Residence Life Management Team
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Our Residence Life Team work hard throughout the year to provide community building opportunities, promote safety, provide support & ways for students to get connected here in residence! Read below to meet the team!
Assistant Director, Residence Life
Jessica completed her Master of Arts, Organizational Business and Leadership Studies degree at the University of Guelph, and is an alumnus of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences. Jessica started her career in Student Affairs working in a variety of roles within Student Housing Services at the University of Guelph before joining the Student Housing & Residence Life Team at the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2018.
As the Assistant Director, Residence Life, Jessica works with the Residence Life Team to create safe, positive residence communities that foster a sense of belonging, co-curricular experiences that encourage holistic student development, and environments that promote academic success. In her spare time Jessica enjoys travelling, hosting gatherings for her loved ones, a good cup of coffee, reading, and spending time with her family.
Supervisor, Residence Education
Laura is a lover of learning and is passionate about creating high quality experiences that inspire ‘lightbulb’ moments.She has had the opportunity to work at a variety of institutions such as Western University, Laurier, and now the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Beware, as a certified MBTI practitioner and as a Masters of Education graduate, she can talk about personality assessments and curriculum creation for extended periods of time!
When she is not working to create an intentional residence experience for all students, Laura enjoys being creative, reflective conversations, live music, and travelling to local coffee shops.
With her small and mighty Residence Education team she is excited to ensure that you feel academically supported in residence!
Community Development Coordinator
Amanda completed her Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is also a UTM alumni who has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and completed her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. In 2014, Amanda started her career in Student Affairs as a Student Development Officer working on First Generation programming here at UTM with what is now called the Centre for Student Engagement. She joined Student Housing and Residence Life in 2015 bringing her passion for student transition and community building. She finds ways to ensure that students have the opportunity to be engaged both inside and outside of the classroom.
As a Community Development Coordinator, she works closely with the Residence Student Staff (RSS) team and creates opportunities for students at UTM to see themselves as leaders amongst their peers. In her role, she also leads the RSS Hiring and Training committee. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, the gym, being outdoors, traveling, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family.
Residence Education & Transition Coordinator
Bianca earned a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. During her undergraduate degree, she was a residence student staff where she found her passion for student housing! After graduating, she moved to the University of Guelph where she continued to work in student housing. In 2019, Bianca joined the Student Housing & Residence Life team as a Community Development Coordinator and later transitioned into her current role. Most recently, she earned her Master of Education in Student Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University.
At UTM, in her current role, Bianca focusses on providing transition support to residence students. She supports a team of Peer Academic Leaders who help to facilitate academic workshops along with other programs. She also works to promote the academic success of residence students through the Academic Support Initiative. Her favourite part of her role is working with students to ensure they flourish in their academics at UTM!
In her free time, Bianca loves to spend time with her dog, Rosie, and go for walks along trails around UTM. Please feel free say hi if you see her on campus!
Community Development Coordinator
Jenna is a UTM grad, having completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her experiences in Residence at UTM inspired her to work in Orientation & Transition programming, before returning home to Residence as a Community Development Coordinator (CDC) and completing a Masters in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
As the CDC for the North Side of campus (undergraduate students living in Erindale Hall, Roy Ivor Hall, & Schreiberwood), she is passionate about supporting student development, lifelong learning, and building a residence experience and community that makes every student feel at home.
Outside of work, Jenna enjoys spending time adventuring outdoors, live music events, listening to podcasts and opportunities to travel and explore new places!
Residence Education Coordinator
Kim completed her undergraduate degree from York University with a major in Anthropology and Studio Visual Arts minor. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. She is currently undertaking her M.Ed at OISE. A certified teacher, Kim has gone on to teach in public and private schools in England and South Korea.
At SHRL, Kim coordinates the Living Learning Community Program and the residence programming for UTM’s Academic Culture and English students. Her passion for Living Learning Communities and Residence Life came from her experience of actively participating in LLC programming and Residence Council during her undergrad.
Outside of work, Kim enjoys travelling, cooking, and going on adventures with her dog Winnie. If you see them on campus, don’t be afraid to stop and say hi.
Community Development Coordinator
Sally Chen completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, in East Asian Studies and English literature. As an out-of-province student, she found in residence an amazing and supportive sense of community, as well as a place to develop and practice her commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Building on her residence student leadership experiences, she has spent the past seven years in the field of student housing and residence life, returning recently in 2018 to work at the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto.
At SHRL, Sally is one of the Community Development Coordinators, responsible for overseeing a group of dedicated student leaders in building a safe, supportive, and transformative environment for students in residence. When she's not at work, she can be found reading, writing magic realism and speculative fiction, watching movies, and eating noodles of any kind.