Who are the G2G Peer Advisors?

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 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, read and have 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.  


Megan:  I am a 2nd year master’s student at OISE. I did  my undergrad at Queen’s University and worked as a nurse for many years in community settings. I am passionate about mental health, community building, and supporting fellow students. My favourite hobbies are cooking, swimming and singing in a community choir.  


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. 


Margeaux, G2G Peer Adviser Margeaux: I am a PhD candidate in the Department of English and am part of the collaborative program with Sexual Diversity Studies.  My passion for teaching and community building led me to the certificate program in Community-Engaged Learning from the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP). Some of my fav things include potlucks, collaging, and writing non-fiction. Meet me on UTSG campus!


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.

Terence, G2G Peer Adviser 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. I love all kinds of sports and enjoy playing basketball/soccer/squash to take my mind off academics. Looking forward to meeting you on campus! 



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 and 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.

Former G2G:

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 to Jesse Adigwe, our first (amazing) CRC Program Assistant, and to Priyanka for her excellent work in the Interim Program Assistant role!

  • Anyua, PhD – Department of Psychology
  • 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)
  • 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)


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

2016 G2G & Manager, CRC