Anyone enrolled in a graduate degree program (part-time or full-time) on UTM, UTSC or UTSG campus can apply to join the G2G Peer Advisor team. The G2G provide part-time (6-8 hours per week) coaching, outreach to their peers within their departments and across the university. They also facilitate training and workshops for grad students.
We look for students who have experience supporting/working with other students and who are great listeners. We encourage applications from grads with varied life experiences, backgrounds and identities. Team members will be selected from UTM, UTSC and UTSG campuses and from various graduate programs/units. The 2017/2018 team currently has 14 members (8 new, 7 returning). Our next recruitment will be in 2018.
G2G must complete an extensive 35+ hour conflict resolution training program (paid) and commit to ongoing continuing education throughout the term of their contract. Our training is unique because of its focus on graduate-specific concerns and resources available at U of T to support grad students and because it draws upon expertise within SGS, Student Life, UTGSU, to facilitate the training modules on topics such as:
- essential graduate policies/resources
- active listening for coaching
- advanced dispute resolution & negotiation
- intercultural communication
- equity & fairness
- power imbalances & imposter phenomenon
- trauma awareness
- mindfulness & self-care; and
- conflict coaching.
In 2017 the G2G were also required to complete AODA and Health & Safety training.