UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Gym Bookings & Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health – April 18th, 2019

April 18th, 2019

Digest

1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for May
3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
4. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
5. UTGSU Transit Survey
6. ISC Health and Fitness Workshop
7. UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus Safe Space for Race

8. Grad Talk: U of T Libraries: Supporting your Research in the Summer Months​
9. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Gym Bursary

10. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader

 

1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
In a
 letter to students, faculty, and staff on March 28, President Gertler announced that the University of Toronto will implement a four-part plan of action on student mental health and wellness:
1. Convene a Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. Utilize the Undergraduate Student Educational Experience (USEE) Expert Panel and School of Graduate Studies (SGS) consultations on student experience as a foundation for enhancing the culture of support for students
3. Engage with our partners in the health system in the Toronto region to better serve students with mental illness 
4. Redouble efforts to impress upon the provincial government the need to provide significantly more resources for university student mental health.
Nominations (including self-nominations) may be submitted via the online form by April 24, 2019. More information can be found here

2. UTGSU Gym Bookings for May
Reservations for the month of May will be taken on April 29, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM by emailing your request, students names and ID numbers to gym@utgsu.ca
Mondays:
5:00 to 11:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for doubles badminton
Tuesdays:
5:00 – 8:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for Volleyball and 
8:00 – 11:00 PM – Drop in Competitive Volleyball
Wednesdays:
5:00 to 8:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for doubles badminton and 
8:00 – 11:00 PM Drop in Recreational Volleyball
Thursdays:
5:00 – 8:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for Basketball and 
8:00 – 11:00 PM Drop in Basketball
Fridays: 5:00 – 11:00 PM, bookable one hour time slots for Badminton

3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.  If you require a “Travel Letter” (proof of coverage) when applying for Visa, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca. It should include: Your name, Your Student Number, Purpose of your Travel and Travel Dates.  We require 4 business days to process this request.

4. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
As of April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario changed OHIP+. Students under the age of 24, will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+. For more information
 click here.

5 . UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

6. ISC Health & Fitness Workshop
Have you ever wanted to know what is best for you to do in the gym to take advantage of your workout time? 
ISC invites you to a mini-Workshop about Health and Fitness. It is a special mini-Workshop since our speaker, Ehsan Ashrafizadeh, is a young Strength Coach from Waterloo with over 4 years of experience as a strength athlete and 2 years of being a strength and conditioning coach. He will be discussing basic nutrition and programming for overall health and fitness, followed by a Q&A where you can ask all your Gym questions. So if you are curious to know how to efficiently live a healthier and more fitted life, please join us in this event. Healthy refreshments will be provided so PLEASE do not forget to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSearirj_StHtuDWC0Tnoj5XOoKJJFE-dmQF6AZ6SPz3OXrYgw/viewform
Date and Location: Thursday, April 25 at 5:00 pm in BA024 (Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St.)

7. UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus Safe Space for Race
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race” is a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. Join our third session focusing on Self and Community Healing Practices on April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Feel free to wear comfortable clothes to move around in and bring a cushion or blanket, any item that might support you in being more comfortable in the space if you’d like. Save the date for our last session on May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. There will be lots of food and beverages. TTC tokens will be provided to registered UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice to rec@utgsu.ca). Venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP: https://safespaceforrace3.eventbrite.ca

8. Grad Talk: U of T Libraries: Supporting your Research in the Summer Months​
Happening Monday, May 6, 1:00​-2:00pm (Grad Room). Wherever summer takes you and your research, U of T Libraries is here to help! This Grad Talk will highlight the ways the library is ready to support your work remotely. Access digital and print collections from wherever you are, Skype with a librarian to troubleshoot a lit review, figure out how to get into an archive or library away from home, strengthen the security and privacy of your data, and more. On campus or abroad, this talk will show you how the library can help you make it all work. Even in the summer​. Presented by Benjamin Walsh, U of T Libraries. ​​Register here: https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=13668a1e-f586-44da-9d83-a301fee56dcc

9. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Summer Gym Bursary
Planning to be on St. George campus this summer? Registered in the Summer 2019 term? Good news: this year, the SGS Gym Bursary will be open to all graduate students in professional and research-stream programs. Application opens in May. Check https://uoft.me/sgsgym for updates.

10. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader
Are you a student with family responsibilities juggling family life and studies? Are you going to be at U of T for a year in September 2019? Become a mentor/leader at the Family Care Office and share your strategies and insights with your peers. This activity will officially recognize your involvement outside the classroom as a significant part of your U of T experience and skills you have developed! Please fill out an application form and return it to family.care@utoronto.ca by August 23, 2019.

UTGSU Digest: Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health & UTGSU Travel Insurance – April 11th, 2019

April 11th, 2019

Digest

1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. UTGSU Travel Insurance
3. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
4. UTGSU Transit Survey
5. Happening Today! Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference
6. ISC is Looking for New Executives

7. The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Presents “Safe Space for Race”
8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Gym Bursary

9. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader
10. Science Rendezvous Call for Science Pitch Contestants

 

1. Call for Nominations – Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
In a
 letter to students, faculty, and staff on March 28, President Gertler announced that the University of Toronto will implement a four-part plan of action on student mental health and wellness:
1. Convene a Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health
2. Utilize the Undergraduate Student Educational Experience (USEE) Expert Panel and School of Graduate Studies (SGS) consultations on student experience as a foundation for enhancing the culture of support for students
3. Engage with our partners in the health system in the Toronto region to better serve students with mental illness 
4. Redouble efforts to impress upon the provincial government the need to provide significantly more resources for university student mental health.
Nominations (including self-nominations) may be submitted via the online form by April 24, 2019. More information can be found here

2. UTGSU Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.  If you require a “Travel Letter” (proof of coverage) when applying for Visa, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca. It should include: Your name, Your Student Number, Purpose of your Travel and Travel Dates.  We require 4 business days to process this request.

3. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
As of April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario changed OHIP+. Students under the age of 24, will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+. For more information
 click here.

4. UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

5. Happening Today! Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference 
Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference is next today! The conference will take place this evening from 5:30-9:30 pm at Multi Faith Center on Campus (569 Spadina Avenue)! The event is free to all students, staff and faculty and will be catered! To find out more information and sign up for our workshops, visit our Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-minds-mental-health-conference-surviving-grad-school-a-mental-toolkit-registration-59806374476?aff=GradMindsConference2019 Also check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431898820881399/ This year’s theme is Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit! Workshops and speakers will be focused on providing practical skills for taking care of your mental health during grad school and getting involved in mental health advocacy! Topics include time and resource management, resolving supervisor conflicts, financial management, suicide prevention, and mental health advocacy, among others!

6. ISC is Looking for New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is the main body that coordinates efforts centred around international graduate students’ interests and concerns at UofT. ISC is currently looking for new passionate executives to join the team. At ISC, you will have the oppourtunity to propose and run events, practice organization and leadership skills, and network with professionals. If you are interested, please follow ISC on Facebook  and contact ISC President, Amin Kamaleddin (isc@utgsu.ca) regarding the available positions.

7. The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Presents “Safe Space for Race”
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race” is a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. In this space, we will share experiences and engage in dialogue that is geared toward enhancing community-building, empowerment, and mental health. Join our third session focusing on Self and Community Healing Practices on April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Save the date for our last session on May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. There will be lots of food and beverages. TTC tokens will be provided to registered UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice to rec@utgsu.ca). Venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP: https://safespaceforrace3.eventbrite.ca

8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Summer Gym Bursary
Planning to be on St. George campus this summer? Registered in the Summer 2019 term? Good news: this year, the SGS Gym Bursary will be open to all graduate students in professional and research-stream programs. Application opens in May. Check https://uoft.me/sgsgym for updates.

9. Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader
Are you a student with family responsibilities juggling family life and studies? Are you going to be at U of T for a year in September 2019? Become a mentor/leader at the Family Care Office and share your strategies and insights with your peers. This activity will officially recognize your involvement outside the classroom as a significant part of your U of T experience and skills you have developed! Please fill out an application form and return it to family.care@utoronto.ca by August 23, 2019.

10. Science Rendezvous Call for Science Pitch Contestants
Science Rendezvous is currently looking for Science Pitch contestants from graduate students engaged in science-related fields. The aim of the competition is to present your current research using only a single PowerPoint slide in an engaging and accessible three-minute pitch to our non-specialist judges as well as the general public attending the festival. There are only 10 spots available and participants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. This competition is open to research-stream and professional graduate students in science-related fields at the master’s or doctoral level. The Science pitch competition will take place on May 11, 2019 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Please read the eligibility and judging criteria before applying. If you are interested in applying to Science Pitch, please fill out the following form by April 26, 2019: https://forms.gle/bQgWDgoS4ttkvg8c7

 

Summer Gym Bursary

April 4th, 2019

As part of a three-year pilot program to promote graduate student wellness, the UTGSU Executive Committee worked closely with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to offer students a chance to be reimbursed for their summer gym membership to the Hart House gym, and the Athletics Centre, also known as KPE. We are excited to announce that in the bursary’s final year, all graduate students registered in research-stream and professional Master’s and Doctoral programs throughout the summer 2019 session are eligible to apply. Students can submit receipts online via the SGS portal starting mid-May, 2019.

Summer Gym Bursary: FAQ

Q: As a graduate student, can I use Hart House and the Athletics Centre (AC) for free this summer?

A:  Your level of reimbursement will vary depending on the location and duration of your membership. For instance, eligible graduate students will be reimbursed fully for a May-August membership at Hart House Gym. At KPE, you’ll receive up to $110.69 for your full or partial summer membership (i.e., 4 months, 2 months, or 1 month).

Q. Who is eligible for the summer gym bursary?

A. All graduate students registered in research-stream and professional Master’s and Doctoral programs throughout the summer 2019 session are eligible for the bursary.

Q: How do I get reimbursed?

A: Starting in mid-May, you can get reimbursed by uploading your proof of payment through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) portal. Your level of reimbursement may vary. Full instructions can be found on this SGS webpage: www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/SGS-Gym-Bursary.aspx.

Q: When does the summer term start?

A: The Summer academic session begins on May 1, 2019, and runs August 31, 2019. Graduate students registered throughout this period are eligible.

Q: I have a question that is not listed on this FAQ page. Who should I direct it to?

A: For additional questions, please email info@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Summer Gym Bursary Question, or call (416) 978-2391 during our hours of operation. You can also contact the School of Graduate Studies at sgs.financial.assistance@utoronto.ca.

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Transit Survey & Changes to OHIP+ – April 4th, 2019

April 4th, 2019

Digest

1. UTGSU Transit Survey
2. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
3. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit
4. ISC is Looking for New Executives

5. The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Presents “Safe Space for Race”
6. ISC Info Session on Funding Opportunities
7. Family Care Office Presents: Planning for Pregnancy & Beyond
8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Gym Bursary

9. UofT 3MT Finals Happening Tonight!
10. LSCDS Healthcare Consulting Mini-Networking April 5th

 

1.UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

2. Significant Changes to OHIP+ As of April 1, 2019
As of April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario changed OHIP+. Students under the age of 24, will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+. For more information
 click here.

3. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit
Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference is next week! This year’s theme is Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit! Workshops and speakers will be focused on providing practical skills for taking care of your mental health during grad school and getting involved in mental health advocacy! Topics include time and resource management, resolving supervisor conflicts, financial management, suicide prevention, and mental health advocacy, among others! The conference will take place on April 11 from 5:30-9:30 pm at Multi Faith Center on Campus (569 Spadina Avenue)! The event is free to all students, staff and faculty and will be catered! To find out more information and sign up for our workshops, visit our Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-minds-mental-health-conference-surviving-grad-school-a-mental-toolkit-registration-59806374476?aff=GradMindsConference2019 Also check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431898820881399/ See you there!

4. ISC is Looking for New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is the main body that coordinates efforts centred around international graduate students’ interests and concerns at UofT. ISC is currently looking for new passionate executives to join the team. At ISC, you will have the oppourtunity to propose and run events, practice organization and leadership skills, and network with professionals. If you are interested, please follow ISC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/InternationalUofT) and contact ISC President, Amin Kamaeddin (isc@utgsu.ca) regarding the available positions.

5. The UTGSU Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Presents “Safe Space for Race”
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race” is a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. In this space, we will share experiences and engage in dialogue that is geared toward enhancing community-building, empowerment, and mental health. Join our third session focusing on Self and Community Healing Practices on April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Save the date for our last session on May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. There will be lots of food and beverages. TTC tokens will be provided to registered UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice to rec@utgsu.ca). Venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP: https://safespaceforrace3.eventbrite.ca

6. ISC Info Session on Funding Opportunities
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you for a workshop on available funding opportunities for international graduate students. We will talk about OGS, OTS, Vanier, and SGS grants in this workshop.
RSVPhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X43gY9VkiseqH4dSnr9pQrXKm6WyB969jXWt8pSo_Ws
Date: Thursday April 11th; 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
Location: Gerstein Science Library, 2nd floor, room 2000. Go through Gerstein Reading Room and take stairs to the right. If you have any questions, please reach out to isc@utgsu.ca

7. Family Care Office Presents: Planning for Pregnancy & Beyond
Planning for Pregnancy & Beyond – Monday, April 8, 4:30 – 6:00 pm at the Koffler Student Services Centre – 214 College St., Room 313 – Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session will address participants’ specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshop. Facilitators: Drs. Katie McLean and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Registration required at https://uoft.me/planningforpregnancybeyond. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome!

8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Summer Gym Bursary
Planning to be on St. George campus this summer? Registered in the Summer 2019 term? Good news: this year, the SGS Gym Bursary will be open to all graduate students in professional and research-stream programs. Application opens in May. Check https://uoft.me/sgsgym for updates.

9. UofT 3MT Finals Happening Tonight! 
Don’t miss the UofT 3MT Finals tonight at 6 – 8 pm in the Isabel Bader Theatre! Reserve your free tickets at https://uoft.me/3MT to hear 12 U of T grad students present their research in 180 seconds or less! CBC Radio’s Carol Off will deliver the keynote address.

10. LSCDS Healthcare Consulting Mini-Networking April 5th
Interested in a career in Healthcare Consulting? Join LSCDS us for their 2nd collaborative Mini-Networking Night with Graduate Management Consulting Association. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
Date: Friday April 5th, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Prenup Pub, 191 College St, 2nd Floor
Register: https://www.lscds.org/events/mini-networking-night-in-collaboration-with-gmca-healthcare-consulting/

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Transit Survey & Changes to OHIP+ Coming on April 1, 2019 – March 28th, 2019

March 28th, 2019

Digest

1. UTGSU Transit Survey
2. Significant Changes to OHIP+ coming on April 1, 2019
3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
4. Research Education and Governance (REG) Committee Meeting

5. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting
6. Equity and Advocacy Committee Graduate Equity Forum
7. Panel on Emerging issues on Environment
8. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit

9. ISC Info Session on Funding Opportunities
10. Webinar: Negotiating Time for Family – Strategies for Bringing up Family with your Supervisor
11. Grad Connections: Navigating Grad School as a Racialized Student
12. LSCDS Healthcare Consulting Mini-Networking April 5th

 

1.UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

2. Significant Changes to OHIP+ coming on April 1, 2019
Starting April 1, 2019 the Government of Ontario is changing OHIP+.  For students under the age of 24, you will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and you will have to access prescribed medications through the UTGSU health plan as you did before the launch of OHIP+.  You have until March 31, 2019 to get your prescriptions filled/refilled under the OHIP+ plan. For more information
 click here.

3. UTGSU Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.  If you require a “Travel Letter” (proof of coverage) when applying for Visa, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca.  It should include: Your name, Your Student Number, Purpose of your Travel and Travel Dates.  We require 4 business days to process this request.

4. Research Education and Governance (REG) Committee Meeting
Are you a graduate student interested in advocacy work related to University policy? Join the Research, Education and Governance committee! Our next meeting will be on Thursday April 18th from 5-7pm in the Grad Loft of the UTGSU building (16 Bancroft Avenue). Please email governance@utgsu.ca if you plan to attend.

