Congratulations to Peter Chengming Zhang on receiving the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award.
Peter Zhang has made outstanding contributions to the student experience at the University of Toronto. He has reimagined student life programming and set a new standard of excellence for U of T’s residence communities.
As lead residence don at New College, Zhang inspired more than 100 students with his educational and social programs that drew from their lives, connected them with alumni, and combined the academic with the co-curricular. His annual trips to the Earth Sciences Greenhouse and the Anatomy Museum consistently attracted strong attendance, including record engagement by returning upper-year students.
Zhang is deeply committed to student well-being. His ability to calmly and compassionately create a support plan for a student in crisis has had a significant impact on creating a safe and supportive community for all.
When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, Zhang led a team of medical and pharmacy students to organize a grassroots initiative that supplied 25,000 3D-printed face shields to 167 health-care facilities in Toronto and Hamilton.
At the same time, Zhang has maintained an exemplary academic record, completing his Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction in 2017. He is now pursuing the dual PharmD-MBA program and demonstrates his commitment to service in many ways—for example, providing clinical care in the community, contributing to a global research project studying polio eradication in India, and publishing op-eds about health matters relating to the pandemic.
His professors and peers describe him as humble, generous and dedicated, with a rich emotional intelligence that complements his academic brilliance.