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About Us

Meet the Team

residence life office STAFF


Associate Dean Residence Life

Eliza Davies-Greenwald

Assistant Dean Residence Administration

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Dana Burke

Assistant Dean Residence Administration

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Manda Craig

Residence Services Coordinator

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Maisha Maliyat

Administration and Communications Coordinator

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Jessie Torchia

Residence Life Coordinator

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Zahabiya Chechatwala

Residence Life Coordinator

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Klara Kovarova

Acting Dean of Residence and Director of Student Life

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Nik Roberts -Stahlbrand

Student Life Programs Coordinator

Kohen McBride

Marketing & Communication Assistant

On Secondment

Aisalyn Templin

Administration and Communications Assistant

On leave

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 Jessi Sidhu

Assistant Dean Residence Life

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Sukhmani Khaira

Community Wellness Coordinator

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Makena Zimmerman

Community Wellness Coordinator


2023-24 DON TEAM

Residence Dons are upper year undergraduate or graduate students who live and work in residence to offer advice and support on academic, personal, or interpersonal concerns. Dons ensure that our community standards are respected, provide campus resources as required, and work within the community to organize social and education programming for students.

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Faculty in Residence

Chirag Variawa

Chirag Variawa

2022 – 23:

Chirag Variawa is an Assistant Professor, Teaching-stream, and Director, First-year Curriculum, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto.  Variawa received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2014, and his B.A.Sc. in Materials Science Engineering in 2009, both from the University of Toronto. Variawa is an active member of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, the founding faculty member of the First-year Engineering Education Research Group, and a former member of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto. His multi-disciplinary research uses principles from artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, higher education and aspects of neuroscience to investigate the design of engineering learning environments. In his leisure time, he enjoys tinkering with cars and electronics, and sharing this passion students interested in STEM.

For the 2022-23 academic year, Chirag Variawa is living-in at Chestnut Residence as the Faculty in Residence (FiR). As the FiR, Chirag will organize programs and special events geared towards Chestnut’s Engineering student population. Through programming and connecting with students he aims to build an even stronger sense of community and support here at Chestnut residence for Engineering students. Look out for regular Dinner with Your Prof events, Coffee with your TA, and industry nights planned in collaboration with leading companies.

Details on the 2023-24 Faculty in Residence program coming soon!


International Transition Advisor

Centre for International Experience

If you’re an international student or new to Toronto, the Centre for International Experience (CIE) is available to you. Advisors at the CIE can assist students in making an effective transition to academic and cultural life at the University of Toronto and the city broadly.

Chestnut will be offering helpful workshops throughout the year in close collaboration with the CIE. Stay tuned for specific topics and dates while we work to organize them for you!

In the meantime feel free to reach out to the CIE if you wish to discuss things like: general immigration concerns, healthcare access/insurance/well-being, adjusting to academic/social/cultural changes, finding community connection on campus, searching for leadership and volunteer opportunities, or learning about the numerous global opportunities available (U of T has over 150 partnerships around the world!).

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Academic Advising for Engineering students

Do you have questions about your first-year courses, your program, or navigating resources at U of T Engineering? One of the academic advisors from the First Year Office will be available for drop-in appointments (2023-24 schedule TBD). Just come by the Residence Life Office (located on the main floor, to the left of The Hearth). Check in with staff at the Residence Life Office front desk and you’ll be seen as soon as possible!

2023-24 Schedule TBD

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career team

Are you looking to explore your career options? Trying to find strategies to navigate career decisions? Needs resources to improve your resume?

Book an appointment with the Career Exploration & Education Centre to find ways to meet employers, industry experts and alumni; identify goals and navigate career decisions; and improve your resume, interviews and online presence.

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Community Wellness Coordinator

The Community Wellness Coordinator coordinates and facilitate programs for all Chestnut residents so you’ll likely encounter them out and about in the community. They also work to help develop a wellness framework for the Chestnut Residence Life program and will regularly solicit feedback from the residence community on their experiences with health and wellness.

The 2023-24Community Wellness Coordinator is: TBD


Chestnut Residence Council Executive Election

New year, new leadership opportunities! A detailed description of what the Chestnut Residence council does and all the roles can be found here.

Please note: The Chestnut Residence Council is a student-run organization that operates autonomously from Chestnut Residence. 

How to Run for the Executive

The Nomination period is September 5 at 9am – September 15 at 4pm  

  • President
  • Vice President Finance
  • Vice President Social 
  • Vice President External
  • Vice President Athletics
  • Vice President Internal 

*For full job descriptions, click here

Join the Urban Crew and make a difference at Chestnut Residence!

Are you a dynamic and enthusiastic individual looking to contribute to the vibrant student community at Chestnut Residence? Do you want to play a vital role in creating an inviting atmosphere and memorable experiences for your fellow residents? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!As an Urban Crew Volunteer, you’ll be an essential part of a team of approximately 20 other volunteers under the supervision of the Urban Crew Manager (who reports to the Assistant Dean, Residence Administration) responsible for overseeing the student spaces, with a primary focus on the Urban Lounge – the heartbeat of our residence where students come together to unwind, play games, and connect.