G2G (grad 2 grad) Peer Advisors

Between 2016 and 2020, the G2G provided trusted confidential conflict coaching to over 730 graduate students on all U of T campuses.  

Sadly, the Office of the Vice Provost Students and the School of Graduate Studies have decided to close Grad CRC effective July 1, 2020.  Questions and comments can be directed to Adam Kuhn, Director-Student Engagement, Student Life at adam.kuhn@utoronto.ca.  Graduate students seeking individual support for appeals and other academic issues can connect confidentially with Gail Fernando, UTGSU Advocacy Coordinator at membership@utgsu.ca .

Thank you to the 14 members of the 2019/2020 G2G Team and to all the G2G who made the Grad CRC a grad support best practice! Read more about the amazing G2G team in this University Affairs article (Feb 2020)!

Photo of G2G and quote "Conflict, while often difficult, is an opportunity to strengthen our relationships and develop a greater understanding of ourselves and others."

Amika: PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation

Christina: Institute of Medical Sciences researching potential therapies to reduce organ rejection. 

Hiro: PhD student OISE Higher Education

Edouard: Upper year PhD in Immunology using single-cell technology to better understand human diseases.  

Hifza G2G Peer Advisor photo and quote "Being a G2G advisor has been a life-altering experience and has universal applicability. I have learned to actively listen to others, empathize with their problems, work collaboratively with my team, and honestly, be a better person."

Hifza: Medical school on UofT Mississauga campus.

Zohaib: Masters of Education student at OISE and an international student.

Zissis: Masters of Global Affairs student at the Munk School

CJ (Cristina): Upper year PhD student at OISE

Jessica: Upper year PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

Kimberly: Upper year PhD candidate in the department of Social Justice Education at OISE.

G2G Peer photo and quote "Advice for Managing conflict online: Logging off, actually leaving the situation or taking a break. Knowing that you don't have to solve problems all at once, and the situation can be revisited at another time."

Lynie:  Masters of Library and Information Science student.

Mariam: SJD doctoral student in the Faculty of Law

G2G Peer quote "Managing people is hard. It is not something that you may have signed up for as an academic, therefore it is important to engage in professional development and learn interpersonal communication skills. Be approachable. Listen. Let your students know that you have their best interests at heart."Melissa: Ph.D. student at the department of Applied Psychology and Human Development OISE

Safa: Master’s student in Medical Biophysics, accepted to MDPHD.

Jess G2G photo and quote "I am amazed at how academia makes so many brilliant people feel like they are not doing enough or is making them experience imposter phenomenon. Almost everyone feels this way sometimes, know that you're not alone and that you are entirely capable and competent. It's okay to rest and have a life outside of your studies, in fact it's vital!"

G2G Peer photo and quote "Remember that you don't have to respond in the spur of the moment. There's an assumption that because you are online (or supposed to be online) you have to respond immediately. Sometimes, saying you will come back to an issue and then getting another perspective might be helpful."

 

 

 

 

 

 


Q: What could I talk about with a G2G?
A: Any issue impacting your graduate experience!

A G2G would:

  • 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 would not:

  • Act as your advocate
  • Intervene in your situation
  • Provide counselling services
  • Share information with your supervisor or department
“I really enjoyed my experience with my peer advisor. I found them knowledgeable about the resources available at the university, encouraging and supportive. It was especially nice to just have someone I could talk to about my experience and I could tell that they genuinely wanted to help me. I had a great experience and would definitely talk to my advisor again.”

What training do the G2G have?

G2G were required to complete an extensive 35+ hour conflict resolution training program (paid) and commit to ongoing continuing education throughout the term of their contract.  Our training was unique because of its focus on graduate-specific concerns and resources available at U of T to support grad students and because it drew upon expertise within SGS, Student Life, UTGSU, to facilitate the training modules on topics such as:

G2G Team training

Self-Care Superheros at the Multi-Faith Centre October 2016

  • 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.
  • AODA and Health & Safety training.

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!

  • Manu, PhD candidate – Social work (2016-2019)
  • Sarah Matias – former GCRC Administrative assistant (2020)
  • Rosa Duran – former GCRC Coordinator (2019)
  • Matt, PhD – Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (2016-2019)
  • Tony, Masters – Dalla Lana School of Public Health (2018-2019)
  • Nelson, Masters – IMS (2017-2019)
  • 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)
Photo of 6 members of the 2018 G2G Peer advisor team

2018 Grad CRC team: Tony, Safa, Jessica, Hifza, Hiro, Melissa

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 (Manu), Priyanka, Sam, Rebecca [Absent: Margeaux]

Photo of original 2016 G2G Peer Advisor team 7 members

CRC team: from back left- Samer, Natalie, Jonathan, Jacey, Michael, Keira, Debra

Samer, former G2G photo and quote "My favourite moment was when I conducted, along with a fellow G2G facilitator, a workshop for a team that was having issues in my program. It felt great to be able to help my classmates solve their problems."