Student Advisory Committee & Work Study Positions

Student Advisory Committee

The Family Care Office annually accepts applications for their Student Advisory Committee:

The application deadline for 2023/24 has been extended to October 6, 2023.

Our Student Advisory Committee meets 3 times during the academic year (usually in November, January and then in March).

This committee has been useful as a way for our office to hear directly from students about our services and programming. It has also been an opportunity for students with family responsibilities to provide feedback on their experiences as U of T students.

The committee’s role has been:
· To provide advice and recommendations for improvement on services currently offered by the FCO
· To provide advice on the outreach efforts of the office · To assist in identifying new programs and initiatives for the FCO
· To comment on the policies of the Family Care Office and the university policies related to family issues
· To identify future directions and potential areas for growth.

If you have an interest in joining this committee, please email Kaye Francis (, Assistant Director, Family Care Office, with your name, year and level of study, and brief outline of your family responsibilities.

As we hope to have a diverse representation of the student population on the committee, we may not be able to accept all of the volunteer applications.

This is an approved Co-Curricular Record opportunity. You will be required to do a reflection to obtain the Co-Curricular Record approval.

Please note, we have not decided as yet if meetings will be in-person or virtual.


Student Advisory Committee Members 2022-2023

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Amanda Deeley
Amanda is a single parent to two teenagers, aged 17 and 15. Amanda returned to university as a mature student after a career in software technology. She is now in her first year of a PhD in Sociology.

Mohsen Poorganji
Mohsen is in the 4th year of his PhD program at the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) and CPIN.  He is defending in mid-December.  He currently lives with his wife and is originally from Iran.

Karen Rodriguez
Karen is an undergraduate who is in her second year of Humanities at U of T.  She came to U of T through Academic Bridging.  She also works part-time at the TDSB.  She is the single mother of a 7 year old son.


Ahmet Su
Ahmet is in his second year in the Higher Education PhD program at OISE. He has two children, a son who is 8 years old and a daughter who is a 1 year old.


A.Kumsal Tekirdag-Kosar
Kumsal (she/her) is in her second and final year of a Master of Social Work degree. She holds a BSc from Bioengineering and a PhD from Molecular Biology and she worked as a research scientist prior to the MSW program. She currently works as a Research Assistant at FIFSW.  She has a three-year-old daughter who she likes coloring together. As a recent immigrant to Canada, Kumsal likes to discover new places with her family and embrace the Canadian culture.

Student Work Study Positions

The Family Care Office hires work study students for the Fall/Winter & Summer terms. For more information about the U of T’s Work Study Programs, please visit: CLNx.