UTGSU Digest: Update on Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, and Advocating for Student Rights – March 23, 2017

March 23rd, 2017

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UTGSU Digest: Update on Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, and Advocating for Student Rights – March 23, 2017

1. An Update for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting

3. UTGSU Executive Committee Advocating for Student Rights
4. Share Your Feedback on the New Education and Prevention Initiatives About Sexual Violence
5. Graduate Student Parent Circle
6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference  
7. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
8. Part-time Students Parent Support Group
9. Watch the University of Toronto 3MT® Competition Finals
10. Elder care: Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning and What You Should Know
11. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel



1. An Update for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
The UTGSU Executive Committee have received additional information regarding the asbestos related concern in the Medical Science Building. Please find the full statement here: UTGSU Executive Committee’s Response.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 March at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. 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. UTGSU Executive Committee Advocating for Student Rights
University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union Executives demand accessible education and no more broken promises to Indigenous peoples. Students are in Ottawa to send a clear message to the federal government that we want increased access to post-secondary education and no more broken promises to Indigenous peoples,” said Cristina Jaimungal, the UTGSU External Commissioner. “We have a plan to make education accessible to all, now we need our government to commit to take action,” added Suzanne Narain, the UTGSU Civics and Environment Commissioner.  Students are calling for a shift from piecemeal reforms to universal access now. Read the full media statement here.

4. Share Your Feedback on the New Education and Prevention Initiatives About Sexual Violence
The University of Toronto’s Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence is seeking feedback on new education and prevention initiatives about sexual violence. The draft principles call for all members of the community to receive education on the contents of the university’s new policy, including the roles and responsibilities of those who witness or become aware of incidents or complaints of sexual violence. Additional training would be developed for student leaders and some faculty and staff including advisers, counsellors, campus police and senior administrators. Here is the direct link to the online consultation website: https://forms.provost.utoronto.ca/svep-consultation/.

5. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Monday, April 10, from 12–2 pm, Hart House North Sitting Room Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, talk about what is important to you, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Refreshments will be served. All U of T expectant and graduate student parents are welcome. Register at: Graduate Student Parent Circle. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, the UTGSU, Grad life, and Hart House.

6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference  
Grad Minds will be hosting its annual Open Minds Conference on Wednesday, March 29th (5pm – 10pm) at Hart House. For details and registration, please visit: Registration Details. The theme for 2017 is Making Headway – “Being Healthy is a State of Mind“, is a mantra we all need to live by, especially as students, where stress and anxiety can become part of our daily life. The evening will include workshops, panel talks, engaging speakers and a film screening. Some of the workshops include impostor syndrome, wellness & mindfulness, healthy eating and dealing with crisis. Please make sure to register for one workshop per concurrent session. Light refreshments will be provided.

7. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) 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). Date: Monday, March 27. 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. For more information: Full description. For access needs please contact Nadia at: sba.avdocacycoordinator@gmail.com.

8. Part-time Students Parent Support Group
Our goal is to help student parents access the support and community that can help shape their academic and personal success. Our next meeting is drop-in and casual. We are currently trying to recruit new participants. Our facilitator is a grad student, open to facilitating group discussions as well as one-on-one mentorship with sole parents. Our next meetings are on March 27 and April 24 at 2:30PM in the APUS North Borden office (563 Spadina Crescent, Suite 236).

9. Watch the University of Toronto 3MT® Competition Finals
All students, staff, faculty, and community members are warmly invited to attend the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.  Listen to the advanced research findings presented to a lay audience on Wednesday, April 5th from 6-9pm at Room SF1105, Sandford Fleming Building.  Please RSVP

10. Elder care: Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning and What You Should Know
On Wednesday, April 5, from 12 – 1:30 pm @ 214 College St., Room 313: Join Graham Webb, Executive Director at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly as he discusses the issues around health care consent, advance care planning, powers of attorney and substitute decision-making. The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) is a community legal clinic for low income senior citizens that provides direct legal services, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities. Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome.

11. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel
On Thursday, March 30th, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. join the OISE Student Affairs Society (SAS) for a panel discussion on graduate student support that moves beyond the traditional “programming” approach. The speakers include, Kathleen Moore (PhD Candidate a OISE), Brie Berry-Crossfield (UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner), Fiona Check (Students for Barrier-Free Access) and Michelle Ekuban (SGS Financial Advisor). Panelists will discuss a range of topics including financing, housing, health and wellness, university governance, and accessibility. Light snacks will be provided and the event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Check out the Facebook Event for more information.

