Meet Susan Hopkirk, Graduate Programming Coordinator

Last month, we introduced you to our new SGS Wellness Counsellor, Sean Martin.

This month, we welcome Dr. Susan Hopkirk to the graduate community. Formerly a Learning Strategist at Accessibility Services & the Academic Success Centre (St. George campus), Susan has recently joined SGS as the interim Programming Coordinator. Please say hello when you come grab a coffee or tea at Grad Room’s Second Cup, 66 Harbord Street!

Susan Hopkirk, SGS Graduate Programming

Susan Hopkirk, SGS Graduate Programming Coordinator

Susan has been busy immersing herself in her new role, which involves coordinating the tricampus Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program and overseeing activity at Grad Room. Having obtained her PhD at the University of Alberta, she is no stranger to what she calls “the delights and challenges of graduate school.” She is determined to use this knowledge for the greater good, helping U of T grad students at all stages of their programs feel a sense of community.

For Susan, Grad Room plays an important role in this community-building. A unique meeting and events space, it appeals, in her words, to the “whole graduate student” by hosting everything from GPS workshops to an engaging Graduate Speaker Series, and from writing group meetings to mindfulness sessions. What’s more, Grad Room’s lower level is available for bookings, enabling students to develop a concept and host an event in a multipurpose space.

Susan is also eager to review proposals for the SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund. Applications are due December 5: start thinking about ways you can help fellow students develop professional skills, and get financial support from SGS for your endeavour. Learn more here.

In January, check the Grad Room calendar for additional drop-in sessions where you can work in the company of colleagues, or share your experiences of grad school. And be sure to check the GPS offerings for the Winter session: Susan is looking to expand these offerings, providing you with even more opportunities to build your professional skills and your network before you transition to a career.


Have questions about the GPS program or the SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund? Contact Susan at


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