UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Closing Soon & UTGSU Special Members Meeting – February 14th, 2019

February 14th, 2019

Digest


1. UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Soon
2. UTGSU Special Members Meeting to be hosted on February 26th, 2019
3. Gym Bookings

4. UTGSU Statement of Solidarity with Land Defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Territory
5. Meet and Greet Candidates for UTGSU 2019 Executive Elections
6. Call for Nominations: 2019 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Awards
7. UTGSU Zumba Class happening today, February 14th from 4-5pm
8. Registration now open for OISE Graduate Student Research Conference this March 29-30, 2019!
9. The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race”
10. OISE GSA Black History Month Event List
11. Introduction to Family Law

 

1. UTGSU Executive Nomination Period Closes Soon
Don’t miss out on your chance to join the UTGSU Executive Team for 2019-2020! Nominations Close tomorrow, February 15th, 2019 at 8:00 AM. To submit a nomination form, fill out and email a scanned copy of the nomination form to cro@utgsu.ca. The original nomination form must be brought to the All Candidate Meeting on February 16th, 2019. Click here to view the division breakdown for the Academics and Funding Commissioner positions. For more information contact Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Special Members Meeting to be hosted on February 26th, 2019
Open to all UofT Graduate Students (UTGSU Members) to attend and discuss Graduate Students’ Union finances, Bylaws and Policies, and the direction of the Union. In addition we will be discussing next steps for the Union in regards to the Ford Cuts to education funding and OSAP. The meeting will be held in the Medical Sciences Building – Room 3154. Registration begins at 5:30pm 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! Click here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2281211972123055/

Date: February 26th, 2019
Time: Registration begins at 5:30PM and the meeting begins at 6:15PM
Location: Medical Sciences Building – Room 3154
Meeting Agenda:

3. Gym Bookings for March
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of March, 2019 on February 27, 2019 starting at10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.caIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking.

4. UTGSU Statement of Solidarity with Land Defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Territory
We support resistance efforts that are geared toward protecting land, water, and life in the face of settler-colonialism and environmental injustice in Canada. We encourage our Members and the community at large to raise awareness about the unlawful encroachment of treaty land, raise funds, and support the Indigenous people of Wet’suwet’en Territory. Your efforts make a huge difference in continuing the momentum, activating necessary conversations, and supporting people who are still on the ground and on the front line defending their home.  This is not over. Actions and events in support of Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en grassroots movements are still happening, and you can help. To read our statement and engage in calls to action that align with the supporter toolkit, please visit: https://www.utgsu.ca/correspendance-media/.

5. Meet and Greet Candidates for UTGSU 2019 Executive Elections
Drop by the UTGSU Candidates Meet and Greet on February 26th at the Lounge in the Social Justice Education Department at OISE between 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm to meet the candidates. Refreshments will be served. Visit: www.utgsu.ca/elections or contact Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Location: Department of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 12th Floor, 252 Bloor Street West

6. Call for Nominations: 2019 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Recognition Award! The IDERD Recognition Award, launched in March 2012, is a unique opportunity for the University to identify and profile the excellent work that students, staff and faculty are undertaking to advance anti-racism while contributing to the University’s commitment to create diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments. Click here for more information: http://antiracism.utoronto.ca/programs/iderd/?fbclid=IwAR1dOfhyxDn9t4MVj4rD0EZ5p2enRfnSgnJEURvC3qHmThulBAg5qtmNIj8#iderd-awards-anchor

7. UTGSU Zumba Class happening today, February 14th from 4-5pm
Get out of your winter coats and join the UofT MoveU crew for the first Zumba class hosted by the UTGSU! The class will take place today from 4:00-5:00PM in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave). Click Here to Register and for more information. 