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UTGSU Digest: Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, Graduate Student Parent Circle – March 16, 2017

March 16th, 2017

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UTGSU Digest: Asbestos-Related Concern in the Medical Science Building, Graduate Student Parent Circle – March 16, 2017

1. A Message for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting Tuesday 28 March at 18.10
3. Graduate Student Parent Circle
4Elevator Pitch Your Thesis for a Chance to Win Prizes
5. Drinks for Democracy 
6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference
7. Free Grad Minds Dance Class
8Register for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
9. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel
10. Hart House Committees: Looking for New Members

1. A Message for Students in the Medical Science Building Regarding Asbestos
Please be advised that at this time asbestos-related concerns have been raised regarding the current air quality in the Medical Science Building. We have been told more information will be released to students via email later this evening. The UTGSU Executive Committee is taking this concern very seriously, and will be monitoring this situation to ensure that the safety of all graduate students is a top priority. For more information, visit: Asbestos Related Concern in the Medical Science Building.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 March at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. 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. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Monday, March 20 and April 10, from 12 – 2 pm, Hart House North Sitting Room Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, talk about what is important to you, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Refreshments will be served. All U of T expectant and graduate student parents are welcome. Register at: Graduate Student Parent Circle. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, the UTGSU, Grad life, and Hart House.

4Elevator Pitch Your Thesis for a Chance to Win Prizes 
Calling all graduate students (MAs; MEds; PhDs; and Professional Students), this is your chance to share your elevator pitch about your research or relevant work in a supportive and social environment. You will have an opportunity to exchange ideas, expand your network and meet other graduate students across various disciplines. All participants will be entered in a draw to win cash prizes (First place-$75 prize; Second place- $50 prize; Third place- $25prize). Potential Date: April 6th, 2017. Time: 6-8pm. Please email Suzanne: civics@utgsu.ca if you are interested in participating by noon on March 23rd.

5. Drinks for Democracy 
Come out to Drinks for Democracy! Join the Civics Committee and grad students for an evening of postcard/letter writing to MP Adam Vaughan (or MP of your choice!). Make your voice heard about the Liberal’s breaking their promise of electoral reform in a creative way, with colour, markers, and maybe even some glitter. And also enjoy some drinks and food with others who want to chat politics! Join us March 21, 7-9pm, at the Fox and the Fiddle at 17 Fort York Blvd. For more info: Drinks to Democracy Event.

6. Grad Minds Presents: Open Minds 2017 Conference  
Grad Minds will be hosting its annual Open Minds Conference on Wednesday, March 29th (5pm – 10pm) at Hart House. For details and registration, please visit: Registration Details. The theme for 2017 is Making Headway – “Being Healthy is a State of Mind“, is a mantra we all need to live by, especially as students, where stress and anxiety can become part of our daily life. The evening will include workshops, panel talks, engaging speakers and a film screening. Some of the workshops include impostor syndrome, wellness & mindfulness, healthy eating and dealing with crisis. Please make sure to register for one workshop per concurrent session. Light refreshments will be provided.

7. Free Grad Minds Dance Class
Grad Minds will be hosting another free dance class this March 23rd from 6-7pm! It will be a beginner Jazz class hosted in the dance studio at Goldring Center. Come join us to learn some new moves, make some new friends, and de-stress! Absolutely no dance experience required. If you have any questions, or an accessibility request, please email Jacalyn, the Chair of Grad Minds, at: mentalhealth@utgsu.ca.

8Register for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference
Registration is now open for the IDERD Conference, hosted by the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office. This thought provoking conference will be held over March 20-21, 2017, and is open to all University of Toronto graduate students. Participants interested in attending the conference should register, and indicate which of sessions would be your first choice to attend: Registration Form for IDERD Conference. If you require accommodation(s) due to disability, please email: antiracism@utoronto.ca directly and they will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

9. Beyond Programming: Exploring Graduate Student Support Panel
On Thursday, March 30th, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. join the OISE Student Affairs Society (SAS) for a panel discussion on graduate student support that moves beyond the traditional “programming” approach. The speakers include, Kathleen Moore (PhD Candidate a OISE), Brie Berry-Crossfield (UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner), Fiona Check (Students for Barrier-Free Access) and Michelle Ekuban (SGS Financial Advisor). Panelists will discuss a range of topics including financing, housing, health and wellness, university governance, and accessibility. Light snacks will be provided and the event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Check out the Facebook Event for more information. 

