Student Services and Resources at Trinity 2021-2022

Posted: September 22, 2021

Message for Trinity College Students:

As the new academic term begins, we would like to remind you of the many student services and resources available to you throughout the year.  Note that the services listed below all work closely with one another to support students! This means you can feel confident approaching any one of them, knowing they can help you or can connect you with the appropriate resources.

The Student Services Centre: Office of the Dean of Students and Office of the Registrar

The Trinity Student Services Centre brings together the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Registrar in one space, to provide a reliable first-stop and a more accessible experience for students. The Student Services Centre is located on the main floor of Trinity College, at 6 Hoskin Avenue.  Our front desk is currently open for in-person drop-in questions from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  Stop by if you have a quick question, want to book an appointment, or need a form filled out.  We also continue to be available online!  Our contact information is below – please feel free to get in touch.

Office of the Dean of Students

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 for out-of-classroom learning. That includes programs and events centered around Health and Wellness with Trinity’s Associate Director, Community Wellness.  Staff in the Office of the Dean of Students are available to speak with students regarding any and all matters – please get in touch with us at deanofstudents@trinity.utoronto.ca to set up an appointment.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar offers all Trinity students advising on academic, financial, career-related, and personal matters. The advisors in our office will listen, offer answers, options, clarification, and advice, and can also connect you with other more specialized services offered by Trinity College and the University of Toronto.  Email us at registrar@trinity.utoronto.ca to make an appointment to see someone if you have questions, have encountered difficulties, or simply want to talk to someone about your plans.  For briefer questions we are also holding in-person and online drop-in hours.

Wellness Support

Overall well-being, including mental, emotional, and physical health, is a significant part of what makes students academically successful. Trinity College is committed to addressing students’ health & wellness needs by providing a variety of services, programs, and supports to students.

Ramata Tarawally, R.N. – Associate Director, Community Wellness

As Associate Director, Community Wellness, Ramata supports Trinity College students with their health and wellness needs, including working one-on-one with students.  Ramata also oversees ongoing health education and wellness programs throughout the school year, especially during high-stress times such as exam periods.  Ramata is available for online and phone appointments, and can be reached at rtarawally@trinity.utoronto.ca.

Community Wellness Coordinators

Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo and Soroosh Vafapoor are Trinity’s part-time Community Wellness Coordinators (CWCs).  The CWCs work closely with Ramata Tarawally to support and expand the College’s student-focused supports and student residence life and wellness programming. Living in residence, their role includes organizing high-impact, engaging student-focused programming; connecting one-on-one with students; and providing on-call support in residence.  Jamie and Soroosh are currently offering virtual and phone appointments – contact Jamie at yseo@trinity.utoronto.ca and Soroosh at svafapoor@trinity.utoronto.ca to book an appointment.

Mental Health Peer Advisors

The Mental Health Peer Advisors are upper-year Trinity College students who provide guidance and support to their peers throughout the academic year. They are responsible for helping to serve as a bridge between the student body and mental health services and supports in the College and University of Toronto community.  As upper year Trinity College students, the Mental Health Peer Advisors have experienced the success and challenges of university – given their experience, they are able to help you navigate your time at university. Mental Health Peer Advisors also engage with mental health promotion activities, including running events aimed at addressing stigma and building community.

Mindful Moments

Would you like to be more calm, confident, and connected?  Join free weekly sessions, in-person or online, to practice secular mindful meditation techniques that increase your relaxation and focus.

On-Location Health & Wellness Counsellor

Lily Rosenberg, from U of T’s Health and Wellness Centre, is available online to Trinity students to offer mental health support through one-on-one counselling.  Lily is available by appointment only. Referrals can be requested by contacting the Registrar’s Office, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the Health and Wellness Centre.

Chaplain

The Rev’d Andrea Budgey is the Humphrys Chaplain at Trinity College and a member of the University of Toronto’s Campus Chaplains Association.  Chaplains represent a broad range of traditions, and provide care and support to all students regardless of religious affiliation.  Andrea welcomes you to get in touch whether for spiritual guidance, social justice discussion, or simply a compassionate listening ear.

Health and Dental Plans

Full-time students’ health and dental coverage is provided through the UTSU – see their Health and Dental plan website for more details, including deadlines to opt out if you are already covered under an equivalent plan.  For part-time students, your health and dental plan is provided by APUS.  Be sure to check their website for details, including opt-out deadlines.

Accessibility Support

Accessibility Services at U of T has partnered with the College to provide a Trinity Accessibility Advisor, with the hope of reducing barriers to accessing service and accommodations. Students seeking accommodations will be connected with our Trinity Accessibility Advisor, or with an advisor through the central Accessibility Services office, as appropriate to their circumstances. To meet online with an Accessibility Advisor, the first step is to register with Accessibility Services through their online intake system.

International Student Support

The Centre for International Experience offers events, information, and advising to help international students adjust to Canada, build their new community, and navigate resources across and outside U of T.  Check out their programs, connect with an upper-year International Student Experience Ambassador, or meet with an International Immigration Advisor for help sorting through processes and paperwork related to Canadian immigration requirements.

Math Support

Math Aid Centre

The Trinity Math Aid Centre is staffed by PhD students in the Department of Mathematics – if you need help with a math class or the math portion of any other class, make an appointment with the Math Aid Centre.

