About the Social Committee

The TRP Social Committee plays an important role in developing and maintaining the culture of the Translational Research Program (TRP) and contributing to the hidden curriculum. Core to the values of the TRP are collaboration, imagination, and ingenuity. Such values are cultivated partly through formal academic training but are also highly dependent on the relationships cultivated and experiences outside of the classroom. The TRP social committee serves to create an engaged community and more complete learning environment by organizing social and extracurricular events that are opportunities for students to relax, have fun, make connections and build relationships.

Committee Members:

Role: Chair

Personal Statement:

Hi everyone! My name is Rabail and I am the Chair of the TRP Social Committee. I am currently a 2nd-year TRP student. I work as an Orthopaedic Research Assistant at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. When the pandemic started, I returned to my hometown and felt disconnected from my classmates. So, I decided to join the TRP Social Committee and took the chance to challenge my leadership skills by becoming Chair. Being on the Committee has allowed me to connect not only with my cohort, but the 1st year cohort as well, and be part of the process of creating connections within the TRP!

Role: Communications Director

Personal Statement:

Hello everyone! My name is Vida and I am the Communications Director of the TRP Social Committee. I am currently a 2nd year TRP student. In my professional career I work as a Research Associate for a biotech company called Exciton.

I am an avid runner, beginner boxer, folklore dancer and occasional doodler. But mostly, I really like talking to folx and learning more about them! Making new friends, listening and hearing peoples’ stories is always an interesting learning experience for me. When the pandemic started, this ‘in-person’ connection we had with people felt severed and those were some long months that followed. Thankfully family and friends in my life helped keep get me through and kept me busy as the world went virtual.  I decided to join the TRP Social Committee, to help others feel connected, and I took this as an opportunity to help build my communication skills further. I can happily say I had met some amazing new 1st year students that I am happy to welcome to our TRP family. I have also gotten closer with my peers and am thankful to have had people to relate to in these trying times.

Role: First-year representative

Personal Statement:

Hi there! My name is Sally. I am a first-year representative for the TRP Social Committee!

I am a first-year student in the Translational Research Program at UofT and I currently work in the Research Department at Baycrest Health Sciences. Since classes are currently online, I knew that growing connections with classmates would be more important than ever! I decided to join the TRP Social Committee because I see the value of building a sense of community within the TRP, getting to know one another, and having fun shared experiences together!

Role: First-year representative

Personal Statement:

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am a first-year representative for the TRP Social Committee!

I am a recent U of T undergraduate that joined the TRP community wanting to get the most out of this program. To do this, it was very important for me to get to know my talented peers and to learn about their different backgrounds and professional experiences. To help facilitate these learning opportunities for others, as well as to help create the feeling of a tight-knit community, I decided to join the Social Committee. If it wasn’t for these very isolating times, I would have loved to set-up TRP sport nights over a game of basketball/soccer/volleyball and fun nights out over food and laughter. However, until then, I am happy to help come up with creative online alternatives to keep socialization alive!

Role: First-year Representative

Personal Statement:

Hi everyone. My name is Oscar Palacio, a first-year master’s student from the Translational Research Program at the University of Toronto. I am currently a member of the social committee and my current role is to act as a bridge between our club and the first-year students in my program as well as an advocate for the activities conducted throughout the year. The reason why I decided to join the TRP social committee was for the reason of being more involved in the program and extending my network across the Faculty of Medicine.

Role: Secretary

Personal Statement:

Hello my name is Tobi. I am in the second year of the TRP. My role as Secretary on the social committee is to take meeting notes and help in planning activities. I joined the social committee because I wanted to help build community and force myself to be more social. It’s been a fun experience exploring digital events and trying to connect between screens.

Role: Treasurer

Personal Statement:

Hi everyone! My name is Sidhesh, and I am the treasurer of the TRP Social Committee. I am currently a 2nd-year TRP student. I have a background in electronics and communications engineering.

When the pandemic started, I found it hard to stay connected with my peers and friends in TRP, so I pitched the idea of having virtual social events. I joined the Social Committee to take initiatives to organize more virtual social events proactively. I’m so glad that we can stay connected through informal virtual social events.

Being on the Committee has allowed me to stay connected with my peers and to build new connections within TRP.