10. Hart House Committees: Looking for New Members
Find new ways of thinking and doing. Lead the charge on social justice issues, and create change. Build communities and improve students’ well-being. Galvanize the music, library, theatre, arts scene on campus. Hart House Committees need your ideas, energy and involvement. “Being part of the Social Justice Committee for the past few years has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences I’ve had at U of T.” Mayte Achante, Hart House Social Justice Committee. To apply and for more information about Hart House Committee opportunities, visit: Hart House Standing Committee Application.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Trivia Night, and Student Winter Used Item Sale – March 9, 2017

March 9th, 2017

 

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UTGSU Digest: Trivia Night, and Student Winter Used Item Sale – March 9, 2017

1. UTGSU & Gradlife Trivia Night
2. Student Winter Used Item Sale
3. 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 9th-17th. 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
4. Graduate Speaker Series – Medicine and Public Health: An Anthropologic and Sociologic Perspective
5. Book a Meeting Room at SGS
6. GradSERU: Be the First to Engage
7. Call for Abstracts – Graduate Speaker Series on Sociocultural History & Geography

8. Immediate Vacancies: Student Family Housing
9. FCO March Break Activities: African Drumming Workshop for Kids
10. Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature – PART III

 

1. UTGSU & Gradlife Trivia Night
Need a study break? Come out to a trivia night, co-hosted by the UTGSU and Gradlife, where you could win tons of great prizes. You can come as a team or bring yourself and we’ll pair you up with other great people. Happening Thursday, March 23 from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at Harvest Noon. Please click on the following link to register for the event: Trivia Night. If you have any questions about the event, please call Jennifer Pinker at: (416) 946-0148.

2. Student Winter Used Item Sale
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee, in collaboration with Grad Minds, will be hosting a Student Winter Used Item Sale next Thursday March 16 from 12-4pm in the lobby of Sid Smith Hall. Students will be selling gently used electronics, clothes, accessories , housewares, books and more! Come check it out and get some things you love for student-friendly prices. Reusing and recycling is good for our planet and our wallets, so come find your treasure. If you have any questions about the event, please email the Chair of Grad Minds at: mentalhealth@utgsu.ca.

3. 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 9th-17th. 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine Solidarity Calendar. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The events will link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, Hind Awwad, and Erica Violet Lee, among others. The full program and event details can be found on Facebook and our Website. For more information, contact the UTGSU BDS Ad-Hoc Committee: divest@utgsu.ca.

4. Graduate Speaker Series – Medicine and Public Health: An Anthropologic and Sociologic Perspective
For the month of March, the Graduate Speaker Series will be held on March 22, 2017 (5:30pm – 7pm) at the lower level of Grad Room (66 Harbord Street). We will be discussing medicine and public health from a medical anthropology and social sciences perspective. We will have two speakers – the first speaker will present her work on the lived experiences of people with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and discuss the diagnosis in social context from a medical anthropology perspective. The second speaker will discuss how we understand body size stigma and risk in public health with a focus on how do we make sense of the body, as a social entity, moving through time. Pizza will be served. Please register at http://bit.ly/2lBRXNH.

5. Book a Meeting Room at SGS
Need to find on-campus space for your next Student Group meeting? Consider booking one of the rooms available through the School of Graduate Studies. Reservations can be requested up to 4 weeks prior to your meeting date, and rooms are available between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. We currently have three spaces on St. George campus. Learn more and book online:  http://uoft.me/SGSRooms. Room 109, 63 St. George Street (up to 10 people), Room 111, 63 St. George Street (up to 12 people), Room 201, 65 St. George Street (up to 14 people).

6. GradSERU: Be the First to Engage
On March 3, U of T becomes the first Canadian university to participate in gradSERU, an online survey that helps research-intensive universities worldwide improve the structure and quality of their graduate programs. Check your inbox for a link to this confidential survey. Then complete the survey before March 31 for your chance to win prizes from PRESTO, the U of T Bookstore, and more! Details: http://uoft.me/gradSERU2017.

