Navigating the Graduate Student Experience at UofT

The first Grad Minds event of the year, Navigating the Graduate Student Experience at UofT, will take place on Thursday, October 8th at 5:30pm in Room 3153 of the Medical Sciences Building. Registration is required at www.ntse.eventbrite.ca

Navigating the Graduate Student Experience at UofT (#navigatingUofT) is a panel discussion meant to raise awareness around the challenges, barriers, and opportunities graduate students encounter throughout their studies at the University of Toronto. This student-driven event provides graduate students with an opportunity to participate in an open dialogue with U of T staff, students, and the community. Student panelists will speak out about their experience with accessing student support services, seeking support from their supervisors/faculty members, and finding a sense of community. Come out to this event to celebrate the success and progress the university has made to date to better the student experience, AND to highlight areas that need improvement. We want to hear from students how the University experience can be made better, and how can support services be improved specifically for graduate students. If you sought any support services from the University, please come to this event and be part of the discussion on improving support services for graduate students. Grad Minds also encourages students to engage in the question and answer period using the hash tag #navigatingUofT.

Conference tickets are SOLD OUT

Tickets to the conference portion of Open Minds 2015: Creativity and Mental Health are officially SOLD OUT, but we've still got seats available for the grand finale circus performance from Talk to Youth Lately, Circus Berserkus. Register on Eventbrite to grab a seat! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Can't make the conference? Don't worry, we'll be recording and livestreaming the keynote speaker and the panel discussion. The livestream link will go live at 5:00pm on Tuesday. We'll also be projecting your tweets at #openminds2015 on a live feed screen, so don't forget to send us your questions and comments!

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Guest post on Gradlife Blog

Grad Minds member Hamza Bin Taufique wrote a guest post on UofT's Gradlife blog about our upcoming Open Minds 2015 conference:

On March 31st, Grad Minds is hosting its annual conference at Hart House and the Isabel Bader Theatre. The conference – Open Minds 2015: Creativity and Mental Health – aims to create a forum for meaningful discussion about graduate student mental health on campus, with a specific focus on the intersection of arts, creativity, and expressing mental states. Open Minds 2015 will focus on how we can bring arts and creativity into the mental health conversations taking place on campus.

Read the post in full on the Gradlife blog.

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Available positions

Thank you for those who came to our annual kickoff meeting earlier tonight! For those who missed it, Grad Minds is looking to fill the following positions:

  1. Committee Activity Coordinator
  2. Social Media Manager
  3. Correspondence Manager
  4. Grant Administrator and Treasurer
  5. Events Manager
  6. Events Committee Lead

Interested? Take a look at the attached PDF for more information and instructions for submitting your application. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by Friday October 10th, 2014.