UTGSU Office Closures for Winter Break

December 6th, 2016

AGM

The UTGSU Office will be closed on Monday, December 19, 2016 through to January 1, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, January 2, 2017. Happy holidays and we will see you in the new year!

December 1st, 2016

AGM

UTGSU Digest: AGM, Working the Scene in Colour, The Halbert Exchange Program – December 1st, 2016

1.UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 December after AG
3. International Students’ Caucus Christmas Market Social
4. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is Looking for New Executives
5. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
6. No One Is Illegal, Protest Canada’s Unjust Immigration Detention System
7. Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students – No Issue is Too Small to Discuss
8. The Halbert Exchange Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
9. The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is Seeking Applications for Mentors
10. Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students on Family Issues
11. Getting the Most from your Supervisor
12Want to Create Your Own Job?
13. Making Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School

 

1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual Meeting 2016 will take place on Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 6.10 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. (100 College St., near Queen’s Park subway stop, The Annual Meeting is open to all UTGSU members. The 2015 – 2016 Financial Statement will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. From mid-November, you will be able to find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card in order to sign into the Annual Meeting.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 December after AGM
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 06 December, directly after the Annual Meeting, in Banting Institute, room 131. All UTGSU Members are welcome, but only Representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a Representative and you wish to speak, you can have your Course Union Representative request this on your behalf during the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. All guests and proxies will be asked to show their T-card upon registration. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

3. International Students’ Caucus Christmas Market Social
Join the International Students’ Caucus and other international colleagues for a free tour to the Distillery Historic District at the Toronto Christmas Market on Thursday, December 15th. Information for the tour can be found at: Information Walking Tours. Meet us at the Distillery District, 30 Gristmill Lane Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4 at 3:40pm, and the tour starts at 3:50pm. RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/2OPnYhVBvILnBFby1. Space is limited on a first come first serve base. Contact isc@utgsu.ca for any questions.

4. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is Looking for New Executives
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. The PGSC is currently recruiting new executives to fill positions for the 2016-2017 year. Information about available positions can be found here: PGSC Application Form. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position of interest to pgsc@utgsu.ca with the subject line: PGSC Executive Application by Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm.

5. Working the Scene in Colour: Call for Scene Submissions
The second Working the Scene in Colour (WSiC) event will be held on Jan 22nd, 2017 at the University of Toronto, Multi-Faith Centre (Multipurpose Room) from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. WSiC is accepting scene submissions for features, scripted television, and stage plays. University of Toronto graduate students (undergraduates and alumni), who self-identify as a person of colour or Indigenous, are encouraged to submit their scenes, which can be works-in-progress or polished scripts of up to 5 minutes to be performed by trained ACTRA actors. Produced scripts will not be accepted. Submission deadline: January 8th. WSiC is proud to be partnering with community sponsors. Please email your submission and questions to: workingthescene@gmail.com.

6. No One Is Illegal, Protest Canada’s Unjust Immigration Detention System
On Dec 10(Human Rights Day), No One Is Illegal is organizing a beautiful action to surround the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre in protest of Canada’s unjust immigration detention system. We will bus hundreds of people to the centre and join hands to surround it to say: no more Indefinite Detention. We demand a maximum 90 day holding period in the short-term, and we demand an end to the immigration detention system long-term. Come to Kipling Station at 3:15 pm to get on the bus! Facebook event: Facebook event link.

7. Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students – No Issue is Too Small to Discuss!
Connect with G2G Peer Advisor (grad-to-grad) to talk about any grad school concern and to get advice on navigating the many resources available on campus to support graduate students. The trained G2G peer team is comprised of master’s and doctoral students from different departments across all 3 campuses. Book an appointment or stop by and chat with a G2G at one of our weekly drop-in sessions.  For more information or to book an appointment with a G2G please visit www.gradcrc.utoronto.ca or follow us @G2GUofT for tips and daily drop-in locations.

