Student Leaders

Academic MentorsChestnut Groups, Clubs and IntramuralsEngineering Programming Ambassadors (EPAs)Floor CouncilResidence CouncilUrban CrewResidence Affairs Committee (RAC)

Academic mentors are upper year student leaders that are dedicated to improving academic success at Chestnut. Responsibilities include hosting weekly study session/office hours, advising and referring students to resources on campus, designing and implementing academic-focused programs, and collaborating with partners on campus.

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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.

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EPAs are enthusiastic and approachable peer leaders who represent the Engineering community at Chestnut Residence. EPAs support students in the Engineering Science, Core 8, and TrackOne programs by designing and delivering impactful programs that ease student transition and aid in academic success. Their role is to help fellow Engineering students transition to University and Engineering life.

Chestnut EPAs will be hired as casual employees of the University of Toronto and will be compensated for the full academic year. The hourly wage is $15.00/hour. Chestnut EPAs will be expected to spend approximately 4 hours per week doing the following: training, meetings, preparing for and delivering active and passive programs, and talking with students.

EPAs work closely with other campus partners and the Engineering First Year Office.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Chestnut Residence Life Office at or 416-585-3160.

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 September, shortly after Orientation Week!

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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.

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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.

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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 Residence dining hall and related food operations, Usage of facilities for student, Communications, Student related policies, Funding requests (where applicable), and any other matters directed to it by the Chestnut Board.

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:

Terms of Reference

Meeting Minutes – TBD

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


Current Job OpeningsVolunteer

Details & Applications will be posted as opportunities come up!

Details & Applications will be posted as opportunities come up!


Residence DonsResidence Life OfficeInternational Transition AdvisorCareer TeamStudent Life Programs CoordinatorResidence Affairs Committee

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.

2019-20 Don Team:

Thomas  – 4th Floor

Hi, my name is Thomas Goutos. I’m a first year Masters of Teaching student in OISE. Two of my biggest hobbies are movies and sports. Fun fact: I’m training to become an ordained minister. 


Mike – 5th Floor (All Male)

Mike is a student in the Sociology Department, completing a Collaborative Specialization Master’s with the Culinaria Research Centre. He is incredibly passionate about food and much of his work and down time is spent searching out new restaurants and learning about different cuisines. Mike spent several years living and travelling throughout East Africa, India and Southeast Asia prior to coming back to U of T. 


Lauren – 6th Floor

Program: Rotman Commerce. I am passionate about boxing. A random fact: I Used to be an actor in film/TV.


Jessica – 7th Floor (Intercultural Experience Community)

My name is Jessica but I prefer to be called Jessi! My academic program is Sexual Diversity Studies, but I have a minor in Visual Studies and Jewish Studies. I am very passionate about mental health and its accessibility. Random fact: I looove sloths and it is my goal to get to Costa Rica so I can volunteer at a sloth sanctuary! 

Nadine – 8th Floor


Sumana – 9th Floor

Academic program: Life sciences (double major in biochemistry and global health, with a minor in psychology). Passionate about: stories. From novels and movies to conversations with interesting people, I’ll take stories any way I get them! Random fact about me: I am an unapologetic lover of puns. 


Cansu – 10th Floor (Woodsworth Community)

Andrea – 11th Floor (Engineering Community)


Amanda – 12th Floor

Hi, my name is Amanda Bayona! I am a graduate student studying in the Master of Professional Kinesiology program here at U of T. I am very passionate about all things related to health and wellness! A random fact about myself is that I have 3 other sisters. 


Kadija – 14th Floor 

I am passionate about health and wellness. Our bodies are temples and we must treat them as such. An interesting fat about me is that I love nature.


Sean – 15th Floor (Life Science Community)

My name is Sean and I am a Master’s student in the Department of Biochemistry. Although I love science, I’m also really passionate about music! I love to beatbox, write songs, and produce music! 


Joshua – 16th Floor (Engineering Community)

Academic Program: Electrical Engineering. Passionate about: Machine Learning. Random Fact: I have four siblings excluding myself.   Or.   I have been to over 8 different schools. 

Aditi – 17th Floor

Program: Economics major with a double minor in Statistics, and Digital Humanities.  I am passionate about innovating. Be it an entrepreneurship idea, or doing something fun with an acoustic guitar, I always enjoy creating something new.  A fun fact about me is that I once cycled from Seattle to San-Francisco.  


Anika – 18th Floor

My name is Anika Roberts-Stahlbrand and I’m working on my MA in Adult Education and Community Development. I’m passionate about food and its ability to build community and address equity, ecological, and economic issues with tasty and tangible solutions. Fun fact: The only pets I had growing up were worms (which I cared for lovingly, I’ll have you know) 

Peter – 19th Floor

Ester – 20th Floor (Arts & Culture Community)

Olivia – 21st Floor 

Music Composition, Lamination, I like to collect buttons.


