Life Management Series for Students: Budgeting 101 for Student Families

All students with family responsibilities are invited to join us and learn more about keeping a budget for their family!  Participants will learn to make “cents” of money and the 7 steps to budgeting which will help them take control of their finances and give them peace of mind.

Facilitator: Tim St. Vincent is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the GTA, he is based out of Winnipeg. Tim has over 25 years experience in Financial Services and is a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Tim has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (Hons.) has achieved his Certificate in Management (C.I.M.) Hons. and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance. Tim believes strongly in the power of education, planning and acting on your plan.

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

Registration required. U of T students are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students: Becoming a Parent in Grad School

Many students debate whether to have a baby during graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make an informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school, including:
• A panel discussion featuring current and former graduate students who are raising children; you will hear firsthand about their experiences for integrating studies and careers while raising children
• Hear about programs and resources available for students who are starting a family: University and government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/parental leave; and resources for new parents

Presented by the Family Care Office and the School of Graduate Studies.

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

Registration required. U of T students are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students: Time and Stress Management – Planning for your most productive summer yet

Description: This workshop is intended for student caregivers.  Balancing family care and school is challenging, especially when the fun and distractions of summer are added into the equation. There are strategies and supports that can help. You may have heard tips and tricks but how do you put them into practice?  Come out to this in-person session to work on a plan to obtain a summer that is academically successful for you, while balancing the needs of your family, and enjoying the beautiful weather.  Bring your own lunch!

Facilitator: Cristina Peter, Learning Strategist, EdD Student, Mom of 2

Let’s Talk About Childcare Subsidies

While childcare costs in the GTA can be high, many families are eligible for government subsidies to help offset fees.  In this webinar, City of Toronto staff will provide information on the subsidy process, from eligibility, to applying to finding a childcare centre where your subsidy can be used.  Join us for more information on whether this is an option available to your family!

Facilitator: City of Toronto Children’s Services

Let’s Learn to 3D Print: A 2-part Caregiver & Youth Workshop

Join the Family Care Office and Gerstein Science Information Centre for a two-part 3D printing workshop for children ages 10-14 and their caregivers. These sessions are a great chance for students, staff, and faculty to learn a new skill with their children. Topics include:

  • Basics of 3D design using Tinkercad
  • Preparing a file to be printed
  • Using Makerbot Sketch printers
  • Finishing and painting printed items.

Caregivers will finish the workshops with a certification that allows them to continue 3D printing at Gerstein for their coursework, research, or personal use. Children will leave the workshops with a small, printed item they designed, and hopefully a new curiosity for 3D printing. Please bring a laptop if you have one, otherwise please let us know so we can arrange for you to borrow one.

Facilitator Bios:

Emma Boyes is a graduate student at the Faculty of Information and Graduate Student Library Assistant at Gerstein Library. She has extensive experience working with children and youth as an outdoor educator, research assistant, and summer camp counsellor. She is working towards becoming a youth librarian at a public library.

Katie Merriman is a Liaison and Instruction Librarian at Gerstein Library. Her role entails supporting students in the faculties of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation, providing instruction and research support. In addition, she’s been the acting MADLAB Librarian Coordinator, organizing and supporting educational and promotional events in the space.

Life Management Series for Students: Financial Survival for Student Families – Learn how to manage your money, get out of debt, and use taxes to your advantage

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Are you a student struggling to cover the costs of your education and living expenses? Even if your tuition fees are covered by the departmental funding, scholarships or bursaries, supporting a family in Toronto can be expensive and many students struggle to afford the costs of living during their time at the university.

The facilitator will be talking about money and debt management, to provide you with important tools to help you better manage both.

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

A workshop series to empower students to balance academic priorities and self-care, with caring for others.

Facilitator: Gary Rusyn, B.A., CEPF, Financial Educator, Credit Counselling Society

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students: Facing (Yet Another) Change: Preparing for your return back to campus

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The last two years have been a lot to handle, especially for people with family responsibilities. Figuring out how to stay safe and navigate uncertainty while also working and studying and caring for loved ones has been an intense juggling act for many. As we approach another big change — the return back to campus in January — what’s on your mind? In this workshop and discussion space, you will have the opportunity to reflect and think ahead towards your return to in-person learning in 2022. Together, we will explore some tools for navigating change and being in transition. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to connect with other students with families responsibilities who are facing the exact same change in their lives.

Kate Klein is a community-based facilitator and activist. She works at George Brown College as a coordinator and faculty member in the Transitions to Post-Secondary Education program.

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

A workshop series to empower students to balance academic priorities and self-care, with caring for others.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students: Self Advocacy for Students – Navigating the University

Join this webinar to get insights on how to navigate the university’s systems and how you can advocate for yourself and/or your family when you may need an accommodation, need to talk to a professor, need financial support, and so on. This workshop is for students of all backgrounds who may be experiencing challenges and would like to learn more about navigating the University through self-advocacy as we will also explore how this process can be more difficult for students who are feeling marginalized and facing systemic barriers on campus.

Facilitators: Jasjit Sangha, Learning Strategist, Student Life and Karolina Szymanska, OISE/UT Academic Support, Student Awards & Funding

Life Management Series for Students: Graduate Supervision Challenges and Best Practices

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us to get a clear understanding of what to do and where to go for your different needs around supervision. Panelists will discuss ways to address some of the challenges that can arise in the supervisory relationship, such as:

  • What steps to take when choosing a supervisor
  • How to start the supervisory relationship off on the right foot
  • Things to consider if you’re thinking about changing supervisors
  • Where to go for help if you’re experiencing interpersonal conflict

Panelists:

  • Charmaine Williams, SGS Vice Dean, Student
  • Caroline Rabbat, Director, Graduate Centre for Mentorship and Supervision
  • Gail Fernando, Membership and Advocacy Coordinator, University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union

An online workshop by the School of Graduate Studies, the UTGSU – University of Toronto Graduate Students Union, and the Family Care Office.

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

A workshop series to empower students to balance academic priorities and self-care, with caring for others.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students: Studying at Home with Children

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for a webinar with Learning Strategist (and mother) Cristina Peters. This webinar will discuss strategies for working/studying from home with children.

Facilitator: Cristina Peters, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre

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

A workshop series to empower students to balance academic priorities and self-care, with caring for others.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.