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.
The Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is looking for enthusiastic, forward thinking candidates to join our team! No previous experience in race and ethnic relations or finance required. To apply, email the President of The REC with a statement of interest, explaining why you would like to get involved with the caucus and a brief description of relevant experience and skills at: email@example.com
International Students’ Caucus
The International Students’ Caucus shall act as the body that coordinates efforts centered around international graduate students’ interests and concerns at the University of Toronto. Meetings will be held monthly and will focus on the needs of the caucus’ members and the needs of all international graduate students including social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming and/or governance at the university, city, and/or provincial levels. To get involved or for more information follow their facebook page: http://facebook.com/InternationalUofT, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or look out for events in the UTGSU weekly digest.
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 is the UTGSU’s newest caucus, composed of graduate students in professional programs to discuss their unique needs and foster collaboration between programs. A professional program is by default not a research program, emphasizing skills for the workplace and preparations for a career outside of academia. Professional students rarely receive funding for their tuition or TA-ships. Some programs have thesis options, and varying levels of research opportunities with faculty.
The Professional Students’ Caucus is currently looking for executives, email email@example.com to get involved.