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GET INVOLVED

Any students and members of the university community can get involved with University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA) in the following ways:

  • UTEA has transitioned to Discord, an online platform, for the upcoming school year. Discord is a free online communication platform in which you can real-time chat, video call and share internet links, images and videos. Once you join Discord, you can join various channels (for example: news sharing, events promotion, etc.) and interact with others who’ve joined. 

  • UTEA has chosen Discord for its simple user interface, free registration, and the ability to efficiently organize information relating to our events and other news updates and have a relaxed space for casual conversations unrelated to UTEA. Members (that’s you!) will be invited to the Discord server upon completing our Membership Registration Form.

 

We have created two digital spaces/categories for UTEA General Members:

  1. UTEA Community:
    When you complete our Membership Registration Form you will be automatically added to our newly created UTEA Community. The ethos of this space is in its name—whether you are a long-time environmental activist or would like to become more sustainably-minded, UTEA Community seeks to incite positive, collective action through knowledge-building and communication. Here, you will receive news of monthly socials, general meetings and fun events hosted by the UTEA Executive team. Members will have opportunities to contribute to the environmental justice movement while getting the chance to win prizes! Furthermore, there will be channels for conversing about current environmental issues, for sharing news, articles and petitions and connecting with a wider student community who share a similar interest and passion for the environment. As a UTEA Community Member, you can participate as you like.The UTEA Community is for everyone who is interested in learning about environmental issues and want to stay informed on UTEA’s initiatives, but who might not want to directly contribute to UTEA’s work.

     

  2. UTEA Teams:
    UTEA general members who are motivated to contribute more directly to UTEA’s advocacy and outreach initiatives are encouraged to join UTEA Teams. UTEA Teams members will assist the Executive team in planning, organizing and facilitating events and socials throughout the school year. This is a great opportunity to actively engage with the student body and wider community about the issues you feel most pressing in today’s environmental crisis. UTEA Teams require a more active commitment than the UTEA Community.  Members will be able to directly apply their ideas, talents, knowledge, and experiences in UTEA programming. To join the UTEA Teams server, please select the “Yes” option in our Member Registration form.

 

In our new digital reality, we are hopeful and adamant that through our UTEA Discord we will be able to provide a welcoming and engaging environment for students of all disciplines and knowledge-level to interact, communicate, and positively contribute to the Environmental Action and Justice Movement! 

 

We hope you can join us! 

 

Please fill out the UTEA Membership Registration Form!

 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Executive Team are now open!

We are delighted to announce that applications for the 2022-2023 Executive Team are now open! 

We have a diversity of roles that are available for all U of T students no matter your program of study. Please check below the roles and responsibilities of each executive member:

The External Advocacy Co-Directors (2):

- Be responsible for broader environmental advocacy initiatives which extend beyond campus (local, provincial, national, or international)
- Conduct research on pertinent environmental policies and issues and formulate a minimum of one report to be shared publicly
- Reach out to NGOs, businesses, and government officials in order to collaborate on initiatives and events
- Organize at least one external advocacy project per year (ex. advocacy event, social media campaign, etc)


The Internal Advocacy Co-Directors (2):
- Be responsible for advocacy initiatives for environmental issues on campus.
- Research environmental issues on campus and conduct Year-In-Reviews on both the overall performance of environmental clubs and sustainability of the University Administration to be shared publicly
- Reach out to other clubs in order to collaborate on initiatives and events on campus environmental issues
- Organize at least one on-campus advocacy project per year (ex. an event, policy/legal research document, social media campaign, etc.)

The External Outreach Co-Directors (2):
- Create a list of external potential collaborators with their contact information
- Create, schedule, and organize at least one external outreach event/project a year
- Work with the Financial Director to create a list of off-campus sponsors
- Work with the Communications and Marketing Co-Directors to recruit more members
- Schedule interviews to promote partnerships, UTEA events, and the organization itself with print media and campus radio
- Attend bi-weekly meetings with Can-Rac and screen updates to share relevant news with the team and Communications and Marketing Co-Directors

The Internal Outreach Co-Directors (2):
- Network with other environmental clubs on campus to develop strategic relationships for potential collaborations
- Create, schedule, and organize at least one internal outreach event/project a year, and at least one social event per year.
- Work with the Financial Director to create a list of on-campus sponsors
- Work with the Communications and Marketing Co-Directors to recruit more members
- Schedule interviews to promote partnerships, UTEA events, and the organization itself with print media and campus radio
- Attend monthly EWG (UTERN’s Environmental Working Group) meetings and screen updates to share relevant news with the team and Communications and Marketing Co-Directors.
- Assist the Co-Presidents in overseeing general member registration, and monitor channels on UTEA’s Discord server.

The Finance Co-Directors (2):
- Create and update a running list of sponsors and grant opportunities, in collaboration with the outreach co-directors
- Create an annual budget at the beginning of the year and run cost estimates for all events and initiatives
- Apply for sponsorships and grants
- Keep records of all financial transactions of UTEA

The Communications and Marketing Co-Directors (2):
- Maintain UTEA’s social media presence regularly on Facebook and Instagram
- Establish/maintain a twitter presence for UTEA
- Make digital posters and marketing materials for UTEA’s events and initiatives
- Conduct research on various environmental themes to create original content posts
- Organize and coordinate a team of general members to assist with weekly tasks
- Promote UTEA events and initiatives through email lists and social media accounts
- Respond to email and message inquiries to UTEA within 48 hours or pass relevant messages on to the Co-Presidents

The Webmaster (1):
- Uphold communication with other co-directors, in particular, the Communications and Marketing Co-directors, and share event/initiative updates to UTEA’s website
- Maintain the UTEA website
- Ensure the layout of the UTEA website is as user-friendly as possible
- Be responsible for coordinating design and functionality changes to the website

For First and Second Year Representative Positions, please come back in September where we will be holding out next round of applications! 

We hope you can join us! 

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