Overview

Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) is dedicated to supporting Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) undergraduate and graduate students and various racialized students in accessing resources that contribute to their overall success. ACMP aims to contribute to student advancement and positive experiences through events and workshops surrounding: applying to graduate school; financial literacy; confidence building, and much more.  By advocating for an inclusive campus, ACMP’s mission is to support students through unique and quality mentorship.

The ACMP will help mentor ACB and other racialized students in the following areas:

–      Tips on applying to post-undergraduate programs

–      Writing skills

–      Practicing positive relationships and confidence building

–      Practicing safer sex

–      Discussions of Black and racialized Canadian scholars

–      Conference readiness support

–      Publication support

–      Financial literacy

–      Networking with professionals

–      Communication skills

–      Resume and interview skills

The Background

Established in 2018, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program aims to help students overcome the implications of radicalization that contributes to social and academic exclusion. ACMP has received an overwhelmingly positive response from students, faculty and the community. ACMP is the first group of its kind at Carleton and offers community, mentorship and outreach for racialized students on campus.

The Rollout

When you invest in the ACMP you are giving racialized students more opportunities to engage with their community while learning and growing as students and professionals. Supporting the ACMP means supporting racialized students and their goals.

Our events are open to all students and community members and offer resources and support catered for the unique needs of African, Caribbean, and Black students. Events such as financial literacy, networking, and healthy relationship discussions not only help students to further their academic and professional careers but also give them a safe space for community discussion.

The Impact

ACMP acknowledges the barriers that African, Caribbean, Black and other racialized students, and professionals, face in their academic and professional careers. Our events help the community come together to tackle these issues head-on.

Last year we organized our first networking event which gathered a total of 120 participants (high-school students, undergraduate, graduate, and community members. At the end of each of our events we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants:

“Just wanted to send you a personal note of thanks for organizing the event yesterday. It was a powerful show and I wish I could have stayed for the whole thing” – Joel Harden MPP Ottawa Centre

“I believe this is a worthwhile endeavor, keep up the great work.”, another one said, “This is a great opportunity for young people to raise their concerns and have them addressed.”

“It was such a great event! Very well done and thank you so much for having me.”

“I had a wonderful time and the invisible hand of excellent organizing was noticeable at every turn. This was an enjoyable evening!”

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