8. Registration now open for OISE Graduate Student Research Conference this March 29-30, 2019!
Join their acclaimed keynote speakers Dr. Rumeet Billan (Viewpoint Leadership) and Dr. John B. Robinson (Munk School of Global Affairs) and their dedicated community of researchers, teachers, social justice educators, mental health specialists, scientists, artists and activists for a two-day conference celebrating educational research in all stages. In addition to the two full conference days, presenters are invited to attend a pre-conference workshop featuring options to explore innovations in virtual reality and gain 3D printer certification. The OISE GSRC serves as an OISE-based primer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) happening the following weekend in Toronto so be sure to come out to our pre-AERA celebration on April 2 featuring Annie Kidder (People for Education). Register online at http://my.alumni.utoronto.ca/2019OISEGSRC and for more information check out www.oisegsrc.com

9. The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race”
A monthly social gathering space with the aim of building community and empowering racialized students and allies to advance anti-racism work and to address mental health on campus. This space will provide racialized students and allies an opportunity to share experiences and engage in facilitated dialogue that is geared toward enhancing community-building, empowerment, and mental health. Come join them for our launch on February 28th from 5-7 pm at the Grad Room (66 Harbord St). Engage in an evening of enlightened dialogue on what it means to be racialized on campus over coffee/tea and refreshments. Please also note there will be Safe Space for Race additional sessions on March 19, April 23 and May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre. TTC tokens will be provided to UofT students from UTM and UTSc to accommodate travel expenses. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

10. OISE GSA Black History Month Event List
It’s #BlackHistoryMonth and the OISE GSA Equity Committee are excited to share ALL of the events they have planned for you from Friday, February 01st to Friday, March, 08th, because Black History is more than a month. Click here for a full list of events!  Please RSVP so they can make this the best possible experience.

11. Introduction to Family Law
Happening Thursday, Feb 21, from 12 to 1 pm @ 214 College St., Rm 313. Learn the basics of Family Law and what is involved in custody and access, child and spousal support, separation agreements, restraining orders, and a general overview of the family court process. Presenter: Downtown Legal Services. U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend, registration required at https://uoft.me/familylaw.

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Open & UTGSU Zumba Class – February 7th, 2019

February 7th, 2019

Digest


1. Nomination Period Open for UTGSU Elections
2. Join the Research, Educations, and Governance Committee
3. Wall-E Movie Screening 

4. UTGSU Zumba Class happening February 14th from 4-5pm
5. Ice Skating Event and Social
6. Call for Nominations: 2019 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Awards
7. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
8. Q&A over the Lunch discussing International Students Issues/Problems
9. OISE GSA Black History Month Event List
10. Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: A Discussion Group
11. Masculinity Workshop Series

 

1. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections. We are looking for Applicants to join our Student Government
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2019 -2020 is now open until 8:00 am on Friday February 15th, 2019. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1,200. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available online at www.utgsu.ca/elections at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). For more information, including the Elections 2019 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Adrian Aziz, at cro@utgsu.ca

2. Join the Research, Educations, and Governance Committee
Are you a graduate student interested in advocacy work related to University policy? Join the Research, Education and Governance committee! Their next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 13th from 5-7pm in room 318 of the Department of Anthropology (19 Russell Street). Please email governance@utgsu.ca if you plan to attend and if you have any dietary restrictions.

3. Wall-E Movie Screening
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) is hosting a dinner and screening of WALL-E! Happening this Tuesday, February 12th at 6PM in the Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE (252 Bloor Street West). Click here for more information and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-dinner-wall-e-tickets-55349704456?fbclid=IwAR3C23irIsNqvshyUW7IMVIA3EjJ5rDtMb6EYb1IMmdZS3_qIlaYYT5xdMc

4. UTGSU Zumba Class happening February 14th from 4-5pm
Get out of your winter coats and join the UofT MoveU crew for the first Zumba class hosted by the UTGSU! The class will take place on February 14th from 4:00-5:00PM in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave). Click Here to Register and for more information. 

5. Ice Skating Event and Social
Want to enjoy the winter? International Students’ Caucus (ISC) under UTGSU invites you and your fellow international colleagues for a free ice skating event at the Varsity Arena on February 10, 2019. Please register ASAP to get a free ticket! If you are interested, we will contact you with more information. Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/F5qQHwCM0gbnqC263

6. Call for Nominations: 2019 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Recognition Award! The IDERD Recognition Award, launched in March 2012, is a unique opportunity for the University to identify and profile the excellent work that students, staff and faculty are undertaking to advance anti-racism while contributing to the University’s commitment to create diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments. Click here for more information: http://antiracism.utoronto.ca/programs/iderd/?fbclid=IwAR1dOfhyxDn9t4MVj4rD0EZ5p2enRfnSgnJEURvC3qHmThulBAg5qtmNIj8#iderd-awards-anchor

7. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
February 5, 12 and 19 2019, 3-5pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. This series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre helps 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 conflict.  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

8. Q&A over the Lunch discussing International Students Issues/Problems
We will have a Q&A session with ISC representatives on Friday, Feb 08th, 2019, 12-2pm, at RS 412 (Rosebrugh Building; Room 412) and seize this opportunity to display your interests and concerns as we plan our future events. We will use this platform to discuss how we can improve international students experience through the elections for the Governing Council taking place on Feb 4th to Feb 15th. Lunch will be served. Click here to RSVP.

9. OISE GSA Black History Month Event List
It’s #BlackHistoryMonth and the OISE GSA Equity Committee are excited to share ALL of the events they have planned for you from Friday, February 01st to Friday, March, 08th, because Black History is more than a month. Click here for a full list of events!  Please RSVP so they can make this the best possible experience.

10. Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: A Discussion Group
Happening Fridays Feb 8, 15 & March 7, 12 to 1 pm – OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 2295. This educational discussion group is designed to help people deal positively with separation and divorce. Topics are driven by the need of its participants and might include normalization of the separation experience, divorce as a lonely planet, individual coping skills and strategies to deal with fear, creating new adult attachment scripts, externalization of anger and conflict, dealing, feeling and healing, and moving on and for the better. Open to parents with children and individuals without children. The first 3 sessions will focus on adult development and the last session will focus on children and parenting. Registration required at https://uoft.me/separationdivorce. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and partners are welcome.

11. Masculinity Workshop Series
In a three-part series utilizing candid conversation and multimedia tools for discussion, Jeff Perera creates a brave space to ask the hard questions around manhood and gender-related issues today. Offering a space where we can develop respect, empathy, accountability, and explore models of possibility for men, tackle the hard questions together. While leaning into these difficult conversations, Jeff creates an environment where young men can learn to be better teammates, work past shame, contribute towards solutions, and create a more inclusive campus culture. This event is brought to you by the University of Toronto Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre — to learn more, visitsvpscentre@utoronto.ca.

UTGSU Office Closed Due to Weather Conditions

February 6th, 2019

Due to worsening weather conditions, the UTGSU Office will be closed at 3pm and will reopen tomorrow,February 7th, at 12:30pm. https://www.utoronto.ca/campus-status

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Open & Health and Dental Change-Of-Coverage Period Closes Today – January 31st, 2019

January 31st, 2019

Digest


1. Nomination Period Open for UTGSU Elections
2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement on the Ontario Provincial Announcement to Post-Secondary Education
3. 
Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period CLOSES TODAY
4. Join the UTGSU Zumba Class happening February 14th from 4-5pm
5. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
6. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
7. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
8. Hart House Global Commons Virtual Café
9. Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy
10. UofT Machine Intelligence Student Team

 

1. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2019 -2020 is now open until 8:00 am on Friday February 15th, 2019. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1,200. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available online at www.utgsu.ca/elections at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). For more information, including the Elections 2019 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Adrian Aziz, at cro@utgsu.ca

2. UTGSU Executive Committee Statement on the Ontario Provincial Announcement to Post-Secondary Education
On January 17, 2019, the provincial government announced that their party was implementing a series of policy changes and cuts to the post-secondary education sector’s Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) and tuition fees. While a decrease in tuition fees is a positive step forward, the removal of tuition assistance programs create additional financial barriers to education. The UTGSU Executive Committee stands in solidarity with students across Ontario and Canada in taking action against the provincial government’s changes to post-secondary education. To read the full statement and get involved, please visit the UTGSU website https://www.utgsu.ca/correspendance-media/ and stay plugged into the upcoming rally on February 4, 2019 via https://m.facebook.com/events/296202404419912.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period CLOSES TODAY
The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period CLOSES TODAY. 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.

4. Join the UTGSU Zumba Class happening February 14th from 4-5pm
Get out of your winter coats and join the UofT MoveU crew for the first Zumba class hosted by the UTGSU! The class will take place on February 14th from 4:00-5:00PM in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave). Click Here to Register and for more information. 

5. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to the information session hosted by the International Students’ Caucus at the UTGSU to get your questions answered! This Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Wednesday, Feb 6th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at University College (UC), Room 140 (15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7). The speaker will be Elizabeth Long, an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. Elizabeth will be presenting information about the ins and outs of applying for permanent residency and will be available to answer questions. If you’d like to attend this workshop, please RSVP to https://goo.gl/sqgUwPby Feb 4th. Snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

6. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
Happening Wednesday, February 6th from 3 to 5 pm at 214 College St., Rm 313. When a problem arises, be it academic, family related, personal or professional, advocating for oneself and one’s family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high.  This workshop will focus on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing. Facilitator: Dr. Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic, Writing & Rhetoric, Innis College. Viktoria is also a mom of two children who is no stranger to the life of a student with family responsibilities! All U of T students are welcome, pre-registration required at https://uoft.me/Advocacyforstudents.

7. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
February 5, 12 and 19 2019, 3-5pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. This series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre helps 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 conflict.  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

8. Hart House Global Commons Virtual Café
Join the world in conversation at the Hart House Global Commons Virtual Café, Thursday, February 7, from 10-12pm EST. Students from all 3 U of T campuses, and students joining virtually from Colombia, South Africa, France, and the U.S.A. will connect with NGOs and Activists from Toronto, Indiana, and Egypt for a truly engaging dialogue on issues around Gender Equality and Equity. For more information, to register, and to learn about more Hart House Global Commons events, visit: www.harthouse.ca/globalcommons

9. Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy
Become a part of a dynamic training and research community in Public Health Policy! Engage with academic mentors, students and policymakers in governmental and non-governmental public health agencies to learn about real-world policy issues and public health policy agenda setting, and enhance the professional skills required to succeed in your profession. Any student who has been accepted into a graduate-level program at the University of Toronto may apply. The application deadline is Friday, May 3th, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For application forms and more information about the program, please visit their website at www.publichealthpolicy.utoronto.ca, or send your information request to Publichealthpolicy@utoronto.ca.

10. UofT Machine Intelligence Student Team
MIST101 #4 Computer Vision, Tue Feb 5, SS1102. This event covers the basic knowledge to recent advances of computer vision. RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mist1013-a-dive-in-cv-and-recent-advances-tickets-55539532236. This semester, they will also present: MIST101 #4: Natural Language Processing; Guest Speaker Talk #4: Jekaterina Novikova, Director of Machine Learning at WinterLight Labs; Paper Reading Group #3: Exploration in Reinforcement Learning, Guest Speaker Talk #5: Min Liang, Data Scientist in RBC, and more to come. Subscribe to the mailing list: http://eepurl.com/dGMddD

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Now Open & February Gym Bookings – January 24th, 2019

January 24th, 2019

Digest

 

 


1. Nomination Period will Open for UTGSU Elections on January 23rd
2. Gym Bookings for February
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
4. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
7. Disability Justice Discussion Group
8. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
9. GSA Election Committee Hiring Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the 2019/2020 Elections.
10. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving: Staying Motivated as a Grad Student

 

1. Nomination Period Now Open for UTGSU Elections
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2019 -2020 is now open until 8:00 am on Friday February 15th, 2019. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1,200. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available online at www.utgsu.ca/elections at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca). For more information, including the Elections 2019 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Adrian Aziz, at cro@utgsu.ca

2. Gym Bookings for February
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of February, 2019 on January 30, 2019 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 reserved for one hour timeslots. Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM can be reserved for one hour timeslots 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. Please note that timeslots are booked very quickly on a first come first serve basis.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
Want to address anti-racism issues on campus and contribute to the creation of an anti-racism strategy? Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan Working Group! We’re seeking racialized students, allies, and critical friends to join us for up to 5-10 hours a month (January to April 2019) to build a robust strategy and implementation plan. Expertise and/or experience in the fields of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice advocacy is highly valued but not necessary. Join the Working Group by emailing Cristina Jaimungal, UTGSU External Commissioner and Chair of the UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee, at external@utgsu.ca by January 25, 2019 with the subject line “UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan: Working Group”. Interested members will be invited to participate in a doodle poll and will be contacted with meeting details by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop by International Students’ Caucus
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to the information session hosted by the International Students’ Caucus at the UTGSU to get your questions answered! This Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Wednesday, January 30th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Location to be announced soon). The speaker will be Elizabeth Long, an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. Elizabeth will be presenting information about the ins and outs of applying for permanent residency and will be available to answer questions. If you’d like to attend this workshop, please RSVP to https://goo.gl/sqgUwPby Jan 28th. Snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

