Meet The Team

Mike Fernandes

Residence Life Coordinator

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Amika Shah

Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication

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Alim Alarakhia

Admissions Coordinator

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Moises Antigua

Service Coordinator

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Klara Kovarova

Associate Dean, Residence Life

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Trevor Barrie

Financial Coordinator & ResNet IT Specialist

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Elizabeth Urbanowski

Manager of Finance, Administration, & Operations

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Kevin Dancy

Director of Residence Operations

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Ryan Hopkin

Facilities Coordinator

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Steve Masse

Dean, Residence Life and Director of Student Life

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Ariel Ardilla

Facilities Supervisor

Peggy Kritharenos


Ferdinand Juan


Jazmin Arenas


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Paid Positions

Applications currently closed.

The Head Residence Advisor (HRA) is a senior level student staff member focused primarily in student development, staff development, programming, and administrative capacities. The HRA is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive team dynamic, adjudicating low level student conduct and student issues, and managing the programming initiatives of Graduate House. Due to the nature of this position, experience in Residence Life is required.

Applications currently closed.

Residence Advisors (RA) at Graduate House build community within the residence, uphold Graduate House core values and Community Standards, provide residents with support and referrals in the event of academic and personal difficulties, respond to emergencies and critical incidents, function as mediators in the event of conflicts between suitemates, undertake programming initiatives geared towards graduate students, and help ensure the safety and security of the building and our residents.

Applications currently closed.

Service Desk Attendants (SDA) are dynamic student leaders who are hired to provide outstanding customer service to students, parents, visitors, staff and faculty. SDAs work at our front desk located in the lobby of our building. SDAs assist residents with packages, information about fees, resources, and much more! Please note that this is an on-site opportunity, and you may be scheduled at either Graduate House or Knox Residence.

Hours of Work:

Each Service Desk Assistant is typically scheduled for 2-4 shifts per week. Depending on the site you are scheduled at, the shifts will be as followed

  • Graduate House shifts are 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-11:00pm on Monday to Friday, and on weekends from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.
  • Knox Residence shifts are 3:00pm-8:00pm on Monday – Fridays, and on weekends/holidays from 12:00pm-5:00pm

SDAs are expected to be available to work a combination of day, evening, and weekend shifts.

Applications currently closed. 

The Marketing & Communication Assistant assisted with the coordination and creation of educational content on processes and policies that act as a valuable resource for current and prospective Graduate House residents. They organized meetings with stakeholders to understand the existing processes that support the student experience.

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The Graduate House Council (GHC) is a student council elected by the residents of Graduate House. The mission of this nine-member body is to develop a sense of community at Graduate House. It focuses on promoting a fun and social environment, supporting all academic lifestyles, fostering learning and advocating and protecting resident interests. As stipulated by the Occupancy Agreement, Graduate House collects a non-refundable levy from each resident that is put toward social and cultural events.

There is a similarity between the GHC and the Residence Advisors as both groups organize programming for residents. The main difference between the GHC and the Residence Advisors is their scope and role. The Residence Advisors are a resource for the building, their respective floors, and individual residents and/or suites. Issues regarding safety and building-wide policies are within the role of Residence Advisors.

The GHC is a volunteer social organization that does not represent Graduate House Residence staff. In contrast, the Residence Advisors are a paid student staff members of Graduate House Residence. The Residence Advisors, both as a group and individually, are encouraged to consider social event ideas proposed by the GHC; as such collaboration can bring to realization many successful large- and small-scale events.

Current residents who wish to remain in Graduate House will still have an opportunity to gain priority in re-entry, but they will have to earn this priority through achieving the Graduate House Community Participant Status (GCPS). Current residents who do not achieve this status but wish to reside in Graduate House for subsequent academic years will have to re-apply through the general applicant pool.

The GCPS is designed to foster a culture of participation, inclusion and community in Graduate House. This status will help support efforts to shape the reputation of Graduate House as a warm, welcoming environment and communicate to the University of Toronto and general public that residents can expect to have a strong sense of community while residing at Graduate House.

Click here for more information about Graduate House Community Participant Status (GCPS).

The Graduate House Residence Advisory Committee (GHRAC) provides students with a forum to voice opinions and ideas to the department of Graduate House at the University of Toronto and serves to facilitate bi-directional communication between students and residence staff.

GHRAC may make recommendations on:

  • The Residence Curriculum
  • Capital and major maintenance projects
  • Residence services
  • Customer service and engagement issues
  • Budgetary priorities for the department and housing fee consultation
  • Communications
  • Student policies
  • Funding requests (where applicable)
  • Any other matters directed to it by the Graduate House Governing Body

Positive Space

Graduate House Residence is a Positive Space where we celebrate the diversity of our community which includes LGBTQ students and staff. Click here for more information about the positive space committee at the University of Toronto, St. George campus.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the University offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the University community.

Our support for equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code. In striving to become an equitable community, we will also work to eliminate, reduce or mitigate the adverse effects of any barriers to full participation in University life that we find, including physical, environmental, attitudinal, communication or technological.

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Living in Graduate House is conveniently located, safe and fun too! Graduate and second-entry students from many faculties at UofT call this place home.