Trinity's Student Services and Academic Supports
2016-2017: Are you a new student at Trinity or a returning student? Do you commute? Do you live in residence? If you answered yes to any of the above, this article is for you. With the start of the new academic year, this is the perfect time to get to know (or re-acquaint yourself with) all of the terrific student services and academic supports that are available to students at Trinity College.
Student Services and Academic Supports at Trinity work together as a team to support YOU. We are all about your success, both inside and outside of the classroom. Here are two offices you should be familiar with during your time here at Trinity College:
This is your official one-stop shop for all things related to your academics. The Registrar’s Office offers all Trinity students advising on academic, financial and personal matters. The advisors will listen, offer answers, options, clarification and advice, and can also refer you to other more specialized services offered by the University of Toronto. Just drop-in, call, e-mail or make an appointment to see someone if you have questions, have encountered difficulties, or simply want to talk to someone about your plans.
The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for non-academic student life at the College, with the ultimate goal of fostering the well-being and academic success of Trinity students. In addition to managing the Residence Life Experience for the College, this office provides all Trinity students with educational and social programming, leadership and civic engagement opportunities, and many other avenues of out-of-classroom learning. Included in this is this year's new programs and events centered around Health and Wellness with Trinity's new Associate Director, Community Wellness (see the Health & Wellness section below).
Academic Support Services these Offices Offer:
Trinity's Academic Dons are graduate students who live in residence and provide academic counselling and support for ALL Trinity students, whether or not you live in residence. The Dons also provide critical non-academic support for students and create and ensure a safe and supportive residence community. The Academic Dons implement various types of programming for students and are an essential part of the Trinity community.
These 3rd and 4th year students are available to provide guidance and advice to you throughout the academic year. They provide unofficial advice and assistance in the selection of programs and courses. If you are studying a subject for which there is no Academic Don, or if you’re just looking for advice from someone who has been through it before, talk to a Peer Counsellor.
Trinity Math Aid Centre - as of September 2017: located in the Academic Resource Centre in the lower level of the main Trinity building (beside the new Trinity College Archives)
Staffed by PhD students in the Department of Mathematics, this is definitely the place to go if you need help with a math class or the math portion of any other class. Just make an appointment or visit during their drop-in hours.
Writing Centre - as of September 2017: located in the Academic Resource Centre in the lower level of the main Trinity building (beside the new Trinity College Archives)
The Writing Centre provides instruction in, and objective criticism of, written course assignments in any discipline. Staff there can advise you on the organization, argumentation, documentation, grammar and style of your written work, and are happy to speak to you at any stage of the assignment from conceptualization to final draft.
Learning Strategist - as of September 2017: located in the Academic Resource Centre in the lower level of the main Trinity building (beside the new Trinity College Archives)
Trinity College's Learning Strategist comes to us from U of T's Academic Success Centre. Our Learning Strategist, Jonathan Vandor, is available by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (updated September 2017). Appointments can be scheduled by emailing Jonathan at email@example.com or by contacting the Registrar's Office.
In addition, the John W. Graham Library has many resources and services to support students. A part of the U of T Library network, the Graham Library's collection of more than 200,000 volumes is strongest in international relations, ethics, and the humanities, as well as theological resources. The Library offers reference consultation, course support, instruction in research and information-seeking strategies, group study spaces and computer workstations. You can drop-in with your research inquiries or set-up an appointment with a Librarian for in-depth research questions.
Trinity’s Mental Health Program and the Anne Steacy Counselling Initiative provides a network of support for students with both mental health and general wellness needs. In the role of Associate Director, Community Wellness Ramata Tarawally works one-one-one with students, is involved in health promotion and student engagement as well as connects students with on-campus supports and resources. Ramata works closely with Trinity’s in-house counsellor Lily Rosenberg who provides focused short-term counseling to students.
Students can make appointments with Ramata by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (416-946-4044) or in-person. Ramata's office is located on the first floor of St.Hilda's residence in room 134 and she also offers daily drop-in hours for students: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm; and Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Students are able to make appointments with Lily by receiving a referral from the Registrar's Office or Office of the Dean of Students or by contacting the U of T Health and Wellness Centre directly at 416-978-8030.
Get Involved with the Trinity Community
The Registrar’s and Dean of Students’ offices will also be offering many joint events, collaborating with resources from all over campus, including the Career Centre, Student Life, Athletics, and various faculties & programs, just to name a few. Throughout the year, we will bring you academic events, social events, career events, health and wellness events, and many more!
Not to mention, there are numerous ways for you to get involved! From the Trinity College Meeting, and clubs to volunteer and employment opportunities, there’s something for everyone at Trinity. Check out all of the student life links on this page – it includes current volunteer and job opportunities, so check these opportunities!
In the coming weeks, we look forward to meeting and working with all the students at Trinity: new and returning, residence and commuters students. Here’s to another year of opportunities, challenges, accomplishments and terrific memories!