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

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New Peer Mentor / Returning Mentor Job Description and Qualifications
Learning Strategist Benjamin Pottruff
Program Coordinator Adonica Huggins
Faculty Advisor Janelle Joseph, Kinesiology and Physical Education
Faculty Advisor David Roberts, Urban Studies

New Peer Mentor / Returning Mentor: Job Description & Qualifications

New Peer Mentor positions are open to all qualified applicants. Those who have held a FITF Mentor position before must apply for the position of Returning Mentor. New Peer Mentors and Returning Mentors will:

  • participate in a mandatory intensive FITF pre-program training, designed to enhance academic success, negotiating the campus, community building, and leadership and career development, Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
  • participate in a mandatory Mentorship Professional Development Training on Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and / or other select trainings as required;
  • participate in additional mandatory attendance meetings, trainings and events once weekly on Fridays (or occasionally on other weekdays) between 2 and 6 p.m.;
  • participate in the Student Life annual tri-campus first generation conference “Trailblazers", on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (tentative);
  • assist the Senior Mentors, and also work positively and collaboratively with Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors, Mentors-In-Training, staff and faculty to: create, plan, organize, ensure accommodations, promote through social media etc., implement, facilitate, problem solve, and assess weekly Learning, Leadership and Social Events for first gen students;
  • keep confidential any information about a student that ought to be deemed “personal”, unless you feel it is appropriate for the health and wellbeing of that student to identify, assist and refer them directly to the Program Coordinator, Learning Strategist, or other U of T staff / resource for help;
  • provide mentorship and support, individually and in groups, to Returning Mentors, New Peer Mentors and Mentors-In-Training;
  • act as a Mentor, role model and coach to approximately 10 registered Mentees making the transition to and through university;
  • provide their Mentees monthly (at a minimum) one-to-one advising, and a monthly group meeting to help them build community among each other and with the university.

Approximately 20 New Peer Mentors / Returning Mentors are recruited, who will volunteer an average of (eight) 8 hours weekly September – April.  Each will receive an honorarium of $500.00 in the fall and winter semester for a total of $1,000.00.

New Peer Mentor / Returning Mentor Qualifications

  • must be a first gen student;
  • must be enrolled at the St. George campus (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, or a Non-Degree Program);
  • must have successfully completed at least two (2) academic years of study i.e. 8.0 courses by May;
  • must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (as currently listed on ROSI);
  • must demonstrate knowledge, through related work, volunteer and / or academic experience, of St. George campus academic and co-curricular resources and programs;
  • must demonstrate experience using and a strong familiarity with academic counselling services, writing centres, registrarial services, and / or other U of T services, supports and programs;
  • must demonstrate, through related on and or off campus work, volunteer and / or academic experience, communication, team work and organizational skills;
  • must participate in activities and events to help you gain experience and skills in public speaking, and facilitating group discussions, presentations and personal reflections;
  • preference will be given to those who understand the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion at U of T; be committed to breaking down barriers; and will actively build a positive environment to support all students including but not limited to students who are: First Generation; Indigenous peoples; People with Disabilities; Newcomers; International students; Racialized People / People of Colour; Religious / Spiritual communities; Francophone; LGBTTI2QQ+; Women; Transfer Students; and / or Mature Students;
  • preference will be given to those who have experience as a Mentor / Mentee or equivalent participation in an academic setting, community organization, etc. (e.g., FITF or other mentorship program, Academic Bridging Program, Big Brother / Sister, Gay – Straight Alliance, etc.);
  • preference will be given to those who can demonstrate that they learned from and overcame academic and personal challenges by making use of university resources;
  • preference will be given to those who want to make learning fun!

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 programmed 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