7. Call for Abstracts – Graduate Speaker Series on Sociocultural History & Geography
As part of the monthly Grad Room’s Graduate Speaker Series, Grad Room is looking for graduate students interested in presenting their work on the broad topic of Sociocultural History & Geography at the April 26, 2017 event. The research areas include (but are not limited to) urbanism, industrialization, social & health policy, human geography, community development, historical geography, colonialism, gender studies, anthropology, etc. Interested students are invited to submit a 250 – 350 words abstract to hamza.taufique@mail.utoronto.ca by Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Graduate Speaker Series is a Grad Room initiative aimed at fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and collaborations.

8. Immediate Vacancies: Student Family Housing
Stay up to date with what’s happening at Student Family Housing, as there are now immediate vacancies! Follow our following social media platforms: Facebook: University of Toronto Student Family Housing, Twitter: SFHResLife, and Instagram: sfhreslife. Or check us out online at: studentfamilyhousing.utoronto.ca.

9. FCO March Break Activities: African Drumming Workshop for Kids
Happening on Tuesday, March 14 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Captivate and inspire your child with the universal language of drumming! Join us for a passionate, hands-on, and interactive workshop on African drumming that will bring out the best in your child. Drums will be provided to participants for use in the workshop. For children 4-12 years of age. All children must be supervised by parents/caregivers. Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs. To register for any of our March Break activities, email: family.care@utoronto.ca or call: 416.978.0951 and include your name, U of T status and name(s) & age(s) of your child(ren).

10. Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature – PART III
If you have taken part I and part II, you can now register for part III. In this 2-hour hands on workshop, students will: practice using advanced techniques to manage their references in Endnote X8 Desktop, utilize best practices for batch exporting, deduplicating, and creating groups, and prepare for publication by inserting figures, using manuscript templates, customizing a citation style, and creating journal abbreviation term lists. Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Time: 2:10pm – 4:00pm. Location: Robarts Library, 4th floor electronic classroom. Link to event.

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UTGSU Digest: 2017 Executive Election Results, and Health and Dental Insurance Office Closure on Friday – March 2, 2017

March 2nd, 2017

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UTGSU Digest: 2017 Executive Election Results, and Health and Dental Insurance Office Closure on Friday – March 2, 2017. 

1. UTGSU 2017 Elections and Referendum Results
2. Health and Dental Insurance Office Closed on Friday, March 3, 2017
3. Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee Movie Night March 9 6 – 9pm
4. Indian Graduate Student Association Dil Se 2017
5. Transportation Talk: Toronto Cycling Politics
6. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night: Strategies for Critical Conversations with Community (and/or family): Monday March 6th, 6-8PM
7. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
8. Job opportunities with the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program 
9. Permanent Residency Information Session – March 6th, 2pm – 4pm
10. Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature
11. Scholarly Communications Symposium: Thurs. March 9, 11am – 3pm


1. UTGSU 2017 Elections Results
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) congratulates the following individuals on their election to the 2017-2018 UTGSU Executive Committee as Commissioners:
Academics and Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1 and 2
Christopher Ball
Academics and Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 and 4

Andrea Constantinof
Civics and Environment Commissioner

Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano
External Commissioner

Cristina Jaimungal
Internal Commissioner

Sarah Cooper
Finance and University Governance Commissioner

Brieanne Berry Crossfield
If you have any questions, please email the CRO, Scott Surphlis, at: cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Office Closed on Friday, March 3, 2017
Please note that the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan Office will be closed on Friday, March 3, 2017 due to offsite meetings. The office will reopen on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Thank you.

3. Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee Movie Night March 9 6 – 9pm
On Thursday March 9th, 2017 the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee will be screening “Migrant Dreams”, a film by Min Sook Lee. Migrant Dreams uncovers the realities of migrant agricultural workers in Canada and Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program. A panel discussion will follow the film on migrant and food justice. Refreshments will be served. Date: Thurs. March 9th, 2017. Time: 6-9pm. Location: Factor-Intwentash Faculty of Social Work, Rm 548 (246 Bloor Street W). For accessibility needs, please email: civics@utgsu.ca.

