Vice-Chairperson on the Union’s Board of Appeal for the 2018-2019 year. Nominees should not hold an elected or appointed position on a UTGSU governing body (e.g., Executive Committee, Council members, Committee or Caucus Executives). The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed at the beginning of the Council year to serve until the Fall of the following year. For more information re the position’s terms of reference, please consult UTGSU Bylaw Article 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/. Interested General Members of the Union should send a statement of interest with relevant qualifications/experience to internal@utgsu.ca by Sunday, October 7, 2018, 12:00 midnight.

3. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

4. Call for UTGSU Board of Appeal Admin Facilitation
If you are interested in project facilitation, including note-taking, record-keeping, fact-finding, and have a talent for communication management, our Union has the right position for you. Applications are solicited for Board of Appeal administrative facilitation position. Up to 10 hours of pro bono work per month for the duration of the 2018-2019 term of office, with the possibility of Co-Curricular Record recognition. For expedient appointment by Council on October 23, please email your interest and availability to internal@utgsu.ca by October 17, 2018.

5. Re-launch the Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus of the Union needs motivated professional degree students to re-launch it and make it count in the eyes of the university and the UTGSU membership. Visit https://www.utgsu.ca/pgsc/ to see what it was like to be a leader and a member in previous years. If interested in re-creating one of the most active and popular governing body of the Union, please drop a line to the Internal Commissioner Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca

6. Top 12 Mental Health and Academic Resources for Graduate Students
Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and we’re spotlighting 12 mental health and academic supports for graduate students. This list is geared toward helping graduate students navigate useful resources to support their mental well being and academic success. Join us in sharing vital resources and break the stigma by sharing this link.

7. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
This important Standing Committee of UTGSU Council oversees the Union’s legislation and governance practices. Depending on your experience in governance and academic skills, this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to one or more areas such as brushing up existing documentation, conceptualizing the Union’s restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, (re)formulating housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. We welcome motivated U of T Graduate Students who are willing to learn from scratch as well as those with any experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy. Please email your statement of interest and relevant experience a.s.a.p. to Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca

8. Participate in the Development of Health and Wellness Pharmacy
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy need participants in the development of the Health and Wellness Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Please contact Annalise Mathers at annalise.mathers@utoronto.ca for more information about participating in the development of this pharmacy! Click here to view the flyer for more information.

9. Varsity Publications Board of Directors By-Election
Nominations are now open for the Varsity Publications Board of Directors By-Election.There is one (1) graduate Director position available. All nominees must collect signatures of support from 25 members of Varsity Publications, and must themselves be members. Full rules and nomination forms may be found at https://thevarsity.ca/board-of-directors/board-election/. Nominations are due at 11:59 pm on October 15, and the voting period will be between October 31 and November 2 at voting.utoronto.ca. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maria Mateus, the Chief Returning Officer, at cro@thevarsity.ca.

10. Startup workshops on user experience design, data visualization & business research
Calling all budding entrepreneurs! Have a great idea? Find out how you can get help with starting your own business (Intro to UX Design, Oct 17, 3-5pm + Intro to Data Viz, Oct 18, 10am-1pm + Primary Research Strategies for Startups, Oct 25, 5:30-7:30pm). Space is limited – to register: http://uoft.me/gersteinworkshop

11. CAMH Scientific Computing Fundamentals for Biomedical Applications Workshops
The CAMH Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics is hosting a series of workshops focused on scientific computing fundamentals for biomedical applications.Topics covered include: Linux Scripting, Python, R, Matlab, and Parallel Computing, as applied to Neuroimaging and Genomics datasets. Please visit the Workshop Registration Page to learn more. For questions please contact: SCWG@camh.ca

Top 12 Mental Health and Academic Resources for Graduate Students at the University of Toronto

October 10th, 2018


Today is World Mental Health Day, and we’re spotlighting 12 mental health and academic supports for graduate students. This list is geared toward helping graduate students navigate useful resources to support their mental well being and academic success. Join us in sharing vital resources and break the stigma.

