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 email@example.com. Graduate students seeking individual support for appeals and other academic issues can connect confidentially with Gail Fernando, UTGSU Advocacy Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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)!
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: 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.
Lynie: Masters of Library and Information Science student.
Mariam: SJD doctoral student in the Faculty of Law
Melissa: Ph.D. student at the department of Applied Psychology and Human Development OISE
Safa: Master’s student in Medical Biophysics, accepted to MDPHD.
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:
- 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.
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)