Details will be posted as opportunities become available.
Details will be posted as opportunities become available.
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:
- Dania Ahmed
- Ishika Bangari
If you have questions about the AMs or AM programming, please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
As of October 1st, 2020, Urban Crew in Urban Lounge is operational with the following schedule:
- Monday: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
- Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
- Thursday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
- Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 MIDNIGHT
- Saturday: 12:00 NOON – 12:00 MIDNIGHT
- Sunday: 12:00 NOON – 12:00 MIDNIGHT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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;
- 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
2020-21 Don Team:
Mike – Floor 5
Mike is returning to the Don role for a second year and is beginning his PhD in Geography. His work will focus on the politics of street food vending in Thailand. He has had the opportunity to compete and coach with the Varsity Blues Badminton Team throughout his time in undergraduate studies. Prior to returning to graduate school, he had the privilege to volunteer and work internationally, throughout India, Barbados, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. He’s an avid traveller and other passions include cooking, records, cycling, and community development. He is incredibly excited to be back and working with such a diverse and interesting array of students in the Chestnut community.
Lauren – Floor 6
Welcome Floor 6! I am so excited to be your don for the 2020-2021 academic year 🙂 I look forward to meeting you all and supporting you during your time here at Chestnut!
Program: Cognitive Science
Hobbies: life drawing, winter sports, and sewing 🙂
Fun Fact: I used to play roller derby when I was in high school 🤪
Nadine – Floor 7
Hi folks! I am so excited to meet you and to welcome you to Chestnut Residence! In time, I hope this space becomes your home away from home, and that you find a second family within the Chestnut community! I am so stoked to meet and connect with you and to support you through your personal, professional, and academic endeavors!
Program: Master of Arts in Social Justice Education with a Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy
Hobbies: Martial arts, swimming, dancing, walking, jamming to music, and spending quality time with my loved ones!
Fun Fact: I have lived across three different continents, and hold three nationalities.
Diana – Floor 10
Hello Everyone! My name is Diana, and I am going into my third year at U of T. I am super excited to be a Don at Chestnut this year and to get to know each of you along the way. As a fellow architecture student, I am excited to pass on tips I have learned over the last couple of years and help with your transition into post-secondary. If you see me at any time around Chestnut please feel free so say hi I’d love to chat!
Program: A Specialist in Architectural Studies with a Double Minor in Environmental and Urban Studies
Hobbies: I love dancing, running and working out
Fun Fact: One fun fact about me is that I have memorized 61 digits of Pi
Liz – Floor 11
Hi there! My name is Liz, I’m a CIV2T0 + PEY, I just finished my PEY term and will be heading into my fourth year. I’m super excited to meet with all of you both virtually and/or possibly physically (while following Public Health guidelines). If you have any questions related to navigating first year, what PEY is like or anything else in general, feel free to reach out. I’m looking forward to being your don for the upcoming school year!
Program: Civil Engineering
Hobbies: Dragon boating, crafting, netflix, reading, trekking outdoors and camping
Fun Fact: Last summer I managed to run a 10K and raced in two dragon boating competitions in the same day. It was a tiring but fun day!
Jamie – Floor 12
Hi there! My name is Jamie & I’ll be your don for this upcoming year. I’m so excited to meet and get to know you ☺️ I look forward to finding ways to best support & create a positive residence experience for you!
Program: Masters of Social Work
Hobbies: Music, sports, animals, travelling, finding new food places
Fun Fact: I write and perform music
Ben – Floor 14
Hi 14th floor! My name’s Ben and I’m gonna be your don this year. I know that this school term is really unprecedented and weird due to COVID, but I’m really excited to think of unique and creative ways we can cultivate an amazing floor community despite that. Don’t hesitate to knock on my door and come say hi! Can’t wait to meet you all 🙂
Program: Computer Engineering
Hobbies: Weightlifting, and (very very amateur) guitar playing
Fun Fact: I’ve never had coffee before!
Owen – Floor 15
Welcome Chestnut Residence! Welcome to the 15th floor! I am your Don, Owen. I’m a fourth year student in Kinesiology and physical education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any question. I am here for you! Stay healthy and stay active!
Program: Kinesiology and Physical Education
Hobbies: Karate, Cooking, Sports, Cats
Fun Fact: I have a cat named Dumpling!
Shreya – Floor 16
Hello and welcome to the Arts and Culture floor! I’m Shreya, an incoming fifth year neuroscience and music student and I’ll be your don this year. I’m super excited to get to know all of you as you start your journey at U of T – ask me anything about getting involved on campus, managing coursework, homesickness, and the best ice cream places around campus (especially the last one) Looking forward to our year together!