1. Wellness Portal

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/wellness-portal.aspx
This portal, developed in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), is the first graduate-specific mental health and academic support resource hub. Access the Wellness Portal to find over 100 services (on and off the tri-campus), sort information by location, category, and language, and get tips on student-supervisor relationships:

2. Graduate Accessibility Advisor

 

https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/as/new-registration
New this year, the School of Graduate Studies also hosts an embedded Accessibility Advisor. For the 2018-19 academic year, the Accessibility Advisor will advise students on a referral basis only (no drop-ins). Should you require academic accommodations, please complete the registration form Accessibility Services at the above link.

 

3. Graduate Counselling

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Graduate-Counselling-Services.aspx
Graduate students can access counselling services at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St. George Street). The Wellness Counsellor will offer brief counselling services tailored to the challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.

4. Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (G2G)

http://gradcrc.utoronto.ca/index-the-g2g-team/who-are-the-g2g/
Talk to a current graduate student at The G2G who can encourage and support your student experiences. There are 14 G2G Advisors available during daily drop-in hours. Want to schedule something in advance? You can also set up a one-on-one phone/Skype call or in-person appointment

5. Online Psychology Services via Psy-Vitaliti

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Did you know that part of your UTGSU coverage includes up to $500 in coverage through the Psy-Vitaliti network? A psychologist can help you navigate the ups and downs of student life with more calmness, motivation, and confidence. You can consult a psychologist in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Students may also visit a psychologist at PsyVitalitï’s downtown Toronto office for in-person consultations.

6. Grad Connection Workshops

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/gradlife/Pages/Grad-Connections.aspx
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. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Register: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Space is limited to 20 students.

7. Learning Strategist

https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/asc/graduate-students
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with workload or just looking for some guidance to steer your academic path, make an appointment with a Learning Strategist. It’s never too late to carve out a plan to balance and integrate your academic commitments and your personal goals.

8. Sports Intramural League

https://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/graduate-student-intramurals/
The graduate student intramurals are free for all graduate students at the University of Toronto. This is a three-year pilot project, which is a joint effort between the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU). For the full list of sports that we are offering this fall, please visit our Graduate Student Intramural Sign-up Sheet. You will find a breakdown of sport, division.

9. Health & Wellness Centre

https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc
The Health and Wellness Centre offers weekly meditation moments to teach you how to maintain moment by moment awareness and an online workshop to strengthen your coping skills with day to day situations. On a monthly basis they offer workshops on how to sleep properly when you’re feeling stressed, learn about restorative breathing and muscle tension reduction techniques, and a grief sharing circle to help you talk about how and what you’re feeling. There are also one-on-one graduate counselling services available through the School of Graduate Studies.

10. Multifath Centre

http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf
Did you know that the Multi-Faith Centre has Indigenous Elders and chaplains who offer spiritual support from a variety of holistic, religious, spiritual, and belief perspectives? If you’re looking for faith-based community events/workshops or counselling on campus, they are available to all University of Toronto students.  

11. Graduate Community Groups

Be part of a graduate student group and build a sense of community. The UTGSU has 9 service groups and 10 grad-focused Committees and Caucuses. The UTGSU Mental Health Advocacy Committee, known as Grad Minds, hosts weekly yoga sessions and runs monthly and annual conferences and events. Students at the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses can also stay connected to UTMAGS, GSAS and SBA for fantastic free programming, workshops, and socials.

12. Voluntary Leave of Absence

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Leave-of-Absence.aspx
All graduate students have the option to take  a voluntary leave of absence. During your leave you can opt-in to University health care services to ensure you’re equipped with the tools and support you need.

 

Did we miss something? Let us know what else should be on this list by commenting on the article or sending us an email at info@utgsu.ca. Your voice will help the UTGSU advocate for diverse, accessible, and intersectional mental health resources as well as improve existing initiatives!