8. The Halbert Exchange Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
You’re invited to submit an application for the 2017-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fellowship recipients are expected to live in Jerusalem for the academic year and to participate in the life of the department with which they are affiliated. The value of the fellowship is CAD 35,000. Applications must arrive at the Munk School of Global Affairs no later than Monday, January 16, 2017. Link to application instructions and the form. If you have any questions, please contact Olga Kesarchuk at halbert.munk@utoronto.ca or 416 946 8938.

9. The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is Seeking Applications for Mentors
The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is seeking graduate students in all fields to join our team of online mentors. Mentors work with a dedicated Grade 11 or 12 high school student in an online environment. The typical time commitment for mentors is 10-12 hours across a term. Students can support your research while mentors answer questions and provide regular feedback. The FSST is a national non-profit dedicated to developing the career potential of highly motivated high school students in STEM and interdisciplinary studies. If you are interested, please contact us at coop.liaison@fsst.ca and visit www.fsst.ca.

10. Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students on Family Issues
An FCO Advisor & a Peer Mentor will be available to chat and answer questions about student parent life at U of T, including, balancingstudy and family, strategies and insights on caring for a family member, specific questions on child care and child care subsidies and your newly found pregnancy! Pre-registration necessary as we will send you the link for you to connect to the chat. All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partners/spouses are welcome! The event is labelled Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students, happening Dec. 6.

11. Getting the Most from your Supervisor
Wondering how you can get the most out of your supervisory relationship?  Want to know how you can use the Supervisory Guidelines and learn some effective strategies for implementing positive change? Join fellow graduate students and G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for an interactive discussion about the challenges of working with a supervisor,how to use the guidelines to your advantage, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your supervisory relationship. December 7 from 4:00-5:30pm at Grad Room. Register: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

12Want to Create Your Own Job?
Launch your startup idea at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery! As the go-to UofT accelerator program, we provide all students with the resources, mentorship and community to get your startup idea off the ground.Applications to join the 2017 summer cohort are now OPEN on our website: https://hatchery.engineering.utoronto.ca/. Apply NOW – the deadline for applications is January 31st, 2017.

13. Making Gingerbread Houses at Loblaws Cooking School
Join us on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00-7:30pm to decorate your own gingerbread house. You will be provided with the pre-assembled house, royal icing, and all the candies, and you will have a blast decorating. When your masterpiece is complete, we’ll wrap it in cellophane ready for you to take home to display!. We will have an informal contest for best house with a prize! The cost of the event is $10 and you can register via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. A limit of 2 gingerbread houses per person.

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UTGSU Office Closed Monday November 28 from 1-3pm

November 28th, 2016

A reminder that the UTGSU office will be closed Monday, November 28th from 1-3pm as the staff will be supporting the President’s Lunch, offered to Course Union Presidents. We will reopen at 3:15pm and will be available to assist you then. Thank you.

November 24th, 2016

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UTGSU Digest: AGM, HDI Opt Out Cheques, Reserve Gym Time  – November 24th, 2016
1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 Decemberafter AGM
4. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
5. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
6. Reserve Gym time for December on Friday, 25 November at 10:00
7.The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
8. The Race & Ethnicity Caucus Launches New Facebook Group
9. UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) 2016 Friday, Nov 25th
10. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night: Wednesday November 30, 6-8PM
11. Stand with Standing Rock! #NoDAPL
12. SGS Intramural Sign-up Info!
13. BDS Film Screening: “Roadmap to Apartheid”: November 30
14. Upcoming FREE movie night and panel on mental health: November 287-10 PM

1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual Meeting 2016 will take place on Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 6.10 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. (100 College St., near Queen’s Park subway stop, The Annual Meeting is open to all UTGSU members. The 2015 – 2016 Financial Statement will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. From mid-November, you will be able to find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card in order to sign into the Annual Meeting.

2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
Any graduate student member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, 25 November 2016. The Annual Meeting will take place on 06 December 2016 at 6.10pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (near Queen’s Park subway stop).

3. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 06 Decemberafter AGM
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 06 December, directly after the Annual Meeting, in Banting Institute, room 131. All UTGSU Members are welcome, but only Representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a Representative and you wish to speak, you can have your Course Union Representative request this on your behalf during the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. All guests and proxies will be asked to show their T-card upon registration. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

4. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
Masters students in the Translational Research Program at the Institute of Medical Science in collaboration with the Health & Wellness Centre at UofT, are conducting a project to address the issue of long wait times for timely access to mental health services for our members.  There will be 3 one-hour focus group sessions with students who are currently using or have used the mental health services at the Health & Wellness Centre on November 28-30th.  If you would like to participate, please register here (goo.gl/7XlfiH). For further questions email trpmentalhealth@gmail.com.

5. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance Direct Deposit opt-out refunds will be issued on November 28th. Cheques will also be mailed out on November 28th. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.​

6. Reserve Gym time for December on Friday, 25 November at 10:00
UTGSU gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00. To book please call (416) 978-8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set aside for basketball Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:00. Monday through Wednesday evenings the gym will be used by the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request. Please note, the UTGSU gym will close for December on Friday 16 December.

7. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. The PGSC is currently recruiting new executives to fill positions for the 2016-2017 year. Information about available positions can be found here: PGSC Application Form. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position of interest to pgsc@utgsu.ca with the subject line: PGSC Executive Application by Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm.

8. The Race & Ethnicity Caucus Launches New Facebook Group

The UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) are excited to share their new Facebook group for the 2016-2017 year. We are excited to share with you information about upcoming meetings, social events, reading groups, dinners, panels and much more. If you are interested in joining, please request access to the group here: REC Facebook Group. If you have any questions or wish to get involved with us, please email our Chair Niyosha at: rec@utgsu.ca.

9.UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) 2016 Friday, Nov 25th
International Students’ Caucus (ISC) of UTGSU together with Chinese Students and Scholars Association at University of Toronto (UTCSSA) present the 2016 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest on Nov 25th from 1 to 3 pm at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). 12 speakers from different areas will present you their cutting-edge research works. Come join us and watch top-level presentations. There is also a lucky draw at the end of the event.

10. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night: Wednesday November 30, 6-8PM
Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invite you to join us for the first of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC). Our first meeting will focus on collectively creating community care guidelines, deciding topics and name of discussion for upcoming events. Date: Wednesday November 30; Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm; Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor. If doors are locked call (416) 967-7322 for entry. More information: Full description. For access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

11. Stand with Standing Rock! #NoDAPL
Take action now. While many will be celebrating the myth of a peaceful, harmonious “thanksgiving” between settlers and indigenous people, water and land protectors will be fighting for their right to simply exist with access to clean water. We must fight back again racialized injustice, cruelty, and any forms of harm and inhumanity. Become informed about what’s happening in standing rock. Mni Wiconi. Water is life. Tell Obama #NoDAPL, DENY the easement. Call the White House today at 202-456-1111 or send a message to whitehouse.gov/contact. For more information visit standwithstandingrock.net.

12. SGS Intramural Sign-up Info!
SGS Intramural’s are one of the best ways to meet new grad student friends, get some exercise, and have some fun playing recreational or moderately competitive sports. We offer almost every sport at multiple levels to create one of the biggest, and most welcoming programs here at U of T.The whole school has moved to an online registration system that allows us to track who would like to participate and have messaging capabilities to reach all participants and count attendance. Simply follow this link to find out what teams we offer, see the schedules and sign up: SGS Intramural Sign Up. For more information, please email sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

13. BDS Film Screening: “Roadmap to Apartheid”: November 30
The UTGSU Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Ad-Hoc Committee invites you to a screening of Roadmap to Apartheid, a 2012 film directed by Eron Davidson and Ana Nogueira and narrated by Alice Walker. See below for a description of the film. Come out and learn about the shared experiences and legacies of apartheid in South Africa and Palestine. Watch the trailer here: http://roadmaptoapartheid.org/ Where: 155 College Street, Room HS100 When: November 30, 2016 from 3:00-5:00pmFacebook.

14. Upcoming FREE movie night and panel on mental health: November 287-10 PM
Innis College is excited to present a screening of “I’m Okay“, an anti-romantic comedy that deals with both romance and mental health, by alumni Curt Jaimungal. The film is followed by a mental health panel featuring mental health industry professionals that will not only provide awareness to this growing epidemic but give actionable steps that anyone suffering. The first 30 audience members will get an exclusive tote bag feature custom designed from Ave Mariabell Designs and Peace Collectiveas well as one of a kind “I’m Okay” novelty items. There will be a donation box at the front, with proceeds going to CAMH. FB Event.

