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

October 11th, 2018

Digest

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 10th, 2018


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

1. Wellness Portal

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

2. Graduate Accessibility Advisor

 

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

 

3. Graduate Counselling

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

4. Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (G2G)

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

5. Online Psychology Services via Psy-Vitaliti

goo.gl/a7EG2R
Did you know that part of your UTGSU coverage includes up to $500 in coverage through the Psy-Vitaliti network? A psychologist can help you navigate the ups and downs of student life with more calmness, motivation, and confidence. You can consult a psychologist in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Students may also visit a psychologist at PsyVitalitï’s downtown Toronto office for in-person consultations.

6. Grad Connection Workshops

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/gradlife/Pages/Grad-Connections.aspx
Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Register: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Space is limited to 20 students.

7. Learning Strategist

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

8. Sports Intramural League

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

9. Health & Wellness Centre

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

10. Multifath Centre

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

11. Graduate Community Groups

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

12. Voluntary Leave of Absence

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

 

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

UTGSU Digest: Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large & Vice-Chairperson for Board of Appeal Search – October 4th, 2018

October 4th, 2018

Digest

1. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
2. Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal Opening
3. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
4. Grad Minds is recruiting executive positions for the 2018-19 academic year.
5. Elemental Magazine Executive Position Openings
6. Grad Connections Biweekly Chat Forum
7. Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Executive Callout
8. Bikechain x Repair Cafe – October 18th
9. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) 2019 Intramurals
10. Raw Talk Podcast – Ep 47: Graduate Student Mental Health

 

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

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

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

4. Grad Minds is recruiting executive positions for the 2018-19 academic year.
A number of leadership and casual positions are available. Applicants must be registered graduate students at the University of Toronto. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in student leadership to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by October 12th, 2018. All positions available at Grad Minds are volunteer positions. Click here for info on each position.
5. Elemental Magazine Executive Position Openings
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental, the University’s official tri-campus mental health magazine is currently expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of executive positions for the 2018-19 academic year. Applicants must be registered graduate or undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by October 12th, 2018 with the subject line Elemental Magazine. Click here for info on each position.

6. Grad Connections Biweekly Chat Forum
Fridays (Bi-Weekly), 2:00-3:30pm
SGS Lounge, 63 St George St<http://map.utoronto.ca/utsg/building/172>. Take a break and connect with other grad students at our 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. Coffee and tea will be available. Register: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca <http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/> Space is limited to 20 students.

Upcoming Chat: Friday, October 12
Students with family responsibilities (Facilitator: Family Care office)
Register: https://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca/Activity.aspx?ID=5098ae4f-1a48-44ab-8294-01d6c117401b

7. Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC) Executive Callout
The Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is seeking graduate students interested in joining the executive committee. REC is committed to bringing to the forefront the unique challenges racialized graduate students encounter navigating through the university and the system. The REC is now actively hiring for positions within the executive committee that will be responsible for planning and organizing caucus activities over this year. For more details about each position please visit www.utgsu.ca/rec. To apply, interested candidates should send an e-mail with a statement of interest, explaining why you would like to get involved with the caucus and a brief description of relevant experience and skills to: rec@utgsu.ca. Application deadline is Monday, October 8th, 2018 at 5 pm.

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

9. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) 2019 Intramurals
Co-funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), SGS Intramurals offer different levels of competition in many sports through leagues, tournaments, and special events. Leagues are starting up soon, so click this link to submit your information to get signed up onto a sport you have never played or a sport you love! https://goo.gl/forms/A5qVfnv3lP6V31z32 Please email sgs.intramurals@gmail.com for any inquiries and click Here to view the team summaries.

10. Raw Talk Podcast – Ep 47: Graduate Student Mental Health
Recent studies suggest graduate students are at an increased risk for depression and anxiety. In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of a group of graduate students across Toronto as they share their stories and struggles with mental illness. Alongside each story, you’ll hear about the resources and coping strategies that allowed them to better manage their mental health. You can listen to Raw Talk on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, or online at www.rawtalkpodcast.com.