7. Disability Justice Discussion Group
Join Students for Barrier-free Access for the first meeting of our Disability Justice Discussion Group. This is an opportunity for our community to engage in discussions about what disability justice means to them, and what it looks like in practice. Best of all, there are no required readings!
Date: Tuesday February 5, 2019
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor
Access Info: The SBA Centre is an accessible space. Accessible all-gender single stall washrooms are located on the same floor as the SBA Centre.
Please arrive to the event fragrance free.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/762514424107349/

8. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series for Grads
February 5, 12 and 19 2019, 3-5pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. This series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre helps 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 conflict.  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

9. GSA Election Committee Hiring Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the 2019/2020 Elections.
The elections will be held in March 2019. The elected person will represent the Election Committee and oversee the 2019 GSA electoral process. If this position interests you, please see below for details regarding the responsibilities of the CRO, as well as the necessary applicant criteria. This is a paid position of $800 requiring 40 hours of work. Your application for CRO is a letter of intent stating your interest in the position, as well as your qualifications and relevant experiences. All letters of intent should be sent to oisegsaelections2019@gmail.com The deadline for submissions is January 28th, 2019 at midnight. Applicant Criteria: Click here For more details. For questions please email to oisegsaelections2019@gmail.com.

10. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving: Staying Motivated as a Grad Student
Tuesday, January 29, 12-2pm: Graduate school, as the saying goes, is more of a marathon than a sprint—but what does this mean in practice? In this workshop, we’ll explore the challenge of staying motivated when the finish line is nowhere in sight. This session will involve reflection, discussion, and creative exercises. Active participation is encouraged. Pizza will be available. Presented by Academic Success. Register at: https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=a56ff7b9-3f43-40d1-b2db-53f819586530

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Election Nomination Period Coming Soon & February Gym Bookings– January 17th, 2019

January 17th, 2019

 

Digest


1. Nomination Period will Open for UTGSU Elections on January 23rd
2. Gym Bookings for February
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
4. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. Join the UTGSU Team as the Internal Commissioner
6. Volunteer Opportunity: APUS Tax Clinics
7. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
8. Student Parents Pizza Night (children are welcome)
9. Grad Minds Mental Health Roundtable Discussion Event for Faculty and Students!
10. Lead with Pride X Conference
11. Launch to Leadership

 

1. Nomination Period will Open for UTGSU Elections on January 23rd
The UTGSU Executives play a pivotal role in providing a voice for graduate students and actively engaging with both students and the administration to provide solutions to your student issues. Nominations for the UTGSU Executive Team for 2019 -2020 will open on January 23rd until 8:00 am on Friday February 15th 2019. The term of office for these positions is May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. The honorarium for a full Executive position each month is approximately $1228.96. Don’t miss out! Nomination forms are available at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm), online at www.utgsu.ca/elections or by special arrangement with the CRO (email cro@utgsu.ca) after January 23rd at 12:01 am. For more information, including the Elections 2019 Timeline and the descriptions of each Executive position’s responsibilities, contact the UTGSU Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Adrian Aziz, at cro@utgsu.ca

2. Gym Bookings for February
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of February, 2019 on January 30, 2019 starting at10:00 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 reserved for one hour timeslots. Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM can be reserved for one hour timeslots 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. Please note that timeslots are booked very quickly on a first come first serve basis.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. Join the UTGSU Team as the Internal Commissioner
Join the UTGSU Team as the Internal Commissioner This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include: scheduling the Executive and Council meetings; chairing the Policy and Operations Committee and the Building Management Subcommittee; facilitating and monitoring the Union’s Bylaw and Policy updates; attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is approximately $1,200 per month. For more information or with an accessibility request, please contact our Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Applicants must be present at the January 22, 2019 UTGSU Council Meeting beginning at 6:15pm in the Medical Sciences Building, room 2170.