4. Indian Graduate Student Association Dil Se 2017
The Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) would like to formally invite you and your friends to our annual end of the year formal DIL SE! “Dil se” is  a Hindi word which means “from the heart”, and we plan to give you a unique experience to warm your heart! Come out to this night of authentic Indian cuisine accompanied by cultural performances (bollywood dances & musicians!), an all-night-long photo booth for you and your friends to capture some unforgettable memories. Last but not least end the night with a DJ and a dance floor! This year we have special addition for you to end the night with a free bonus after-party hosted by the gentlemen of Alpha Iota Omicron! Our heads have a limited supply of early bird tickets available right now. To RSVP & ORDER TICKETS.

5. Transportation Talk: Toronto Cycling Politics
Are you wondering how we ended up with bike lanes on Bloor Street? What Vision Zero is and how it’s relevant to Toronto? What was the Reimagining Yonge project, and what happened to it? Join Bikechain’s executive director, Kelly, to get up to date on everything bike-related that’s happening these days in Toronto’s municipal transportation politics! When: Tuesday, March 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Location: Bikechain (563 Spadina Crescent, Bancroft St. Entrance). Cost: Free! RSVP: sign up on our events page.

6. QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night: Strategies for Critical Conversations with Community (and/or family): Monday March 6th, 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 a discussion series 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).  Upcoming discussion topic: Strategies for taking on critical conversations with community (and/or with family). Date: Monday March 6; 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. Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom. Scent-free space. Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served. For access needs please contact Nadia . ***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. Full description and FB Event.7. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is a University-wide competition for doctoral students. Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way. The 3MT competition is year will be two rounds. Divisional heats are happening from March 20th to March 23rd at Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. U of T Finals are on April 5th. Register for Divisional Heats at: Life SciencesSocial Sciences, Physical Sciences and, Humanities. For more information about 3MT, please visit uoft.me/3mt.

8. Job opportunities with the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
The TATP is hiring the following positions for the 2017-2018 fall and winter sessions. TATP Coordinators – Tri-Campus – 300 hours (3 positions), TATP Course Instructor Coordinator – Tri-Campus – 300 hours (1 position), TATP Microteaching Coordinator – based on St. George Campus – 300 hours (1 position), TATP Trainers – based on St. George Campus – 210 hours (8 positions), TATP Trainer – UTM – 210 hours (1 position), TATP Trainer – UTSC – 210 hours (1 position). Deadline: Applications are due on or before March 27, 2017 at 5pm. Visit
http://tatp.utoronto.ca/about/job-postings/ for more information. If you have any questions concerning these positions, please contact services.ta@utoronto.ca.

9. Permanent Residency Information Session – March 6th, 2pm – 4pm
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you to join a Permanent Residency workshop hosted by CIE. Government guest speakers will explain the different options, eligibility criteria, & application process in Permanent Residency application. The session will be held at the Banting Institute (100 College St.) in Room 131. Please register here

10. Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature
Are you a grad student struggling to start your systematic or scoping review research? Attend our workshop series, Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature. You are welcome to take one or all three workshops*: PART 1:  Structured Approach to Searching the Medical Literature for Knowledge Syntheses (Mar 8, 2-4pm), PART 2:  Expanding the Search: Translating Strategies and Going Grey (March 15, 2-4pm), Part 3: End Note Level II: Advanced Techniques for Knowledge Syntheses (March 22, 2-4pm). Location: 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library (e-classroom, 4th floor). Registration and more information: http://uoft.me/gersteinworkshop. Note:  Attendees of all three sessions will receive GPS (Graduate Professional Skills) credit from the School of Graduate Studies.

11. Scholarly Communications Symposium: Thurs. March 9, 11am – 3pm
The Scholarly Communication Symposium is open to all University of Toronto students who are interested in academic publishing practices.  Learn how research is published traditionally to current and innovative practices from a former editor, a librarian, and a researcher! Registration is free and includes lunch. stmikes.utoronto.ca/kelly/symposium/.

 

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Health Insurance Referendum for Part-time Graduate Students: Vote on February 27 and 28!

February 23rd, 2017

**For part-time graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto**

The UTGSU will be conducting voting on February 27 and 28, 2017 to seek consent from its part-time members to authorize the General Council to approve the annual inflationary increases for the Health Insurance Fee (currently $274.02).

