Opportunities

Current Job OpeningsVolunteer

Details will be posted as opportunities become available.

Details will be posted as  opportunities become available.

Events

Virtual RLO Drop-In Office Hours

Although the Residence Life Office is physically closed, we continue to operate and are available remotely during our regular business hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday (July & August Summer hours are 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM). You also have the option to chat with us at our virtual drop-in office hours!

VIRTUAL DROP-IN HOURS:

  • Monday to Friday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • These drop-in sessions will take place on Zoom. Stop by to ask questions about admissions, fees, common spaces, meal plans and much more!
  • To join a drop-in session, go to: bit.ly/30q1v0y Enter the meeting ID 528 940 2310 and passcode 880353.
  • Please note that drop-in sessions are first come, first served and you may have to wait in the virtual ‘waiting room’ while another resident is being assisted.

And don’t forget – you can always connect with us by phone: 416.585.3160; our voicemail is checked several times a day. However, the best way to reach us is by email:chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca Additionally, the Front Desk and Security Desk are still open and operating in order to assist you on-site.

 Student Leaders

Academic MentorsEngineering Programming Ambassadors (EPAs)Floor CouncilResidence CouncilUrban CrewResidence Affairs Committee (RAC)

Academic Mentors (AMs) are upper year student leaders in Arts & Science. They are dedicated to supporting the academic success of first year students in Arts & Science by running helpful programs, hosting monthly study sessions, and by advising and referring students to resources on campus.

Programs that the AMs run are designed to help first year students explore new resources or ideas, interact with faculty or staff as helpful networking opportunities, build transferable skills that can aid in finding summer work, and generally link students to helpful resources that can be used in upper years. Examples include workshops and sessions on cover letter/resume skills, goal setting, and utilizing academic advising and other offices on campus to support success.

AMs work closely with the Engineering Programming Ambassadors (EPAs), the Residence Life Coordinator, and the Assistant Dean, Residence Life.

The AMs this year are:

  • To be determined

If you are interested in the AM role, please contact chestnut.life@utoronto.ca

Engineering Programming Ambassadors (EPAs) are upper year student leaders in the Engineering program. They are dedicated to supporting the academic success of first year students in the Engineering program by running helpful programs, hosting monthly study sessions, and by advising and referring students to resources on campus.

Programs that the EPAs run are designed to help first year students explore new resources or ideas, interact with faculty or staff as helpful networking opportunities, build transferable skills that can aid in finding summer work, and generally link students to helpful resources that can be used in upper years. Examples include workshops and sessions on cover letter/resume skills, goal setting, and utilizing academic advising and other offices on campus to support success.

EPAs work closely with the Academic Mentors, the Faculty in Residence, the Residence Life Coordinator, and the Assistant Dean, Residence Life.

If you are interested in the EPA role, please contact chestnut.life@utoronto.ca

Run for student government! Every year, two students are elected on each floor to be the Floor President and Social Coordinator. All students living on the floor are eligible to run for positions and participate in events. Floor Councils run events on the floor and work alongside the Chestnut Residence Council and the Floor Don.

Elections will be held in October!

For more information, contact the.chestnut.residence.council@gmail.com

The Chestnut Residence Council is a Student governing body that plans social, athletic and community events and organizes:

  • The annual Chestnut semi-formal
  • Coffee houses and open mic nights
  • Ski and snowboarding trips
  • They purchase equipment including the PS4, music instruments, board games etc.
  • Intramural sports tournaments and much more!

Each floor has representatives on the council along with executive members.

For more information, contact chestnut.life@utoronto.ca or the.chestnut.residence.council@gmail.com

Learn more about residence council and the executive members….

The Urban Crew is involved in the day-to-day operation of Urban Lounge, Chestnut Residence’s large, multi-use student space. Urban Crew members are responsible for a three-hour shift once a week where they help maintain a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in Urban Lounge.  They also help students use the AV equipment to watch movies, TV, or play video games as well as sign-out equipment for playing pool, table tennis, Foosball, video games and board games.

For more information, contact chestnut.life@utoronto.ca

The purpose of the Residence Affairs Committee (RAC) is to review issues that are brought to the committee by the residence community. The Residence Affairs Committee may make recommendations and provide advice on:

  • The Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
  • The Chestnut Tree and related food operations;
  • Use of the Residence’s physical facilities for student use;
  • Communications;
  • Policies relating to student issues;
  • Funding requests (where applicable); and
  • Any other matters directed to it by the Chestnut Board
Membership 

The Residence Affairs Committee consists of:

  • The Building Manager
  • The Dean of Residence
  • At least one other staff member of the Residence Office
  • The Chestnut Residence Council President or a designate
  • At least one other Chestnut staff member
  • Current residents of Chestnut Residence
  • 2 Residence Dons

For more information, contact chestnut.life@utoronto.ca.