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UTGSU Digest: AGM, HDI Opt Out Cheques, Hiring of a CRO – November 17th, 2016

November 17th, 2016

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1. 
UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016

3. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
5. Chief Returning Officer Needed- Paid Job Opportunity: Wed. November 23, 5pm
6. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
7. Bikechain Annual General Meeting
8. *Small Talk* @ Harvest NoonMon Nov 21st7-10pm
9. Strengthening Resiliency and Dealing with Thinking Traps – Healthy Grad Crew Workshop
10. Facilitating Visioning and Planning For Groups – OPIRG
11. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
Teaching Excellence Awards
12. 
Hart House Mentorship Program – Apply to become a Mentee
13. Working and/or Studying while being a Sole Support Parent: Panel Discussion
14. Mental Health and Romance: A Toronto Epidemic

1. UTGSU Annual Meeting 2016
The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual Meeting 2016 will take place on Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 6.10 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. (100 College St., near Queen’s Park subway stop, The Annual Meeting is open to all UTGSU members. The 2015 – 2016 Financial Statement will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. From mid-November, you will be able to find a copy of the Auditors’ Report on the UTGSU Website at www.utgsu.ca/financial-statements. All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card in order to sign into the Annual Meeting.

2. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
Any graduate student member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, 25 November 2016. The Annual Meeting will take place on 06 December 2016 at 6.10pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (near Queen’s Park subway stop).

3. Focus Groups on Timely Access to Mental Health Services
Masters students in the Translational Research Program at the Institute of Medical Science in collaboration with the Health & Wellness Centre at UofT, are conducting a project to address the issue of long wait times for timely access to mental health services for our members.  There will be 3 one-hour focus group sessions with students who are currently using or have used the mental health services at the Health & Wellness Centre on November 28-30th.  If you would like to participate, please register here (goo.gl/7XlfiH). For further questions email trpmentalhealth@gmail.com.

4. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques

Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out by the end of November. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.​

5. Chief Returning Officer Needed- Paid Job Opportunity: Wed. November 23, 5pm
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a Chief Returning Officer for the 2017 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 physically present on campus during the election period. Remuneration: $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to put in up to approximately 100 hours total from December to March. Hours are flexible, and increase during the February 2017 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and letter of intent stating your qualifications and interest to the Nominating Committee in one document to hiring@utgsu.caby 5pm, Wednesday November 23, 2016. Please feel free to contact the Committee with any questions. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

6. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. The PGSC is currently recruiting new executives to fill positions for the 2016-2017 year. Information about available positions can be found here: PGSC Application Form. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and position of interest to pgsc@utgsu.ca with the subject line: PGSC Executive Application by Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm.

7. Bikechain Annual General Meeting
Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting will be held on November 17 this year. The AGM is an opportunity for members of our 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. There will be snacks, and we will head down to the GSU Pub for drinks afterward.When: Thursday, November 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Where: Harvest Noon Café, 16 Bancroft Ave., 2nd floor. RSVP: bikechain@utoronto.ca. Please note that only full time undergraduate students, full time graduate students, and part-time graduate students are automatically considered to be members of Bikechain.

8.*Small Talk* @ Harvest NoonMon Nov 21st7-10pm
Harvest Noon‘s *Small Talk*, the outsider academic interdisciplinary lecture series continues at Dundas Video for its second event of the season. In this edition of *Small Talk*, hear from Matt Collins on why politically correct humour is the best and lasts the longest in a talk entitled “PC Jokes Are Funny Forever” and theorize about “Queering Romantic Comedies” from their heteronormative roots with Vida Beyer. ACCESS: this bar is on the ground floor but unfortunately washrooms are in the basement. ADMISSION: Pay-What-You-Can (suggested $5). Monday November 21st, from 7pm, at Dundas Video (839 Dundas St W) Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1700774216917976/

 9. Strengthening Resiliency and Dealing with Thinking Traps – Healthy Grad Crew Workshop
Healthy Grad Crew in partnership with the Grad Room is offering a workshop on ‘Strengthening Resiliency and Dealing with Thinking Traps’ on Monday November 21st (1pm – 2pm) at the Grad Room. Please register at https://thinkingtraps.eventbrite.ca . Thinking traps are patterns of thinking that can keep us locked in cycles that increase our stress and anxiety. Learning about thinking traps and some strategies to work through them can help to reduce our stress and anxiety while also increasing our resilience.