How to vote:
As a Part-time graduate student, you will receive an email prompting you to vote on voting.utoronto.ca using your UTORid and password. Paper ballot voting will also be available from 11:00 – 5:00 pm on both days. Please see https://www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations/ for more details.

Background:
The total Health Insurance Fee would be annually adjusted based on the supplementary health insurance industry rate. This process is similar to the annual inflationary adjustments for the health and dental fees of full-time graduate students.

The purpose of this question is to avoid holding referenda every year for the changes in the premiums.

Last year, part-time members of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) passed a referendum authorizing the UTGSU to collect a non-academic incidental fee of $274.02 from all part-time graduate students, for a twelve (12) month health insurance plan.

The fee includes a $4.41 administration fee and provincial sales tax.

The coverage begins each year on 01 September (it began in 2016), and includes prescriptions, travel insurance, and other sickness and health benefits.

The fee is refundable to part-time students if they are covered by alternative health insurance.

All elections and referenda inquires can be directed to:

Scott Surphlis, UTGSU Chief Returning Officer
cro@utgsu.ca

If you have any questions related to health insurance, please visit:

https://www.utgsu.ca/insurance/

UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Administrator – Shain Dhalla
health@utgsu.ca | 416-978-8465

UTGSU Digest: Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes! – February 23, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Elections

UTGSU Digest: Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes! – February, 23, 2017

1. Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes! 
2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
3. Reserve Gym Time for March on Friday 24 February at 10:00
4. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30pm
5. Grad Escape: Cooking on a Student Budget: March 9, 6-8pm
6. Income Tax Sessions for International Students
7. Know Your Rights: No One is Illegal – Toronto
8. Inter-University/College Disability Conference: Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds
9. University of Toronto’s 4th Annual Green Gala: Celebrating the Environmental Community

1. Vote in the UTGSU Election February 27 & 28 and Win Prizes!
The UTGSU Executive Election is less than a week away! Come out and vote on February 27th and 28th from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm at the various polling stations across all three campuses (List of polling stations). Please note that you must be a registered graduate student to be eligible to vote in the Executive Election. Your vote matters to ensure that your Executive Committee is representing your needs as graduate students. As well, each voter has the opportunity to enter our contest to win a pair of headphones, a grocery gift card, or a Starbucks gift card! VOTE next Monday and Tuesday! For more information, visit: www.utgsu.ca/elections. If you have questions or accessibility requests, please email the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO), Leah Mulholland at: dro@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 February at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. 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. Reserve Gym Time for March on Friday 24 February 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 and 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 is reserved the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

4. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30pm
Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful. Pizza will be available. To register for this event, please click here: http://uoft.me/2RB.

5. Grad Escape: Cooking on a Student Budget: March 9, 6-8pm
Come to this interactive cooking class where you will be involved in making parts of the menu! A 3 courses menu will be served as well as non-alcoholic beverages. To register for this event, please click here: http://uoft.me/2RC.

6. Income Tax Sessions for International Students
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you to register for the Centre for International Students tax information workshop on March 2, from 6-8 p.m. You will learn what your responsibilities are for filing income taxes in Canada, and have the chance to ask an expert any questions you have about the process. You can register for the event at: Income Tax Information Session.

7. Know Your Rights: No One is Illegal – Toronto
No One is Illegal – Toronto, wants all migrants to know their rights! This guide aims to provide basic legal information to people without immigration status so that they will be able to better protect themselves from the risks of immigration arrest and detention. Know your rights at home, on the streets and at work. Please find a link to the guide in English, French, and Spanish here: Know Your Rights Guide. For more information, please email: nooneisillegal@riseup.net.

8. Inter-University/College Disability Conference: Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds
As a graduate student, if you’d like to participate in the Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds Conference on March 10-11, but need help covering travel and accommodation costs, you can apply for a grant by Monday, February 27 at 9:00am ET. Please email funding@cfs-fcee.ca with your name, member local students’ union, phone number, and a paragraph on why you want to attend the conference and what you hope to gain from the experience. The subject line should include “Funding Request: ROBAM”. Make sure to include the amount of funding you’re requesting, up to a maximum of $800. Applications will be reviewed by the Students with Disabilities Representative on the National Executive.