Math Don

Abhishek Moturu is our Academic Don for Computer Science, Math, and Physics for the 2021-2022 year. Abhishek is working on his PhD in Computer Science and previously completed an MSc in Computer Science and an HBSc in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Toronto. To make an appointment to meet with Abhishek, you can email him at amoturu@trinity.utoronto.ca.

Writing Support

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre provides confidential, individualized instruction in, and detailed assessments of, any and all written course assignments in any discipline, from scientific reports to social science/humanities research essays.  Writing Centre instructors can advise you on the organization, argumentation, documentation, rhetoric, grammar, and style of your written work.  (They will also help you with oral presentations!)  Writing Centre instructors are pleased to work with you at any stage of the writing process, from conceptualization to final draft.  Their aim is to teach you a lot about writing by using a hands-on approach.  Appointments with the Writing Centre can be booked online.

Writing Support Dons

Kimberly Dias and Maija Sidial Whitney are our Academic Dons for Writing Support for 2021-2022. Kimberly is a law student here at U of T and previously completed her H.B.A. in Ethics, Society, and Law, as well as Health Studies.  Maija is working on her Master of Social Work degree at U of T and previously completed undergraduate studies in English Literature and Art History.  Kimberly and Maija are available to help Trinity students with writing assignments they may have in any class. To schedule a meeting with a Writing Support Don, you can email Kimberley at kdias@trinity.utoronto.ca and Maija at mswhitney@trinity.utoronto.ca.

Learning Strategist

Trinity is very happy to welcome back Ellyn Kerr as our Trinity Learning Strategist this year. Ellyn is available to work with students on things like time and project management, study strategies, public speaking, and more.  Appointments with Ellyn can be booked by contacting her directly at ellyn.kerr@utoronto.ca – make sure to include ‘Trinity Learning Strategist Appointment’ in the subject line, so she knows you are a Trinity student!

Academic Dons

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 all students, so watch for more information throughout the year. Contact an Academic Don if you could use extra support with any of your classes.

Academic Peer Advisors

Academic Peer Advisors are upper-year Trinity students who are available to all Trinity students, both residence and non-residence, to provide consultations on your academic studies throughout your time here.  Academic Peer Advisors have taken the very courses you’re enrolled in right now, and remember what it was like, so they can offer unofficial advice and assistance in the selection of programs and courses (for confirmation, please do check in with the Registrar’s Office).  Academic Peer Advisors also help create and run academic programming at the College, in collaboration with the Academic Dons, Community Advisors, and staff in the offices of the Dean of Students and the Registrar.

Community Advisors

The Trinity College Community Advisors (CAs) are undergraduate students who live in residence, and work to build, promote, and maintain safe, supportive, and inclusive residence communities at the College. Through formal and informal programs, events, and activities, the CAs help to promote your personal and academic growth and support your transition to university and residence life.  Contact your CA if you have any fun and exciting ideas for programs and events you’d like to see in the community!

John W. Graham Library

The John W. Graham Library is available to all Trinity students for help with your library needs, including research support, instruction in information-seeking strategies, and computer, printing, and scanning workstations. Meet your Personal Librarian!  You can drop in with your brief research inquiries or set up an online appointment for help with in-depth research questions.

Career Advising

Not sure where your degree will take you? Planning for graduation? Looking for a job? Jon Bray, your Career and Academic Advisor, is here to talk and strategize with you about career planning, job searches, internships, grad school, or anything related to career and professional development. To make an appointment, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@trinity.utoronto.ca.  You can also access further support through the U of T Career Exploration & Education office.

Dining at Trinity - Flex Dollars

Trinity Flex Dollars are available only to Trinity students, faculty, and staff, and can be purchased at the Trinity College Welcome Desk, located on the first floor of the Trinity building at 6 Hoskin Avenue. Trinity Flex Dollars allow the holder to use a declining cash balance system on their TCard – students living in residence can use their Flex Dollars in either Strachan Hall or the Buttery, and Trinity commuter students can use Flex Dollars in the Buttery. Trinity Flex Dollars can be purchased in $50 increments, with a minimum first purchase of $100.  If $500 in Trinity Flex Dollars are purchased at once, we will offer a $50 bonus!  Flex Dollars are non-refundable and not transferable, however they can be carried over from year to year, until the April following your graduation date.

The Welcome Desk

The Trinity College Welcome Desk is located in the front foyer of the Trinity College building at 6 Hoskin Avenue, and is open 24 hours a day. Staff at the Welcome Desk provide service to Trinity community members including answering general questions, renting lockers, helping residence students with parcel pick-ups, providing assistance when students are locked out of their rooms, placing work orders, signing out keys for bookable spaces around the College, and more. Stop by and meet our friendly Welcome Desk staff members!

Gowns

Gowns can be purchased online (the price is $125, tax included).  Once you have purchased a gown, e-mail the Office of the Dean of Students (deanofstudents@trinity.utoronto.ca) to arrange a pick-up time.

Lockers

Lockers at Trinity are rented on a first-come, first-served basis at a fee of $30 for the year ($25 for renewals).  Lockers must be rented at the Trinity College Welcome Desk with your TCard.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of these services. We hope you have a great year!

Sincerely,

The Office of the Registrar (registrar@trinity.utoronto.ca) & The Office of the Dean of Students (deanofstudents@trinity.utoronto.ca)