Caucuses advocate for and demand representation of their members within the UTGSU, its activities, and in the broader University community by making recommendations to General Council and by undertaking initiatives of importance to the Caucus Members. They often host events and their activities are driven by members of the caucus.
Race and Ethnicity Caucus
The Race and 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 at the University of Toronto. REC is committed to advocacy, scholarship, and activism. We are particularly interested in forming networks amongst graduate students of colour across the university in order to provide information, support, and resources. Our activities include regular meetings, social events, reading groups, community dinners, panels, and much more. REC aims to be a safe space for women, trans people, non-binary gender/gender non-conforming individuals, and sick and disabled people of colour.
Interested in joining the UTGSU’s Race and Ethnicity Caucus? Consider being on the executive team! Position descriptions and details on how to apply here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kl1PPR2cKh24I5PvWJ4cR9SzyvzNe9xP/view?usp=sharing
International Students’ Caucus
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is the main student body at the University of Toronto that coordinates efforts centred around 5,000 international graduate students’ interests and concerns. The International Students’ Caucus acts as the body that coordinates efforts centred around international graduate students’ interests and concerns. Meetings focus on the needs of the caucus’ membership, as well as the needs of all international graduate students at the University. Meetings include social interaction, networking, and discussion around member issues, including potential changes that members would like to see in programming and governance at the university, city, provincial, and national levels.
The Queer Caucus (QC) of the Graduate Students’ Union is a political and social caucus for University of Toronto graduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ). We hold various events throughout the school year, including pub socials, games nights, karaoke, movie screenings and discussion groups. We seek to provide support for each other by providing venues to discuss issues that we encounter, as diverse LGBTQ graduate students, within and beyond graduate school.
A member-driven caucus, the QC seeks to promote social justice and community by providing venues for its members to come together with the goal of naming and fighting oppression, including homophobia, heteronormativity, transphobia and gender normativity, within and beyond the GSU and the University of Toronto. It does this by upholding anti-oppression as the approach that grounds our political and social activities. The GC’s commitment to dismantling both individual and structural forms of oppression means that we strive to work beyond the issues of sexual and gender normativity and recognize that these relate to and co-enforce other systems of oppression, among them racism, ableism, capitalism and religious discrimination.
PROFESSIONAL students’ caucus
The Professional Graduate Students Caucus represents UofT’s graduate students enrolled in professional programs and those who identify as professionally-minded. Our members are often simultaneously working professionals with rich career experience, and, through their work, continue to reshape the landscapes of Canadian and global workplaces. However, they also face unique circumstances and challenges on campus and beyond. The Professional Caucus advocates for members’ priorities, facilitates networking and professional development across disciplines and promotes balanced work-study-life well-being.
Life After Grad School: Professional Graduate Students Caucus (PGSC) Alumni Event
Three UofT grad school alumni professionals in education, business and law are ready to share their post-graduate experiences and answer your questions. Join PGSC to learn more about navigating your career after graduate school, landing a job or opening your own venture.
Date and Time: January 28, 2020 at 7PM
RSVP Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-after-grad-school-tickets-136188648915
boycott divestment and sanction caucus
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Caucus exists in order to respond to the motion passed at the December 2012 UTGSU Annual General Meeting (the highest decision-making body of our union) to call on the University of Toronto to divest from companies benefiting from violations of international law and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.