9. University of Toronto’s 4th Annual Green Gala: Celebrating the Environmental Community
Building on the success of the last three Green Galas, which welcomed a total of 375+ staff, students, faculty and community members, this year’s celebration will include: A keynote address by Food Systems Planner, Tammara Soma, presentation of the Green Ribbon Awards (now in their 9th year), opportunity to engage with a graphic recorder about sustainability, and much more! There will be lots of opportunity for conversation and time to enjoy complimentary food and refreshments. The event will take place on: Thursday, March 9th at the Faculty Club. RSVP required!

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Office Closed on Monday, February, 20, 2017 for Family Day.

February 17th, 2017

This is a reminder that the UTGSU Office will be closed all day on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will be open on Tuesday, February, 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and then 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Office at: info@utgsu.ca or (426) 978-2391. Thank you.

UTGSU Digest: Vote for your UTGSU Executives Feb. 27 & 28 – February 16, 2017.

February 16th, 2017

Elections


1. Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections February 27 and 28, and Win Prizes!
2.
 UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting. Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
3. Reserve Gym time for March on Friday 24 February at 10:00
4. Student Winter Used Item Sale
5. 
Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 17th, 6-10pm
7. Harvest Noon Closed February 20th to 24th; Reopens February 27th 2016

8. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 13-17: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
9. Grad Escape: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village: February, 19, 11-1pm
10. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30
11. #BlackOnCampus: Addressing Anti-Black Racism at OISE
12. Graduate Speaker Series – Embodiment, Mind and Body in Social Justice Discourses


1. Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections February 27 and 28, and Win Prizes!

The UTGSU Elections will be held on February 27, and 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You will have a chance to vote in candidates for the six Executive Commissioner positions for the 2017/2018 year. This year you will also be eligible to win one of three prizes, if you choose to enter the contest. The prizes are: a pair of headphones, a grocery or coffee gift card. For a full list of polling stations, please visit: www.utgsu.ca/polling-stations. If you have any questions, or accessibility requests, please contact the CRO, Scott Surphlis, at: cro@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting. Tuesday, 28 February at 18.10
There will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday 28 February at 18.10 in Wilson Hall, New College, room 1016. 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. Reserve Gym time for March on Friday 24 February 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 and 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 is reserved the UTGSU Volleyball League. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

4. Student Winter Used Item Sale
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee, in collaboration with Grad Minds, will be hosting a Student Winter Used Item Sale! Registered students will have the opportunity to sell their gently used items, such as clothes, electronics, books, and housewares to students. The event will occur on March 16 from 12-4 pm, location TBA. If you are interested in being registered as a ‘vendor’ for the event and having a table to sell your items, please email jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca. Please note that all vendors will be responsible for their own table of items on the day of the sale. Registration is first come first served. Send inquires to the email above. Time to reduce and reuse!

5. Roots, Routes and Revolution: What Black Liberation Means in the 21st Century
We invite you to join us for a panel discussion about the systemic barriers Black people continue to encounter. Panelists will explore how the Post Racial narrative functions to reinforce discriminatory ideologies and practices and reflect on what a collective movement of Black liberation would look like. This event will be hosted by the Massey College Diversity Committee in partnership with the UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus. Thursday, February 23rd | Massey College, Upper Library | 4 Devonshire Place | 7pm Free Entry | Register at: http://bit.ly/2kPVkPL

6. Harvest Noon Turns Five! Dessert Potluck Birthday Party: Fri Feb 17th, 6-10pm
Harvest Noon just turned five! We’re celebrating by continuing our birthday tradition (we’re old enough to say that now??) of a vegan dessert potluck party in the cafe. FREE and open to all! This year we’re also especially celebrating our volunteers because without you, we couldn’t happen. So bring some type of vegan-friendly dessert to share and let’s have fun together! Nut free please. (And know that if you bring a non-dessert, we’ll still love you). RSVP & let us know what you’re bringing here: https://is.gd/2CX7ZJ Party Time: Friday February 17th, from 6-10pm. Party Location: Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event: https://is.gd/HOTzRu

7. Harvest Noon Closed February 20th to 24th; Reopens February 27th 2016
Please note that Harvest Noon will be closed next week during UofT Reading Week starting Monday February 20th. We’ll be back open for regular lunch service starting on Monday February 27th. Harvest Noon Café+Co-Op serves affordable local and organically grown vegan and vegetarian food upstairs at UTGSU (16 Bancroft Ave), as well as hosts educational workshops. For more information about us, our weekly changing menu, workshops, initiatives and events or to propose an event, please visit www.harvestnoon.com.

8. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 13-17: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism, 100 Years of Popular Struggle
Mark your calendars! The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place in Toronto from March 13-17. First launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine Solidarity Calendar. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for theBoycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This year’s IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The events will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Our speakers this year will include Vijay Prashad, Lee Maracle, and Hind Awwad, among others. Find us on Facebook! The full program will be made available soon at www.apartheidweek.org and www.uoftdivest.com/iaw17.
9. Grad Escape: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village: February, 19, 11-1pm
Ever wanted to visit Evergreen Brickworks? Now is your chance to explore this fantastic historical site in Toronto while indulging in a little post-holiday shopping and walking. Join Gradlife at Castlefrank Station, where we’ll start our walk to Evergreen Brickworks through the hidden wooded-valleys of Toronto, before stopping to explore and shoot at the Winter Market. Bring comfy shoes, a camera, and your wallet to grab some hand-made souvenirs and warm drinks! Register: http://uoft.me/2Qx.10. Grad Talk: Talking to New People: March 1, 12-1:30 Grad Room
Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful. Pizza will be available. Register: http://uoft.me/2Qw.

11. #BlackOnCampus: Addressing Anti-Black Racism at OISE
Wednesday February 22, 2017. 3pm to 5pm. Nexus Lounge, OISE. #BlackOnCampus events have been taking place across postsecondary campuses with students working to support international Black movements to resist anti-Black racism and dubious hiring practices across Canada. Building on the legacy of Black students organizing and work within the University of Toronto, this panel brings together faculty and graduate students to examine the intersections of Blackness, social justice and representation at OISE, the University of Toronto and across Canada. This event features Dr. Lance McCready, Dr. Njoki Wane, Mama Nii Owoo, and moderated by Sagal Yusuf. See Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714383265519118/. The venues are wheelchair accessible and close to accessible washrooms.Please note that this is a scent-free environment. To discuss how we can make events accessible to you, please contact president.gsa@utoronto.ca.

12. Graduate Speaker Series – Embodiment, Mind and Body in Social Justice Discourses
Graduate Speaker Series is back. The next session will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd (5:30pm – 7pm). We will discuss themes of mind and the body in social justice discourses. The first speaker will discuss her research on whether there is a way that we can utilize the body, and body based healing, such as yoga, to work through emotions to pursue healing from a holistic method. The second speaker will discuss her research on dreaming as an embodied way of knowing that taps into mind, body and spirit in a holistic cohesive way. Please register at: http://bit.ly/2l0gkR4.

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Polling Stations

February 10th, 2017

To vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections, you will need to bring your T-Card (Student ID) to one of the following polling stations. Please find a full list of polling station locations and times below:

 Location  Day and Time Notes
UTGSU Main Office February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located outside the GSU Pub on the
first floor.
University of Toronto
Mississauga (UTM)
February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located in the Communication, Culture
Information and Technology (CCT) building.
Medical Sciences Building  February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Note: Lobby on the Starbucks south side.
University of Toronto
Scarborough Campus (UTSC)
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Note: Atrium of the Environmental Science &
Chemistry Building (ESBC).
OISE February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Note: On the ground floor of the library.
Aerospace Cafeteria February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Note: You must sign in and out to
get into the Cafeteria.
Robarts Library February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located on the second floor cafeteria,
south portico entrance.
Sidney Smith February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located at the main lobby, Huron Street
side.
Sandford Fleming February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located in the Cafeteria, outside room
B740.
Gernstein Library February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m
Note: Located in the lobby.
St. Michael’s College February 27: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 28: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Note: Located in the Kelly Library lobby.

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All-Candidates Debate

February 10th, 2017

Meet your 2017 UTGSU Executive Candidates!

Get to know YOUR UTGSU Election Candidates by joining us at our Annual Elections Debate on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at in the Fitzgerald Building in room 103.

Please note this location is accessible. You’ll have a chance to pose questions to all candidates, hear their platforms, and discover their plan to represent you. Make an informed decision at the ballot box February 27 and 28 and DON’T miss this great event! There will also be FREE FOOD (including gluten free options) so come by and get democratic with us. 

Secure your spot by clicking attend on the Facebook event. All-Candidates Debate Facebook Event 

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