Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee

May 1st, 2017

About the Committee

The UTGSU Graduate Student Census project aims to develop and implement a comprehensive census among the UTGSU Membership which probes into the day-to-day issues and perceptions of graduate students at the University of Toronto, with the findings to be synthesized into an analytical report for publication online on the UTGSU website. The project is most concerned with investigating the unique issues and perceptions particular to different communities within the U of T graduate student population, as well as that of the U of T graduate student population as a whole. Overall, the ultimate aim of the project is to provide a repository of data and information which can be utilized by the UTGSU and other U of T bodies as an aid in future decision making and practices.

Mandate

  • The UTGSU Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee was struck by the UTGSU General Council in October of 2016 to oversee the execution of the UTGSU Graduate Student Census.

Composition

  • One (1) Member from each of the four (4) Divisions of the School of Graduate Studies
  • One (1) Member from any of the four (4) Divisions of the School of Graduate Studies, as appointed by General Council, to serve as Committee Chair

Committee Members

  • Branden Rizzuto (Committee Chair)
  • Anna Cwikla (Division 1 Member)
  • Samantha Larocque (Division 2 Member)
  • David Gafni (Division 3 Member)
  • Jackie Koyama (Division 4 Member)

Progress

As part of the overall Graduate Student Census project, the UTGSU Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee initiated an extensive consultation process with U of T graduate students and other members of the U of T community during the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of this consultation process was to directly characterize the issues, themes, and topics that were most important to U of T graduate students, and by virtue, to provide a foundation for the focus of the census itself. In total, members of the Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee conducted in-person consultations with more than 170 graduate students from more than 35 groups/organizations across the university. The Graduate Student Census Ad-Hoc Committee is currently utilizing this ethnographic data to construct the census structure, and hopes to have a final draft of the census itself circulated to the U of T graduate student population by December of 2017.

Contact

census@utgsu.ca