6. Volunteer Opportunity: APUS Tax Clinics
Are you interested in taxes? Looking for a volunteer opportunity this semester? Get involved with APUS & UTGSU as a tax return volunteer! APUS & UTGSU are hosting our annual free tax clinic where our volunteers help part-time students prepare income tax and benefit returns. Volunteers receive training from the Canada Revenue Agency and are eligible for recognition of volunteer service. If you are interested or need more information, please contact services@apus.ca or visit http://apus.ca/volunteer/ The Deadline to apply is January 25, 2019. 

7. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
Want to address anti-racism issues on campus and contribute to the creation of an anti-racism strategy? Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan Working Group! We’re seeking racialized students, allies, and critical friends to join us for up to 5-10 hours a month (January to April 2019) to build a robust strategy and implementation plan. Expertise and/or experience in the fields of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice advocacy is highly valued but not necessary. Join the Working Group by emailing Cristina Jaimungal, UTGSU External Commissioner and Chair of the UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee, at external@utgsu.ca by January 25, 2019 with the subject line “UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan: Working Group”. Interested members will be invited to participate in a doodle poll and will be contacted with meeting details by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

8. Student Parents Pizza Night (children are welcome)
Kick off your children’s PA Day weekend! The Family Care Office, UTGSU, and Hart House present a fun and relaxing night for student parents and their children. We will have activities for your child at Grad Loft where they can do their homework, make buttons, colour, and play with other children while we meet in the same space. Pizza for U of T student parents and their children. Don’t miss out! Register at family.care@utoronto.ca with your child’s name and age. Also, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or accommodation requests. All U of T student parents are welcome to attend!*Access: The UTGSU Building is not fully wheel chair accessible.
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: GSU Loft*

9. Grad Minds Mental Health Roundtable Discussion Event for Faculty and Students!
Many students indicate that a large contributor to their mental health challenges during graduate school is their relationship with their supervisors and faculty, and lack of education and awareness among faculty about student mental health. An important way to improve on this is to open up the conversation between students and faculty about mental health. Grad Minds is hosting a Mental Health Roundtable Discussion between students and faculty to facilitate this conversation. Any faculty member and graduate student is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served! Date: Tuesday January 22nd 2019, Time: 5:30-6:30 pm, Location: Medical Sciences Building Rooms 2290 and 2394. Come to room 2394 at event start. Want to submit an anonymous discussion question beforehand? Do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R23PR8P

10. Lead with Pride X Conference
Are you a U of T student looking to build community, engage in discussions around LGBTQ+ and related topics, and develop an understanding of anti-oppression work? Be a part of the 10th annual Lead with Pride, U of T’s annual LGBTQ+ student leadership conference! This year, Lead with Pride will take place on Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. This unique two-day conference, organized by a team of students and staff, brings students together to learn about LGBTQ+ issues, leadership and community building on campus and beyond. Lead with Pride X is open to U of T students across all three campuses from all academic disciplines. We encourage all interested students to apply, including current student leaders, volunteers with LGBTQ+ groups, and new students looking to connect with LGBTQ-related student organizations for the first time. No leadership experience is required to apply. For more information and to access the online application, visit our website: http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/programs/lead-with-pride-lgbtq-student-leadership-conference/lead-with-pride-x/. Deadline to apply is Monday January 21st, 2019 at 12pm (noon).

11. Launch to Leadership
Launch to Leadership helps women-identified students access employment within the field of sport and recreation by offering funding assistance for certification courses, such as Standard First Aid, personal training certifications and more. Getting certified opens up a world of employment and leadership opportunities! The program is open to current U of T students enrolled in part-time or full-time studies. Women from underrepresented populations, including the LGBTQ2S+ community, those with disabilities, racialized groups, Indigenous populations, international students; and those with low socio-economic backgrounds) are especially encouraged to apply! Limited spaces are available and applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until January 25, 2019. Learn more at http://uoft.me/launch-to-leadership.

