February 5th — Graduate Student Town Hall

Hi all, I hope this post finds you well. 

Thank you to those who attended our Graduate Student Town Hall last Friday with Angela Treglia, Director of the University of Toronto Sexual Awareness and Prevention Centre. For those who were not able to attend, Angela has kindly offered to share her slideshow with everyone and I will send that out as soon as I receive it.

In the meantime, check out this video to better acquaint yourselves with the centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVlgCtEE9vw&feature=emb_title. Furthermore, here is some important information from Angela’s presentation: 

  • The centre is open to all conjoint and non-conjoint students at the Toronto School of theology; and you do not need to make a formal report to access their services, the centre will accommodate individual needs without reporting. Whether or not you decide to file a formal report is your choice and your choice only. 
  • As a result of COVID-19, operations are now remote via Zoom, phone or email. If you do call the centre directly, your call will be sent to voicemail but do not be alarmed! Angela assured us that the centre will call back that day. Also, there is currently no waitlist to book an appointment. 
  • It is important to note that the Sexual Awareness and Prevention Centre is NOT a crisis centre, they do not offer counselling directly. They offer support by connecting individuals to the right resources, helping facilitate the reporting process if you chose to file a formal report, and offer educational services. 
    • For example, if you need accommodation quickly (i.e. needing to drop a class) they will make this accommodation happen without a report. 
    • Although the centre does not offer crisis counselling directly, they will put you in contact with reputable crisis centres in the city of Toronto and/or in the province. 

If you or anyone you know has experienced sexual assault, violence, or harassment please reach out to the Sexual Awareness and Prevention Centre at the University of Toronto. You may also reach out to your TGSA College Representative if you feel more comfortable doing so and they can assist you in contacting the centre. 

In the second part of the town hall, we met TST’s very own Victoria James and Jennifer Bardeggia. Victoria is the new Assistant Registrar and Coordinator of Institutional Research and Jen is the Academic Office Assistant who has been at TST for many years. Victoria and Jen are the faces behind the GCTS email and they have been working diligently to attend to all of your messages. If you do not receive a response, please feel free to send them a reminder. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week! 

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