Students of English Literature and Film (SELF) at UTSC is a student-run organization that works in close partnership with the English faculty to build a community of English Literature and Film students by providing student services, organizing academic and social events, and bringing student feedback and issues to the UTSC Administration. Through our events, we also promote professional, scholarly, and research excellence among our fellow students. Our full members have complete access to these events and all the services that our organization provides. We always have opportunities open for involvement throughout the year, so find your SELF and join us! Events are open to English and non-English majors alike!
Executive Team Photoshoot | 2017-2018
Amy Tran – President
Amy Tran is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in English and French. In her first and second year with SELF, she worked as the Marketing Coordinator and is excited to return to SELF for a third year as President. She looks forward to working with this year’s team to expand SELF’s presence within the English community while introducing new initiatives to students.
In her free time, she can be found reading, practicing photography, watching British shows, and creating graphics and gifs on Adobe Photoshop. Feel free to stop her in the halls or visit the SELF office (HW 335) if you have questions, concerns, or if you just want to chat!
Chelsea Matson – Vice-President of Academics
Chelsea Matson is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in English and Human Biology. She is thrilled to be joining SELF as Vice-President of Academics. She is looking forward to working with students, faculty, and administration to enhance community within the Department of English. For 2017-18, she hopes to increase the presence of film studies on campus through events and activities that spark conversation and appreciation around the field. She also hopes that SELF can reach out to more first year students and encourage them to get involved on campus. In her free time, she enjoys long distance running and photography.
Jaya Florentino - Vice President of Operations
Jaya Florentino is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in English and Psychology. This is her second year working with SELF and is excited to take on the role of Vice President of Operations. Previously, she was the Executive Editor of Critical Writing and Co-Editor of The Scarborough Review. She looks forward to another year of helping and contributing to the growth of SELF and the English Department.
Her hobbies include drinking iced coffee, still crying over Naruto, and sleeping anywhere and everywhere.
Vanessa Vigneswaramoorthy - Conference Chair
Vanessa is a fourth-year working on a Specialist in English with a minor in Creative Writing. This is her first year working with SELF, and she is delighted to be helping plan another incredible Emerging Voices conference in 2018. Vanessa credits her first Emerging Voices conference as an influential factor in her choice to pursue an English degree, and she hopes that Emerging Voices once again inspires folks to explore different avenues of storytelling and the literary arts.
In her spare time, you can find her writing, trying out hipster restaurants, binge-watching Netflix or browsing in comic book shops. Stop her in the hallways if you have any concerns, questions, or recommendations for dinner.
Nicholas Marcelli - Events Coordinator
Nicholas Marcelli is a third-year student specializing in English and minoring in Literature and Film Studies. This is his first year working with SELF, taking on the role of Events Coordinator. In this position, Nicholas hopes to create opportunities that promote the wonders and intrigues of literature and film within the English department and the UTSC community. By working with SELF, he also hopes to give back to a student community that has given so much to him.
In his spare time, Nicholas can be found reading, writing, drinking coffee, or in the library.
Iffah Elnaz - Marketing Coordinator
Iffah Elnaz is a fourth-year student double majoring in English and Psychology, with humanities co-op. With a variety of work and volunteer experience, including mentoring children in the Toronto Public Library's Leading to Reading program, assisting in marketing campaigns for Plan Canada, as well as being the Communication Coordinator for Sun Life Financial, she is excited to take her experience and apply it in her first year working at SELF. With a love for literature and film, she enjoys creative as well as academic writing and editing. Interests outside of school include traveling anywhere and everywhere she can, music (you can usually catch her around school with headphones in her ears), and animals (she’s a self proclaimed cat person). She looks forward to contributing to the growth of the English department at UTSC in any way she can.
Grayson Chong - Co-Executive Creative Editor
Grayson Chong is a third-year student pursuing a major in English and a double minor in French and Creative Writing. She is thrilled to be taking on the role of Co-Executive Editor in Creative Writing and to work with such an amazing group of people on SELF. She is a mentor of SELF’s Creative Writing Mentorship Program (CWMP) and has presented and published her poems and short stories in various anthologies, journals, literary magazines, and conference. She hopes to spread an interest and love for writing within the UTSC community one creative writing piece at a time. In her spare time, you can find Grayson wandering HW or listening to soca in the library.
Ryanne Kap - Co-Executive Creative Editor
Ryanne Kap is a second-year student specializing in English. As co-creative editor, she hopes to help bolster a love of literature among students and provide more opportunities for creative writing and expression on campus. She is also one of several mentors in SELF's Creative Writing Mentorship program; as a writer, her stories have appeared in publications such as UTSC's own Scarborough Fair and the Toronto Public Library's Young Voices Magazine. Ryanne is proud to be a nerd and enjoys contemporary literature, musical theatre, and shows like Sherlock and The Office. When not reading or writing, she can be found playing her uke or arguing that blue is definitively the best colour.
Zabrina Bobadilla - Co-Executive Critical Editor
Zabrina Bobadilla is a 3rd year student, specializing in English (co-op) and minoring in Literature and Film Studies. She has always been passionate about the arts and literature and as an extension of that she has been an editor for an international law firm as well as an editor for the Scarborough Review Editorial Board since 2014. She is excited to continue to foster and create more opportunities on campus for students of English, literature and film to create and share their works and insight with the community.
Leru Xu - Co-Executive Critical Editor
Leru Xu is an atypical millennial who may or may not have inherited the altruism gene. Her favourite artists/writers include Jason, Geoffrey Brown, Gabrielle Bell, Charles M. Schulz, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Nathanael West. Her favourite pastimes include shooting the breeze, playing the electric bass and watching Richard Linklater's filmography. For more information on The Scarborough Review, visit https://thescarboroughreview.wordpress.com/.