Trinity College’s Wellness Staff Team

Posted: August 18, 2021

Wellness Staff Team - Ramata Tarawally, Jamie Seo and Soroosh Vafapoor

(left to right): Ramata Tarawally, Jamie Seo and Soroosh Vafapoor

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 and wellness needs by providing a variety of services, programs and supports to students.

Ramata Tarawally joined the College in 2016 as the new Associate Director, Community Wellness through the launch of Trinity’s Mental Health Program and the Anne Steacy Counselling Initiative.

This summer, the College welcomed two Community Wellness Coordinators (CWCs) to the College –Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo and Soroosh Vafapoor. Jamie and Soroosh will work part-time with us for the year.

The CWCs work closely with the Associate Director, Community Wellness 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.

Trinity’s Wellness Staff Team look forward to meeting and speaking with students!


Associate Director, Community Wellness: Ramata Tarawally

Ramata Tarawally

Ramata Tarawally

Message from Ramata: “Hi! My name is Ramata and I am the Associate Director, Community Wellness at Trinity College. I am part of the Office of the Dean of Student team, providing health, mental health and wellness support to Trinity students.

What I do?

  • Provide mental health support to students;
  • Connect students with mental health, health, sexual violence, and safety services and supports;
  • Run fun and engaging health, mental health and wellness programs;
  • Organize community building and social programs;
  • Support the Mental Health Peer Advisors and the Student Life and Programming Assistants;
  • Support students with dietary accommodations;
  • Work with Trinity’s Food Service provider, Chartwells, to ensure we provide high quality, tasty food in our Food Services operations.

Fun Facts About Me: I am a registered nurse and worked for several years at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto. I did both my nursing degree and my Master’s degree (Master of Nursing in health system leadership and administration) at the University of Toronto. I also have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph in Spanish and nutriceutical science (which is the biochemistry of nutrition).

I am originally from Toronto, and have always lived in the west end of the city. I love music, reading, cooking, baking and hanging out with friends and family. I also LOVE flowers and gardening, and have grown much of my own produce this summer! It has been very fun!

I am an avid traveller. My last trip before the pandemic was to southern California in February 2020. We did some great hiking – in the desert and in the mountains – as well as visited some prolific national parks.”

Connect with Ramata Tarawally:


Community Wellness Coordinators: Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo and Soroosh Vafapoor

The Community Wellness Coordinators (CWCs) focus on providing wellness support to Trinity students. For students, this support comes in the way of drop-in or scheduled meetings with Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo and Soroosh Vafapoor, connecting to learn about U of T’s mental health and wellness resources, and learning about Trinity’s health and wellness programs.

Jamie Seo

Jamie Seo

Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo (she/her)

Yeonjoo (Jamie) is completing her Master of Social Work, specializing in Mental Health and Health. Jamie’s professional interests are centered around improving student leadership, development, wellness, and social justice within higher education.

Jamie loves to write and perform music, watch and play sports, cook, and travel. Jamie most recently served as a Don at Chestnut Residence and as a Peer Community Builder and Equity Activator in the Division of Student Life at U of T.

At Trinity, Jamie develops student-focused supports and programming initiatives at Trinity College, prioritizing students’ mental health, health, and wellness. Jamie provides scheduled and drop-in appointments for students that are seeking resources and supports, or just want to drop by and chat.

Fun Fact: Yeonjoo (Jamie) was born in South Korea and is fluent in Korean & English. Jamie loves watching and talking about sports (especially hockey), writing and performing music, travelling, and owns 50+ hats.

Connect with Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo:

  • Email: yseo@trinity.utoronto.ca
  • Telephone: 416-978-2522 ext. 80012
  • Office: main office off the front foyer at St. Hilda’s College (44 Devonshire Pl.)

 

Soroosh Vafapoor

Soroosh Vafapoor

Soroosh Vafapoor

Soroosh holds a Master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Waterloo) and Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (University of Toronto). Soroosh is passionate about bringing contemplative practice and ways of engaging in meaning-making in his work as a psychotherapist and in his role in supporting University of Toronto students. He most recently served as the Head Residence Advisor at Graduate House.

Message from Soroosh: “Hi folks! My name is Soroosh and I’m a Community Wellness Coordinator (CWC) at Trinity College. I’m excited to be a part of this community and to get to know you all!

I recently graduated from Emmanuel College in the Master of Pastoral Studies, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy program, Buddhist Studies stream. I also graduated from the University of Waterloo from their Master in Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program. I’m passionate about incorporating contemplative practices such as mindfulness, journaling, and more recently, movement oriented practices, into my life and my work. Some things I want to learn how to do this year are: learning how to moonwalk and pop and lock; pottery; sing while playing guitar without sounding like a seagull.”

Connect with Soroosh Vafapoor:

  • Email: svafapoor@trinity.utoronto.ca
  • Telephone: 416-978-2522 ext. 80012
  • Office: main office off the front foyer at St. Hilda’s College (44 Devonshire Pl.)