Who are the G2G Peer Advisors?

The G2G team includes Masters and PhD students from many different disciplines and backgrounds who can meet you on any campus (or on Skype!) year-round.  

Amika: I am a student at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation studying Health Informatics and hold a master’s degree in Addictions and Mental Health. I am passionate about how we can reduce gaps in the mental health care system using e-health technologies. I love to get outdoors, reading and having conversations with other students in different fields.  


Hifza: I am a Master of Science student in the department of Cell and Systems Biology and located at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. My research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of B cell signaling. I really enjoy being a part of different clubs such as the Harry Potter Alliance and the Multi-Organ Transplant Society on campus, as well as spending time with family and friends.  


Nelson: I am a 2nd year master’s student at the Institute of Medical Science. My research at Sunnybrook Hospital focuses on investigating clinical biomarkers and neuromodulatory treatments for depressive disorders. I completed my B.Sc. at Western University. I am a huge Leafs fan and love to spend my extra time hiking.


Safa: I am a first year MSc student in the Department of Medical Biophysics, investigating novel ways to improve radiotherapy in small cell lung cancer. Before starting grad school, I completed my undergrad at Queen’s University. Some of my favourite things to do include meeting new people, going on hikes, rock climbing and watching hockey (Go Leafs Go!). I’m always around to grab a cup of coffee and chat!


Tony: As a Master of Public Health student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, I am passionate about addressing health inequities through community empowerment and with a social justice lens. I am also building on my art practise through reclaiming softness, expressing myself in contemporary dance and Zumba, and exploring new experiences like ice skating and archery classes! Chat with you soon! 


Hiro: My move from Tokyo to Toronto to study about managing diversity at the doctoral level at U of T is a natural progression of my life as working with people from different cultures gives me inspiration. Photography is my expressive mode, I used to dance Salsa, and still play volleyball & basketball. My true passion is discovering the best coffee in town. I live with my son, Liam, and my wife, Kathleen.  


Jessica: I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. My research looks at neo-burlesque and pop culture fandom, I am interested at the points where culture and performance collide. When I’m not working on my dissertation or rehearsing for shows, I like to travel, go on photo taking adventures, and spend time in nature.


Kimberly: I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the department of Social Justice Education at OISE. I am also an elementary educator who has taught abroad in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and on a First Nations reserve in Northwest Saskatchewan. This is my fourth degree and I have lots of experience navigating graduate school (profession and researchbased programs). I love to travel, swim, read and eat delicious food. 


Manu, G2G Peer Adviser

Manu: I am a full-time PhD student in the Faculty of Social Work. Currently, my academic life revolves around writing papers or working on my thesis. In my spare time, I try to catch an event or two on-campus or squeeze in a bit of travel.


Mariam: I am a 2nd year doctoral student in the Faculty of Law conducting research on African integration law/development. I hold a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, England and an undergraduate degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I also enjoy going to the theatre, trying out new restaurants, travelling and writing. 


Matt, G2G Peer Adviser Matt: I’m a PhD student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. I grew up in Montreal, Toronto, and the UK. Before coming to grad school I worked as a journalist and a teacher of English as a Second Language. I’m a big fan of theatre festivals, strange music, activism, and finding unusual things to eat! I meet with students downtown.


Melissa: I am a Ph.D. Student at department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. I also have a background in Educational Psychology and I teach Learning Strategies. I am from the beautiful twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean), and I did my Master’s degree on Vancouver Island at the University of Victoria. So this is my first time living in a big city! I love nature and enjoy taking long walks, but spending time with family and friends is my absolute fave.

How can I get in touch with a G2G?

The G2G have drop-in hours which are advertised same-day on Twitter and in advance on the Grad CRC’s Events page on CLNx. You can also book an appointment on CLNx or by email/phone (416-978-8920).

G2G Ambassadors

Many thanks to all the former G2G team members and staff who helped to make the Grad CRC a meaningful support for grad students at U of T!

  • Terence, PhD – Physiology (2016-2019)
  • Megan, Masters – Counselling Psychology OISE (2017-2019)
  • Lynda O’Donovan – Program Assistant (2017-2019)
  • Margeaux, PhD – Department of English (2016-2018)
  • Anyua, PhD – Department of Psychology (2017-2018)
  • Rachel, Masters – Institute of Medical Science (2017-2018)
  • Sam, Masters – Dalla Lana School of Public Health (2016-2018)
  • Rebecca, Masters– Adult Education & Community Development OISE (2016-2018)
  • Nikhil, Masters – Aerospace Engineering UTIAS (2017- 2018)
  • Michael, PhD – Institute for Medical Science (2016 – 2017)
  • Priyanka, Masters – Aerospace Engineering UTIAS (2016-2017; Interim Program Assistant 2017)
  • Jacey, Masters – Counselling Psychology OISE (2016-2017)
  • Samer, Masters – Sustainability Management program at UTM (2016-2017)
  • Jonathan, Masters – Munk School of Global Affairs (2016)
  • Natalie, PhD – Faculty of Medicine (2016)
  • Debra, PhD –  Department of Exercise Sciences (2016)
  • Keira, Masters – Criminology (2016)
  • Jesse Adigwe, first (amazing) Program Assistant (2016-2017)

G2G team photo Fall 2017: Kim, Amika, Megan, Anuya, Nikhil, Rachel, Nelson, Mariam

2017 Grad CRC team: Kim, Amika, Megan, Anuya, Nikhil, Rachel, Nelson, Mariam

2017 Fall G2G team: Matt, Terence, Manaal, Priyanka, Sam, Rebecca [Missing: Margeaux]

2016 Grad CRC team: Matt, Terence, Manaal, Priyanka, Sam, Rebecca [Absent: Margeaux]

CRC G2G Team January 2016: Back row: Natalie, Keira, Jonathan, Samer / Front row: Michael, Debra, Jacey, Heather

First 2016 Grad CRC team: from back left- Natalie, Keira, Jonathan, Samer, Jacey, Heather, Debra, Michael