Life Management Series: Negotiating Time for Family — Strategies for Bringing up Family in Discussions with your Supervisor

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Webinar (access details will be provided)

What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations?

Thinking about how to start a conversation with your supervisor about family priorities can be stressful. Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a webinar about the challenges of talking to your supervisor about family and learn the key negotiation strategies that will help you to become more effective at discussing your family needs with your supervisor.

By the end of this webinar you will:

  • Feel more confident about having a discussion with their supervisor about family issues
  • Be able to identify supports available to graduate students and techniques that may help them prepare for discussions with supervisors about family issues
  • Understand the importance of preparation for any discussion with a supervisor aimed at reaching an agreement (i.e. negotiation)

Facilitators: G2G Peer Advisor & Manager, Grad CRC

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students are welcome.

Life Management Series for Students: Advocating for Oneself & One’s Family through Letters & Email

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

Students with family responsibilities have a lot on their plate! When a problem arises – be it academic, family related, personal or professional – advocating for oneself and one’s family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high. Traditionally defined as the “art of persuasion,” rhetoric is a powerful tool which students can use to better communicate through the written word. What is the best way to present one’s case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter or email, what should come first – the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter and email writing.

Facilitator: Dr. Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic, Writing & Rhetoric, Innis College. Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic brings with her years of experience in English stylistics and grammar, as well as business and technical communications from academic institutions across Canada and Europe. Her main areas of research and interest are the rhetoric of war, spinning and framing tactics in the press, grammar, persuasive writing and business communication. Viktoria is also a mom of two children who is no stranger to the life of a student with family responsibilities!

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

* This Event is Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program approved.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Life Management Series: Manage Time, Manage Distractions for Students

Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: 33 St. George St., Cumberland House, Baldwin Room

All students know that they “should” schedule time and create space to study free of distractions, but what happens when this is difficult or even impossible due to caregiving responsibilities? Whether you are parenting young children, caring for elderly parents, or looking after someone with a disability, the reality is that your time and space are not entirely yours to control. Facilitated by a U of T graduate who has personally experienced the complexities of juggling academia and caregiving, this workshop offers a fresh perspective on how to study with distractions.

Facilitator Bio: Jacquelyn Laurenda holds an MA from the University of Toronto. A mother of three, Jacquelyn postponed her education to raise her family. When she finally began post-secondary studies, Jacquelyn actively co-parented her infant grandchild as her daughter was also a full-time university student. Jacquelyn worked as a Student Parent Liaison at Woodsworth College, and is now a Learning Strategist with Academic Success at the U of T. She firmly believes that juggling caregiving with academia can not only be done, but can also be a highly rewarding experience for the entire family.

Pizza lunch will be provided.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Life Management Series for Students: Stuck in the Middle – Juggling School and Family Life

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

“Stuck in the Middle” is a self-discovery session on dealing with constant challenges of having family responsibilities, working and being a student. This self-awareness session will help you understand the feelings of guilt that arise when juggling your role as a student and not always having enough time to spend with your children and/or your loved ones. It’s for everyone who feels overwhelmed.

Most of the exercises are done in pairs and within the group. In this session you will discover your patterns of ‘stuckness’ and learn to convert feelings of being overwhelmed into action, energy and change.

Facilitator: Anna Wesolinska is a Gestalt psychotherapist who has a private practice and has been running workshops at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, the North York Women’s Centre, and the Family Care Office.

Pizza lunch will be provided.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

* This Event is Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program approved.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Life Management Series for Students: Stress Management (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between academic life and caring for others.

University of Toronto expects a lot from its students­. Caring for others adds unique concerns and stressors to already challenging academic demands. Managing stress effectively can increase productivity, help with memorization, recall, and concentration, and support overall well-being. This one-hour webinar will equip students to better manage stress as it arises and to become more resilient to stress generally. We will:

  • examine what stress is
  • explore mindfulness and embodiment practices to help alleviate specific stressors faced by caregivers
  • consider strategies to become a strong “self-manager”
  • tie this all in to learning and academic performance at U of T

Facilitator Bio: Ellyn Kerr, Learning Strategist, U of T Student Life: Academic Success

Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved.

Life Management Series: Healthy Habits: Prioritizing Self Care (Webinar)

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between their academic work and caring for others.

It’s hard to be healthy. Most of us live in environments that our nervous systems can barely handle on a good day, and yet we are told we must stay calm, find a balance, and be productive. This may be especially true for students who are also parents. This workshop explores some of the more common health issues that students experience, and how integrating simple strategies into daily routines may make a difference for your health and wellbeing now, and into the future.

Facilitator: Ravi Gabble, MPH, Health Education Coordinator, University of Toronto at Mississauga

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete three workshops over one academic year, will receive a Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. The University has introduced the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a new official document that helps students show employers and graduate schools the skills and competencies they have gained through their involvement on campus.

Life Management Series: Effective Study Tips

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between their academic work and caring for others.

How can I stay organized and on top of my studies this year? What’s the best way to read and take notes that are useful for review? This interactive workshop will answer these questions and more. Stress related to studying can be amplified when there are distractions related to family care underfoot, in the sink, or asking for help with their own homework. Students who find ways to stay organized and study effectively are more productive, gain a deeper understanding from their readings, and have an easier time reviewing notes and thinking critically. Come to learn about studying, reading and note taking from and with other students with family responsibilities.

