Student and Campus Community Development is excited to share with the U of T community our new Peer Leadership Facilitators (PLF). The goal of the PLFs is to help build capacity and raise the level of leadership programing across campus. Our PLF team are a skilled and passionate group of facilitators dedicated to facilitating skill and reflective activities, teambuilders, and energizers to colleges, faculties, and student organizations throughout the school year. To learn more about our programming and request our team to facilitate a workshop, click here.
In the meantime, meet our amazing team of facilitators:
Atifa F. Karim, Peer Leadership Advisor
Atifa has a passion for creating transformative and empowering learning experiences; learning experiences that allow others discover more about themselves and the world around them. This passion has led her to pursue a collaborative M.Ed program in Educational Policy and Higher Education (Student Development and Student Services in Post-secondary Education) at OISE/U of T. This passion for empowering others stems from her experiences at York University as a student staff, where she worked on implementing, improving, and coordinating academic advising, peer mentorship, and new student transition programs. At York, she was also an active student leader, participating in academic governance, including the University Senate, and held several positions in her undergraduate Environmental Studies student association/government. Atifa credits all of these experiences for having helped her discover, and cultivate a very deep and genuine love for learning. She’s always looking to grow and develop her capacity to support student success, both inside and outside the classroom, and is very excited about being a part of the U of T community.
Fun Fact: Atifa loves travelling and has lived in 4 different countries so far.
Kevin Collins, Peer Leadership Facilitator
Kevin is an inspired educator with an interest in how culture shapes us and impacts the way that we interact with the world. He has had the opportunity to teach overseas in South Korea and Sweden and has a passion for travel and cultural exchange. Kevin utilizes effective teaching and facilitation strategies that allow for critical thinking, collaboration and reflection. Currently he is in the second year of a collaborative Master’s program in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning & International, Comparative and Development Education at OISE. Kevin is also the Intercultural Learning Program Peer Facilitator at the Centre for International Experience.
Fun Fact: Kevin is learning the play the ukulele.
Leeza Shakkouri, Peer Leadership Facilitator
Leeza Shakkouri is in her first year as a Master of Teaching (MT) student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto. Looking to research how educators can better connect real world issues with classroom content, Leeza realizes that leadership is a very important tool not only for educators but for students as well. Leeza began building her tool kit when she was an undergrad at U of T, studying Global Health and Nutritional Science. She held various leadership roles such as being both a Peer Health Educator and Peer Health Coordinator within the department of Health and Wellness, being a First Year Learning Community (FLC) Peer Mentor, holding the role of Camp Director for the City of Markham, and currently as a Peer Leadership Facilitator within the office of Student Life. Leeza is most excited to bring her passion and experience with leadership to all students so that they too can build their tool kits.
Fun Fact: Leeza taps into her creative side every Halloween and carves scenic and Disney related pumpkins! She can also make it to Union Station in 20 minutes from Queens Park Station (via speed walking).
Lindsay Thornton, Peer Leadership Facilitator
Lindsay Thornton is in her second year of the Master of Teaching program at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is currently examining how educators can support their students for the transition from secondary school to university. She has many years of experience in the education and museum field, previously being an Education Programs Assistant for two museums in Southwestern Ontario. This has allowed her to create a personal and caring approach when interacting with various demographics. Her critical thinking approach to teaching enables her to interact with life-long learners by asking thought-provoking questions that challenge their understanding of a given topic. She has a passion for peer-mentoring and is interested in supporting students for success in their postsecondary studies. Lindsay believes that all students are leaders; they just need to be given the right tools or methodology in which to reach their innate potential.
Fun Fact: Lindsay lived in England for a year and played recreational fencing for four years at Western.