5. Policy and Operations Committee Meeting
The next Policy and Operations Committee meeting will take place at 4:00pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Wilson Hall – New College Room 2006. Students who have questions are welcome to contact Justin Patrick, the internal commissioner, at
 internal@utgsu.ca. Feel free to make changes to the wording, and let us know if there is anything else you need!

6. Equity and Advocacy Committee Graduate Equity Forum
The Equity and Advocacy (EAC) Executive Team of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) presents “The Equity Forum: Addressing Graduate Trends across the University of Toronto (UTSG, UTM, UTSC)” on Friday, March 29 from 1:30-3:30 PM at Grad Room (66 Harbord St.). The purpose of this forum is to better understand the scope of graduate-level equity initiatives and engagement across our tri-campus. To help us plan, please RSVP by March 28, 2019: https://gradequityuoft.eventbrite.ca. Grad Room is located at 66 Harbord Street at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Harbord Street. The room can be accessed underneath the Second Cup by stairs. Grad Room is wheelchair accessible through Grad House. To access the elevator to Grad Room, you must first check-in with the Grad Room staff, and they will accompany you to the adjacent entrance through Grad House.
Time: March 29, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Location: Grad Room (66 Harbord Street)
RSVPhttps://gradequityuoft.eventbrite.ca
Surveyhttps://goo.gl/forms/HOfOwnYowqIRZqwz1
Food Requirements: Email Paolo at paolo.frasca@mail.utoronto.ca

7. Panel on Emerging issues on Environment
As part of the 2019 OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), OISE GSA Sustainability Committee in collaboration with the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee and the OISE Environmental Sustainability Education is organizing this panel, that aims to discuss the most pressing environmental issues in our current society. Come and join us this Friday, March 29th, from 3:20pm to 4:20pm at Room 8-201, OISE (252 Bloor St. W.). RSVP at 
gsrcenviropanel.eventbrite.com. More information on the panelists here: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Student-Panel-V2-09.png

8. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit
Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference is coming up! This year’s theme is Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit. Workshops and speakers will be focused on provided tactical skills for taking care of your mental health during grad school and getting involved in mental health advocacy! Topics include time and resource management, resolving supervisor conflicts, financial management, suicide prevention, mental health of marginalized groups, and mental health advocacy, among others! The conference will take place on April 11 from 5:30-9:30 pm at Multi Faith Center on Campus! The event is free to all students, staff and faculty and will be catered! Workshop registration will open early next week! For more information see our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431898820881399/.

9. ISC Info Session on Funding Opportunities
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites you for a workshop on available funding opportunities for international graduate students. We will talk about OGS, OTS, Vanier, and SGS grants in this workshop.

RSVPhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X43gY9VkiseqH4dSnr9pQrXKm6WyB969jXWt8pSo_Ws
Date: Thursday April 11th; 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
Location: Gerstein Science Library, 2nd floor, room 2000. Go through Gerstein Reading Room and take stairs to the right. If you have any questions, please reach out at isc@utgsu.ca

10. Webinar: Negotiating Time for Family – Strategies for Bringing up Family with your Supervisor
Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a webinar on Thursday April 4th from12-1PM about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family needs and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing them with your supervisor. Registration at https://uoft.me/negotiating.

11. Grad Connections: Navigating Grad School as a Racialized Student
Happening Friday, March 29, 2-3:30pm in the SGS Lounge (63 St George St)Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Space is limited to 25.

Registerhttps://uoft.me/4D4
12. LSCDS Healthcare Consulting Mini-Networking April 5th
Interested in a career in Healthcare Consulting? Join LSCDS us for their 2nd collaborative Mini-Networking Night with Graduate Management Consulting Association. This is an event you don’t want to miss! 
Date
: Friday April 5th, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Prenup Pub, 191 College St, 2nd Floor
Register: https://www.lscds.org/events/mini-networking-night-in-collaboration-with-gmca-healthcare-consulting/

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Gym Bookings for April & UTGSU Seeking Chair for the Council on Student Services (CoSS) – March 21st, 2019

March 21st, 2019

Digest

1. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
2. UTGSU Transit Survey
3. UTGSU Seeking Chair for the Council on Student Services (CoSS)
4. Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit

5. REC presents the REC-Amend Symposium: Accessible BIPOC Mental Health Services
6. ISC celebrating Persian New Year on March 23rd
7. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism

8. Wanted: Student Peer Mentors
9. American Sign Language Workshop
10. Igniting Impact returns for 2019
11. University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

 

1. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of April 2019 on March 27, 2019 starting at10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.caIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. You will receive a confirmation of your booking within 24 hours.

2. UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for one of 4 $50 Gift Cards! Click here to fill out the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

3. UTGSU Seeking Chair for the Council on Student Services (CoSS)
The UTGSU Executive is seeking a graduate student to act as Chair for the Council on Student Services (CoSS). CoSS is a decision-making body made up of representatives from each of the major students’ unions and representatives from student services offered by the administration (i.e., Hart House, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Student Life). We are seeking a candidate with previous Chair experience who is able to fill this role from May 2019 to April 2020. If you are interested, please contact governance@utgsu.ca for more information.

4Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference – Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit
Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference is coming up! This year’s theme is Surviving Grad School: A Mental Tool Kit. Workshops and speakers will be focused on provided tactical skills for taking care of your mental health during grad school and getting involved in mental health advocacy! Topics include time and resource management, resolving supervisor conflicts, financial management, suicide prevention, and mental health advocacy, among others! The conference will take place on April 11 from 5:30-9:30 pm at Multi Faith Center on Campus! The event is free to all students, staff and faculty and will be catered! For more information see our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431898820881399/

5. REC presents the REC-Amend Symposium: Accessible BIPOC Mental Health Services
Mental health affects us all, yet BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) remain vulnerable to mental health issues and face systemic barriers to resource access. UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents the “1st Annual REC-Amend Symposium: Accessible BIPOC Mental Health Services” on March 27th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Upper Library of Massey College (4 Devonshire Place). This symposium will be an open discussion on mental health realities of marginalized communities with our panelists who specialize in BIPOC mental health. A reception is to follow.The venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP here: https://recamend.eventbrite.ca. More information about this and future events can be found on our website: www.utgsu.ca/rec and our social media: Instagram (recutgsu), twitter (recutgsu) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/rec.utgsu/).

6. ISC celebrating Persian New Year on March 23rd
We are proud and excited to invite you to join us for the celebration of Persian New Year on Sat, March 23, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm. We are going to listen to some Persian music, play some board games, and have some Persian style lunch (do you like Koobide and Chicken Kabab?! Salad and Rice will also be provided). Everyone is welcome to bring one of their friends as well. To make sure everyone gets a delicious meal, please purchase an 8 $ ticket and kindly present it (with its barcode) together with your UT card at the door. We have limited tickets, so make sure you purchase yours early. Tickets: Students: 8 $ per person (limited two tickets per student) https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nowrouz-party-persian-new-year-tickets-58681080692 How to pay: Once registered, you can e-Transfer the money to arpeymani93@gmail.com WITH THE NAMES OF ATTENDEES IN THE MESSAGE. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

7. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism
JOIN BDS as they continue to build momentum on campus for the main BDS campaign at UofT that calls on the University of Toronto administration to divest from companies which are directly complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights, and that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the construction of the Apartheid Wall.
– Tuesday, March 19 – 6:30pm – Dr. Ruba Salih: De-colonial and intersectional alliances in the Palestinian struggle for justice with No One Is Illegal at University College, room 144
– Thursday, March 21 – 6:30pm – Dr. Nahla Abdo: Palestine in Our Hearts, Palestine a Thorn in the Flesh of Imperialism at University College, room 52
– Tuesday, March 26 – 7:00pm – Film Screening: A Stone’s Throw from Prison at Lash Miller building, room 158
– Wedneday, March 27 – 6:30pm – Wala3at Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance opened by Sto: Loh Elder Lee Maracle at Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall

8. Wanted: Student Peer Mentors
The Family Care Office is looking for graduate student parents who have been at U of T for at least one year in September, and can share practical skills on how to better integrate studies and family life. Student mentors receive training and Co-Curricular Record recognition. Interested students please fill out the application form and email it to family.care@utoronto.ca. Further information can be found here.

9. American Sign Language Workshop
Interested in learning about American Sign Language (ASL)? Come join a *free* interactive workshop onWednesday March 27th from 5:15-6:30pm on 500 University Avenue, Room 132. You will learn about basics of ASL, including finger spelling, numbers, and everyday phrases. Free dinner and snacks will be provided!

10. Igniting Impact returns for 2019
This is a program designed for U of T graduate students who want to create new technological solutions for challenges facing the environment, accessibility, health, and education. Attendance is free, but a short application is required. Whether you’re interested in entrepreneurship, applying your research, or just doing something to impact society, consider coming out! Apply at: http://www.impactcentre.ca/ignite.
11. University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has launched. This program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring top-tier postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. Each fellowship provides $70,000 per year to Faculties to support up to two years of postdoctoral salary and benefits. It is also expected that Faculties and/or faculty advisors will supplement this funding with a $5,000 per year start-up fund. Nominations will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, beginning on March 8, 2019. Complete application details and requirements are available on the following webpage https://uoft.me/Provost-PDF.

UTGSU Digest: UTGSU Gym Bookings for April & Transit Survey – March 14th, 2019

March 14th, 2019

Digest

1. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
2. UTGSU Transit Survey
3. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
4. Wall-E Movie Screening
5. Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents: Safe Space for Race

6. ISC celebrating Persian New Year on March 23rd
7. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism (March 19th – March 27th)

8. Social Justice Education Colloquium
9. Advocating For Yourself & Your Family Through Letters & Emails
10. OISE GSA Executive Elections 2019

11. University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
12. Getting Fit to Fight Chronic Conditions: Exercise Prescription by Health Practitioners

 

 

1. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of April 2019 on March 27, 2019 starting at10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca.   In your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. You will receive a confirmation of your booking within 24 hours.

2. UTGSU Transit Survey
The UTGSU will like to assess public transportation usage of UofT Graduate Students and the need for a TTC transit Pass. Fill out this survey and enter a draw for 4 $50 Gift Cards! https://goo.gl/forms/HK4CMtWcfVgTrJ0p2

3. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union (UTGSU) are proud to offer a free tax clinic to help undergraduate and graduate students registered at the University of Toronto file their 2018 tax returns. In partnership with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, our Tax Clinic is a free service to help students complete their tax returns. Click here to book your appointment today.

4. Wall-E Movie Screening
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) is hosting a dinner and screening of WALL-E! Happening on Thursday, March 14th at 6PM in the Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE (252 Bloor Street West). RSVP: https://ejscwalle.eventbrite.com.

5. Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents: Safe Space for Race
The UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus presents “Safe Space for Race”, a monthly workshop and social gathering space to build community and empower racialized students and allies. In this space, they will share experiences and engage in dialogue that is geared toward enhancing community-building, empowerment, and mental health. Join their second session focusing on sharing personal experiences of racism and resilience through storytelling on March 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Ave, Room 207). Save the date for additional sessions on April 23 and May 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Refreshments and beverages will be served. TTC tokens will be provided to UofT students. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request to the organizers (provided one month notice). Venue is wheelchair accessible.
More information about this and future events can be found on our website: www.utgsu.ca/rec
RSVP: https://safespaceforrace2.eventbrite.ca

6. ISC celebrating Persian New Year on March 23rd
We are proud and excited to invite you to join us for the celebration of Persian New Year on Sat, March 23, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm. We are going to listen to some Persian music, play some board games, and have some Persian style lunch (do you like Koobide and Chicken Kabab?! Salad and Rice will also be provided). Everyone is welcome to bring one of their friends as well. To make sure everyone gets a delicious meal, please purchase an 8 $ ticket and kindly present it (with its barcode) together with your UT card at the door. We have limited tickets, so make sure you purchase yours early. Tickets: Students: 8 $ per person (limited two tickets per student) https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nowrouz-party-persian-new-year-tickets-58681080692 How to pay: Once registered, you can e-Transfer the money to arpeymani93@gmail.com WITH THE NAMES OF ATTENDEES IN THE MESSAGE. Looking forward to seeing you all.

7. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2019: Stop Arming Colonialism (March 19th – March 27th)
JOIN BDS as they continue to build momentum on campus for the main BDS campaign at UofT that calls on the University of Toronto administration to divest from companies which are directly complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights, and that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the construction of the Apartheid Wall.
–  Tuesday, March 19 – 6:30pm – Dr. Ruba Salih: De-colonial and intersectional alliances in the Palestinian struggle for justice with No One Is Illegal at University College, room 144
–  Thursday, March 21 – 6:30pm – Dr. Nahla Abdo: Palestine in Our Hearts, Palestine a Thorn in the Flesh of Imperialism at University College, room 52
–  Tuesday, March 26 – 7:00pm – Film Screening: A Stone’s Throw from Prison at Lash Miller building, room 158
  Wedneday, March 27 – 6:30pm – Wala3at Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance opened by Sto: Loh Elder Lee Maracle at Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall

8. Social Justice Education Colloquium
Join us for the annual Social Justice Education Colloquium, entitled “Enacting Radical Traditions in the Academy”. What can researchers committed to social justice learn from Dr. Roderick Fergusons’ reconceptualization of queer liberation movements? In what ways does the University, a supposed site of critical inquiry, simultaneously enact violence on students, faculty, and society? What coalitions and commitments make radical futures more possible? The SJE Colloquium will be held from March 19 to March 20, 2019 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (9 am to 4 PM). This event is open to all students, faculty and community members. Free lunch will be available, the presentation rooms are wheelchair accessible and scent free.
RSVP | PROGRAM | CONTACT DETAILShttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-social-justice-education-colloquium-tickets-55918597029 

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

10. OISE GSA Executive Elections 2019
OISE GSA will be holding Executive Elections in April 2019. Please visit the following link for details: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/gsa/OISE_GSA_Elections_2019.html You must be an OISE student to run for one of these 4 exciting positions. Each position pays $800 per month. International Students from OISE do not require Canadian Work Authorization to apply for these positions. The skills you will learn from these positions are excellent so you can list them in your resume.

11. University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has launched. This program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring top-tier postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. Each fellowship provides $70,000 per year to Faculties to support up to two years of postdoctoral salary and benefits. It is also expected that Faculties and/or faculty advisors will supplement this funding with a $5,000 per year start-up fund. Nominations will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, beginning on March 8, 2019. Complete application details and requirements are available on the following webpage https://uoft.me/Provost-PDF.

12. Getting Fit to Fight Chronic Conditions: Exercise Prescription by Health Practitioners
EIMC at U of T is pleased to present our second annual speaker panel on Exercise Medicine. Building off our previous event that discussed the future of Exercise as Medicine, in this event, we will hear from healthcare practitioners that currently prescribe exercise and physical activity in their practice. Featuring a diverse panel of clinicians in cardiac rehabilitation, obstetrics, organ transplantation, dementia and sports/exercise medicine, you will hear about the current landscape of exercise prescription to combat chronic conditions. Tickets are $10. Food and drinks will be provided!
Date and Time: March 19th, 2019 at 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Hart House East Common’s Room
Link to event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/getting-fit-to-fight-chronic-conditions-exercise-prescription-by-health-practitioners-tickets-57359009341

UTGSU Digest: Unofficial UTGSU Elections Results & the UTGSU is Hiring – March 7th, 2019

March 7th, 2019

Digest

1. UTGSU 2019 Unofficial Election Results
2. The UTGSU is Hiring!
3. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
4. Wall-E Movie Screening
5. Tea & Boardgames with ISC

6. Improv Class at Second City​​

7. Social Justice Education Colloquium
8. Bowl of Words – a Writing Workshop for Families 

9. OISE Executive Elections 2019

10. Submit and Publish Your Thesis Workshop
11. Complete the CGPSS Survey before March 15!

 

 

1. UTGSU 2019 Unofficial Election Results
The Votes are in! The elections results are to be ratified at the March, 2019 Council Meeting. The UTGSU congratulates the following individuals on their election to the 2019-2020 UTGSU Executive Committee:

