UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques & Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy – November 16, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
3. Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
4. Resources and Supports About Graduate Supervision
5. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December
6. Students for Greater Transit Access
7. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
8. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
9. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
10. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: www.utgsu.ca/agm.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out cheques will be mailed out the week of November 27. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made the week of November 20. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and the Health and Dental Office will investigate your opt-out.

3. Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee opposes the proposed “University Mandated Leave of Absence” Policy in its current form. Graduate students are fortunate to have a voluntary leave of absence implemented at The School of Graduate Studies. However, a mandatory absence does not help graduate students seek specific accommodations to help them complete their program in a timely manner. Moving forward, the Executive Committee will be asking the University Affairs Board to act on multiple items before moving forward with the implementation of the policy. The full statement from the Executive Committee can be found here: Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy (Statement).

4. Resources and Supports About Graduate Supervision
If you’re in a research-stream program, supervision can be the most defining experience of your graduate career. Where can you look for information about supervision, or find additional support if you need it? Consult this new fact sheet developed by the UTGSU and School of Graduate Studies: Graduate Supervisor‐Student Relationships, Resources & Supports.

5. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December
To reserve a one-hour timeslot for the UTGSU Gym for the month of December, send an email to gym@utgsu.ca on November 24 starting at 10am with: your name, student number, list of players and their names and student numbers, the desired day and timeslot for bookings. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Graduate students can reserve the gym for basketball from 5-6pm or 6-7pm and then drop-in recreational basketball is from 7-11pm. Friday evenings for doubles badminton. On December 11 from 5-11pm there is drop-in volleyball at the recreation and intermediate levels, on  December 12 from 5-7pm there is drop-in volleyball at the competitive level and on December 13, one-hour timeslots from 5-11pm can be booked for volleyball. Please note, the UTGSU gym will close for the Winter Break on Friday, December 15, 2017.

6. Students for Greater Transit Access
The UTGSU is working closely with TTCRiders, and CFS-Ontario to campaign for greater public transit access across Ontario. Fill out the provincial transit survey as your feedback will help inform our public transit campaign by shaping and backing up what we call on decision-makers to do to build better transit services. The survey can be found at: www.cfsontario.ca/transit-survey and more information on the campaign at: Students for Greater Transit Access Campaign Launch.

7. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
The UTGSU Queer Caucus is proud to present Gaymes Night on November 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Hart House South Sitting Room (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus). Join them for a night of board games, snacks, and general merriment before exam season comes. While organized by the UTGSU Queer Caucus, queer students from across U of T are all welcome- feel free to invite your friends! The space is accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and there is an all gender washroom available. No identities assumed! E-mail questions to queer@utgsu.ca, and join the official Facebook group: UTGSU Queer Caucus.

8. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

9. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St.George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from December 2017 to March 2018, working a number of those hours during the February 2018 election period.
Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

10. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes of Council meetings running from January until April. Applicants must be available to work the following evenings starting at 5pm and ending sometime between 8pm-11pm: December 4, 2017 (training), January 29, 2018, February 26, 2018, March 26 2018, and April 23, 2018. The Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with UTGSU Staff, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the UTGSU website. Previous experience with UTGSU General Council meetings will be considered as an asset to this position. The remuneration is $200.00 per meeting. To apply for the position, send your CV to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017, at 5pm. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Hiring a Secretary & Chief Returning Officer – November 9, 2017

November 9th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
3. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections.
4. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
5. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
7. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
8. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution, Communication & Negotiation

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: www.utgsu.ca/agm.

2. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes of Council meetings running from January until April. Applicants must be available to work the following evenings starting at 5pm and ending sometime between 8pm-11pm: December 4, 2017 (training), January 29 2018, February 26 2018, March 26 2018, and April 23 2018. The Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with UTGSU Staff, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the UTGSU website. Previous experience with UTGSU General Council meetings will be considered as an asset to this position. The remuneration is $200.00 per meeting. To apply for the position, send your CV to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24 2017 at 5pm. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

3. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St.George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from December 2017 to March 2018, working a number of those hours during the February 2018 election period.
Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

4. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards has been extended to 11:59pm on November 15, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

5. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams and divisions graduate students are interested in having, please fill out the following form: Winter Intramural Sign-Up Sheet. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the intramural session for the Winter Semester. Stay tuned for an email the week of November 20 for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Winter Semester. If you have any questions or an accessibility request, email Peter, the Intramural Coordinator at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
On November 24 from 1 to 3 pm, join the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and the University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) at the 2017 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest, taking place at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). Speakers from different areas will present their cutting-edge research works. Apply to present at www.utmust.ca/application, or attend the presentation as a viewer. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

8. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is committed to social justice, community building, and healing for self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour at the intersections of gender, ability, age, class, religion and sexuality. They are currently looking for two enthusiastic, and forward-thinking candidates to be their new Vice-President of Internal Operations and Vice-President of Finance. For more information, visit: Race & Ethnicity Caucus Positions. The deadline to apply is November 30 at 5pm.

9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
The AGM is an opportunity for the Bikechain community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m at the Harvest Noon Cafe, located on the 2nd floor of the UTGSU building. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information here: bikechain.ca/2017-agm.

10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution, Communication & Negotiation
How can we deal more effectively with conflict as grad students? Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Center & G2G Peer Advisors this November for a series of workshops to learn about what makes conflict in grad school so unique and the role of effective negotiation and communication in resolving it: For details and to register for the series, visit: www.gpsconflictresolutionfundamentals.eventbrite.ca. Workshops run on November 16, 23 and 30 from 1-3pm out of Grad Room, located at 66 Harbord Street on the lower level.

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UTGSU Digest: Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline & Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary – November 2, 2017

November 2nd, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
3. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
4. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
5. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
6. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
7. 150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism and Indigeneity across Lands
8. Financial Survival Talks

9. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent While Pursuing a Graduate Degree – Panel Discussion
10. Competition Opens for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Any UTGSU member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm. Motions submitted by the deadline that are in order will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27.

2. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards has been extended to 11:59pm on November 15, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

3. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

4. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams and divisions graduate students are interested in having, please fill out the following form: Winter Intramural Sign-Up Sheet. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the intramural session for the Winter Semester. Stay tuned for an email the week of November 20 for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Winter Semester. If you have any questions or an accessibility request, email Peter, the Intramural Coordinator at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

5. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
On November 24 from 1 to 3 pm, join the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and the University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) at the 2017 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest, taking place at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). Speakers from different areas will present their cutting-edge research works. Apply to present at www.utmust.ca/application, or attend the presentation as a viewer. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

6. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is committed to social justice, community building, and healing for self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour at the intersections of gender, ability, age, class, religion and sexuality. They are currently looking for two enthusiastic, and forward-thinking candidates to be their new Vice-President of Internal Operations and Vice-President of Finance. For more information, visit: Race & Ethnicity Caucus Positions. The deadline to apply is November 30 at 5pm.

7. 150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism and Indigeneity across Lands
To mark the one year anniversary of the Decolonizing Conference, the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) in collaboration with Equity Studies, New College and endorsed by the UTGSU will be hosting an interactive workshop series geared toward critical dialogues, arts, and activism on Saturday, November 11th, 2017. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity to connect with scholars, activists, artists, and fellow graduate/undergraduate students in an environment that fosters critical thought, engagement, creativity, and innovation in the areas of race, anti-racism, Indigeneity, and decolonization. Get your tickets on the Facebook event to secure your spot.

8. Financial Survival Talks
On Wednesday, November 15 from 12-2pm in the Main Activity Hall of the MultiFaith Centre. Come and speak individually with various U of T staff and union staff representatives about financial assistance you can access at The University of Toronto. Learn more about student discounts, newly created UTGSU Awards, Extended Health & Dental benefit plans, SGS Parental Grant, OSAP, childcare subsidies and the review by the City of Toronto for international students, what grant committees are looking for on-campus student services and family resources. Lunch will be served. Your partner/spouses are welcome to attend. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3I3.

9. Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent While Pursuing a Graduate Degree – Panel Discussion
Happening on Tuesday, November 7 from 12-2pm in Grad Room, located at 66 Harbord Street. This talk will provide you with information to allow you to make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family, including: Programs and resources available for students who are starting a family, such as, University and Government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/ parental leave; and resources for new parents. A panel discussion featuring a faculty member and graduate students who are raising children. You will be able to hear first-hand about their experiences, challenges and valuable strategies for integrating studies and careers with raising children. Pizza will be served. Space is limited. Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and Gradlife. Register: www.familycare.utoronto.ca/events/workshops.html.

10. Competition Opens for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award
First Nations, Metis and Inuit students registered full-time in a graduate degree program are encouraged to apply for the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award, launched last spring by SGS in partnership with Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement, University of Toronto (SAGE UT). The award offers up to $1,000 for travel to Indigenous-focused events. To apply, complete an application at www.sgs.utoronto.ca/Documents/Indigenous-Graduate-Travel-Award-Application.pdf and email it to sage@utoronto.ca. The application deadline is November 27, 2017. For more information, please contact the SAGE Program Director at sage@utoronto.ca.

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UTGSU Digest: Notice of AGM & Halloween on Church St – October 25, 2017

October 26th, 2017

Digest
1. Graduate Community Development Fund
2. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
3. UTGSU Annual General Meeting 2017: Mon Dec 4, 6:10pm
4. International Students’ Caucus: Bar Hopping for “Halloween on Church Street”
5. Come to Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting: Wed Nov 15, 6:30-9:30pm
6. Optimize Your Graduate Experience: Thurs Nov 2, 5-9pm
7. Grad Talk – Becoming a Parent in Grad School: Tues Nov 7, 12-2pm
8. Graduate Student Parent Circle: Wed Nov 1, 12-2pm
9. New Frontiers Seminar Series: Thurs Nov 2, 12-1pm
10. Dismantling Islamophobia in Higher Education: Mon Oct 30, 6:30-8pm
11. Our Doors Are Open Graduate Seminar: Thurs Nov 9, 4:30-6:30pm

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UTGSU Digest: Five $1,000 and Ten $500 to be Won with the Graduate Community Development Fund – October 19, 2017

October 19th, 2017

Digest1. Graduate Community Development Fund
2. Gym Bookings for November
3. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
4. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
5. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
6. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
7. Parenting in Today’s World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness
8. Bikechain: Looking for Board Members
9. Startup Research Accelerator One-Day Bootcamp
10. SD Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society

1. Graduate Community Development Fund
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on October 31, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

2. Gym Bookings for November
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of November on October 27, starting at 10:00 am. To book a one-hour time slot please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. or call 416-978-8464.  Please note that emails are preferredIn your email please list the player’s Names and Student ID numbers which are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. From Monday to Wednesday Evenings it is reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. Thursday Evenings from 5-6pm can be reserved for basketball or students can drop in for pick-up basketball from 7-11pm. A one-hour timeslot on Friday Evenings from 5-11pm can be reserved for doubles badminton. Students must provide their T-card upon request.

3. 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 2017-2018 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. An honorarium is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on MondayOctober 23rd, starting at 6:15pm, located at Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. 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 by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested Members should send a statement of interest to
internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

5. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Subcommittee, email Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca with: (1) A brief paragraph about yourself and why you’re interested in joining and (2) year and program. A maximum of 8 spots is available on this committee, which is a low time commitment opportunity, spanning over three months. Applications will be accepted until October 26 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

6. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
Grad Minds will be hosting an event to increase students’ understanding of mental illnesses at UofT. They are looking for students with lived experience with mental illness who are comfortable speaking about it openly in front of an audience in a TED Talk-style. They are looking for students with a broad range of mental illnesses, including (but not limited to) anxiety disorder, depression, diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, eating disorders, etc. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Jacalyn, one of the Gradminds Co-Chairs, at: jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca.

