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 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:

  • Kate Fan
  • Beth Momot
  • Olivia Ou

If you are interested in learning more about the AM role, please contact

Get involved, help students and build your own transferable work skills!  

We are searching for two (2) committed, responsible, and creative individuals who are looking for a unique experience to support students academically within the residence community. 

Engineering Programming Ambassadors (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.   


  • Be an upper-year full-time registered student in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto 

  • Be in good academic standing 

  • Be organized, enthusiastic, and creative 

Although not a requirement, it is an asset to be a resident of Chestnut Residence for the 2021-22 academic term. 

DEADLINE: 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, December 10th, 2021 

Interviews: December 13-17, 2021

If you are interested in learning more about the EPA role, please contact

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 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 or

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

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

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

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

Join the Residence Affairs Committee!

Consider joining the Residence Affairs Committee (RAC)! RAC is a committee made up of students and staff members who meet 4 times/academic year to review issues. RAC makes recommendations and provides advice on:

  • The Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
  • The Chestnut Dining Hall
  • Student spaces at Chestnut
  • Communications
  • Student Policies
  • Funding requests (where applicable)
  • Other matters, as brought forward


To apply to join the committee, please email to indicate your interest. Please include your name, student number and a short statement on why you would like to join RAC (150 words or less). Please apply by Monday October 18th.

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

All meetings will take place via Zoom.

  • Thursday November 11, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
    • Topic: Laundry
    • Please note that 9:00 – 9:45 AM is a closed meeting for committee members only. 9:45 – 10:00 AM, any student is welcome to join! 
  • Thursday December 9, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
    • Please note that 9:00 – 9:45 AM is a closed meeting for committee members only. 9:45 – 10:00 AM, any student is welcome to join! 
Join the RAC Meeting

Meeting ID: 836 5050 2416Passcode: XmT4Tm

Please note that the Winter term meeting schedule will be posted in January, pending student class schedules.


Residence DonsResidence Life OfficeFaculty in ResidenceInternational 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.

Fall/Winter 2021-22 Don Team:

 Marian - 4th Floor

Nicolas – 5th Floor


Darshana - 6th Floor

Salem - 7th Floor


Sean - 8th Floor

Cindy – 9th Floor


Diana - 10th Floor

Samantha - 11th floor

Tony - 12th Floor

Natalie - 14th Floor

Doyun - 15th Floor

Mira – 16th Floor

Katherine - 17th Floor

Manini – 18th Floor

Maddie - 19th Floor

Micah – 20th Floor

Victoria - 21st Floor

Joshua – 22nd Floor

Nida - 23rd Floor

Mike – 24th Floor

Dash - 25th Floor

Sarina – 26th Floor

David Kim
Dean of Residence & Director of Student Life

Eliza Davies-Greenwald
Assistant Dean Residence Administration

(on Leave)

Dana Burke
Assistant Dean Residence Administration

Kate Milligan
Residence Services Coordinator

Vithushon Thayalan
Residence Life Coordinator

(on Secondment)

Devon Beauvais-Holt

Residence Life Coordinator

Klara Kovarova
Assistant Dean Residence Life

Sonja Smiljanic
Student Life Programs Coordinator

Kohen McBride
Marketing & Communication Assistant

Aisalyn Templin

Administration and Communications Assistant

(on Leave)

Maisha Maliyat
Administration and Communications Assistant

Jessie Torchia

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.

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.