10. Facilitating Visioning and Planning For Groups – OPIRG
Having a clear vision, goals and strategy are key to the success of any group. Designing and facilitating these processes demands an understanding of what makes groups, movements and campaigns thrive. Join us on Saturday, November 19 from 1:00- 4:00pm, to learn about useful tools, techniques and templates for facilitators seeking to help others map out their visions in fun, empowering and engaging ways. Location: University of Toronto. Register for this workshop.

11. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Awards
Students and instructors can nominate a TA via online forms. Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor by submitting a nomination package. More information is available online. Nominations close on February 27, 2017. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact: Kathleen Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, CTSI. k.olmstead@utoronto.ca Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Coordinator (Humanities), Teaching Excellence Award Chair, r.sutherland.harris@utoronto.ca.

12. Hart House Mentorship Program – Apply to become a Mentee
Are you a graduate student interested in obtaining a mentor? If so, we are currently accepting student mentee applications to participate in the Hart House Mentorship Program “Pilot Project”. This mentorship program will provide the opportunity for students to connect one-on-one with accomplished and engaged alumni, friends and senior members from the Hart House community. To find out more about this mentorship opportunity and to submit your mentee application (by Fri. Nov. 18), please visit www.harthouse.ca/hart-house-mentorship-program or contact andrea.blackler@utoronto.ca.

13. Working and/or Studying while being a Sole Support Parent: Panel Discussion
In this panel discussion we will discuss studying and/or working while being a sole support parent. Being a lone parent has its challenges for career development as well as your approach to academic studies. Current staff and students will discuss how they approach trying to balance studies/work with parenting on their own. The panellists will also share some strategies they used to assist with their academic studies and/or move their career forward. The event will take place on Monday, Nov ember 21, from 12 – 1:30 pm at 214 College St., Room 313. Registration required.

14. Mental Health and Romance: A Toronto Epidemic
Innis College is excited to present a screening of “I’m Okay“, an anti-romantic comedy that deals with both romance and mental health, by alumni Curt Jaimungal. The film is followed by a Mental health panel featuring mental health industry professionals that will not only provide awareness to this growing epidemic but give actionable steps that anyone suffering. The first 30 audience members will get an exclusive tote bag feature custom designed from Ave Mariabell Designs and Peace Collective as well as one of a kind “I’m Okay” novelty items. There will be a donation box at the front, with proceeds going to CAMH. Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/137666016708176/.

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Technical Difficulities Sending Out Nov. 3, 2016 Digest

November 4th, 2016

To the UTGSU Membership,

On Wednesday, November 3rd at 12pm, the weekly digest was not sent out. This was due to severe technical difficulties that have prevented us from notifying the UTGSU Membership of the AGM on December 6th, 2016.

At this moment in time, we are working very closely with the Vice Provost Office for Students department to determine what the issue is and how to fix it as quickly as possible. Until then, we will be posting reminders of the AGM on UTGSU social media accounts, our website and sharing this information via word of mouth.

Please find the full list of details to the 2016 AGM here: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/upl…

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Please contact the UTGSU Communications and Promotions Coordinator, Alexandra Sebben at communications@utgsu.ca or (416) 978-6233 should you have any questions or wish to discuss this issue further.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Sebben
Communications and Promotions Coordinator
communications@utgsu.ca
(416) 978-6233

Chief Returning Officer Needed. Paid Job Opportunity.

November 4th, 2016

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The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a Chief Returning Officer for the 2017 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 physically present on campus during the election period.Remuneration: $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to put in up to approximately 100 hours total from December to March. Hours are flexible, and increase during the February 2017 election period.

Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and letter of intent stating your qualifications and interest to the Nominating Committee in one document to hiring@utgsu.ca by 5pm, Wednesday November 23, 2016. Please feel free to contact the Committee with any questions. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

GSU Office Hours: Closed Tuesday, November 2 from 11am-1pm

November 1st, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2 from 11am-1pm, the GSU office will be closed. Our staff will be participating in FIGHT THE FEES, advocating for free education. Should you have any questions please email us at info@utgsu.ca or call our general inquiry line at (416) 978-2391.

UTGSU Digest: Fight the Fees, Workshops & Volunteers Needed- October 27th, 2016

October 27th, 2016

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1. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
2. GSU Health & Dental Plan
3. Reserve Gym time for November: Fri. October 28th, 10am
4. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives!
5. Grad Minds Beginner Jazz Dance Class: Tue. November 8th, 6-7pm
6. UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) 2016: Call for Abstracts
7. Fight the Fees! National Day of Action: Wed. November 2, 12-1 PM
8. Working for Change: Fri. October 28th, 1-6pm
9. Leadership Fundamentals Workshop
10. The EWH Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee is Recruiting!
11. Call for Applications for Science Rendezvous: Mon. October 31st, 8pm
12. Grad Talk Panel and Workshop: Tue. November 8, 12 – 2 pm
13. Library Workshops for Startups and Entrepreneurs

1. UTGSU Notice of Motions for Annual Meeting 2016
Any graduate student member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, 25 November 2016. The Annual Meeting will take place on 06 December 2016 at 6.10pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (near Queen’s Park subway stop).

2. GSU Health & Dental Plan
**IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ*** The deadline for the Opt In/Opt Out is now CLOSED. No exceptions will be made after this deadline. 1.There is a blackout period for students starting in September (until the end of October) for submitting the claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded on the Green Shield system after the enrollment period is completed. 2. The Health and Dental Insurance Office hours are: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm. 3. Please visit our website for more info: www.utgsu.ca/insurance. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017 can be found at: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

3. Reserve Gym time for November: Fri. October 28th, 10am
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10:00am. To book please call 416 978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set aside for basketball Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:00. Monday through Wednesday evenings the gym will be used by the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

4. The Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus is looking for New Executives!
Professional Graduate Programs are those that do not require research (typically not funded). The PGSC is a new caucus aimed at representing the interests of the Professional Graduate Students at the University of Toronto: funding, academic support, spaces, connections and social interaction, professional development and networking. There is exciting pioneering work to be done to build a community of motivated and active students among the 50+ professional graduate programs offered at the University and we need a strong group. It is a great opportunity to work with like-minded, motivated graduate students, to build something for future students to build upon! If you are interested please don’t hesitate to send your resume to pgsc@utgsu.ca.

5. Grad Minds Beginner Jazz Dance Class: Tue. November 8th, 6-7pm
Grad Minds will be hosting FREE Dance classes to allow grad students to destress, have fun, try something new and meet new friends! Dance is an expressive art form that allows you to let loose and relieve stress. The classes will be beginner level, so absolutely no dance experience is needed! Come and join us for our first class, which will be a beginner jazz dance class, on November 8th (6pm – 7pm) at 21 Sussex Avenue, Room 406. Classes will be taught by Jacalyn Kelly, who has extensive training in many dance styles and experience teaching dance at all levels and age groups Please register at https://jazz-dance-class.eventbrite.ca/.

6. UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) 2016: Call for Abstracts
Are you a non-native English-speaking graduate student? Do you want to present your research to the public and polish your presentation skills? Prepared to connect with like-minded individuals from various disciplines on campus? International Students’ Caucus (ISC) of UTGSU together with Chinese Students and Scholars Association at University of Toronto (UTCSSA) present you the 2016 UTMUST on Nov 25th from 1 to 3 pm! Interested non-native English applicants please submit your abstract (for a 5 mins presentation to a general audience) and C.V. (indicate your native language and what program and which year you are in) at http://bit.ly/2fmKBdp The deadline for submission is Monday, November 14th at 11:59PM. Check our website www.utmust.ca.