UTGSU Digest: RSVP to the Winter Welcome Social & Health and Dental January Opt-out Period – January 10th, 2019

January 10th, 2019

Digest


1. RSVP to the UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
3. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Join the UTGSU Team as the Internal Commissioner
5. Now Hiring Deputy Returning Officer for 2019 Election
6. Volunteer Opportunity: APUS Tax Clinics
7. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
8. Bikechain Winter Cycling Workshop
9. Rainbow Tie Gala
10. Now Hiring – Dr Chun Resource Library Coordinator Position

 

 

1. RSVP to the UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
RSVP to the UTGSU Winter Welcome Social! Step out of the cold and into the Hart House Music Room for an evening filled with winter-themed snacks, games, and a raffle draw for great prizes! The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on our Winter Welcome Social. 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. To RSVP and get more information on the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/297848754273529/

2. 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

3. 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.

4. Join the UTGSU Team as the Internal Commissioner
Join the UTGSU Team as the Internal Commissioner This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include: scheduling the Executive and Council meetings; chairing the Policy and Operations Committee and the Building Management Subcommittee; facilitating and monitoring the Union’s Bylaw and Policy updates; attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is approximately $1,200 per month. For more information or with an accessibility request, please contact our Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Applicants must be present at the January 22, 2019 UTGSU Council Meeting beginning at 6:15pm in the Medical Sciences Building, room 2170.

5. Now Hiring Deputy Returning Officer for 2019 Election
The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) is seeking to hire a Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) to assist in the 2019 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience, experience with the UTGSU or similar unions/organizations, or supervisory experience would all be considered assets, but are not mandatory. The successful candidate can expect to work up to approximately 40 hours from January to March of 2019, with the majority of those hours taking place during the election period. There is no guarantee that the DRO will work for exactly 40 hours. The workload depends on demand. Remuneration for this position is $17/hour. International Students do not require Canadian Work Authorization for this position. Interested candidates are asked to email a resume or send one paragraph outlining why they would be suitable for the role to Mr. Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca by Tuesday, January 15 at 11:59 pm. All applications must include a telephone number.

6. Volunteer Opportunity: APUS Tax Clinics
Are you interested in taxes? Looking for a volunteer opportunity this semester? Get involved with APUS & UTGSU as a tax return volunteer! APUS & UTGSU is hosting our annual free tax clinic where our volunteers help part-time students prepare income tax and benefit returns. Volunteers receive training from the Canada Revenue Agency and are eligible for recognition of volunteer service. If you are interested or need more information, please contact services@apus.ca or visit http://apus.ca/volunteer/Deadline to apply January 25, 2019. 

7. Volunteer Call Out: Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy & Action Plan Working Group
Want to address anti-racism issues on campus and contribute to the creation of an anti-racism strategy? Join the UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan Working Group! We’re seeking racialized students, allies, and critical friends to join us for up to 5-10 hours a month (January to April 2019) to build a robust strategy and implementation plan. Expertise and/or experience in the fields of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice advocacy is highly valued but not necessary. Join the Working Group by emailing Cristina Jaimungal, UTGSU External Commissioner and Chair of the UTGSU Equity and Advocacy Committee, at external@utgsu.ca by January 25, 2019 with the subject line “UTGSU Anti-Racism Strategy and Action Plan: Working Group”. Interested members will be invited to participate in a doodle poll and will be contacted with meeting details by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

8. 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, January 23rd from 6:30-8:00 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

9. Rainbow Tie Gala
The UTSC Positive Space Committee annual Rainbow Tie Gala is a time to celebrate our vibrant community of LGBTQIA2S+ and supporters at UTSC. Join them on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at the UTSC Meeting Place (Science Wing). Wear your most colourful outfit for a night of performances, guest speakers, activities, food, drinks, dancing, and celebrating our unique stories. This year there are incredible performances by Priyanka Love and Boiband the Boyband, along with student performances as well! They will also have community organizations present including Alliance for South Asian AIDS prevention, Salaam Canada, Glad Day Bookshop/Café, Toby’s Place, EGALE Canada and more. As well, there will be lots of food, activities, opportunities to mingle, music, and dancing. All are welcome! No RSVP required. Click here for more information.

