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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
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Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students works to ensure you have a positive experience throughout your time at University College. We work with student staff and leaders to create intentional programs and provide student support beyond the classroom.

Our Team

Residence and Student Life Staff Team

Residence Dons

Their primary role is to help you navigate problems or issues that arise during your time in residence. They are a great first point of contact and can help you navigate resources and support services on campus. They help organize community building activities, run facilitated discussions and work closely with elected student leaders to create fun and inclusive communities. Dons also play an important role in maintaining community standards and ensuring students avoid behaviour that may negatively impact other residents.   

Community Coordinators

Your Community Coordinators play an integral role in building a fun and engaging experience for off-campus students. Located in the Commuter Student Centre, they develop student-focused programs designed to connect off-campus students and integrate them into the UC and U of T community. They are also a great first point of contact and can help students navigate problems or issues that arise. 

Residence Services

Facilities

Under the supervision of the UC Residence Operations Manager, caretaking and maintenance staff play a critical role in the cleanliness and upkeep of our residences. They work tirelessly to ensure washrooms, kitchens and other common areas are held to high standards of cleanliness.

Residence Porters

The Porter’s Office is run during the day by the building stewards, then transitions to the porter staff outside of business hours. The staff help with key distribution, mail, general inquiries and more. All maintenance and building issues should be brought to the Porter’s Office.

Office of the Dean of Students

Naeem Ordóñez, Dean of Students

Naeem Ordóñez

Dean of Students
As the Dean of Students, Naeem oversees all student life activities in the college and supervises UC's residence operation. His work includes collaborating with students and staff to develop a strong, inclusive and welcoming student experience. Naeem has worked in student life for more than 15 years in a variety of areas. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding student life or the residences, he will be glad to hear from you. 
416-978-7246
naeem.ordonez@utoronto.ca
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Campus: St. George
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Alnoor

Alnoor Gowani

Assistant to the Dean of Students, Administration
In addition to the day-to-day operations of the Residence Office, Alnoor is responsible for overseeing the admissions process for new and returning residence students. Alnoor also communicates information to residence students through email and social media. Additionally, all food services, tour and internet/network-related inquiries can be sent his way.  If you have any questions with regard to the aforementioned, please do not hesitate to contact him.
(416) 978-1605
alnoor.gowani@utoronto.ca
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15 Kings College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
Campus: St. George
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Vacant

Residence Operations Coordinator
This staff member supports the admissions process for residence students and regularly provides information and communications with residence students through email and online platforms. They also supports the day-to-day- operations of the Residence Office. Should you have any questions about the Residence Operations at UC please do not hesitate to contact them.
15 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
Campus: St. George
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Jennifer Hinton, Assistant to the Dean, Residence Life

Jennifer Hinton

Assistant to the Dean of Students, Residence Life
In her role, Jennifer works directly with all of our Residence Dons, Building Stewards, Porters and student leaders in residence who form the building blocks of our student community.
416-978-2539
jennifer.hinton@utoronto.ca
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Kimiya Karbasy

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Residence Life Coordinator
Kimiya develops programming to ensure students are supported and engaged throughout their time in residence. In particular, she advises the University College Residence Council (UCRC) and supports the Program Dons. She is always looking for ways to get students more involved, so if you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact her.
416-978-5408
kimiya.karbasy@utoronto.ca
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Aaron

Aaron Tsang

Assistant to the Dean of Students, Student Life
In her role, Aaron works closely with our peer leaders to ensure a holistic approach to programming and support that matches the diversity of our student needs and population. Aaron is keen on helping foster a community that is welcoming to all, and that facilitates student growth, development, and success. If you have questions about our programming or ideas for engagement, please connect with Aaron!
416-978-2531
aa.tsang@utoronto.ca
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15 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
Campus: St. George
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Ariel Saffer-Spiro

Coordinator, Student Community Development
Ariel is excited to enhance the commuter student life experience and ensure that students are aware of and are taking an active role in the Mental Health & Wellness Opportunities available to them. Ariel thrives off of providing opportunities for others and ensuring that spaces are inclusive and welcoming. Through her work, Ariel will be striving to create a sense of belonging for each and every UC student. Please reach out to Ariel today if you have any questions or would like to get involved! 
ariel.safferspiro@utoronto.ca
15 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
Campus: St. George
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Shena Phagoo, Building Steward

Shena Phagoo

Building Steward
Shena is responsible for the day-to-day operations in Sir Daniel Wilson Residence and Morrison Hall. She oversees the porter’s desk and staff and facilitates key distribution, mail, general inquiries, maintenance and building issues, and more. Stop by the porter’s desk with any questions or concerns and she can help or direct you appropriately.  
416-946-3851
shena.krishna@utoronto.ca
75 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E5
Campus: St. George
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Sean Blanchard, Building Steward

Sean Blanchard

Building Steward
Sean is responsible for the day-to-day operations in Whitney Hall. He oversees the porter’s desk and staff and facilitates key distribution, mail, general inquiries, maintenance and building issues, and more. Stop by the porter’s desk with any questions or concerns and he can help or direct you appropriately.  
416-978-2532
sean.blanchard@utoronto.ca
85 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E5
Campus: St. George
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Nida Uz-Zaman

Student Life Coordinator
As the Student Life Coordinator, Nida supports planning and developing programs to encourage active engagement of UC students. Through her role, she supports programs facilitating community development, academic success and personal growth of students through student organization support and program development.  If you have any questions regarding the programs and initiatives that UC offers, feel free to contact her. 
416-978-1694
nida.uzzaman@utoronto.ca
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15 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
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