The Residence Dons are part of the Office of Student Life, located at Innis Residence. The OSL is open from 9am-5pm, but the Don role is a live-in position, so Dons are on-call to support students after office hours. Dons support the academic achievement and personal development of all students living in Residence. This is done through organizing community building events, maintaining community standards, and fostering a vibrant living-learning community. Overall, the Dons work closely with the rest of the OSL to contribute positively to the student experience.
My name is Dianthi Fernando and I am the Lead Don on Innis' Residence Don Team this year! I have all the same responsibilities as the rest of the Don team - to create a vibrant living-learning community in the Residence. But as Lead, I have the exciting opportunity to take on a leadership role and support my colleagues. After five years of studying at UofT and living at Innis Residence, I am so excited to take on this new position. I am really looking forward to getting to know Innis' incoming batch of residents!
My goals for the upcoming year include creating a welcoming community for new residents, connecting returning residents to leadership opportunities, and helping support another super successful Don team! I am also excited to wrap up my time at UofT this year, as a Masters of Teaching candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Outside of my role as a Don, I spend the majority of my time working on my research, which investigates the motivations behind high school students as they pursue various postsecondary pathway and the supports available to them. I also love exploring the Toronto food scene, reading, dancing, and watching an outlandish amount of Netflix!