Meet The Team

Meet the team. Banner depicting a group of students looking up in a circle.

At the Centre for Student Engagement, we strive to promote student engagement through co-curricular opportunities that contribute to student success. Meet the team that makes all of our programs happen!

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Photo of Jessica Silver.Jessica Silver

Director, Student Engagement
905-569-4789 | Davis Building, room 2099

Jessica has a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE and her Bachelors in Education and English from York University. Prior to working at UTM, Jessica spent time as a Secondary School Teacher with the Toronto District School Board, and was the Department Manager, Programming with Pathways to Education supporting marginalized high school students and their families through academic and personal mentorship programs.

Jessica joined the Centre for Student Engagement and UTM in 2014. Prior to her role as Director, Jessica has supported Orientation and Transition programming and was the acting Student Transition Manager for the Office of Student Transition. Her favourite part of her role is working alongside students, staff and faculty to build programs and courses that support student success at UTM. In her spare time Jessica is an avid foodie, a mom to a toddler and book club aficionado!

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Alysha Ferguson

Manager, Community Engaged Learning
905-569-4724 | Davis Building, Room 2098

Alysha completed her Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and is an alumnus of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and English. Alysha started her career in Student Affairs as a Residence Life Manager/ Coordinator at both the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus and Wilfrid Laurier University. She joined the Centre for Student Engagement in 2015, bringing her passion for supporting student success through the creation of community-based co-curricular educational opportunities.

As the Manager, Community Engaged Learning, she works in collaboration with local community organizations to develop new partnerships and grow opportunities for students to develop skills and feel inspired by the notion that one person can make a difference by participating in their community as engaged citizens. In her spare time, Alysha enjoys reading, travelling, playing softball, discovering new music, learning photography and is a certified life skills coach. 

Photo of Jackie Goodman.Jackie Goodman 

Manager, Orientation, Transition and Engagement
905-569-4626 | Davis Building, room 2093

Jackie completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn her Master of Education in Student Affairs from UCLA in California, before relocating to Toronto in 2010. Her work developing first-year transition programs at UTM began in 2011. Since then she has committed herself to developing and implementing innovative programming to enhance academic success and student engagement of new students at UTM.

In her new role as the Manager of Orientation, Transition, and Engagement, she looks forward to extending her support to also include programming designed to benefit all UTM students. Jackie finds it a privilege to have the opportunity to work so closely with such talented students here at UTM! Outside of UTM, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, traveling, and athletics of all kinds!

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Michelle Atkinson

Community Engagement Coordinator
905-828-3871 | Davis Building, Room 2095

Michelle completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts from Trent University. After working in the for-profit sector, Michelle spent six years with the UTM Career Centre as an Events and Employment Services Coordinator where she worked with both internal UTM partners and external employers to create and support career learning events and programs. Michelle joined the Centre for Student Engagement in August 2017 where she works in developing and running community-engaged learning programs that enhance student co-curricular learning while bettering the community.

Her favourite part of her role is connecting students to opportunities to make them more engaged citizens both in their local community and also the world. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, cooking, geeking on out fantasy football, and spending time with her dog Ella.

Photo of Clerissa Albores.Clerissa Albores 

Student Engagement Event Coordinator
Davis Building, room 3125

Clerissa completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga. After being involved in peer programming as a student leader, Clerissa realized that she could start a career where she continued to support students. Since graduating, Clerissa has been a part of UTM’s Health & Counselling Centre, Career Centre and now the Centre for Student Engagement.

At CSE, Clerissa coordinates Orientation, Exam Jam and Engaging Faculty Events. She enjoys designing opportunities for students to connect with the UTM community and working with student leaders to inform and inspire this work. Outside of UTM, Clerissa enjoys geeking out over Harry Potter, fitness classes, and trying out new restaurants!

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Tomike Babajide

Community Engagement Coordinator, Access & Outreach
905-828-3962 | Davis Building, Room 3125

Tomike completed her Bachelor of Business Administration at University of Toronto Mississauga. Her experience supporting students began during her own time as an undergraduate student, working for the Career Centre at the St. George campus and moving on to work at the Department of Management PDLC at UTM. Her experience at UTM ignited an interest which changed the course of her career path, leading her to pursue a Master of Education in Community Development and Adult Education at OISE.

Before joining UTM, Tomike sourced and hired diverse candidates, as well as assisted youths to reach their optimal potential by providing innovative ideas around the creation and promotion of resources and programs, for their career planning.

At UTM, Tomike is responsible for building and maintaining partnerships with local schools and community organizations to engage individuals- regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status to realize their potentials and access their own unique pathways to quality education. She enjoys working alongside students, other professionals at the University and community partners to achieve this.

