Orientation Day 2019
ACMP’s Orientation day event at Carleton University is an effort to continue to acknowledge the White Settler discourse that is associated with the institutions of post-secondary education. This reality can create barriers for Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) students, along with racialized students. We believe that accessing student services such as writing services, are available for racialized students, but there continue to be barriers for said students. For instance, ACB and racialized students may know where and how to access critical students services for their social and academic development. However, the services may not be beneficial for them as they are not culturally sensitive to the needs of ACB and racialized students. In this particular scenario, the services become difficult for students to seek help.
ACMP’s FREE 2-hour event will focus on helping first-year ACB students transition from high school to post-secondary education. ACMP will be working in solidarity with other racialized and non-racialized students to offer this event, as a way to create an inclusive and safe Carleton University. We will discuss access to resources for mental health, financial guidance, academic advice, career planning, and more. This event will also include a segment on “First-Year Survival Tips.” Students will get a chance to hear from mature students and have the opportunity to ask questions.
ACMP will also be focusing on the following:
-Empower Carleton undergraduate and graduate students with an understanding of the available services, such as: Writing Services; Career Services; Health and Counselling Services and more
– ACMP’s one on one mentorship
-Who should you know in your department
– Getting involved on campus
– Learning about audits and degree requirements
– Navigating living on residence
While we encourage first year students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, we also welcome returning students, high school students and the broader Ottawa community. In creating inclusive spaces for racialized students, support from the community and, parents and guardians is crucial. . We encourage students to invite their parents or guardians to join them at the event. Additionally, networking with community members, professors, and other students is a large part of what the ACMP offers and integrates into every event
Changing The Narrative:
Discussing the impacts of ignored history on Black lives today
In a CBC short documentary, “Deeply Rooted,” seventh-generation Black Canadian filmmaker, Cazhmere, explains that not every person of colour is a newcomer to Canada. The historical experiences of African, Caribbean and Black individuals are often ignored in mainstream discourse and memory today. These histories include slavery, segregation and socio-ecoonomic exclusion. Ignoring these experiences creates misconceptions of the fundamental role of African, Caribbean and Black populations in the creation of Canadian society while simultaneously contributing to stereotypes of ACB individuals and systemic racism and exclusion. This makes it critical to acknowledge Canadian history as more than the presence of the underground railroad but to also discuss its racist past.
ACB individuals may face the effects of ignored history in everyday life, employment and academia. With this in mind, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) has organized an open discussion surrounding anti-black racism in our communities today. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and safe space for students, professionals and community members from all walks of life to communicate, learn, and discuss.
Changing the Narrative, on Friday, October 18th at 5:00 PM, was a 3-hour open discussion surrounding the following subtopics:
– Why talking about history is important
– History manifested as stereotypes today (e.g in media, pop culture, criminal justice system etc.)
– Microaggressions in the workplace/school
– How pursuing academia can or cannot change the narrative