GNSS Anti-Racism Commitment

We, the members of the Graduate Nurses’ Student Society (GNSS), would like to express our unfaltering solidarity with the Black community and all of those involved in the afront against anti-Black racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. We are saddened and outraged by the ongoing racist and violent acts towards the Black community taking place in our world today. Systemic racism permeates all facets of our institutions and our society and as such, we are unequivocally denouncing all forms of racism, prejudice, injustice, and inequity that occur within our faculty, our university, and our society. Take this statement as our commitment to be an ally to the Black community and honour the principles of equity and social justice that are central to the nursing profession.

We would like all graduate students to know that we will show up for you, we respect you, and we value you. We acknowledge anti-Black racism and its profound consequences that the Black community continues to shoulder, and their deep resilience and capacity to mobilize and address injustice. The GNSS commits to self-learning in addition to fighting to achieve equitable education for all. We extend this commitment to all students at the Faculty of Nursing, both undergraduate and graduate. Please know we will stand with and support you the best that we can. We will no longer tolerate any racism that affects any member of our community.

We acknowledge and appreciate Dean Linda Johnston’s Anti-Racism Statement; however, as part of our commitment we are requesting further accountability through tangible strategies to help combat systemic racism. As such, we are calling for accountability from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and the University of Toronto at large, and we hope to see prompt and thoughtful change. We are requesting the Faculty of Nursing to quickly implement the following actions to address systemic racism imbedded within our faculty:

  • Form a curriculum review committee to evaluate all nursing curricula at all levels with the aim of addressing racism that is currently present.
  • Form a committee to review the hiring of faculty and staff to ensure equitable and diverse representation within the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.
  • Review admission procedures for all programs hosted by the faculty to ensure admission strategies that support the applications of Black and Indigenous students.
  • Implement a formal process to address microaggressions and racism that students may experience within the faculty. We want this process to be such that students feel safe from any form of reprisal against them.
  • Include more Black and Indigenous nursing leaders in faculty curricula and events.
  • Increase support for PhD students who wish to explore systemic racism and anti-Black/anti-Indigenous violence through doctoral research.In addition to the above, we will do the following to address systemic racism within the Faculty of Nursing and the GNSS governance structure:
  • Immediately appoint a Diversity & Equity Director for a term until the next GNSS general election.
  • Amend the GNSS constitution to create the permanent position of a Diversity & Equity Director, who will be elected in GNSS general elections beginning in the fall of 2020.
  • Include Black and Indigenous nursing leaders at our events (e.g., lunch and learns).
  • Hold an annual Black History Month event.
  • Work with students to support the U of T Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office’s“Reflect. Restore. Action” web-series, where students will be invited to share their livedexperiences surrounding race.
  • Obtain feedback from graduate students on how to adequately engage them on issuessurrounding race.
  • Explore the creation of an annual award for Black and Indigenous students from GNSS’operating budget, or other means.We want the above actions to serve as a pledge of our ongoing commitment to dismantling the long-standing social structures that have resulted in systemic racism which negatively impact our students.Sincerely,Graduate Nurses’ Student Society

Health & Wellness Resources

As we approach the end of Fall term, GNSS realizes how this can be an especially difficult and stressful time for students. Graduate school is hard. It is important that we take care of ourselves, maintain balance, and speak to someone if we are distressed.

Here are some resources available to all students:

Our first Lunch & Learn this year was on Health & Wellness for graduate student.  Great information can be found in the presentation posted and available on Quercus.

GNSS Fall Election 2019

The following positions are open for candidacy during the 2019 Fall Election. Click on the position titles below for Role Descriptions.

Online forms are available here. Paper forms are available outside of the GNSS office (155 College Street, Rm 308 – Inside the student lounge). Please refer to the Nomination form for instructions on the Fall Election process.

Important Dates

Friday October 4, 2019 at 17:00Paper nomination forms due
Sunday October 6, 2019 at 17:00Online nomination forms due
Monday October 7, 2019 at 00:01Online voting opens
Sunday October 13, 2019 at 23:59Online voting closes
Tuesday October 15, 2019Successful candidates announced

*** VOTE at voting.utoronto.ca/election ***

NOTE: Any changes to dates/times will be announced via Quercus

NOTE: Multiple roles are being modified or introduced for the first time to GNSS in the 2019 Fall Election. Hence, role descriptions are subject to change based on ongoing discussions and collaborative decision-making by the GNSS. Role descriptions will be finalized before successful candidates agree to assume their new positions.

Fall Clothing Sale

The GNSS is starting its clothing sale early this year and the online order form is now LIVE!

Clothing samples sizes can be tried on in-person at our Clothing Sale Booth during Orientation Week on the following dates:

  • Tuesday September 3, 2019 from 08:15 to 09:30 in the HS Building Lobby 
  • Thursday September 5, 2019 from 08:15 to 09:30 in the HS Building Lobby
  • Thursday September 5, 2019 from 12:00 to 13:00 in the HS Building 7th Floor Student Lounge 

Orders and payments must be made by Sunday September 15, 2019 at 23:59.  Additional information and instructions can be found on the PDF flyer.

Orientation Events 2019

GNSS is excited to welcome all incoming graduate nursing students at our upcoming Fall orientation events on Thursday September 5th, 2019.

To REGISTER for any or all events, please follow the Eventbrite link here. On the day of the events, please bring your paper or mobile Eventbrite ticket.

* Please REGISTER by August 30, 2019 *

Orientation Luncheon

  • What: Meet the GNSS and your peers over FREE food
  • When: 12:00 to 13:00
  • Where: Health Sciences Building (155 College Street), 7th Floor Lounge

Campus & Building Tours

  • What: Get to know your campus, and where your classes will be
  • When: 15:00 to 16:00
  • Where: Meet in the Lobby of the Health Sciences Building (155 College Street)

Kick-Off Celebration

  • What: Get to know your GNSS, peers, and faculty over FREE appetizers
  • When: 16:00 to 19:30
  • Where: Einstein’s Pub (229 College Street)
  • NOTE: This event is open to all graduate nursing students and faculty (i.e. Upper year students)