Events

Virtual Drop-In Office HoursResidence Life Office EventsPast Events & Recordings

The Residence Life Office is open for drop-in appointments, however, you are encouraged to connect by phone, email, and attending our virtual drop-in office hours when possible.

Fall/Winter 2021-22 VIRTUAL DROP-IN HOURS:

  • Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM and 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.

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.

Coming soon!

Fraud Prevention Information Session: November 14, 2021

0:00 – 2:27 Introduction

Presentation by Detective Constable Nicole Ozretic, Toronto Police (Fraud Unit)

  • 2:28 – 20:09 Current trends, scams and investigations
  • 20:10 – 27:46 How to respond to and report frauds
  • 27:47 – 29:09 Key points to remember

29:10 – 32:13 Presentation by Campus Safety

32:14 – 34:30 Presentation by Community Safety Office

34:31 – 35:52 Closing remarks

Contact Information:

Police Non-Emergency Phone  Number: 416-808-2222

Campus Safety 24/7 Dispatch: 416-978-2323

Opportunities

Current Job OpeningsVolunteer

Details will be posted as positions become available. 

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

This opportunity counts towards your Co-Curricular Record.

To apply to join the committee, please email eliza.daviesg@utoronto.ca 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. Wednesday, October 27th. (DEADLINE EXTENDED!)

 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 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.

The EPA this year is:

  • Shelina Terrance

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


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 eliza.daviesg@utoronto.ca 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.

Staff

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


Elaine – 7th Floor

 

Sean - 8th Floor


Cindy – 9th Floor


 

Diana - 10th Floor

Samantha - 11th floor

Tony - 12th Floor

Zahir – 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

Kate Milligan
Residence Services Coordinator

Vithushon Thayalan
Residence Life Coordinator

(on Secondment)

Alex Humphries
Manager, Admissions & Communications

Ruth Hobbis

Administration and Communications Assistant

Devon Beauvais-Holt

Residence Life Coordinator

Klara Kovarova
Assistant Dean Residence Life

Sonja Smiljanic
Student Life Programs Coordinator

Kohen McBride
Marketing & Communication Assistant

Aaron Tsang
Residence Life Coordinator

(on Secondment)

Aisalyn Templin

Administration and Communications Assistant

(on leave)

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.