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1& 2: Christopher Ball
Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 & 4: Sophie McGibbon-Gardner
Civics & Environment Commissioner: Leonardo José Uribe Castano
External Commissioner: Maryssa Barras
Finance Commissioner: Branden Rizzuto
University Governance Commissioner: Lwanga Musisi
Internal Commissioner: Adam Hill

Thank you to all the candidates who ran, and all the students who came out to vote. If you have any questions, please email the CRO, Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. The UTGSU is Hiring!
The UTGSU Health & Dental Office is currently seeking a candidate for a part-time contract position. Familiarity with Student Union health and dental plans are an asset, must be a graduate student. For more information about this opportunity, click here. For any inquiries, please email Shain at
 healthadmin@utgsu.ca

3. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union (UTGSU) are proud to offer a free tax clinic to help undergraduate and graduate students registered at the University of Toronto file their 2018 tax returns. In partnership with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, our Tax Clinic is a free service to help students complete their tax returns. Click here to book your appointment today.

4. Wall-E Movie Screening
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) is hosting a dinner and screening of WALL-E! Happening on Thursday, March 14th at 6PM in the Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE (252 Bloor Street West). RSVP: https://ejscwalle.eventbrite.com.

5. Tea & Boardgames with ISC
What could be more exciting on Friday night than having warm tea and playing boardgames with your friends? Join International Students’ Caucus (ISC) on Friday evening, March 8th, at 6pm in front of Bahen Center (40 St George St.). We will walk together to Snakes and Lattes (489 College St.) to play boardgames over some snacks, salads, and drinks. RSVP: https://goo.gl/97mN4d

6. Improv Class at Second City​​
Join​ other graduate students and learn how to think on your feet at this introductory improv class! Laugh, destress and make new friends!
When: Friday, March 8, 6:00-8:00PM
Tickets: $15 Available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

7. Social Justice Education Colloquium
The annual Social Justice Education Colloquium, entitled Enacting Radical Traditions in the Academy, will be held between March 19th and March 20th, 2019 at OISE.All programming is FREE, meals will be provided, and non-SJE students and community members are also encouraged to attend any/all programming. To sign up for any of the events mentioned above, click here. For more information about the SJE Colloquium, contact the planning committee at radicaltraditionsoise@gmail.com. Programming for colloquium is as follows:
Student Research Roundtables on March 19th from 9am to 5pm
Africville Screening on March 20 from 12pm to 2:30pm
Dr. Roderick Ferguson’s Keynote on March 20 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

8. Bowl of Words – a Writing Workshop for Families 
Happening Tuesday, March 12, 10 am – 12 pm, Centre for International Experience, Baldwin Room. What would it be like to write together with your child? What might you say? How would you start? Would a bowl of words help? In this workshop, let yourself be guided on a writing spree of stories, poems, lists, letters and random details of your lives. A playful, fun way to connect that lets you go home with more stories than you came with. No writing experience necessary. Ages 8 and up.9. OISE Executive Elections 2019
OISE GSA will be holding Executive Elections in April 2019. Please visit the following link for details:https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/gsa/OISE_GSA_Elections_2019.html. You must be an OISE student to run for one of these 4 exciting positions.

10. Submit and Publish Your Thesis Workshop
This workshop given jointly by the School of Graduate Studies and the Library staff will guide you through thesis formatting, submission process, fees and deadlines; your rights as an author and copyright considerations; publishing your thesis as an article or book before or after graduation, and more.
When: Thursday, March 14, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Robarts Library, 4th Floor Electronic Classroom, Room 4033
GPS Credit: 1 (Research-Related Skills)
Registrationhttps://uoft.me/etdsubmit2019

11. Complete the CGPSS Survey before March 15!
The Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) is your chance share feedback about your graduate experience at U of T. Check your email for a link, and complete the survey before March 15 for your chance to win a pre-loaded credit card worth $500! To learn more and see past results of CGPSS surveys at U of T, visit https://uoft.me/CGPSS.

UTGSU Digest: Voting now Open for UTGSU Elections & Join the UTGSU Civics Sub-Committee – February 28th, 2019

February 28th, 2019

Digest


1. Online voting for the 2019 UTGSU Elections is now open until March 5th.
2. Open Letter to University of Toronto Regarding Changes to Post-Secondary Education
3. Join the UTGSU Civics Subcommittee to Organize Against Changes to Post-Secondary Education
4. The UTGSU is Hiring!

5. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic 
6. PR Workshop for International Students

7. Zero Waste Budget Shopping workshop
8. ISC Presents: Indoor Soccer at Hart House

9. Student Parents Pizza Night

10. Black Entrepreneurs and Visionaries’ Table Talk Event

11. Graduate Student Experience Week 201March 4-9
12. Life Management Series: Manage Time, Manage Distractions 

 

 

1. Online voting for the 2019 UTGSU Elections is now open until March 5th.
Online voting for the 2019 UTGSU Elections is now open until March 5th. Visit www.utgsu.ca/elections for more information on each candidate and how to vote. You can vote using your UTORid account by clicking on the following link: https://utgsu.simplyvoting.com/ You will only be allowed to vote once in this election. Voting in the 2019 UTGSU Executive Elections will be taking place strictly online through SimplyVoting.com. There are no physical polling stations on campus this year. Students requiring accommodations will be assisted on a case by case basis. If you have accessibility needs, you or a representative should contact Adrian Aziz, the Chief Returning Officer cro@utgsu.ca by March 4th, 2019 at 9:00am. If you have any other questions about how to vote please contact Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca.