UTGSU Digest: Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair & #RacializedOnCampus – April 12th, 2018

April 12th, 2018

 

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Eco-Fair 2018

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus:#RacializedOnCampus End of Year Social
7. International Students’ Caucus: Sponsored “Avengers: Infinity War” Movie/Drinks Night
8. Webinar: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor
9. Online Chat for Student Families
10. Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Eco-Fair 2018
Want to get some free clothes, get your jeans fixed AND have your bike checked-up all at the same time? Then come join our Eco-Fair on Friday, April 20th from 4-6 pm in the David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building). This is where you will find a mini Free Market, a mini Repair Café and a Bike Chain’s bike check-up all happening together for the first time! For more info, contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
Are you interested in getting a better transit deal? We need your ideas for this to happen! If you want to join this committee, please contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #RacializedOnCampus End of Year Social
#RacializedOnCampus is a year-end social gathering for racialized students and allies organized by the Race and Ethnicity Caucus of the UTGSU. Join us on April 19th at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre for conversations on healing from experiences of racial and other forms of discrimination, self-care, the physical and emotional labour involved in activism, and building solidarity amongst racialized students and allies on campus. RSVP to this event here: #RacializedOnCampus Eventbrite. Hear from our community healers, enjoy local Syrian food, win prizes, and much more!

7. International Students’ Caucus Sponsored “Avengers: Infinity War” Movie/Drinks Night
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is inviting all international graduate students to join us on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 for a night of free drinks and a free Movie. We will meet at Jack Astor’s for drinks at 5:30 pm (133 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4) and then we will head over to watch “Avengers: Infinity War” at Scotiabank Theater (259 Richmond St W).   RSVP ASAP for the ISC Movie/Drinks Night Here. Seats are very limited (first 20 international students) and you will be contacted to confirm your reservation. 

8. Webinar: Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor
On Wednesday, April 18th, join Heather and Priyanka from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre for a webinar about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family issues and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing your family needs. Feel more confident about having a discussion with your supervisor about family issues, be able to identify supports available to graduate students and techniques that may help them prepare for those discussions about such issues, and understand the importance of preparation for any discussion with a supervisor aimed at reaching an agreement (i.e. negotiation). Registration required at http://uoft.me/3Qn. All University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome.

9. Online Chat for Student Families
Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on child care & child care subsidies, schools & children programs, integrating study and family (and work as well), and any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T! All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration information available at http://uoft.me/3Qn

10. Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School
Do you have the tools to navigate your relationship commitments? As a graduate student you need to foster effective relationships with your peers, professors, supervisors, partner, family and friends in tandem. Good and healthy relationships require both a personal and professional investment in order to lead a productive lifestyle. Join us on Thursday, April 19 at the Grad Room from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for a session where we explore Brene Brown’s teachings on the importance of being vulnerable and have you assess your Emotional Quotient (EQ). Presented by the Leadership Team in Student and Campus Community Development. Pizza will be available. Register for this event at Grad Talk: Fostering Effective Relationships During Grad School.For more information on Gradlife events, please visit the Grad Life Website

UTGSU Digest: Eco-Fair 2018 & Hiring for General Council Chair – April 5th, 2018

April 5th, 2018

 

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Eco-Fair 2018

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #Racialized@Uoft End of Year Social
7. Grad Minds Mental Health Conference “Peace/Piece of Mind”
8. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer  Coordinator
9. Online Chat for Student Families
10. Grad Escape: Tour of Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library

 

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Eco-Fair 2018
Want to get some free clothes, get your jeans fixed AND have your bike checked-up all at the same time? Then come join our Eco-Fair on Friday, April 20th from 4-6 pm in the David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building). This is where you will find a mini Free Market, a mini Repair Café and a Bike Chain’s bike check-up all happening together for the first time! For more info, contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Transit Sub-Committee Callout
Are you interested in getting a better transit deal? We need your ideas for this to happen! If you want to join this committee, please contact Leo at civics@utgsu.ca.

6. The Race and Ethnicity Caucus: #Racialized@Uoft End of Year Social
The Race and Ethnicity Caucus’ #Racialized@Uoft is a year-end social gathering for racialized students and allies of the university. Join us on April 19th at 5:30-8 pm at the Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre for conversations on healing from experiences of racial and other forms of discrimination, self-care from the labour of activism, and building solidarity amongst racialized students and allies. There will be traditional Syrian hors ‘d oeuvres, speakers, prizes, music, and much more!

