Who are the G2G?

The G2G team includes Masters / PhD students from many different disciplines & backgrounds who can meet you on any campus (or on Skype!) year-round.  

Amika: I am a 2nd year PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation and hold a master’s degree in Addictions and Mental Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. I am passionate about appreciating people’s strengths and the power of a supportive community in graduate school. When I am not researching or wishing I was camping, you can find me at Hart House where I often hold drop-ins.

ON LEAVE 2020 Christina: I am a grad student with the Institute of Medical Sciences researching potential therapies to reduce organ rejection. I am a Community Animator at Grad Room and a graduate of Western U. (Go Mustangs!). When I am not in the lab, you can find me scavenging Toronto for the best ramen and fried chicken. I also enjoy learning new languages, musical theatre, and Greek mythology.  

CJ (Cristina): I am a PhD student at OISE with over ten years of experience as an educator in Japan and Toronto. I am passionate about community-building and advocacy, specifically around graduate student programming, anti-racism, equity, and mental health. I am eager to talk with you about effective strategies to prevent, manage, and directly address conflict. 

Edouard: I am an upper year PhD in Immunology using single-cell technology to better understand human diseases.  I believe in looking beyond ourselves to empower others, and to appreciate the talent and experience of others.  Friendship means a lot to me. When not in the lab you may see me hustling pool in the city. 


Hifza: I was a Master of Science student in the department of Cell and Systems Biology  (UofT Scarborough), and now I’m in my first year of medical school on UofT Mississauga campus.  I am enjoying getting to know a new campus, and continue to be a part of different campus clubs, including the Harry Potter Alliance and the Multi-Organ Transplant Society and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Hiro: My move from Tokyo to Toronto with my family to study about managing diversity at the doctoral level at U of T is a natural progression of my life; 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. 

 Jessica: I am an upper year 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 fifth 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 research-based programs). I love to travel, swim, read and eat delicious food.

Lynie: I am a 2nd year Masters of Library and Information Science student. I believe in the communal value of public libraries and my work is focused on integrating a Critical Race Theory lens in information science studies. My motto is “meet people where they are and bring food!” Intentionality and accountability are guiding terms for my actions, except for when it’s time to spend money at Sephora. 

Mariam: I am a 3rd 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.  I often host a drop-in at Student Family Housing.

Melissa: As a Peer Advisor and a Ph.D. student at the department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, I enjoy empowering people, listening to their stories, and sharing in their journey.  I believe belonging to community is critical for individual health and development; it also helps to make life’s journey less daunting. I am intentional about forming meaningful relationships; I love long walks in nature and spending time with family and friends is my absolute fave.

Safa:I am a 2nd year master’s student in Medical Biophysics. My thesis work aims to identify and evaluate novel radiosensitizing agents for the treatment of lung cancer.  I am passionate about getting involved in my community through student government and organizing social events. You can find me rock climbing at my favourite dog-friendly gym after long days at the lab. My favourite part of being a G2G is learning about you and how I can help make your experience a little better.

 Zissis: I’m a 2nd year Masters of Global Affairs student at the Munk School and hold an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa. In my spare time, I love to read, watch (and occasionally play) sports, spend time with family, and find the best spots to eat in town! 

Zohaib: I am a 1st year Masters of Education student at OISE.  Navigating grad school can be incredibly tough and conflicts make it even more challenging.  If this feeling is familiar to you, know that you have an option to talk about it. I love listening to people’s lived experiences and life stories. I am here to listen.

How can I get in touch with a G2G?

BOOK an appointment today!
The G2G have drop-in hours which are advertised same-day on Twitter and in advance on the Grad CRC’s Events page on CLNx. You can also book an appointment on CLNx or by email/phone (416-978-8920).

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)

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, Priyanka, Sam, Rebecca [Absent: Margeaux]

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

First 2016 Grad CRC team: from back left- Natalie, Keira, Jonathan, Samer, Jacey (Heather) Debra, Michael