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.
The Professional Caucus was revitalized by the current executive team in November 2019 and has since delivered numerous events and contents tailored for the members’ needs. In response to the COVID-19 and the constraints imposed on professional grad students, the Caucus has organized a “Pro Grad in Challenging Times” summer workshop series addressing practical issues faced by members – off-campus housing, financial planning, and workplace equalities in the backdrop of the pursuit for social equality and justice.
The Professional Caucus has kicked off the recruitment for the new exec team. Now is your time to join this highly professional team and hone your skills as a future leader. Click the link below and use the online application form if you’re interested in representing and further advancing the interest of your fellow pro grads. Interviews will be conducted for shortlisted candidates.
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.