Program: Bachelor of Science, I just graduated my Bachelor of Music
Hobbies: Music (of course) embroidery, running, knitting
Fun Fact: I have an autobiographical memory condition that means I can tell you the day of the week of any date in the past 8 years on demand!
Aysha – Floor 17
Hello! My name’s Aysha Mohammed and I’m entering my fourth year! I am currently in the Rotman Commerce Program, specializing in Finance and Economics with a minor in Mathematics. I’m also an international student and I only experienced snow for the first time when I moved here! Please feel free to reach out about courses, university life, how to transition, or anything you need. Looking forward to meeting you all!!
Program: Rotman Commerce
Hobbies: Swimming, reading, shopping
Fun Fact: I was born on Halloween
Hannah – Floor 18
Welcome to both the Chestnut and Skule Engineering UofT communities! I hope you are able to find a part in both of these communities that you can call home. I’m always happy to lend a (physically distant) ear, hand, or whatever body part I can to be there and help out – ask me anytime.
Program: Mechanical Engineering
Hobbies: Exercising (yoga, kickboxing, swimming), taking photos and making slideshows from them, FaceTiming my three younger siblings
Fun Fact: Enthusiastic fan of wordplay, B99 and ATLA, and 20 minute power naps
Chamique – Floor 20
Welcome to Chestnut and the 20th floor! My name is Chamique (SHA-MEE-KA) and I’m your new community don for the upcoming school year. I’m looking to forward to meeting and getting to know each and every one of you soon. Even though these next semesters might look a little different, I hope you are as exited for this new year at U of T as I am. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out and if you need anything, have questions, or just want to chat, stop by my room (2034) anytime. 😊
Program: Bachelor of Arts – majoring in Health Studies and Linguistics
Hobbies: Reading is a large hobby of mine. As well, I was heavily involved in competitive dance and musical theatre but now just teach and choreograph for students when I can.
Fun Fact: I once climbed to the top of a waterfall in Dominica and vow to never do so again.
Kadija – Floor 21 & 22
Hello everyone and welcome to Chestnut! My name is Kadija and I am one of the lead dons at Chestnut this year. I’m so excited to begin the school year with you all! I’m super friendly, so if you see me around Chestnut, please don’t hesitate to say hello!
I’ve been a criminology and sociolegal studies student for some time and I really enjoy it! A fun fact about me is that I got my fitness and nutrition expert certification during the summer. You will most definitely find me participating in some form of physical activity.
Sean – Floor 23
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!
Cansu – Floor 24
Hi! I’m Cansu, the don of the 24th floor. I am starting my Master of Education in Social Justice Education at OISE and this will be my third year donning at Chestnut! Outside of school, I love reading, doing yoga, and hanging out with my two french bulldogs.
Program: Master of Education in Social Justice Education
Hobbies: Reading, Yoga, Watching Films
Fun Fact: I used to be a competitive swimmer
Sarina – Floor 25
Hi friend! Neither of us probably imagined being introduced to each other this way, but I’m excited to meet you nonetheless! I’m looking forward to supporting you as you start (or continue) this chapter of your life. University can be both rewarding and challenging. Things may not always go according to plan (my first year definitely didn’t!), but that’s okay. The most important thing is that you ask for help as soon as you need it. I did my undergrad at U of T too (majored in Sociology, minored in Political Science and English), so feel free to ask me any questions, whether it’s about study skills, course selection, or opportunities on campus. Welcome to Chestnut and U of T!
Program: Master of Teaching
Hobbies: Singing, Songwriting, Playing the Ukulele, Swimming, Badminton, Basketball, Zumba, Reading
Fun Fact: I got to professionally record a song with my university a cappella choir!
Olivia – Floor 26/27
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to meet you all! This year will be a new learning experience for all of us and I embrace the challenge. I look forward to our time together!
Hobbies: I’ve just started learning how to knit!
Fun Fact: I am the second oldest of five children.
Dean of Residence & Director of Student Life
Assistant Dean Residence Administration
Residence Services Coordinator
Residence Life Coordinator
Manager, Admissions & Communications
Administration and Communications Assistant
Assistant Dean Residence Life
Student Life Programs Coordinator
Marketing & Communication Assistant
Residence Life Coordinator
Administration and Communications Assistant
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
2020-21 Schedule Coming Soon!
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
2020-21 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.