Graduate Mentorship Program

The College of Arts and the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences have launched a new Graduate Mentorship Program to support Black, Indigenous and racialized graduate students in their colleges.

The program aims to create a safe space for graduate students, faculty and staff to build community, exchange knowledge, insights, and experiences. Through mentoring relationships Black, Indigenous and racialized graduate students will develop, share and enhance the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and connections they need to successfully complete their studies and transition into the world of work.

Creating Connection: The First Year of the Grad Mentorship Program

Read about the connections CSAHS grad students and mentors made and the lessons they learned in the program's first year.

Become a Mentee

Are you a graduate student in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences or the College of Arts? Do you identify as Black, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, a person of colour or a racialized individual? Are you looking for opportunities to develop, connect and create meaningful experiences with racialized faculty members and other graduate students? If so, the Graduate Mentorship Program is a place for you.

By participating as a mentee, you get to:

  • Connect with other Black, Indigenous and racialized students
  • Share your knowledge and experience with Black, Indigenous and racialized faculty and staff members
  • Expand your research and career options by learning about new strategies and opportunities
  • Receive a certificate of completion from the Dean's Office having attained at least 10 hours of program engagement hours per semester

Register as a Mentee

Become a Mentor

The Graduate Mentorship Program is a network of Black, First Nations, Inuit, Métis and racialized graduate students, faculty and staff in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and the College of Arts. The program reflects our commitment to intentional and culturally responsive resources for students from equity-deserving communities in response to their challenges on campus.

By participating as a mentor, you get to:

  • Share your journey and the steps you took and the progress you made to build your career
  • Provide quality feedback using your expertise to guide and support mentees with their goals and career planning
  • Learn how to engage students in meaningful conversations and gain exposure to diverse perspectives
  • Grow your network and build relationships with colleagues from different parts of the colleges or departments

Register as a Mentor

Time Commitment

The expected time commitment for the mentorship program is at least 20 hours total over the fall and winter semester. This may vary depending on the mentor/mentee pairings as we recognize that different mentors/mentees will require different levels of support throughout their journeys.

Fall Semester

  • 1 orientation session
  • 5 one-on-one mentorship meetings
  • 1 in-program event (virtual/in person)
  • 1 one-on-one meeting with Program Facilitator

Winter Semester

  • 6 one-on-one mentorship meetings
  • 2 in-program events (virtual/in person)
  • 1 program graduation event

Get in Touch

For more information on the Graduate Mentorship Program, contact:

Abii Barrett | Inclusion Advisor
Office: Macdonald Institute (MINS), Room 113B