10. Now Hiring – Dr Chun Resource Library Coordinator Position
Are you skilled in archival and library coordination and passionate about social justice? OPIRG and the CWTP are hiring a Library Coordinator for the Dr Chun Resource Library! The Library Coordinator is in charge of curating and helping run the community archive and library funded and housed by the Centre for Women and Trans People UofT and OPIRG Toronto. This includes purchasing and procuring new additions, coordinating social justice based literary programming, and helping curate the massive collection of rare and limited print materials currently maintained by the CWTP and OPIRG. The position is a year long part-time student worker contract at a true living wage of $21 an hour. You can find details at this link

UTGSU Digest: Winter Welcome Social Save the Date & UTGSU Travel Insurance – December 13th, 2018

December 13th, 2018

Digest


1. Save the Date: UTGSU Winter Welcome Social!
2. UTGSU Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31st, 2019
4. Health and Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. UTGSU Office Closure
6. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting: January 8, 2019
7. Today: Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) RECing Ball
8. OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC)
9. Are you a student with family responsibilities?

10. Give your children a winter full of fun, movement and play with Junior Blues!
11. Recruiting Mentors for Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP)

 

 

1. 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/

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. UTGSU Office Closure
The UTGSU Office Reception and Health and Dental Insurance Office will be closed from December 19, 2018, to January 7, 2019. If you require additional information during our office closure in relation to your health and dental plan, you can find more information on the Student Care website at www.studentcare.ca. Please refer to their ‘Contact Us’ page for additional information about their holiday hours and emergency contact information. If you are faced with an academic advocacy issue during our office closure, you can refer to the resources available on the UTGSU Academic Advocacy webpage. For any other inquiries, you can email the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

6. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting: January 8, 2019
The first Policy and Operations Committee meeting of the New Year will be held on January 8, 2019 at 5:30pm in the Earth Sciences Centre, room 1016M. An agenda will be circulated a week prior to the meeting, any subjects for discussion should be submitted by January 1st. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca for more information.

7. Today: 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 today from 6-9PM at the Multi-Faith Centre (Room 208) and is wheel-chair accessible. Don’t forget to RSVP: https://recingball.eventbrite.ca Follow their website on the event and other activities: https://utgsu.ca/rec.

8. OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC)
Calling all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, teacher, educators and individuals passionate about education from all across the globe! We invite you to the OISE Graduate Student Research Conference – An annual conference taking place at the Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE)
NEW DATES: Thursday, March 28 (Optional Pre-conference Workshop), Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30, 2019 (Conference)
NEW WEBSITE: www.oisegsrc.com Call for PRESENTATIONS: Complete the online presenter form by January,11th, 2019, here: https://www.oisegsrc.com/get-involved/ (select “Submit Your Proposal”)

Find out more about the OISE GSRC and how you can get involved below: https://www.oisegsrc.com/

9. Are you a student with family responsibilities?
In partnership with the Innovation Hub, the Family Care Office would love to hear about your experiences as a U of T student and parent or caregiver. We are currently looking for students to participate in 1 hour interview as part of this research. The insight from this project will be shared with our office to better service and support students with family caregiving information. For information and how to participate, please contact sherin.germami@mail.utoronto.ca or click here for more information: http://blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca/innovationhub/recruitment-family-care-research-project/

10. Give your children a winter full of fun, movement and play with Junior Blues!
U of T student-parents are eligible for a 15% discount. Register for our March Break Camps and sport programs on December 11, our aquatics programs on December 12 and our gymnastics programs on December 13. Learn more at www.juniorblues.ca!

11. Recruiting Mentors for Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP)
The Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP) is a University of Toronto mentorship program that provides grade 10-12 students in high needs community of Parkdale with exposure to basic life skills, career investigation, and worldview exploration. This is done through presentations from guest speakers, group activities, and one-on-one mentorship.If interested, please complete the brief application form by December 19, 2018https://goo.gl/forms/mZw6uT9iMnFupzDs1. If selected, you will be required to complete the vulnerable sector form before the first mentorship session. If you have any questions please e-mail uoftpmp@gmail.com.
What do mentors get: Opportunity to mentor!!! free lunches, field trips, networking opportunities and Co-Curricular Record.
When: Every Saturday (10 weeks) from February to April 2019 from 10am to 1pm.
Where: 220 Cowan Ave (Queen West & Brock Avenue)

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.