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 good listeners. We encourage applications from graduate students with varied life experiences and identities. Team members will be selected from UTM, UTSC and St. George campuses and from various graduate programs/units and backgrounds. We recruited 8 new G2G Peer advisors to the team in 2017. Our next recruitment will be in 2018.
G2G must complete the CRC’s extensive 35+ hour conflict resolution training program (paid) in October 2017 and commit to ongoing continuing education throughout the term of their contract. The CRC training is unique because of its focus on graduate-specific concerns and resources available at U of T to support grad students and because of it draws upon expertise within SGS, Student Life, UTGSU, as well as from the community, to develop and facilitate the training modules. The current training included topics such as:
- essential graduate policies/resources
- active listening
- advanced dispute resolution & negotiation
- intercultural communication
- equity & fairness
- power imbalances & imposter phenomenon
- trauma awareness
- mindfulness & self-care; and
- conflict coaching.
In 2016/2017 the G2G were also required to complete SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) training and AODA training.