Sidney Smith Commons (online)
Just like the Sidney Smith Commons (SSC) located at 100 St. George Street, the online SSC is dedicated to supporting the academic needs of undergraduate Arts & Science students.
The online SSC was created as a result of numerous interactions and discussions between students and staff of the Office of the Registrar. Common themes kept bubbling to the surface- that students found academic resources and information were scattered in many places, difficult to locate entirely, or too difficult to understand.
The online SSC has been developed as a one-stop shop where students will find the resources and answers they are looking for in one place and in an easy-to-understand format.
In the SSC students will find:
- Content and tools developed to help students achieve academic success
- Information about programs happening in the SSC and how they can participate
- Information on resources available for students across the University
- How students can reserve space in the SSC
- Live chat with our Sidney Smith Commons Assistants (CAs) — Chat directly with one of our CAs online while the SSC is open. Simply enter your question into the chat box and a CA will be there to support you. If we can’t support you right away over chat, we’ll support you in finding your answer online or directing you to the proper resource.
Lastly, the online SSC is intended to be a resource created for students and we encourage students to contribute to its success. If you feel like there is content that is missing that could help a fellow student, or if you would like to add to the existing content, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you!
Sidney Smith Commons (the space)
The Sidney Smith Commons (SSC) is an informal learning space where students can work individually, or in groups with access to supports and resources.
The student-driven space offers:
- programming in response to the needs of the students
- a multi-use study space with access to collaborative learning technologies
- a bookable space for activities and groupwork
- a largely unscheduled space available for student use
The SSC is located on the first floor in the east wing of Sidney Smith Hall.
The SSC is open Monday – Thursday (10 am to 10 pm) and Friday (10 am to 7 pm) with extended hours during mid-terms and final exams.
In the SSC, students will be supported by the Student Success Team- a dedicated group of over 20 undergraduates working in collaboration with full-time staff from the Office of the Registrar to support the activities, programs, and students in the Faculty of Arts & Science. This blended staffing model ensures that students remain at the core of the SSC and empowers student-centric ideas and decisions.
Working together with academic departments, the colleges, and central student life, the Student Success Team oversees the SSC- connecting students to resources, programming, and academic supports, thereby, creating a culture of learning, engagement, and collaboration.
Meet the team!
Sidney Smith Commons Assistants (student role)– support the use of the Sidney Smith Commons and assist students with academic wayfinding, provide onsite equipment tutorials and manage space bookings. View their bios.
Student Success Programs Assistants (student role)– support the development, delivery, and assessment of programs, events, and academic opportunities to support the success of Arts & Science students.
Student Study Group Assistants (student role)– are trained in study group facilitation techniques and assist with the development and support of the Recognized Study Groups (RSG) Program throughout the year.
Mary Stefanidis, Student Success Programs Officer– Mary works with student-staff supporting general programs for all Arts & Science undergraduate students. Programs include the Recognized Study Groups Program, Exam Jam, and Plan Your Program Expo.
Scott Clarke, Student Success Programs Officer– Scott works with student-staff in the Sidney Smith Commons developing and supporting the creation and implementation of programs and supports for all Arts & Science undergraduate students in the SSC.
Cheryl Lepard, Student Success Programs Officer– Cheryl works with students, faculty members, and campus partners to identify and implement support programs for Arts & Science undergraduate students who are struggling academically.
Alyssa Graham, Student Success Programs Officer, International– Alyssa works to promote student engagement and personal growth through programs designed to meet student needs, with a focus on the distinct needs of the FAS international student population, including international student transition, and intercultural learning and programming.
Tanya Hyland, Student Success Programs Officer, Accessibility & Accommodation– Tanya collaborates with students who identify with having a disability to develop strategies and deliver responsive programming that enhances academic skill-building.
Heidi Pepper Coles, Associate Director, Student Success Programs– Heidi has overarching responsibility for the student success programming and the delivery of services designed to support a culture of learning, leadership and community among Arts & Science undergraduate students.
Interested in getting involved?
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