7. Parenting in Today’s World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness On Tuesdays, October 31November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, at the First Nations House Lounge, located at 563 Spadina Ave. Facilitators: Mikaela Gabriel, PhD student & Mairi McKenna-Edwards, Division of Student Life. Join them for a 6 session brown bag lunch series to learn about Indigenous past & present realities and how to speak about it with your children. You will learn about Canada’s diversity issues including its impact on racialized and Indigenous people and ongoing indigenous colonization and gain the knowledge and language to introduce your child to Indigenous history and present concerns, and concepts of identity, racism, and cultural differences. Your partner/spouse are welcome to attend. Registration required at http://uoft.me/3I3.

8. Bikechain: Looking for Board Members
Interested in having a say in the behind-the-scenes operations at Bikechain? Join their Board of Directors. They’re holding an information session on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30-8:00pm at their shop located at 563 Spadina Crescent, and the entrance is on Bancroft. This session will be a primer on the ins and outs of being a Board Member with Bikechain – time commitment, different roles, perks, and how to run at their annual AGM. Members of their 2016-2017 Board will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their experiences on the Board. No prior experience necessary. RSVP at www.bikechain.ca/events.

 

9. Startup Research Accelerator One-Day Bootcamp
On Novembe 7, accelerate your entrepreneurship research skills! This boot camp provides a comprehensive set of resources and tools to support your startup, and meets all Co-Curricular Record (CCR) requirements too. In a single day, take 4 key workshops:  Launchpad: Campus Resources for U of T Startups, Introductions to Business Resource, Demystifying Business Research with the Business Model Canvas, Primary Research Strategies, and Tools. Space is limited. To register: http://uoft.me/1jE.

10. SD Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society
The 3rd SD Clark Symposium will be held at the University of Toronto on 10 November, bringing together political scientists, geographers and sociologists from Canada and the UK to debate ‘The Future of Canada’s Territorial Borders and Personal Boundaries’. Please join in on what promises to be a lively discussion of a topical issue. Admission is free but registration is required at the following link: http://bit.ly/2wLzO12.

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UTGSU Digest: Graduate Community Development Fund & Executive-at-Large Position – October 12, 2017

October 12th, 2017

Digest
1. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
2. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
3. Graduate Community Development Fund
4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
5. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
7. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
8. Optimize Your Graduate Experience
9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room – Global Affairs and The Rule of Law
10. Workshop: Rim Brakes: Identification, Adjustment, and Troubleshooting


1.
 UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. 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 by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested Members should send a statement of interest to
internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

2. 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 2017-2018 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. An honorarium is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on MondayOctober 23rd, starting at 6:15pm, located at Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca.

3. Graduate Community Development Fund
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on October 31, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Subcommittee, email Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca with: (1) A brief paragraph about yourself and why you’re interested in joining and (2) year and program. A maximum of 8 spots is available on this committee, which is a low time commitment opportunity, spanning over three months. Applications will be accepted until October 26 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

5. Grad Minds Seeking Students to Speak about their Experience with Mental Illness
Grad Minds will be hosting an event to increase students’ understanding of mental illnesses at UofT. They are looking for students with lived experience with mental illness who are comfortable speaking about it openly in front of an audience in a TED Talk-style. They are looking for students with a broad range of mental illnesses, including (but not limited to) anxiety disorder, depression, diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, eating disorders, etc. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Jacalyn, one of the Gradminds Co-Chairs, at: jacalyn.kelly@mail.utoronto.ca.

6. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to this informative workshop hosted by the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus to get your questions answered. The workshop will take place on October 19 from 6:00-8:00pm at UC 140, located at 15 King’s College Circle. The speaker, Elizabeth Long, is an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. If you would like to attend this session, RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/4pAbHiECeJIdx0bV2 by October 17. Snacks will be provided.

7. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
Happening on October 19, 6- 9pm. This free movie night for graduate students and community members – all welcome! Have you ever been through a bad breakup where you hated the world and yourself? This film explores what that’s like. It’s an anti-romantic comedy with a whole lot of heart. FYI – If you’re expecting a v-day romantic comedy with mental health fluff, this is not for you. We’re going to watch the film, laugh together, talk about mental health, and think about what we can do as a community to support each other. Please register asap as this event sold out at the TIFF Lightbox! Facebook |  Tickets

8. Optimize Your Graduate Experience
Connect with peers on Thursday, November 2 from 5-9pm at Hart House’s Music Room, and hear from a student & resource-partner panel, engage in a café carousel, and choose from great breakout sessions that will help you to make connections in new settings, map out & set goals for your graduate career, and give you tangible tools to manage stress and avoid burnout. Refreshments will be served.  Registration required. Space is limited. Hosted by Gradlife.

9. Graduate Speaker Series @ The Grad Room – Global Affairs and The Rule of Law
The October session of the Graduate Speaker Series will take place on Tuesday, October 17th (6 pm – 7:30 pm) at the lower level of the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. The topic for October is ‘Global Affairs and The Rule of Law’. Talks will include themes such as law related to combat/military activities, humanitarian interventions, sovereignty and international law. As always, there will be two speakers who will present their research. This will be followed by an ample time for Q&A and discussion. Pizza will be served. For details about talks, speakers and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/2xIYETx.

10. Workshop: Rim Brakes: Identification, Adjustment, and Troubleshooting
A safe bike is a bike that can stop! Join Bikechain on October 18th from 6:30-8:30pm and learn how to set up, adjust, and troubleshoot your rim brakes. Participants are invited to bring their own bikes and will have a chance to identify their type of brake and check for issues. Pay what you can (PWYC) $5-15 is the suggested donation.
RSVP: www.bikechain.ca/events.
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UTGSU Digest: Graduate Community Development Fund & Statement & Petition for Systematic Transformation at Massey College – October 5, 2017

October 5th, 2017

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1. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
2. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
3.Update on the Statement & Petition for Systematic Transformation at Massey College
4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
5. Now Accepting Graduation Community Development Fund Applications
6. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
7. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
8. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
9. Grad Connections – Hot Topics for Graduate Students
10. Notice of Public Consultation: University of Toronto St.George Campus Housing Study

 

1. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. 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 by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested Members should send a statement of interest to
internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

2. 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 2017-2018 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. An honorarium is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on MondayOctober 23rd, starting at 6:15pm, located at Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca.

3. Update on the Statement & Petition for Systematic Transformation at Massey College
Thank you to those who were able to sign the petition demanding systematic change at Massey College. Your support for the Junior Fellows has given them strength in numbers. The UTGSU Executive Committee would like to acknowledge that some of the demands have been met by the Administration at Massey College, but the conversations between the Junior Fellows and Administration are in its early stages. We encourage you to continue to circulate this petition and ask others to sign it, in order for this issue to stay at the forefront of conversation as we are calling for systemic change at Massey College: Statement & Petition

4. Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Subcommittee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Subcommittee, email Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca with: (1) A brief paragraph about yourself and why you’re interested in joining and (2) year and program. A maximum of 8 spots is available on this committee, which is a low time commitment opportunity, spanning over three months. Applications will be accepted until October 26 at 11:59PM. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

5. Now Accepting Graduation Community Development Fund Applications
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59PM on October 31, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

6. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

7. Permanent Residence Information Workshop
Are you an international student? Thinking of applying for permanent residency after graduation? Come to this information workshop hosted by the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus to get your questions answered. The workshop will take place on October 19 from 6:00-8:00pm at UC 140, located at 15 King’s College Circle. The speaker, Elizabeth Long, is an immigration lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in citizenship and immigration law. If you would like to attend this session, RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/4pAbHiECeJIdx0bV2 by October 17. Snacks will be provided.

8. Free Graduate Community Movie Night & Mental Health Panel
Happening on  October 19, 6- 9 PM. This free movie night for graduate students and community members – all welcome! Have you ever been through a bad breakup where you hated the world and yourself? This film explores what that’s like. It’s an anti-romantic comedy with a whole lot of heart. FYI – If you’re expecting a v-day romantic comedy with mental health fluff, this is not for you. We’re going to watch the film, laugh together, talk about mental health, and think about what we can do as a community to support each other. Please register asap as this event sold out at TIFF Lightbox! Trailer Facebook |  Tickets

9. Grad Connections – Hot Topics for Graduate Students
Gradlife is very excited to be starting a new program, a casual chat and lunch drop-in for graduate students, starting on October 16. If you’re looking for a place to connect with peers in a less formal setting, and like coffee and tea, then this is for you. Check out the event page for more information on #GradConnections topics and location. Event link: http://bit.ly/2yY7PNe.

