Talk to a Family Care Office Peer Mentor!

Mentorship Events (All Students are Welcome)

Drop-in Hours
Talk to peer mentor.

  • Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and
  • Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Where? Family Care Office, 214 College Street, Room 103

Live Chat Series

  • Balancing Stressful Study Times with Family Responsibilities
    When? Monday, November 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
    Register with us so we can send you the link to connect.
  • Balancing family and school deadlines
    When? Friday, December 4 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
    Registration now open

Student Parent Social

When? Thursday, January 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Vegetarian lunch will be served.
More details to come.


Why get a mentor

Does it seem like you are the only student on campus with family responsibilities?

A mentor can share with you valuable tips and candid advice to help you balance the demands of caring for children with academic commitments in a safe and supportive environment. You may want to connect with a mentor to chat about:

  • Strategies and insights on caring for a family member
  • A specific question on child care
  • Getting your toddler to sleep
  • Your newly found pregnancy!

How to get a mentor

Send us an email and we will assign a mentor to you. You and the peer mentor can choose the best way to communicate. Our mentors are available to meet on a variety of dates and times.

We will also be hosting some exciting Peer Mentor Mix & Mingle events, so stay tuned for more details!

Who are our mentors

Our peer mentors are University of Toronto students from diverse backgrounds - men and women, undergraduates and graduates, some are dealing with elder care and others with child care responsibilities or some with both.


Please feel free to email our office if you have any questions or call 416.978.0951.

Peer Mentors

Mentors' Bios

Georgia is a New College undergraduate student of Caribbean background, the mother of a 14 and 16 year olds to whom she has had to give special attention, helping them work through challenges they encounter at school and when accessing and utilizing community resources. She and her children also help with caring for elderly parents and grandparents.
Natasha had her first child when she was an undergraduate student, and her second child a year and a half ago, while in her first year of the PhD program. Natasha has experience with being pregnant while in school, taking maternity leave, not taking maternity leave and the politics of nursing, throughout her post-secondary studies. Natasha has a lot of knowledge about the importance of connecting with peer support (she started a student-parent support network within her faculty!), self-care, seeking balance and remaining grounded throughout her journey as a student-parent.
Nursel is currently a graduate student at UofT and a mom of four. She lived at UofT student family housing for three years as an undergraduate student and had two children at the time. Before pursuing graduate studies she worked several years as a teacher in Turkey, in EFL/ESL for gifted and special needs students ages 5-9 and also for high school aged students. As a native Torontonian and a UofT student of six years, she is familiar with the city and life on campus.
Rula has two adult children both studying at the University of Toronto. She has always been studying, working, and raising a family at the same time. Her life as a mother and student helped her find ways to balance schoolwork and parenting. As an immigrant to Canada, she has a lot to share with student parents who are new to the country on ways to navigate through a new system while settling as a family.
Sierra is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and a single mother of a 2½ year old. Her major is Health Studies (health policy stream) and also two minors in Psychology and Women & Gender studies. She is finishing her bachelor's degree and feels she could help out other students with family obligations, sharing her experience balancing work and school while being a single mother. She is a mentor because she wishes she had one herself throughout university.
Tracey is a sole support parent to her 7 year old son. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Tracey has been a student parent for 6 years and has gained many valuable tips and strategies on managing the responsibilities of school and parenting. Work-life balance is important, so when she isn't preparing for exams she can be found playing videos games with her son, going to the park or enjoying all that Toronto has to offer with her little guy by her side.
Victoria Herrera is a community organizer, facilitator, and educator. Currently, she is pursuing a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development with a Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health at O.I.S.E. She completed the Academic Bridging Program and did her undergraduate degree in Aboriginal and Islamic Studies. Victoria is passionate about Indigenous research, critical education and addressing health disparities. Her lived experiences as a queer woman, teen parent, and survivor of physical and sexual violence has shaped her activist work and writing pursuits.