In her free time, Tomike enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, and watching comedy series (she has a ritual of watching all 9 seasons of The Office every summer).

Photo of Trent Barwick.Trent Barwick

Student Success Coordinator, Orientation & Transition Programs
905-569-4282 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Trent graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in English and Geography. After that, he completed his Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston. Upon graduation he spent time working at Wilfrid Laurier University within the Department of Residence, working two years as a Residence Life Area Coordinator. He then transitioned into teaching, where he spent time as a High School Teacher in the Upper Grand District School Board.

At UTM, Trent has a focus on first year student success, helping coordinate the LAUNCH and O-Week programming for the CSE. With a passion for student development, and a background in Education, he is excited to work with his team of student leaders to create the strongest transition programming possible for all incoming students. Trent is an avid sports fan, and in his spare time enjoys playing baseball, golf, or any other sport he can.

Photo of Andrew Fenech. Andrew Fenech 

Student Engagement Coordinator, Academic Coaching
416-946-5810 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Andrew graduated from the University of Toronto Mississauga with an Honours Bachelor of Science. His experience supporting students began during his own time as an undergraduate student, working for the Health & Counselling Centre, the Career Centre, and as a Teaching Assistant. Andrew knew as soon as he graduated that his time at UTM was not over, and he joined the Centre for Student Engagement a year later to continue his work helping students reach their full potential.  

In his role at CSE, Andrew coordinates the Bridging Mentorship Program and the Academic Coaching Program, supporting students entering university from alternative pathways. He is passionate about empowering students to engage in their education holistically, to persist in spite of university’s many challenges, and to believe they are good enough to thrive at UTM and beyond.   

In his free time, Andrew enjoys gaming, listening to podcasts, and a good non-fiction book. If you see him on campus, ask him for a bird fact!

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Sako Khederlarian

Student Engagement Coordinator, Student Organizations and Outreach
905-828-3753 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Sako graduated from Trent University with a degree in history. Throughout his studies he had a number of student government roles at his institution, including a position as student cabinet president, vice president for the student union, and as an orientation leader for a number of years. Since completing his degree, Sako has focused his career on leading orientation and transition programs, and working closely with student groups to enable them to develop successful programs and events.

At UTM, Sako works closely with student organizations and multi-faith groups, and supports the Centre for Student Engagement with a number of programming initiatives. Sako enjoys working with student leaders, running team-building programs, and is always looking for ways to make a positive impact within the local community. Outside of work he enjoys reading, playing and coaching squash, and playing piano.

Martin Kengo.

Martin Kengo

Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach
416-864-8383 | Davis Building, Room 2092

Martin is a forward-thinking professional with over 10 years of experience in the creation of public policy, community development and public affairs solutions that successfully address complex equity and regulatory related issues. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Queen's Univerisity and an Honours Bachelor of Art in International Development and Political Science. Prior to working at UTM, Martin led the development and implementation of settlement strategies for newcomers in Toronto; fostered relationships with municipalities in the adoption of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at York Region; and enhancing health literacy within Toronto's Priority Neighbourhoods by securing funding for recreational and nutritional programs for underserviced communities.

In his new role at UTM, he looks forward to leveraging his knowledge to support programming designed to benefit all UTM students and provide a platform for students to make a meaningful and sustained impact within the community. When not problem-solving, you can find Martin playing soccer, exploring nature in warmer climates and watching National Geographic documentaries. 


Photo of Ashley Pereira MendozaAshley Pereira Mendoza

Student Engagement Administrator 
905-828-3962 | Davis Building, room 2091
Ashley completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  Prior to joining the Centre for Student Engagement, she supported student transition, specifically pertaining to the experiences of first generation, international and new-to-Canada students in the post-secondary realm at the International Education Centre. She has experience in digital marketing and communications alongside student advising on various topics such as cultural adjustment, academics, financial literacy, health and well-being and internationlizing your degree. 
At CSE, she is excited to continue to use her role to support and develop students through advising and within a digital capacity. Outside of UTM, Ashley enjoys going to concerts, working out, travelling and watching sports!

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Laura Walkling

Student Engagement Coordinator, Leadership, Mentorship and the Co-Curricular Record
905-828-3957 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)
Laura completed her Master of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga.
With ten years of non-traditional teaching experience under her belt, she moved to the United Kingdom where she taught English and History in inner-city London secondary schools for two years. Returning to Canada in 2016, Laura returned to her roots of working in the post-secondary field.
Laura joined the Centre for Student Engagement in 2017 where she worked as the Student Success Coordinator of Transition Programs managing the LAUNCH and REACH programs as well as pre-arrival communications for New-to-UTM students.