Update on SETS and other matters

Dear Colleagues,

Please note the following:

1. Student Experience of Teaching Survey (SETS) arrangements for Fall/Winter
Last week, a message sent from Trent IT created some confusion for members in relations to SETS. We advised the Deans’ Office that a correction should be sent to acknowledge several crucial changes, at least in relation to TUFA members. We expect that message to be circulated soon. Meantime, we can provide the following guidance based on a new MoA, “TUFA Course Evaluation during COVID 19 Extension” (available on TUFA’s website under Covid-19 Adjustments). First, effective with the signing of the last collective agreement, students in TUFA-taught classes should not be completing “course evaluations” but rather “Student Experience of Teaching Surveys.” Second, we have extended our arrangement with the Employer in relation to the use of SETS during the current period of remote delivery. Specifically, since paper/in person SETS will not be conducted, members have the option of having SETS conducted electronically in regard to their role in any of their classes. Members who exercise this option can subsequently decide whether or not to use those SETS at Trent in future. This adjustment reflects our understanding that some members may appreciate the feedback in relation to remote delivery, but are concerned that the current context not disadvantage them in regard to any future career decisions.

2. “Experiencing Racialization at Trent” Panel discussion sponsored by TGSA
The Trent Graduate Students’ Association extends an open invitation for members of the Trent community to join a critical discussion about experiences of racism at Trent (flyer attached). Participants will listen to the stories of self-identified racialized students and faculty members, then engage in a lively discussion to help people reflect and take actions to address systemic racism. TUFA members will recognize several of our colleagues on the Panel. To participate, please register with the link that has been emailed to you earlier. Questions about the event should be addressed to mailto:vpstudentaffairstgsa@trentu.ca.

3. PDLC CLiFF virtual film screening – The Ballad of John Henry
The Peterborough & District Labour Council invites interested union members to enjoy a 2020 CLiFF (Canadian Labour International Film Festival) special presentation. This year’s film is The Ballad of John Henry, a 50-minute documentary, based on Scott Reynolds Nelson’s, Steel Drivin’ Man. The film sheds light on the unjust legal system developed after the Civil War to replace slavery with the convict lease program. And there is no need to wait for a Zoom link, click the link below to register to watch the film from the comfort of your home computer: https://watch.eventive.org/cliff2020/play/5f2f1041daecad0053ddabc4

In Solidarity,