Meet our fantastic team of Mentors, Staff and Faculty Advisors!

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Meet our Mentors Meet our 2016/2017 First in the Family mentors
Learning Strategist Benjamin Pottruff
Program Coordinator Adonica Huggins
Faculty Advisor Janelle Joseph, Kinesiology and Physical Education
Faculty Advisor David Roberts, Urban Studies

Meet our Mentors

Meet our First Generation Mentors! Whether you are a Computer ScienceMath and Physical SciencesCommerce / Management / BusinessSocial SciencesHumanities or Life Sciences student, choose a Mentor to engage with in a mutually beneficial relationship focused on academic success; negotiating the services, supports and resources on campus; building a supportive and fun community; personal growth and development; and equity, diversity and inclusion!

All first generation students, regardless of year of study, belong to First in the Family Peer Mentor Program, but you must complete the registration to choose a Mentor.

Learning Strategist

Benjamin Pottruff

General Field of Study: Humanities and Social Science

Program of Study: History; Peace & Conflict Studies; Education

Undergraduate College: At the School of Graduate Studies where I recently completed a PhD and am beginning a Master of Education in the fall

First Generation Student: Yes

Identity: Born and educated in Southern Ontario, teacher, student success professional, time-traveller and life-long learner

Co-curricular Interests: Cycling, hiking, swimming, wandering, loitering in libraries, spending time with my family and cat colony

Benjamin Pottruff

Program Coordinator

Adonica Huggins

General Field of Study: Kinesiology and Physical Education

Program of Study: Physical and Health Education, Women and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies

Undergraduate College: New College

First Generation Student: Yes

Identity: Black Lesbian and anti-racist feminist intersectional activist; have worked with students in the college and university sector for many years; former Community Based Researcher (Asset Based Community Development & Inclusion Research) in Regent Park and Downtown East Toronto where I lived and worked

Co-curricular Interests: film (I used to hang out a lot at TIFF and programed an international Black Women & Trans film festival), photography (mostly photos of my young son), tennis (mostly practicing my serve when no one’s looking), and gardening (mostly weeding)

 

Photo by Paula Rico

Adonica Huggins

Faculty Advisor

Janelle Joseph

General Area of Study: Kinesiology and Physical Education

Program of Study: Gender, Race, Sport, and Physical Culture

Undergraduate College: Embedded at Kinesiology and Physical Education

First Generation Student: Yes 

Identity: I identify as an athlete, artist, activist, academic, author

Co-curricular interests: Capoeira, boot camp fitness, paddle boarding

 

Photo by Paula Rico

Janelle Joseph

Faculty Advisor

David Roberts

General Area of Study:Urban Studies

Program of Study:Mega-events and Urbanization; Public-Private Partnerships and Public Infrastructure; Participatory Planning; Race, Inequality and Social Justice in the City

Undergraduate College: Innis

First Generation Student: No

Identity: Professor, activist, world-traveler, displaced Seattleite  

Co-curricular interests: Travel, sports, live music, film

David Roberts