7. Grad Minds Mental Health Conference “Peace/Piece of Mind”
Grad Minds’ Mental Health Conference is happening this April 12 from 5-9 pm in Koffler House/Multi-Faith Center! It will feature workshops on stigma, mental health in marginalized groups, CBT, eating disorders, mental health in families, Impostor Syndrome, and physical fitness and mental health, among other topics! There will also be activities, raffle prizes, and free food!! The event is FREE. It is an amazing opportunity to learn more about how to improve your own mental health and help loved ones who may be struggling. The workshops have limited capacity so sign up for the ones you want quick! For more information visit the Conference Facebook Page. Folks who are interested in attending can register here: Open Minds Conference 2018

8. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
Students For Barrier Free Access (SBA) is hiring! The job opening requires a commitment of 25 hours per week. A successful candidate will be paid $20.00 per hour plus benefits and vacation, occasional evenings and weekends with a 3 month probation period. The position is unionized with Workers United. The Application Deadline is April 9th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Starting Date is June 2018. For more information please contact SBA (sba.hiringcommittee@gmail.com)

9. Online Chat for Student Families
Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on child care & child care subsidies, schools & children programs, integrating study and family (and work as well), and any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T! All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration information available at http://uoft.me/3Qn

10. Grad Escape: Tour of Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library
Have you ever held a book that’s over 400 years old? Or seen the U of T’s founding document? Or read Leonard Cohen’s notebooks from the 1960s, where he drafted some of his early songs? On April 26th from 5:00 pm 6:30 pm, meet staff from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives, where they will take you on a tour of some of the rich treasures held right here on campus. Come for the view and the stories and discover how you can incorporate this one-of-a-kind research material into your own academic work. For folks who are interested, please register at https://goo.gl/DopcFC. Any further details on GradLife events can be found at gradlife.utoronto.ca

 

UTGSU Digest: Election for University Governance Commissioner & Hiring General Council Chair – March 29th, 2018

March 29th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner

4. Queer Caucus Movie Screening
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
7. Grad Student Parent Meet-up 

8. Grad Talk: Getting the Most from your Supervisor
9. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
10. Calling all U of T Startups: New April Workshops for Entrepreneurs

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2018-2019 academic year. Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to internal@utgsu.ca by Monday, April 16th at midnight. Please contact internal@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. Join the UTGSU Team as University Governance Commissioner
This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner. For more information on the role, please visit University Governance Commissioner Duties.

4. Queer Caucus Movie Screening
Join the UTGSU Queer Caucus to view and discuss the film “Tangerine” on Wednesday April 4th at 6:30pm! We will be gathering in the Department of East Asian Studies Lounge on the 14th Floor of Robarts (take the P4 elevator from the second floor of Robarts). Enjoy a great view of the city, a hilarious and insightful queer film, snacks aplenty, and the company of your fellow queer graduate students. Room is fully accessible, with single user washrooms on the first floor. E-mail queer@utgsu.ca with any questions!

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. SBA Hiring: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator
Students For Barrier Free Access (SBA) is hiring! The job opening requires a commitment of 25 hours per week. A successful candidate will be paid $20.00 per hour plus benefits and vacation, occasional evenings and weekends with a 3 month probation period. The position is unionized with Workers United. The Application Deadline is April 9th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Starting Date is June 2018. For more information please contact SBA (sba.hiringcommittee@gmail.com)

7. Grad Student Parent Meet-up
Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Pizza lunch will be served. Expectant graduate students are welcome as well. On Wednesday, April 4th 12:00-2: 00 pm at Hart House Committees Room. You may register at http://uoft.me/3Qn or just drop in. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, Graduate Student Union, Grad Life and Hart House. For more information please email Maria from the Family Care Office (maria.jardim@utoronto.ca).

8. Grad Talk: Getting the Most from your Supervisor
Wondering how you can get the most out of your supervisory relationship?  Want to know how you can use the Graduate Supervision Guidelines and learn some effective strategies for implementing positive change? On Tuesday, April 3rd 12:00 -2:00 pm, join fellow graduate students and G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for an interactive discussion about the challenges of working with a supervisor, how to use the guidelines to your advantage, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your supervisory relationship. Pizza will be served. Folks who are interested can register for the event here: Grad Talk: Getting the Most from your Supervisor. For more information on the content of the workshop, visit Graduate Supervision Guidelines.

9. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

10. Calling all U of T Startups: New April Workshops for Entrepreneurs
Get to know what campus startup mentors, spaces, funding opportunities are available (Launchpad workshop: April 4th), learn the basics of company research (Intro to Business Resources, April 4th) and avoid some legal woes (Legal Do’s & Don’ts for Startups with Bhole IP Law, April 6th). Space is limited. To register & for more information: http://uoft.me/gersteinworkshop.

