Friday, May 8, 2009

Grad Escapes, Grad Professional Skills Program, South-South: Interruptions and Encounters, Status of Women Office

May 7th, 2009
Guests on the show:

1. Estelle Olivia, Grad Escapes

In 2003, the GSU and Student Life Programs created Grad Escapes, a program of social, cultural, and recreational events designed for busy graduate students. The program has since grown to be extremely successful, selling out the entire 2008 lineup of events. Estelle Olivia spoke about what programming current UofT Grad students can look forward to this summer and how important it is to take a break from the lab or library and explore Toronto's rich cultural scene.

2. Jeff Richardson, Grad Room Programming Coordinator

The Graduate Professional Skills program (GPS) is a new initiative from the School of Graduate Studies that consists of a variety of offerings providing doctoral stream students with a range of optional opportunities for skills development. Jeff Richardson, a former host of Beyond the Classroom who is now the Programming coordinator for Grad Room discussed how GPS can help Grads acquire skills beyond those conventionally learned within disciplinary programs.

3. Tejpal Ajji, Adjunct Curator of Outreach at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Tejpal is the co-curator, along with Jon Soske, of the current exhibit South-South: Interruptions & Encounters, which stages an unprecedented intervention by bringing together eight artists whose work is situated at an intersection of African and South Asian history, politics, or culture. Tejpal spoke about the nature of his role as a curator and the inspiration behind bringing South-South to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

4. Cheryl Champagne, Assistant Status of Women Officer at the University of Toronto

Cheryl joined us in studio to talk about the methods and resources available to women at UofT to help prevent sexual assault. Assault Counsellors offer services to students who are in crisis as a result of verbal, physical, and/or sexual assault and other forms of abuse or violence. These services include crisis counselling; psychotherapy for individuals, partners, families and groups; education and training; consultation and referral.

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