Summary of 2018-2019 Past Events

Loving Me and Loving You

Panel Discussion | Guest Speakers | Q&A

March 16, 2019 | Rooster’s Coffeehouse at Carleton University | 1125 Colonel By Drive

The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) presented “Loving Me and Loving You”. As students and professionals, our health, and the health of our community members is important. Self-care and love of the self are vital in order to love others. Loving ourselves first , before we love others, allows us to know how to give love and how to receive it.

Loving Me and Loving You at Rooster’s Coffeehouse in Carleton University.

The “Loving Me and Loving You” event was an opportunity to listen to others, but also to share our lived experiences of loving ourselves and others.

Our panelists discussing self-love and love within relationships.

The ACMP gave space for a panel discussion with students, professionals, experts and community members who find it necessary to share their lived experiences and knowledge about healthy relationships and self-love in the African, Caribbean and Black Communities.

Panelists included: – Stachen Frederick – Braids For Aids, Matthew Diedrick, Stefan Spence Clarke, Nicolette Vardon, and Ayesha Diedrick.

Still Standing: 400 Years of Black Excellence in Canada

Performances | Keynote Speakers | Panel Discussions |

February 13, 2019 | Woodside Hall, Dominion-Chalmers | 355 Cooper Street

The ACMP presented a collaborative event with the Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), the Carleton University School of Social Work, and the Carleton University Black Students’ Alliance

Sigma Beta Phi presenting a step routine – using clapping, stomping, words, and music.

The event was hosted by the ACMP’s Warren Clarke, as well as by Eileen Adams, the co-president of the Carleton’s BSA. We enjoyed performances from Sigma Beta Phi Inc., Just Jamal the Poet, Jah’kota, and Ryan Ofei.

We heard a keynote address from former NFL player, Christo Bilukidi, about resilience, team-building, and life coaches.

Christo Bilukidi addresses the audience.

Financial Literacy Workshop

January 25, 2019 | Carleton University | rm. 252 MacOdrum Library |

2017 BMO Wealth Literacy Report found that millennials are more educated and possess more skills than previous generations.

However, that same study found that only about 24% of millennials have basic financial literacy and only 8% have high financial literacy.

Financial literacy is rarely taught in curriculums and it is an essential skill for young people to have as they navigate the world of student loans, monthly payments, and credit.

The ACMP asks Carleton students how well they know basic financial literacy.

Based on the feedback we received at our More Than Networking Speaker’s Corner, ACMP decided to host a financial literacy workshop.

Footage from the ACMP’s More Than Networking event in November.

Our workshop covered topics like creditbudgetinginvestingpaying back student loans, and understanding the recent changes to OSAP policies.

This event offered a hands-on and interactive approach to financial literacy with guest speakers Harprit Gill, certified independent financial advisor and executive director of the Citizen Empowerment Project, as well as certified RBC financial advisor, El-Joenai Kabange.

ACMP executives Nicolette Vardon and Jipreet Kaur also gave a presentation on Doug Ford’s changes to OSAP.

More Than Networking

November 30, 2018 | Room 608, Robertson Hall | Carleton University

The ACMP’s More Than Networking event focused on teaching high school, undergraduate, and graduate students how to network with their peers, professionals, and leaders within their communities. The event included Afro-Caribbean professionals, and many other community members from different ethnic groups, as well as organizations to speak to our audience in a series of short presentations.

After the presentations, audience members and guest speakers were invited to dine and chat with their newly acquired networking skills. Guests were also invited to provide feedback for the event at a Speaker’s Corner. 

The event was attended by nearly 100 students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate level) and professionals (professors, principals, community leaders).

Our guest speakers: Alana Etsy; Eldon Holder Sr.; Dr. Jaqueline Kennelly; Dr.Vibe; Dr. Helen Ofuso; Eldon Holder Jr.; and Valérie Assoi. Warren Clarke, ACMP’s founder, hosted the event. 

After Your Undergrad: A Workshop for Applying to Grad School/Ph.D.

November 2, 2018 | Carleton University

Our first workshop focused on applying to university graduate programs (Master’s or Ph.D). This event responds to the lack of diversity in Canadian graduate programs. We received an overwhelmingly positive response, with a turnout of over 50 students (undergraduate and graduate) and two professors (from Social Work and African Studies).

The individuals were actively involved in the meeting by taking notes, pictures and participating in discussions.The event lasted two and a half hours. It is evident that the issues ACMP is working towards addressing are of vital importance for students of colour.

Towards the end of the event individuals displayed an appreciation for ACMP’s mission in addressing their specific needs and acknowledged the lack of an Afro-Caribbean Black presence and support in academia.