Shewit – 22nd Floor (Humanities & Social Sciences Community)


Priya – 23rd Floor (All Female)

Music Composition, Lamination, I like to collect buttons.


Taylor – 24th Floor (Engineering Community)

Program: PhD in Chemical Engineering (air quality) .Something I’m Passionate About: I am passionate about the environment, education, and science. Random Fact About Myself: My favorite food is cheese fondue 


Mariana – 25th Floor

Academic Program: Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. Something you are passionate about: I am passionate about health promotion, STEM education, digital content creation and learning new languages! Random fact: A random fact about me is that I love board games and like to host game nights with friends! 


Sabrina – 26th & 27th Floors (Quiet Community)

My name is Sabrina. I am studying Architecture. I am proudly passionate about Harry Potter and Marvel’s Avengers and am very happy to have exciting discussions at any time. I also play hockey and have been skating since I was 4 years old.

David Kim
Dean of Residence & Director of Student Life



Eliza Davies-Greenwald
Assistant Dean Residence Administration



Emily Harrison
Residence Services Coordinator



Vithushon Thayalan
Residence Life Coordinator



Alex Humphries
Manager, Admissions & Communications



Klara Kovarova
Assistant Dean Residence Life



Sonja Smiljanic
Student Life Programs Coordinator



Kohen McBride
Marketing & Communication Assistant



Aaron Tsang
Residence Life Coordinator



Aisalyn Templin
Admissions & Communication Assistant


Transition Advisors speak to students about:

  • General immigration information
  • How to access medical services and health insurance (i.e. UHIP)
  • Adjusting to all aspects of campus culture including academic, administrative and social
  • How to connect with others and find belonging on campus
  • Beginning and maintaining social relationships on and off campus
  • Adjusting to Canadian weather and Toronto culture
  • How to access campus resources to meet your specific transition needs
  • Applying for learning abroad opportunities

For more details, please visit the Center for International Experience (CIE) - Transition Advisors.


If you are an international student or new-to-Toronto, a transition advisor is available to you. An advisor can assist students in making an effective transition to academic and cultural life at the University of Toronto and works alongside the Residence Life team at Chestnut to support your transition. Issues you may wish to discuss include:

  • Asking general immigration concerns;
  • Seeking healthcare access, insurance and well-being;
  • Adjusting to academic, social, or cultural challenges;
  • Finding connection and community on campus;
  • Searching for leadership and volunteer; and,
  • Learning about 150+ global learning opportunities

If you are a student – domestic or international – who is seeking out global learning opportunities, a transition advisor can help start your planning for those goals too! We have over 150 partnerships across the world, so come meet with an advisor and learn which one will fit you.

Once the hours are posted, you can drop-by, or book an appointment online via the Career Learning Network.

We are excited to introduce to you to your Chestnut Career Team!  Connect with the Chestnut Career Team to talk about:

  • Finding meaningful work
  • Exploring career options
  • Creating application materials
  • Interview strategies and practice
  • Networking tips and advice                                  

Kelci Archibald, Career Educator - Kelci is the designated Career Educator for Chestnut Residence. As Career Educator, Kelci designs and delivers career education curriculum for undergraduate, professional and graduate students. Through one-to-one appointments and group learning, Kelci uses a strengths based approach in supporting students with their career planning process. Kelci has an Honours B.A. in Theatre from Dalhousie University, a B.Ed. from OISE and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from OISE. Kelci has over a decade of experience working in education as teacher and facilitator and has specific training in narrative career interventions, Solutions Focused Brief Coaching and has her MBTI, Myers Briggs, Step I & Step II certification.


One-on-one appointments are available with Kelci throughout the year at the Student Success Centre (located at the Koffler Student Services Centre at 214 College Street – the same building as the U of T Bookstore), and can be booked by emailing Kelci directly at


Your Peer Career Advisors – Charlotte & Sherry – will be available to meet with you in the Chestnut Lobby from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, October 18th, 25th, Nov 1st, 8th, 15th, and Nov 22nd.



Charlotte Chen, Peer Career Advisor

Charlotte is a third-year Rotman Commerce student studying Finance and Economics. She has experience in building professional networks and exploring different job opportunities. Find Charlotte if you ever need help in writing resume/cover letter or building your professional profiles. She is looking forward to sharing her experience and meeting new people at Chestnut Residence!

Sherry Nasrat, Peer Career Advisor

Sherry is a first year Masters of Teaching student at the Ontario Institute for Studies and Education at U of T. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. She is excited to use her diverse academic and professional experience to help others explore their potential careers and achieve their goals.

Sonja Smiljanic

Acting as a bridge between the academic divisions of U of T and the residence community, Sonja 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, Sonja 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

Sonja can be contacted through the following means:

Phone: 416-585-3154

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

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

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