Residence Education Facilitators (REFs)

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A Residence Education Facilitators (REFs, formerly known as PALs) is an upper year, residence student staff, here to support you in your academics at UTM! They live in residence and aim to strengthen your academic resiliency and skills to be successful in your academic transition.

Students in the REF program will have access to the following:

  • Academic skills workshops on topics such as campus resources, study technique note-taking, and degree planning
  • One-on-one meetings with their REF
  • Socials and academic development events with fellow students
  • An academic network with faculty, campus resources and services

For the 2022-2023 Academic Year, all first-year residence students will be opted into the REF program. If you have any questions about the REF program or your application, contact Bianca Anderson, Residence Education & Transition Coordinator, at