Hiring University Governance Commissioner!

March 29th, 2018

Interested in joining the UTGSU Executive? Consider running to fill the new executive role as University Governance Commissioner! This position is open to any UTGSU Member. Duties include the liaising between the UTGSU and U of T administration, representing the UTGSU on various U of T committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities.The honorarium is $1244.34 per month. Elections for this position will be held during the next General Council meeting on Tuesday, 30 April, 6:10 pm, at Koffler House, Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Your resume and 250-word statement are to be submitted to the Internal Commissioner (internal@utgsu.ca) by April 16th at midnight to be considered. For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner.

Please see a link to the duties attached below:

University Governance Commissioner Duties [PDF]

UTGSU Digest: Students Voices on Sexual Violence Survey & Conference Grants – March 22, 2018

March 22nd, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-in Hours
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
7. SGS Conference Grant
8. Food for Thought Hackathon
9. Women in International Security Toronto Chapter Launch
Party
10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey
The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey will be coming to a close on March 26. This online survey has been conducted by CCI Research on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development. It is very important that student input is provided, as it can help to improve student support services and personal safety. Upon 60% completion of the survey, students will also receive a $5 electronic gift card. If you have not received a link and would like to fill out the survey, you can request it here: https://goo.gl/7qaZoP.

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
You can reserve a one-hour timeslot in the UTGSU Gym for the month of April on March 28 between 10:00 am and noon. To book, please email Pam at gym@utgsu.ca or call at (416) 978-8464 with: your name, student ID number, the day and time you wish to book the gym, and the names and student ID numbers of the other students you’ll be playing with. For more information on the programming in the gym, visit: https://goo.gl/332X4C.

4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Drop-in Hours
All full-time graduate students are entitled to a free International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which may be used to obtain discounts on travel, merchandise, and services throughout the world. The ISIC provides members with student discounts on Greyhound Bus, VIA Rail, Porter Air, and other travel. The drop-in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm, no appointment necessary for the drop-in time. Other times are available by email appointment only. Drop-in cancellations will be posted on this webpage: https://goo.gl/X1drgk. We do not issue cards outside of drop-in times and appointments, and cannot accommodate walk-in requests for cards.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at: https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

7. SGS Conference Grant
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference. The last day for applying to the Winter/Spring cycle is March 26, 2018 at 4:30pm. For more information, visit: https://goo.gl/YJoiYF. Direct all your questions to Tara Lock, the Graduate Awards Officer, at conferencegrant@utoronto.ca.

8. Food for Thought Hackathon
Have a passion for policy, food security, design thinking, or social impact at large? Join the “Food for Thought” policy hackathon on Sunday, March 25 hosted by the Policy innovation initiative (Pii) from the School of Public Policy & Governance. Their challenge this year centres on food security in an urban setting and will be a unique opportunity to creatively learn and connect with multi-disciplinary students and professionals. The hackathon features keynote from Lori Stahlbrand (Toronto Food Policy Council), and challenge leaders: Adeline Cohen (OpenLab, UHN), Cassandra Gentile (Food Innovation Hub), and Reg Noble (Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson). All are welcome and you can register on Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/F7Hs9q.

9. Women in International Security Toronto Chapter Launch Party
How are women transforming the field of global security? Join WIIS for a celebration and networking event, featuring some of the most influential women in Toronto working in the field of security. Women in International Security (WIIS) is a renowned global network that brings together scholars, professionals, experts, lawyers, journalists, military leaders, and students to support and promote women in the field of global security on topics ranging from human rights issues, humanitarian crises, climate security, conflict analysis and prevention, post-conflict peace-building, and more. RSVP to the WIIS-Toronto launch party to connect with this dynamic new city-wide network. All gender identities are welcome to attend. Happening on March 28, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Massey College, located at 4 Devonshire Place. RSVP at https://goo.gl/UeBREh.

10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring 
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) is a peer-training program providing pedagogical support to the three campuses of the University of Toronto, through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. TATP currently serves teaching assistants and graduate students; programming is available for students currently enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), regardless of teaching appointment, and members of CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1. There are a variety of positions available for the 2018-2019 Winter sessions, which can be found online here: https://goo.gl/afMEUo. Applications are due on or before March 262018 at 5:00 pm.

UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Opt Out Cheques & Hiring a Communications Coordinator – March 15, 2018

March 15th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
2. Hiring: Three-Month Contract
3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
4. Sustainable Products Hands-on Workshop
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. African Liberation Month Lecture: Black Theorizing in Academia
7. Anti-Racism Conference at U of T:  Free Registration for All Students
8. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
9. Webinar: Life Management Series: Stress Management Webinar
10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Cheques
Health and Dental Insurance opt-out cheques will be mailed out starting this Friday, March 16, 2018. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made starting Thursday, March 15, 2018.  You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. If you do not receive a reimbursement by April 15, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca, and forward the email with the confirmation number and your student number and we will investigate your opt out.

2. Hiring: Three-Month Contract for a Communications Coordinator
The UTGSU is hiring a full-time Communications & Promotions Coordinator for a three-month contract. Interested applicants are asked to apply through Charity Village: https://goo.gl/yiYmMr. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2018. 

3. UTGSU Gym Bookings for April
You can reserve a one-hour timeslot in the UTGSU Gym for the month of April on March 28 between 10:00 am and noon. To book, please email Pam at gym@utgsu.ca or call at (416) 978-8464 with: your name, student ID number, the day and time you wish to book the gym, and the names and student ID numbers of the other students you’ll be playing with. For more information on the programming in the gym, visit: https://goo.gl/332X4C

4. Sustainable Products Hands-on Workshop
In this two hour workshop, you’ll explore dozens of ways to reduce our waste by creating some incredible products such as cleaning supplies, body care products and single-use packaging alternatives all of which you can take home with you. Join the Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee at Grad Room located at 66 Harbord Street on Monday, March 19 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information, email Leo, the Civics & Environmental Justice & Sustainability Commissioner at civics@utgsu.ca.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. African Liberation Month Lecture: Black Theorizing in Academia
The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) welcomes you to attend an incredible talk given by anti-racist scholar Dr. George Sefa Dei! This event will also include a response by Dr. Jennifer Mills, from the Institute of Social Research at York University. Happening on March 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 252 Bloor Street West. A link to the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/J6wCFh. All are welcome to attend.

7. Anti-Racism Conference at U of T:  Free Registration for All Students
The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) is hosting the 2018 IDERD Conference, March 19 -20, 2018. The Conference will address the theme, “Anti-Racism Change in Postsecondary Institutions: Resistance, Assessment, Measurement, and Accountability.” Graduate students are highly encouraged to attend as our postsecondary institutions have a pivotal role to play in advancing a systemic anti-racism agenda. Registration available at:  https://goo.gl/YWYrhD. Programming for the event can be found here: https://goo.gl/gBwKhv. Don’t forget to share this event on Facebook: https://goo.gl/AFwZrj. 

8. Sign-up for a Graduate Writing Group
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?  Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?  Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. Sign up information available at: https://goo.gl/BS67DZ.

9. Webinar: Life Management Series: Stress Management Webinar 
Students who can manage stress are more productive; have an easier time memorizing information and concentrating on their academic work; and an overall happier disposition. This one-hour webinar helps students learn to focus on goals, think strategically about hobbies, and explore what makes them feel relaxed. Facilitator: Carrie Smeenk, Learning Strategist from University of Toronto Academic Success Centre. Register at http://uoft.me/3Qn. Happening on March 22, from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm.

10. The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is Hiring 
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) is a peer-training program providing pedagogical support to the three campuses of the University of Toronto, through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation. TATP currently serves teaching assistants and graduate students; programming is available for students currently enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), regardless of teaching appointment, and members of CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1. There are a variety of positions available for the 2018-2019 Winter sessions, which can be found online here: https://goo.gl/afMEUo. Applications are due on or before March 262018 at 5:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTGSU Digest: The Varsity Referendum Results & Family Study Space – March 8, 2018

March 8th, 2018

Digest

1. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
2. The Varsity Referendum Results
3. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
4. Queers and Beers
5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
6. Eco-Fest 2018
7. Gradlife 101: Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience
8. Grad Meditation
9. Family Study Space at Robarts Library – Opening Reception
10. Indigenous Language Games

1. Student Voices on Sexual Violence: Provincial Climate Survey
Have you received the Student Voices on Sexual Violence, a survey sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and distributed via CCI Research, Inc? This survey will be available to U of T Students until March 26, 2018. If you have not received the survey, you can request a link here: https://goo.gl/HXubXX. The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to encourage as many students as possible to fill out the survey if they are able to do so. It will take approximately 20 minutes and you will receive a $5.00 e-gift card for completion of up to 60% of the survey. We are aware that some of the questions will be difficult and can potentially trigger students, but there are community resources available that we can assist in directing anyone who requires support. If you have any further questions or requests for information, please contact Brie, the UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner at: finance@utgsu.ca.