10. Notice of Public Consultation: University of Toronto St.George Campus Housing Study
At Charles Street West and Yonge Street, two apartment towers provide housing to more than 2,000 people in 713 apartments, all of whom are currently student families. These properties are subject to a transfer agreement with the province, as well as a ground lease for adjacent commercial space, both of which expire in 2019. This provides the University with an opportunity to consider a new mix of residential and commercial uses, as well as renewal and redevelopment potential. How you can help: Your input to help develop recommendations for the housing strategy for the St. George campus is extremely valuable. Please attend the upcoming public consultation, on Oct. 10 from 7-9pm at 35 Charles Street West on the 2nd floor, for the Charles Street West neighbourhood to discuss your vision for housing in your community.

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UTGSU Digest: Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair & Health and Dental Change of Coverage Period – Wednesday, September 27

September 27th, 2017

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1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
3. Join the UTGSU Executive Team as an Executive-at-Large
4. CUPE 3902 Back to Work BBQ
5. UTGSU Caucuses are Recruiting New Executives
6. UTGSU Gym Schedule for October
7. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
8. American Sign Language 101 – Class Sign Up
9. Grad Minds Looking for Photographers
10. Graduate Student Parent Circle
11. Join the Ride for Respect

 

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
IMPORTANT: Please be reminded that the deadline for Opting In/Opting Out is October 2, 2017at 5:00pm.
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:

2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. 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 by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested Members should send a statement of interest to
internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, October 19, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

3. 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 2017-2018 Executive Vision and UTGSU events, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending weekly Executive meetings and a monthly General Council meeting. An honorarium is provided for this position. Elections will be held during the next UTGSU General Council meeting on MondayOctober 23rd, starting at 6:15pm, located at Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). For more information or an accessibility request, please contact the Internal Commissioner at internal@utgsu.ca .

4. CUPE 3902 Back to Work BBQ
Happening on September 28 at 4:30pm (food will start being served at this time) in the laneway beside the UTGSU at 16 Bancroft Avenue. Join your fellow friends and union members at CUPE 3902’s Back to Work BBQ! You are encouraged to wear any CUPE swag you may have around the house – and show the Employer how strong you are together. Food will begin to be served at 4:30pm, please note limited quantities are available. Menu items include Alberta beef brisket on a bun, veggie burgers, BBQ chicken breast on a bun, salads, and frozen treats. The event is rain or shine.

5. UTGSU Caucuses are Recruiting New Executives
UTGSU Caucuses are identity-based groups on campus that work closely with graduate students and other internal University of Toronto organizations to build communities and host social, networking and other events to enhance the academic experience. Being part of one of the UTGSU Caucuses is a great opportunity to develop your soft skills and get involved in a wide range of initiatives. For a list of Executive positions within the International Students’ Caucus, Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus and the Race & Ethnicity Caucus, please refer to the postings here: Executive Position Application Form.

6. UTGSU Gym Schedule for October
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of October on Friday, September 29, starting at 10:00am. To book call 416-978 8464. Call early as space fills up quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7-10pm. You may also book the UTGSU Gym for basketball on Thursdays and doubles badminton on Fridays for one hour per week. MondayTuesday and Wednesday evenings are reserved for the volleyball league. Volleyball drop-in is available from 8 -11 pm on October 3 and 10th. The League begins Monday, October 16th. Daytime bookings can be made from 10 am to 5 pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation, and singles badminton. For more information, go to www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym or email gym@utgsu.ca. 

7. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

8. American Sign Language 101 – Class Sign Up
Interested learning American Sign Language and Deaf Culture? This course will focus on ASL basics, an introduction to Deaf Culture, and social justice signs. To directly express your interest for the course, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k581bQVZtvM8vdOLnh4aTbsWO-XsyX9E3DhRcL7sbJ0. Classes will be Tuesdays from 4pm – 6pm, starting on September 26th. Classes are free and will run for eight weeks. If you are interested and would like more information, please email LGBTOUT@utoronto.ca. Brought to you by SBA, LGBTOUT, ASSU, and APUS.

9. Grad Minds Looking for Photographers
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at the St.George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our knowledge, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. Grad Minds is currently recruiting photographers to join their editorial team. They are also accepting applications for journalists and design editors throughout the year. To apply, send your resume (a max. of two pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca. More information can be found online at: Grad Minds Positions.

10. Graduate Student Parent Circle
Happening on Wednesday October 412 to 2 pm at the North Sitting Room, Hart House, 3rd Floor (can be accessed by elevator as well). 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. Pre-registration required at http://uoft.me/3DQ. A collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, UTGSU, Grad Life and Hart House.

11. Join the Ride for Respect
Starting at Queen’s Park at 11:30am and ending at City Hall at 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 3. The Toronto Transit Agency (TTC), is about to set service standards and fare levels for 2018. The problem is the TTC doesn’t have enough money because Mayor John Tory and Premier Wynne refuse to fairly fund the TTC. Join TTC Riders as they call for more service on all routes across the city, two hour fare transfers, and truly affordable fare discounts for low and moderate income riders. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/336429933471210/ and Eventbrite RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ride-for-respect-tickets-37128626722.

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UTGSU Digest: Caucuses Recruiting New Executives & Health and Dental Change of Coverage Period – Friday, September 22

September 22nd, 2017

Digest
1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Kick-Off Rally
3. UTGSU Caucuses are Recruiting New Executives
4. UTGSU Gym Schedule for October
5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
6. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
7. Grad Minds Looking for Photographers
8. QT2SBIPOC Fall Social 
9. Childcare Subsidy Information Session
10. Survey on Impact of Tuition Fees and Student Debt

 

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Kick-Off Rally
Happening on Monday, September 25, from 12-2pm outside Simcoe Hall, in King’s College Circle. CUPE 3902’s current Unit 1 Collective Agreement is set to expire in December and the elected bargaining team has been hard at work over the summer crafting proposals to build a new and better Collective Agreement for everyone. For information on the platform, please see the bargaining bulletin: CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Bargaining Platform. The space for the rally is physically accessible (please see the map for an accessible route) and there will be snacks available (including vegan and GF). Please contact vc1@cupe3902.org if there any other accommodations that would make it more accessible for you. All are welcome! The more strength the university sees the more negotiating power CUPE 3902 has.

3. UTGSU Caucuses are Recruiting New Executives
UTGSU Caucuses are identity-based groups on campus that work closely with graduate students and other internal University of Toronto organizations to build communities and host social, networking and other events to enhance the academic experience. Being part of one of the UTGSU Caucuses is a great opportunity to develop your soft skills and get involved in a wide range of initiatives. For a list of Executive positions within the International Students’ Caucus, Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus and the Race & Ethnicity Caucus, please refer to the postings here: Executive Position Application Form.

4. UTGSU Gym Schedule for October
UTGSU Gym time can be reserved for the month of October on Friday, September 29, starting at 10:00am. To book call 416-978 8464. Call early as space fills up quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7-10pm. You may also book the UTGSU Gym for basketball on Thursdays and doubles badminton on Fridays for one hour per week. MondayTuesday and Wednesday evenings are reserved for the volleyball league. Volleyball drop-in is available from 8 -11 pm on October 3 and 10th. The League begins Monday, October 16th. Daytime bookings can be made from 10 am to 5 pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation, and singles badminton. For more information, go to www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym or email gym@utgsu.ca. 

 

5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

6. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) would like to invite all international graduate students to a Welcome Back Event at the GSU pub on Wednesday, September 27th at 6 pm. Come and meet other international graduate students and enjoy free drinks and food! Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/1puR9NoRS6TcTSxF2. Email isc@utgsu.ca if you have any questions.