The Residence Affairs Committee shall meet twice per term or more depending on the issues that arise. For more information to attend the next RAC meeting please contact the committee via email: chestnut.life@utoronto.ca

Terms of Reference


Meeting Minutes

Do you have a new idea or initiative for the building or the Chestnut Residence community? Did you know that special funding may be available via RAC.

Please fill out the funding request form below and share your idea with RAC members.

RAC Chestnut Initiative Fund Request Form


Upcoming meetings

The F/W 2020-21 RAC meetings have concluded. More information will be posted when the 2021-22 RAC meeting schedule is developed. 

Staff

Residence DonsResidence Life OfficeFaculty in ResidenceHealth & Wellness CounsellorInternational Transition AdvisorCareer 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.


Summer 2021 Don Team:

 

Sean – 8th Floor

My name is Sean and I’m currently doing a PhD in Biochemistry at UofT! Outside of the research lab, I love to rock climb, listen to and make music, and watch stand-up comedy. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! 

 

 

 

 

Hriday – 9th Floor

Hi, my name is Hriday. I’m a Computer Science Specialist and a Statistics Major (Completed 3rd year of my undergraduate degree).

I love sports and can watch sports 24 hours a day. If/when COVID regulations permit, I would love to play or watch sports with fellow residents.

I love that our location gives us the opportunity to explore new parts of downtown. Especially with my free time in the summer I hope to discover some new places on this side of the city!

David Kim
Dean of Residence & Director of Student Life

 

 

Eliza Davies-Greenwald
Assistant Dean Residence Administration

 

 

Kate Milligan
Residence Services Coordinator

 

 

Vithushon Thayalan
Residence Life Coordinator

(on Secondment)

 

Alex Humphries
Manager, Admissions & Communications

(on leave)

 

Ruth Hobbis

Administration and Communications Assistant

 

Klara Kovarova
Assistant Dean Residence Life

 

 

Sonja Smiljanic
Student Life Programs Coordinator

(on leave)

 

Kohen McBride
Marketing & Communication Assistant

 

 

Aaron Tsang
Residence Life Coordinator

 

 

Aisalyn Templin

Administration and Communications Assistant

(on leave)

 

Logo: Chestnut leaf with building as it's shadows

Julia Goudreau

Residence Life Coordinator

 

Faculty in Residence: Chirag Variawa

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.

This 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.

Health & Wellness Counsellor

Mental wellness is key to academic success. To support student mental health, U of T’s  Health and Wellness program has created an on-location counselling service to improve access to counselling.

Ashley Carr is the on-location counsellor for Chestnut Residence and offers confidential counselling services to Chestnut Residence students who are currently registered at U of T. Many students find it helpful to meet with a counsellor to learn how to manage stress around schedules, exams, relationships, or any unexpected challenge.

Ashley is a clinical social worker who has focused her career on working with young adults and youth to improve their well-being, repair relationships, and navigate complex mental health challenges. Ashley has worked as a counsellor in a variety of community and private settings and completed her MSW at the University of Toronto. Ashley takes a holistic approach to wellness, and provides client-centered counselling, focused on empowerment, highlighting strengths and resiliency, and skill-building.

How to Book an Appointment:

All registered full-time and part-time students can call Health and Wellness at 416-978-8030 (select Option “5”) to register and schedule their first appointment with Chestnut Residence’s dedicated counsellor. Follow-up appointments are booked directly with the Wellness Counsellor. Scheduled appointments will be held Monday through Thursday via phone or secure video conferencing.

Additional Mental Health Resources:

Call 911 if at immediate risk.

If you are: feeling desperate and hopeless, worried you might hurt yourself, someone else or having suicidal thoughts, alone with no one to talk to.

If you have: made a plan, the means to hurt yourself or someone else (e.g. pills or a weapon), attempted suicide or hurt yourself before.

U of T Services

MySSP – multilingual, real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern, call 1-844-451-9700

Navi, your mental health wayfinder – an anonymous tool that provides you with information to help you navigate mental health resources and make decisions about seeking appropriate supports

Community Support Group – a peer-to-peer resource for students to get to know and support one another

Grief Support Sharing Circle – an informal mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief

Log in to CLNx to check out the Health & Wellness calendar of events

If you need any assistance, please feel free to reach out to the Residence Life Office by emailing chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca or calling and leaving a message at 416-585-3160.

External Services

Good2Talk Student Helpline 1-866-925-5454

Assaulted Women's Helpline  416-863-0511

Centre for International Experience

2021-22 Schedule Coming Soon!

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!).

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.