Facilitator: Learning Strategist at the Academic Success Centre at the University of Toronto.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete three workshops in one academic year, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities. The University has introduced the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official document that helps students show employers and graduate schools the skills and competencies they have gained through their involvement on campus.

**This event is Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) approved. GPS consists of a range of optional “offerings” with a time commitment roughly equivalent to 60 hours of work. Its successful completion will be recognized by a transcript notation.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Lunchtime Series For Students with Family Responsibilities

This lunchtime series consists of brief interactive sessions customized for students with family responsibilities. Students will have an opportunity to learn, share, and find support by exchanging ideas and stories in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Time Management

Where is the time to do all the things you need or want to? Find it in this hands-on workshop by learning to focus on your goals, think strategically about your time, and turn your priorities into success stories. Practical systems through which to manage your time are included.

Facilitator: Andrea Graham, a Learning Strategist with U of T’s Academic Success Centre.

Stress Management

Come and take some time to relax and breathe! We will be learning and practicing different relaxation techniques, such as a guided mindfulness meditation, yoga stretches, and have a discussion of what methods we use as student parents to help de-stress throughout a busy day.

Spirituality in Schooling

Spirituality in schooling has often been misrepresented. Either rejected as unscientific and not applicable to scholars or seen as an unwanted extension of religion in schools, students have been asked to check their spirituality at the doors of the school. This workshop will look at:

  • What is spirituality?
  • How can spirituality be a part of my own student experience?
  • How can I foster spirituality in my child’s schooling experience? Why is this important?

This workshop aims to be both a broad look at spirituality in schooling as well as giving practical ways to apply and foster spiritual living in your own life and in your child’s life.

Facilitator:

Eric Ritskes is a graduate student in Education, writer on spirituality in education, a father of one rambunctious 2-year old girl, blogger and story teller. He lives in Toronto and enjoys the simple pleasures in life such as good espresso and the daily crossword puzzle.

Community Kitchen for Students with Family Responsibilities

The Family Care Office invites students with family responsibilities to this December session — Cooking Up the Best Possible Relationship. At this hands-on workshop, while cooking some inexpensive, quick and tasty recipes, we will discuss the necessary ingredients for the best possible relationship with your partner. Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Register

Keys to Effective Parent-Child Communication

Effective communication is an important parenting skill. Whether you are parenting a toddler or a teenager, good communication is the key to building self-esteem as well as mutual respect. This workshop will provide useful information and techniques for parents on how to use communication to strengthen their relationships with their children.

Lunchtime Session for Students Caring for Children 2 to 9 years of age

Have kids? Care for kids as if they were your own? Looking for fun & easy games and crafts for children on those days when you just need to get some reading done? In this session, we will be learning some easy craft ideas and games for kids to play on their own or with friends. Connect with other student parents and learn some simple activities to stimulate your children’s development and keep them entertained! Students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome. Vegetarian lunch served!

Staying Connected – Being a student-parent and caring for your other relationships

Looking for balance? Join other student parents as we share tips and discuss the challenges of finding a balance between school, family, and connecting with friends and loved ones. Vegetarian lunch served!

Keeping your Cool: Assertive Parenting

Temper tantrums. Whining. Endless energy. How is a parent to keep their calm and help their children develop good habits in the middle of a crazy day? We will discuss how to choose our battles and calm down when the stress of family care, school, and work is piling up. We will also talk about how we can help our children to express their emotions in healthy ways.

Career Planning for Student Parents

  • Trying to decide about the career to pursue?
  • Thinking about your next steps?
  • Exploring your career options?

Come to an informal discussion to learn how the University of Toronto Career Centre can help you to plan for the future.

Facilitator: Karen Carrel Rice, M.Ed, Career Counsellor

LGBTQ Parents and their Children in Child Care Centres and in Schools

The aim of the session is to lend insight into the challenges frequently faced by LGBTQ families whose children are attending school or are in a daycare setting. Panelists will:

  • discuss indicators of early learning environments that are inclusive of LGBTQ issues and share strategies to ensure the inclusion of queer issues in the early childhood classroom
  • provide insight into current and emerging strategies for assisting a child in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
  • provide information and resources for working with programs in support of children reared in LGBTQ-headed households

Panelists:

  • Ryan Campbell is a supervisor at the UofT Early Learning Centre and he is the co-author of Building Bridges: Queer Families in Early Childhood Education;
  • Steven Solomon, MSW, RSW, PhD.(c) is a School Social Worker with the Human Sexuality Program, Triangle Program in the TDSB.
  • Rosa Brooksis a co-op student in the TDSB and co-facilitates COLAGE.

LGBTQ Parenting

This workshop will lend insight into the challenges frequently faced by LGBTQ families, and provide strategies for facilitating partnerships with professionals working to support U of T families.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Discuss indicators of early learning environments that are inclusive of LGBTQ issues.
  • Access information and resources for working with programs in support of children reared in LGBTQ-headed households.
  • Gain increased insight into agencies within the U of T community and the greater Toronto area that serve to support LGBTQ families.
  • Safely share and exchange common experiences within a LGBTQ-positive space.

Facilitators: Ryan Campbell and Iyana Browne

Ryan and Iyana are supervisors at the University of Toronto Early Learning Centre. Ryan is also an MA candidate in Ryerson’s Early Childhood Studies program and has published and presented on various LGBTQ-related issues in early childhood education. Iyana is currently working on a BA in Equity Studies and Anthropology.