Appointment of Provostial Advisor on Residences (PDAD&C #39)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date: May 5, 2022
Re: Appointment of Provostial Advisor on Residences (PDAD&C #39)

I am pleased to report that Professor Cristina Amon, former Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering will assume the role of Provostial Advisor on Residences at the University of Toronto from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Former staff member Sally Garner, Senior Strategist Richard Levin, Provost’s Division CAO and former CAO of Innis College Joyce Hahn, and Jessie Metcalfe, Assistant Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students will be core members of the team that support Professor Amon in this work.

Building on the work of the Role of the Residences Working Group of the Provostial Review of the Colleges on the St. George Campus, the Provostial Advisor on Residences and her team will develop both a short-term and long-term strategy for student residences, with a primary focus on residences located on the St. George campus.

As noted by the working group, “At their core, residences are intended to serve students and create a living environment that is conducive to their academic success and personal growth… Residences are not only a place where many students live while at University, but they also play a critical role in providing students with a sense of community, a broad range of supports and opportunities to engage with peers, mentors and residence life staff.”

The advisory activities led by Professor Amon will aim to enhance student experience through:

  • Conducting a strategic visioning exercise for the development of future residences
  • Developing a shared set of goals and principles for long range planning, including review of the First-Year Guarantee
  • Developing a clear organizational and decision-making structure to promote consistency of the student experience and communications across residences

Members of the team will engage in broad consultation and will work collaboratively with colleagues in Colleges, Faculties, and shared services divisions across all three campuses of the University.

Professor Amon bring to this role a clear record of strategic thinking and administrative acumen that will inform the work of the team. I very much appreciate that she and other members of the team are serving the University of Toronto in this vitally important way.