2. Open Letter to University of Toronto Regarding Changes to Post-Secondary Education
The UTGSU Executive has signed an open letter drafted by The Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS) asking the University of Toronto to stand with our tri-campus student community and say “NO” to the reckless changes to post-secondary education being proposed by the Ontario provincial government. Click on the link to view the letter: https://bit.ly/2VqbXQT

3. Join the UTGSU Civics Subcommittee to Organize Against Changes to Post-Secondary Education
Are you interested in organizing against the changes to post-secondary education that were recently announced by the provincial government? Join the UTGSU Civics subcommittee. Our first meeting will be next Friday, March 8th from 12-2pm in the Grad Loft at 16 Bancroft Avenue (second floor). Please email civics@utgsu.ca if you have any questions or require accommodations to attend the meeting. Click the following link to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/civics-subcommittee-tickets-57667784897

4. The UTGSU is Hiring!
The UTGSU Health & Dental Office is currently seeking a candidate for a part-time contract position. Familiarity with Student Union health and dental plans are an asset, must be a graduate student. For more information about this opportunity, click here. For any inquiries, please email Shain at healthadmin@utgsu.ca

5. FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union (UTGSU) are proud to offer a free tax clinic to help undergraduate and graduate students registered at the University of Toronto file their 2018 tax returns. In partnership with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, our Tax Clinic is a free service to help students complete their tax returns. Click here to book your appointment today.

6. Zero Waste Budget Shopping workshop
Pasta in plastic! Salad in plastic boxes! Seems like you only have bad options, between the budget stores with overpackaged foods, or the boutique stores with eco choices? Don’t want to spend your budget on a “zero waste kit” with fancy stainless steel and produce bags? Fret not! Join us and together we’ll make a mason jar into a thermos, an old T-shirt into a shopping bag, a rag into a food wrap and a jar of ten cent toothpaste… and more virtually-free ways to shop zero waste. You’ll leave with a list of local resources for shopping that won’t harm the planet or your wallet, and a zero waste solution to try out. Refreshments will be provided.
When: Monday, March 4th, 4-6pm.
Where: Gradloft, 16 Bancroft Ave, Second Floor.
RSVP: https://ejsczerowasteworkshop.eventbrite.ca/

7. PR Workshop for International Students
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to this information session hosted by the International Students’ Caucus at the UTGSU to get your questions answered! Our Permanent Residency Workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Location of this workshop is Ramsay Wright building, room 117 (RW117, 25 Harbord Street). Our speaker will be Elizabeth Long, an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. Elizabeth will be presenting information about the ins and outs of applying for permanent residency and will be available to answer questions. If you’d like to attend this workshop, please RSVP at https://goo.gl/sCSSfTby Mar 4th. Snacks will be provided.

8. ISC Presents: Indoor Soccer at Hart House
International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all international graduate students for 1-hour indoor soccer game. You don’t need to be a pro and everyone is welcome. We will meet in front of Hart House on Sunday, March 3rd, 8-9AM. We will get together after our game for some food and refreshments. RSVP: https://goo.gl/zyn8L2

9. Student Parents Pizza Night
Kick off your children’s March Break weekend by joining other student parents and their children for a fun and relaxing night out. While parents relax and network, children activities will be provided in the same space such as button-making, colouring, and playing with other children. Pizza will be provided! Partners and children are welcome.
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: GSU Loft
Access: The UTGSU Building is not fully wheel chair accessible.

10. Black Entrepreneurs and Visionaries’ Table Talk Event
New Date: Monday, March 11th, 2019 1-3pm. Come out and meet six innovative, dynamic and influential Black women and men who are making waves, changing narratives and creating a bright future for the Black Diaspora. Hear firsthand from this eclectic group of entrepreneurs about the impact they are making and their vision for the future. A fantastic opportunity to talk, share stories and learn from their journey. Light refreshments will be provided

11. Graduate Student Experience Week 201March 4-9
Join Student Life for a week of special programming for all grad students! Highlights include a student success panel and daily coffee events in the SGS graduate student lounge. Topics discussed this week include staying well, Finances, SGS Academic Services, leadership, the 3MT and more. Build your community and learn about strategies & resources to help you define your own path to success as a graduate student and beyond. Register for events early – space is limited! Presented by Gradlife + the School of Graduate Studies. #UofTGradWeek. Register and details: http://uoft.me/gradweek

12. Life Management Series: Manage Time, Manage Distractions
Happening Monday, March 4, 12 – 1 pm, at 33 St. George St., Baldwin Room. Whether you are parenting young children, caring for elderly parents, or looking after someone with a disability, the reality is that your time and space are not entirely yours to control. Facilitated by a U of T graduate who has personally experienced the complexities of juggling academia and caregiving, this workshop offers a fresh perspective on how to study with distractions.  Facilitator: Jacquelyn Laurenda, M.A.. Pizza lunch will be provided. The Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. Registration at https://uoft.me/managetimedistractions.

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

February 14th, 2019

Digest


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

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

 

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

2. UTGSU Special Members Meeting to be hosted on February 26th, 2019
Open to all UofT Graduate Students (UTGSU Members) to attend and discuss Graduate Students’ Union finances, Bylaws and Policies, and the direction of the Union. In addition we will be discussing next steps for the Union in regards to the Ford Cuts to education funding and OSAP. The meeting will be held in the Medical Sciences Building – Room 3154. Registration begins at 5:30pm and the meeting at 6:15pm. Pizza and Beverages will be served on a first-come-first-serve basis at 5:45pm. We hope to see you there! Click here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2281211972123055/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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