About Us

The office for Wellness and Health Promotion along with the student based Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC) empower healthy decision making through education, prevention, and peer support. We think about wellness holistically with physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social components central to how we approach our work. At Seattle U there is more to being healthy than eating right and exercising!

Staff are available to discuss physical wellness, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, as well as healthy relationships. We work with students individually to provide resources and help develop a plan for sustainable wellbeing.

HAWC members host student events regularly and hold office hours for private conversations and referrals. To learn about our upcoming events follow us on Facebook, call a HAWC member at (206) 220-8450 or email the team at HAWC@seattleu.edu.

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Ryan Hamachek

M.A. Student Development Administration, Seattle University
B.A. Education and Spanish, Edgewood College

Director

Phone: 206-296-2593

Building/Room: STCN 380

Ryan Hamachek makes it his life's work to change the world and he believes that change happens in inspiring ways on college campuses. He discovered his passion for working with college students while he was a student peer educator committed to ending sexual assault at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Ryan has worked professionally in higher education since 2004, completed his master’s research in social justice allyship in 2009, and has served in his current position at Seattle U since 2012.

When he’s not working, you can find him eating his way through Seattle, practicing yoga, exploring the great outdoors, or enjoying family time at home.

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Izzy Wroblewski

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies: Health and Society, Michigan State University

Program Coordinator for Healthy Relationships

Phone: 206-296-2557

Building/Room: STCN 380

Izzy Wroblewski is a graduate student in the Student Development Administration program here at Seattle U. She received her Bachelors from Michigan State University where she studied Health and Society with a minor in Women and Gender studies. During her time at MSU, Izzy was a Resident Assistant as well as a Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Peer Educator. She has a passion for educating and empowering campus populations to become active bystanders and work to end rape culture. Izzy studied abroad in Lesbos, Greece where she conducted an independent study on post-communist feminist theory. In her free time, Izzy loves to dance, travel, explore Seattle, try new foods, and make new friends. Izzy is so excited to join this beautiful team and promote health and wellness on the SU campus!

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Omar Naimi

B.S. Biochemistry and Mathematics, Stony Brook University

Program Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Phone: 206-220-8281

Building/Room: STCN 380

Omar Naimi is a graduate student in the Student Development Administration program. Omar’s undergraduate experience covered many fields but primarily focused on research and education in organic chemistry and chemical biology. From designing new classes of antibiotics to training teaching assistants, Omar prioritized quality STEM education and the retention of students in an underserved field. Personally, Omar is a proud New York City native who loves sports, particularly soccer. In his free time, he loves to write stand up comedy and listen to new music.

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Willa Kurland

B.A. in Communication, University of California, Davis

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Willa is pursuing a Master’s degree in Student Development Administration at SU. Working in higher education she hopes to empower the voices that are often silenced and is excited to engage in conversation about ending power-based violence in the SU community. Willa attended the University of California, Davis where she became passionate about peer advising, mental health awareness, and adoptee advocacy. She earned a B.A. in Communication and minors in Psychology and Global and International Studies. In her free time, she can be found outdoors, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and drinking copious amounts of tea and coffee.

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Evan Aubrey

Current Student, Digital Design

Graphic Designer

Building/Room: STCN 380

Evan is a junior Digital Design major from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has always been interested in the various ways that he and his fellow students can stay mindful of their health and well being while under the stress of the college environment. Evan joined the Health and Wellness team to create designs with a lasting impact that can make a difference in people’s lives. Evan is excited about all new, emerging technologies and, most notably, virtual reality. To stay healthy, Evan rows with friends on Lake Union. When he is not studying for a class, he is always creating.

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Makana Holgerson

Current Student, Digital Design and Film Studies

Graphic Designer

Building/Room: STCN 380

Makana Holgerson is a third year undergraduate student at Seattle University born and raised in Alameda, California which is a small island town in the Bay Area.  He is majoring in Digital Design with a minor in Film Studies. He likes to make art and produce media that looks good, is unique, and tells stories that are worth talking about.  Makana joined the Health and Wellness team to make media that can draw students into events that will benefit their overall health and wellbeing while also hoping to spread awareness to the importance of self care.  In his free time Makana enjoys baking, watching movies, and making short films.