Opportunities

Current Job OpeningsVolunteer

Details will be posted as  opportunities become available

Details will be posted as  opportunities become available

Events, Groups, and Clubs

Upcoming EventsChestnut Groups and Clubs

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

Chestnut Residence is home to many student-led groups and clubs that organize activities and are fun for students to be a part of. In addition to clubs and groups, Chestnut has many intramural teams students can take part in.

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

 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) and Student Life Programs Coordinator.

The AMs this year are:

  • Details coming soon!

If you have questions about the AMs or AM programming, 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, Student Life Programs Coordinator, and Faculty in Residence.

The EPAs this year are:

  • Details coming soon!

If you have questions about the EPAs or EPA programming, 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 are held in September, shortly after Orientation Week!

For more information, contact chestnutrescouncil@gmail.com

The Chestnut Residence Council: 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 mike nights
  • ski and snowboarding trips
  • The 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 chestnutrescouncil@gmail.com

Learn more about who your residence council is….

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

JOIN US! Everyone is welcome to sit in on the meetings.

  • Monday January 27th 10:30-11:30, Bay Suite
  • Monday March 9th 10:30-11:30, Armoury Suite

Staff

Residence DonsResidence Life OfficeFaculty in ResidenceHealth & Wellness CounsellorInternational Transition AdvisorCareer TeamStudent Life Programs Coordinator

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 2020 Don Team:

 

Kadija 

I love anything related to health and wellness. This summer, I’m hoping to bring some really cool health and wellness workout sessions and techniques to your screen!

 

Aditi 

Welcome to Chestnut residence for the summer. I am looking forward to supporting you during your time here and am very excited to begin programming for all of you.

A few things about me, I am a new grad student from U of T! I love exercising and a fun fact about me is that I have ridden a bicycle from Seattle to San-Francisco before. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for ideas on how to exercise in your suite. I’ve been getting creative with my at home workouts over the past month

 

Peter

I am super excited to spend the Summer at Chestnut! A little bit about myself, I am currently wrapping up my fourth year of studies in the Rotman Commerce program with a specialist in Finance and Economics. Outside of school, I am a huge fan of the Raptors and love watching Raptor’s highlights! I look forward to a great Summer with everyone

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

 

 

Alex Humphries
Manager, Admissions & Communications

(on leave)

 

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)

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
Mondays and Tuesdays (by appointment only)

Are you feeling like you need the support of a professional counsellor? This year we’ve launched a partnership with Health & Wellness that brings a Health & Wellness counsellor to Chestnut two days a week for on-location appointments at Chestnut. Ashley Carr, the counsellor, will be working out of an office in Chestnut on Mondays and Tuesdays.

To get an appointment with Ashley please call Health & Wellness directly and let them know you’re a Chestnut student wishing to book an appointment with our On Location Counsellor. If you need assistance feel free to stop by the Residence Life Office and speak with one of our Residence Life Coordinators, Aaron or Vithu, or our Assistant Dean, Residence Life, Klara.

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!).

Career Exploration & Education – Peer Career Educators

Every Wednesday 5:30-7:30PM in the Chestnut Lobby 

 We’re excited to have a close connection with the Career Team at Career Exploration & Education! Every Wednesday you can find Marion and Dash, two Peer Career Advisors from the Career Centre hosting drop-in hours in the Chestnut lobby.

They can talk with you about: finding meaningful work, exploring career options, creating application materials like cover letters and resumes, interview strategies and practice, and tips for networking.

Marion Kang, Peer Career Educator

My name is Marion Kang and I am a 3rd year Life Science student majoring in Human Biology. I enjoy being a peer career advisor as I am able to help students from various programs and areas explore and learn about their career options. Aside from studies and helping students, I also take part in FLUX, a competitive dance team representing the University of Toronto St. George campus at post-secondary competitions. I look forward to helping you discover your career goals and interests!

Dash Kaur, Peer Career Educator

My name is Dashmeet Kaur and I am a 3rd year Chemical Engineering student minoring in Advanced Manufacturing.  The best part about being a Peer Career Advisor is that you get to interact with new students during the appointments and through those 20 minutes you get to build a sense of community with the students which is a value very close to my heart. I like being able to support students to help them succeed in their chosen career path. In my free time I love to dance and swim. I am very excited to connect with you and have meaningful career chats!

Acting as a bridge between the academic divisions of U of T and the residence community, the Student Life Programs Coordinator provides on-the-ground support to students with academic questions and needing personal support. Typical queries can include:

  • Engineering policy questions (regarding probation, repeating a course, transferring programs, or petitions)
  • Time management and study skills help
  • Referrals to supports on campus

In addition to these referral services, the SLPC provides community and academic support for students, including academic sessions, extra-curricular opportunities, and employment.

Some examples include:

  • Academic Mentors – a group of upper year students, employed by the Res Life Office, who provide academic assistance and support to the Chestnut community
  • Engineering Ambassadors – a group of upper year engineering students, employed by the Res Life Office, who deliver fun and impactful programs including de-stress activities (ie therapy dogs), info sessions regarding summer research opportunities, and review sessions with engineering professors
  • Dinner with Your Profs – a catered dinner for Faculty and students to meet and connect
  • Workshops and seminars throughout the year, targeting specific skills and study habits

Email: chestnut.life@utoronto.ca