Our Staff

Office of the Dean of Students Staff:

We are available to speak with prospective and current students, faculty and staff members, as well as community partners. Drop-ins are welcome, but to ensure our availability we encourage you to book an appointment via dean.woodsworth@utoronto.ca.

To learn more about our work-study staff, follow us on Instagram (clickable link)!

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Liza Nassim, 
Dean of Students

RM303, Woodsworth College Annex
123 St. George Street, Toronto ON
e: liza.nassim@utoronto.ca
t: 416-946-7397

As the Dean of Students, Liza oversees all student life activities in the College, including all aspects of the residence program. She works with students, staff, and faculty members at the College and across the university to ensure the student experience at Woodsworth is both robust and dynamic.

Steve Masse, 
Assistant to the Dean, Residence Life

Residence Office, Woodsworth College Residence
321 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON
e: 
steve.masse@utoronto.ca
t: 416-623-1685 ext 2991

As the Assistant to the Dean, Residence Life, Steve is a live-in staff member who works toward the creation of a safe, diverse, and vibrant residence community that is conducive to both academic success and personal development. In collaboration with the Residence Don team, he supports students in all facets of their lives including academic, co-curricular, and personal matters. He is also responsible for advising the Woodsworth Residence Council and supporting their efforts to engage students and build community. To learn more about the Residence Life community at Woodsworth, visit: residence.wdw.utoronto.ca.

Christina Alcena, Student Life Coordinator

RM308, Woodsworth College Annex
123 St. George Street, Toronto ON
e: christina.alcena@utoronto.ca
t: 416-946-0605

As the Student Life Coordinator, Christina oversees all programming portfolios for the Office of the Dean of Students including orientation, mentorship, leadership development, and community outreach.  She also works directly with the Woodsworth College Students’ Association in supporting their efforts to engage the student population. Additionally, she oversees various administrative and co-curricular elements of the first-year foundational program, Woodsworth One.

Photo of ArabelleArabelle Arcaina, E-Mentorship Coordinator

RM305, Woodsworth College Annex
123 St. George Street, Toronto ON
e: arabelle.arcaina@utoronto.ca
t: 416-978-7886

As the E-Mentorship Coordinator, Arabelle assists with administering the Summer E-Mentorship Program. This role includes connecting upper-year mentors with incoming students to provide relevant information and resources. Upper-year mentors also provide valuable insight and experiences to assist with incoming students’ transition into U of T. She is also going into her Fourth Year of Undergrad, doing a double major in International Relations and Criminology & Sociolegal Studies with a minor in Political Science. Her previous roles included positions in orientation as an Orientation Executive, mentorship, and an Academic Link at Woodsworth College Residence.

Embedded Staff:

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Hanna Caplan, International Transition Advisor (Centre for International Experience)

The Centre for International Experience’s Transition Advisors will have placements here at Woodsworth College, across U of T’s St. George Campus, and often outside of regular business hours. This program is offered by the Centre for International Experience, in close partnership with the participating colleges and programs to ensure that international students are getting the support they need.

One-on-one appointments are student-directed. This means you can bring any issues you wish to discuss to the meeting. Hanna will be happy to assist you directly, or to direct you to the appropriate resources and offices that will help you with your goals and questions.

To learn more about Hanna and to book an appointment, please visit our ‘International Transition Advising‘ page.

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Tanya Hyland, Learning Strategist (Woodsworth College)

I work side by side with you to develop academic skills, specifically time management, goal setting, critical reading and test/exam preparation – all skills you are expected to have but may have struggled to develop. Through practice and self-reflection, you will begin to build a range of strategies that support your current strengths and prior experiences. The end result will be an improvement in both your academics and life skills. I also specialize in supporting students with diverse learning abilities or for whom symptoms of a disability can interfere with their learning and receive direct referrals from Accessibility Services.

If you’d like to learn more about your own learning, I’d love to meet you.
To set up an appointment, you can email me at tanya.hyland@utoronto.ca or call 416-978-6492.

2 Comments Posted

  1. Hi there, I saw that there was a Grad Info Session on Nov. 18 but I am in class then and won’t be able to attend. I am particularly interested in Alumni benefits etc and am hoping that this session will be repeated or that I can get some info in writing. Please advise.

    Jill Kinsella

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