7. Grad Minds Looking for Photographers
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at the St.George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our knowledge, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. Grad Minds is currently recruiting photographers to join their editorial team. They are also accepting applications for journalists and design editors throughout the year. To apply, send your resume (a max. of two pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca. More information can be found online at: Grad Minds Positions.

8. QT2SBIPOC Fall Social 
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a fall social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC). There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting. We will have snacks (including vegan and gluten-free options). Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Location: Room 207 (MultiPurpose Hall), MultiFaith Centre. The MultiFaith Centre is located at 569 Spadina Avenue. The accessible entrance to the building is off of Bancroft Avenue. For more information visit: https://goo.gl/ePdBE4. 

9. Childcare Subsidy Information Session
Wednesday, September 27, 3:15 – 4:30 pm, 246 Bloor St. West, Rm 346. Learn what child care subsidy is and the eligibility requirements by the City of Toronto, including information about how the City of Toronto Children’s Services manages its waitlist, what happens if you don’t find a childcare space after the subsidy interview meeting, how to get subsidies to look for a job or if you are self-employed, and recent changes and updates to their policies.Registration required at http://uoft.me/3DQ. All University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome.

10. Survey on Impact of Tuition Fees and Student Debt
Chris Glover, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto is conducting a survey on the impact of university tuition fees and student debt. If you were a university student in the 2016-2017 academic year, please consider filling out this survey. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be combined with the responses of hundreds of other university students in Ontario and Quebec.  The survey will take you about fifteen (15) minutes to complete. Your participation would be greatly appreciated as the information will be provided to the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario in a final report and will be distributed to member locals to aid us in future lobbying efforts. The link to the survey in English is at: https://surveys.oise.utoronto.ca/surveyviewer2/index.php?surveyID=8Y8P2. If you have any questions please email c.glover@mail.utoronto.ca.

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UTGSU Weekly Digest: Gradfest Feedback Form & Health and Dental Change-of-Coverage Period – September 14, 2017

September 14th, 2017

Digest
1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
3. Last Day to Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
4. Gradfest Feedback Form
5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals: Projected Start Times
7. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
8. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room: Astronomy & Astrophysics

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. 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 by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, September 21, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

3. Last Day to Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October. Three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm to 11pm. Registrants can register individually and will be grouped together or placed with another team. Last day to register for the league is September 15 (tomorrow) at midnight. More information about the league and how to register is available online at https://www.utgsu.ca/volleyball/. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca

4. Gradfest Feedback Form
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us at Gradfest. We hope you had as much fun as we did! We are in the process of collecting information on how we can improve this event for next year. If you have 5 minutes, please fill out our feedback form: Gradfest Feedback Form.

5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals: Projected Start Times
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. We have updated our website with the projected start dates of each league, division and playing times, which can be found here: www.utgsu.ca/graduate-student-intramurals/.  If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at: sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is now looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under the UTGSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization, and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and the UTGSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to send you application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

8. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) would like to invite all international graduate students to a Welcome Back Event at the GSU pub on Wednesday, September 27th at 6 pm. Come and meet other international graduate students and enjoy free drinks and food! Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/1puR9NoRS6TcTSxF2. Email isc@utgsu.ca if you have any questions.

9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room: Astronomy & Astrophysics
The Grad Room will start the new academic year with our monthly Graduate Speaker Series event. The first event of the year will take place on Tuesday, September 19th (6 pm – 7:30 pm) at the lower level of the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. Our topic of discussion will be Astronomy & Astrophysics. There will be two graduate students who will present their research on “Milky Way’s Dark Twin” and  “Finding Habitable Exo-Worlds”. There will be ample time for detailed Q&A and discussion session along with some pizza. So come join us at the Grad Room on Sept 19th (6 – 7:30 pm) as we take an intellectual trip into space. For details and registration, please visit http://bit.ly/2vXtyUu . If you have any questions, please email Hamza at hamza.taufique@mail.utoronto.ca. 

 

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