Grad Minds workshops, events, supports, and more

Peer Support: For Grad Students by Grad Students!
Check out the new Grad Minds Peer Support Initiative! We aim to provide a supportive and confidential online space for all University of Toronto graduate students. Our peer support team consists of dedicated and passionate graduate students who are well-equipped to listen and connect with you. Our peers provide a judgment-free, safe, and inclusive environment for students who simply need to talk or who are seeking additional resources. Fill out this form to be connected with a peer within a few days. 

Grad Minds Yoga Class with Josh Cooper
Join the UTGSU Grad Minds Team on Wednesday, March 10th for a free Facebook Live yoga class! The class is led by certified yoga instructor Josh Cooper who will lead you through a restorative Hatha Flow Yoga class. All levels are welcome. The yoga class will be live-streamed on the Grad Minds Facebook page. These classes will run through the semester every Wednesday so don’t forget to check them out! For more info about Josh, click here.Date: Wednesday, March 10th @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Livestream Linkhttp://www.facebook.com/gradminds

Workshop: Saving Strategies – Easy Concept, Difficult Reality
Grad Minds is partnering with Hart House to host a workshop on financial literacy. The Financial literacy workshops are hosted by the Hart House Finance committee in partnership with CPA Canada. They are open to all UofT students. The purpose of these workshops is to furtner the financial education of all interested UofT students and to raise the general level of financial literacy at the University. This workshop is brought to students via Zoom. Students will develop the right mindset to gain control over their money and achieve their financial goals. Date: Friday, March 12th @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ESTRegister Here: https://harthouse.ca/events/financial-workshop-saving-strategies-2

Grad Minds Share Circle: One Year of COVID-19
In an effort to support student wellbeing and build a better sense of community among UofT graduate students, we are hosting monthly “Share Circles.” Share Circles are student-led learning environments where students can learn from each other through discussion about a particular topic. If you’d like to share your experiences, engage in stimulating discussion with your peers, or simply learn more, please join us at our next Share Circle on Monday, March 15th where we will be looking back on the past year of navigating our mental health during COVID-19.
Date: Monday, March 15th @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ESTRegistrationhttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/143218086151

UTGSU Base Funding Town Hall
On Thursday, March 11th, the UTGSU invites students of all departments and years to come discuss your experiences with graduate base funding. Although graduate students are the driving force behind academia at UofT, they are frequently underpaid for their time and work. We want to hear from you as Graduate students about your experiences with funding, scholarships, and mandatory TA/RAships. This information will equip us in our campaign to increase base funding, SGS wide. This town hall will be held over zoom so registration is required. If you have any questions please email Danielle, the Civics and Environment Commissioner, at civics@utgsu.ca.Date: Thursday, March 11th @ 7:00 PM EST Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-funding-initiative-town-hall

The 14-Day #GradSelfCareChallenge
Taking care of ourselves is perhaps more important than ever. Take part in the 14 Day Self-Care Challenge, prepared especially for grad students, by grad students! The Challenge will run from March 1 – 14, and highlight the many ways to embed creative and intentional self-care strategies into your daily routine.Tune in daily at @utmhccwellness account on Instagram to stay up-to-date on the challenge. Each day, we will feature an Instagram Story highlighting a self-care activity submitted by a grad student and how the activity positively supports their wellness goals. You can participate by simply following along, tagging/sharing the challenge with your friends & networks and/or letting us know how you are crushing each of these awesome self-care challenges.

Graduate Student Experience Week
Graduate Student Experience Week is a week of workshops and events specifically for graduate students, to support your personal and academic development during the winter months. It takes place in March of each year. The theme for 2021 is Optimize Your Graduate Student Experience: Connect and Thrive as you Work Remotely. Events run Monday, March 8 – Friday, March 12. Join your peers for this week of virtual sessions and online support. Engage with other graduate students to learn ways to thrive personally and academically as you work from home. Space is limited. All events will be offered virtually this year.
Date: Monday, March 8th – Friday, March 12thRegistration:uoft.me/grad-week-21

Mindfest 2021
Join us at #Mindfest for a week of free online presentations on mental health, covering topics including the pandemic, racial bias, mental health, and more! Mindfest is an informative, inspirational, inclusive community-building mental health and wellness event that aims to increase awareness of mental health and illness as well as provide resources and services for people with lived experiences, families, advocates, and our communities.Dates: Monday, March 8th – Friday, March 12th. More Info and To Register: mindfest.ca

Intercultural Teaching Circles
TATPCIE, and Academic Success are partnering on a conversational program called Intercultural Teaching Circles directed at both domestic and international teaching assistants (TAs). The goal is for these TAs to discuss and co-create intercultural communication strategies as they pertain to inclusive teaching and learning practices. This program is eligible as a core opportunity in MyGPD through. Participants who attend at least 3 out of the 4 sessions will receive one (1) GPS credit under Teaching Competence. The dates of the teaching circles are: 

  • Wednesday, February 24th @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, March 31st @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST  
  • Wednesday, April 28th @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST  
  • Wednesday, May 26th @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST  

Register Here: https://q.utoronto.ca/enroll/LT746M

Grad Minds #ShareYourStory Initiative
Everyone has a story to share. Stories are powerful because they bring us together. They let us know that there are others out there who may have or are currently going through similar struggles.  Grad Minds is building a collection of stories that aim to inspire, give hope, and empower graduate students on their wellness journey. This is an opportunity for you to #ShareYourStory. There are no rules or requirements. Submissions can be anonymous. The stories will be published on the Grad Minds story webpage. To submit your story, visit gradminds.ca/submit-your-story.

Grad Minds Updated Mental Health Resource Page
We are dedicated to providing graduate students at the University of Toronto with resources for any specific needs and challenges that students may encounter. This is why we have designed a resource page on our website that connects you to different avenues of support for mental health-related issues. Whether you need urgent help, require professional/peer support, or simply want to learn more about mental health, this page can help navigate to a solution.Link: https://www.gradminds.ca/mental-health-resources


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