The G2G are an amazing and diverse group of Masters and PhD students who can meet you on any campus, year-round.
Amika: I am a MScCH Addictions and Mental Health student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. I am passionate about how we can reduce gaps in the mental health care system through the usage of e-health technologies.
Megan: I am a 1st year master’s student at OISE. I did my undergrad at Queen’s University and worked as a nurse for many years focusing on health promotion, smoking cessation and chronic disease self-management. I am passionate about mental health & community and my favourite hobbies are cooking, swimming and singing in a community choir.
Nelson: I am a 1st 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.
Nikhil: I’m a first year MEng. student at the Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) studying aerospace engineering. I did my undergrad in Engineering Science here at U of T. I’ve grown up in many parts of the world, and enjoy traveling. I’m a big fan of improv and stand up comedy and good music! I also enjoy working out and staying healthy.
Rachel: I’m a MSc candidate at the Institute of Medical Science with a research focus in regenerative medicine. My interest and advocacy in mental health have led to my roles as Co-Chair of Grad Minds and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of EleMental Magazine. I’m also an adventurer, positivity engager, and, on occasion, Christopher Nolan film enthusiast.
Rebecca: I am a M.Ed candidate in OISE’s Adult Education &Community Development program. I hold a master’s degree in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin and a Qualified Mediator designation from York University. In my spare time I enjoy uncovering new corners of the city, reading crime fiction, and taking my dog for long walks.
Sam: I am a 2nd year master’s student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a specialization in community development. Outside of UofT, I am a craft beer and home-brewing enthusiast, where my B.Sc. in biochemistry from UBC has found an applicable outlet.
Anuya: I am a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at UTSG campus. My research uses behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to investigate the effect of novelty and reward on episodic memory. Before coming to UofT, I worked as a lab manager in a memory research lab at New York University.
Kimberly: I am a PhD student in the department of Social Justice Education at OISE. I am an elementary educator who has taught abroad in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and on a First Nations reserve in Northwest Saskatchewan. I love to travel, swim, read and eat delicious food.
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 1st 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.
Margeaux: I am a PhD candidate in the Departments of English and Sexual Diversity Studies. My scholarship and activism centre on teen girls, feminism, and queer politics. My passion for teaching and community building led me to the certificate program in Community-Engaged Learning from the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP) and to becoming a workshop facilitator with the local non-profit StoryPlanet. Meet me on UTSG or UTSC campus!
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 at UTSG/UTSC.
Terence: I am a PhD student at the department of Physiology. My current research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) focuses on the physiological/pathological roles of protein-protein complexes in the central nervous system. To take my mind off academics I play basketball and soccer.
What can I talk about with a G2G?
A G2G will:
- Listen to your concerns
- Help you to understand what your options might be
- Talk with you about ways to approach a stressful situation or start a difficult conversation
- Point out campus resources or relevant policies / procedures
A G2G will not:
- Act as your advocate
- Intervene in your situation
- Provide counselling services
- Share information with your supervisor or department
How can I get in touch with a G2G?
The G2G have drop-in hours which are advertised same-day on Twitter Follow @G2GUofTand in advance on the CRC’s events page on CLN . You can also book a one-on-one appointment on CLN or by email/phone.
Many thanks to all the G2G team members who have helped to make this a great support for grad students at U of T! A special thank you as well to Jesse Adigwe, our first (amazing) CRC Program Assistant, and to Priyanka for her excellent work in the Interim Program Assistant role!
Michael, PhD – Institute for Medical Science (G2G Jan 2016 – October 2017)
Priyanka, Masters – Aerospace Engineering UTIAS (G2G Sept 2016-October 2017)
Jacey, Masters – Counselling Psychology OISE (G2G Jan 2016-September 2017)
Samer, Masters – Sustainability Management program at UTM (G2G Jan 2016-Jan 2017)
Jonathan, Masters – Munk School of Global Affairs (G2G Jan-Dec 2016)
Natalie, PhD – Faculty of Medicine – retinal degeneration and cellular imaging (G2G Jan-Dec 2016)
Debra, PhD – Social cultural stream of the Department of Exercise Sciences (G2G Jan-Sept 2016)
Keira, Masters – Criminology (G2G Jan-Aug 2016)