Working Groups

About Working Groups

There are currently three working groups covered under the MISC constitution. New working groups can be created by a majority vote during a meeting of Governing Council, at which time a Chair must be appointed. The Working Group may begin operating immediately after this vote is approved. By the following Governing Council meeting, the Working Group must submit a constitutional amendment including terms of reference for their Group (written in consultation with the MISC executive). Candidates for Vice-President and Representative positions are particularly encouraged to consider chairing a Working Group, since their duties often overlap with the issues addressed by Working Groups.

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Part Time Students Working Group

The Part-Time Students Working Group shall look after the interests of part-time MI students at the Faculty of Information. This includes issues such as funding structures, financial aid, minimum and maximum completion periods, access to social and professional development resources, and/or whatever the Working Group deems appropriate. All MI students who are part-time students are encouraged to participate. The Group generally meets at least twice during the course of the fall and winter semesters, and at least once during the summer session.

For further information, please contact the 2016-17 chair, Duncan Broom

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Survey Working Group

The Survey Working Group shall ensure that a Student Experience Survey gauging MISC’s performance representing student issues and overall student satisfaction at the Faculty of Information be conducted at least once every academic year. The Working Group will also be responsible for presenting the data in a timely manner after the Survey has been conducted and publishing a summary of the data online. The Working Group may also take other surveys of the student body as needed.

For further information, please see the survey page.

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Mental Health Working Group

The Mental Health Working Group plans and hosts a yearly Mental Health iTea or a similar event that promotes awareness of mental health issues among graduate students generally and resources available at U of T
for students suffering from mental health issues. Through the Working Group’s initiatives, members promote an environment of understanding and compassion while promoting dialogue about mental health among iSchool students. Programming includes mention of not only diagnosable disorders, but also cognitive symptoms that affect many without diagnosed disorders, such as depression, anxiety and stress.

Members of the Mental Health Working Group are highly encouraged to attend events with Grad Minds and/or other U of T organizations that focus on issues of graduate student mental health.

For more information, please contact 2016-17 co-chairs, Shauna Nandkissore and Stephanie Pegg.

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