7. Fight the Fees! National Day of Action: Wed. November 2, 12-1 PM
Don’t miss this! Students are going #AlloutNov2. We are demanding FREE education, the elimination of tuition fees, and the removal of interest on existing loans! We believe education is a right! Graduate Students, let’s join hands with students across the country, across our tri-campus, make noise on social media, and go #alloutNov2: http://bit.ly/2eJeba5. If you’re interested in being an outreach volunteer, email external@utgsu.ca with the subject “Fight the Fees Volunteer”. #Fightthefees #alloutNov2.

8. Working for Change: Fri. October 28th, 1-6pm
Want to explore meaningful opportunities in the Social Justice Field? Join us for an afternoon of networking, learning and dialogue in sessions on what it takes to work for social justice in the non-profit sector in the William Doo Auditorium at 45 Willcocks St. Register early! Space is limited. For program information, accessibility, and to register click on: https://cln.utoronto.ca/home.htm (Go to ‘Events and Workshops/ St. George Calendar). Check out Facebook for details: http://bit.ly/2eKkwUB.

9. Leadership Fundamentals Workshop
Interested in gaining an understanding of the basics of leadership as a graduate student? Check out the Leadership Fundamentals cohort – offering workshops on Collaborative Leadership, Practicing Inclusion and Values/Reflective Practice)! More information on the workshops here: http://bit.ly/2exT0as. Workshops are Tuesday’s from 3-5pm at Hart House (November 1, 8, 15 2016). Register here by October 28th (or email leadership@utoronto.ca for more information) http://bit.ly/2dqLMYB.

10. The EWH Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee is Recruiting!
Our annual symposium will be happening in January 2017. There will be workshops, podium presentations and panel discussions given by leading researchers; a poster session for students to present their work in the field of engineering and global health; and a networking reception. We are currently seeking for volunteers to help with speaker scheduling, logistics, marketing, IT/AV system support, finance and fundraising, as well as photographers. If you would like to take part in organizing this exciting event, please sign up here: bit.ly/EWHSympVolunteer.

11. Call for Applications for Science Rendezvous: Mon. October 31st, 8pm
We are actively hiring for the co-chair position as well as several positions within the executive committee that will be responsible for organizing the U of T site in 2017. For more details about each position, please visit http://fb.me/UofTSR. To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to uoftsrchair@sciencerendezvous.org by Monday, October 31st at 8 p.m. To learn more about Science Rendezvous, please visit www.ScienceRendezvousUofT.ca.

12. Grad Talk Panel and Workshop: Tue. November 8, 12 – 2 pm
Join us at the Grad Room (66 Harbord St.)! 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; we will have a panel featuring a faculty member and graduate students who will share their experiences for integrating studies and careers with raising children. You will hear about programs and resources available for students who are starting a family, including university and government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/parental leave; and resources for new parents. You will also have an opportunity to explore your own readiness to start a family. Register here!

13. Library Workshops for Startups and Entrepreneurs
Launching a startup or dreaming of being your own boss? Hone your research skills with a free workshop open to U of T students, faculty, and staff. Sessions are eligible for inclusion in the co-curricular record. Coming in November: Data Resources for Entrepreneurs on Nov 2, Market Sizing Basics for Entrepreneurs on Nov 10, and Startup Job Search on Nov 21. Registration is open and space is limited!

UTGSU 2016 Annual Meeting

October 26th, 2016

UTGSU 2016 Annual Meeting

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Date: 06 December 2016

Time: 6:10pm

Location: Banting Institute, room 131. (near Queen’s Park subway, 100 College St.)

Members’ Motion Deadline: 25 November

All U of T graduate students are invited and encouraged to participate. This is your chance to guide the UTGSU’s agenda for the year, and to make sure the UTGSU is working to address issues and to provide services that best reflect your needs and interests as a student body.

Any graduate student member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair (chair@utgsu.ca) and the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, 25 November 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting, please feel free to email the Internal Commissioner.

All UTGSU Members must show their T-Card and one other ID in order to sign into the Annual Meeting