2. The Varsity Referendum Results
The referendum that The Varsity held last week to establish a $0.80 levy per session for full-time graduate students has passed. There were 127 full-time graduate students who participated in the referendum, and there were 65 (51%) ‘Yes’ votes, 60 (47%) ‘No’ votes, and 2 (2%) abstentions. Questions about the referendum should be directed to Jacob Lorinc, the Editor-in-Chief at the Varsity at: editor@thevarsity.ca.

3. UTGSU Policy and Operations Committee Meetings
Are you a graduate student interested in policy and governance? Looking to get involved in your students’ union? The UTGSU is holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 13th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 16 Bancroft Ave (UTGSU Building top floor)to review policies and bylaws of the union. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sarah, the UTGSU Internal Commissioner, at internal@utgsu.ca.

4. Queers and Beers
The UTGSU Queer Caucus will be hosting “Queers and Beers” on Thursday, March 15th at 6:00pm at Firkin on Bay Street at 1075 Bay Street (near Bay and Wellesley). Join them for some company from your fellow queer graduate students with drinks and pub food provided! The venue is fully accessible, but please note that there is no single-user washroom available. For more information, contact the Caucus directly at: queer@utgsu.ca.

5. Grad Minds – Expanding the Elemental Magazine Editorial Team
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Elemental Magazine is expanding their editorial team and recruiting a number of positions. Spearheaded by the UTGSU Grad Minds Committee, Elemental is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and creating a strong community of support through an engaging, collaborative, and empowering communication platform. Details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/Z5FtZ6. To apply, contact mentalhealth@utgsu.ca with the subject line: Elemental Magazine 2018.

6. Eco-Fest 2018
Eco-Fest 2018 is a two week long environmental and sustainability awareness campaign organized by UTERN, The UTGSU Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee, UTSU, and other environmental clubs on campus. Eco-Fest will begin on March 12, 2018 and run through to March 23, 2018. Some of the amazing events in the line-up include: seed planting, an eco-beauty night, and a spring bike tune-up. For more information, visit their Facebook page at: https://goo.gl/y4Wf4B.

7. Gradlife 101: Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience
Do you want to get the most of your time in grad school?  Discover your community and the essential support services and resources offered by Gradlife and the School of Graduate Studies. Learn how to develop skills, enhance wellness, and have fun during your grad school experience. You will leave with a personalized plan of how you can get involved and where to go for support during your career as a U of T grad student. Pizza will be available. Presented by Jennifer Pinker (Gradlife) and Susan Hopkirk (SGS). Ideal for incoming grad students but open to all. (Tuesday, March 13, 12:00- 2:00 pm, Grad Room.) Register at: https://goo.gl/ZZ7VsU. For more information contact Gradlife at (416) 946-0148.

8. Grad Meditation
On Mondays between 12:10 pm to 12:45 pm, and Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm in the Grad Room located at 66 Harbord Street. The St. George meditation programme has been developed by Health and Wellness and the Multi-Faith Centre in partnership with other units across campus with student leadership. The secular based sessions are appropriate for beginners to seasoned practitioners. Would you like to be more calm, confident and connected? Drop-in sessions held weekly to practice secular mindful meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus. For more information, visit the Facebook event at: https://goo.gl/oSLfS7.

9. Family Study Space at Robarts Library – Opening Reception
U of T current students, their partners and children (12 years and under) are invited to the opening of Canada’s first academic library family study space. Join the Family Care Office on Thursday, March 15 at 12:30 pm for the opening and refreshments at Robarts Library. Also, don’t forget to register for the free March Break events at U of T by emailing family.care@utoronto.ca with: your name, U of T status and names & ages of your participating children.

10. Indigenous Language Games
You’ve probably played Scrabble, but have you tried sCREEble? or Baapaase, a mash-up of Jenga and charades? Learn vocabulary in a low-pressure environment… with lots of help along the way. Delicious tacos on Ojibway-style frybread will be served. Join the Centre for International Experience at Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies (located at 563 Spadina Avenue on the second floor) on Friday, March 9th from 5 to 8 pm. For more information, contact the Centre for International Experience at: cie.information@utoronto.ca