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Indigenous Student Advisor – Student Affairs and Services 

Saint Mary's University

Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Student Culture and Experience, the Indigenous Student Advisor will:

  • Establish professional relationships with students to foster trust and understanding.
  • Support students who are struggling with University transitional issues of coming to University including, but not limited to, cultural, academic, social, financial and personal.
  • Educate students on resources that are available to support them and that will assist with their success at University.
  • Work closely with the Indigenous Students Society and any other Indigenous student organizations that may form at Saint Mary's.
  • Plan, promote, implement and evaluate an Indigenous student orientation and welcoming programming.
  • Organize programs, sessions and events that will allow students to meet faculty and staff to build relationships between students and these individuals with a goal of fostering opportunities for students to learn more about the services and opportunities available at Saint Mary's.
  • Work collaboratively with the Admissions office in promoting the Indigenous student experience at Saint Mary's.
  • Develop an Indigenous Ambassador Program that empowers Indigenous students to learn about and share both internally and externally about their respective Indigenous Culture, Traditions and Histories.
  • Conduct frequent assessment of programming and events as well as trend analysis and needs assessment.
  • Lead communications and marketing outreach initiatives tailored directly to Indigenous student communities to encourage engagement with supports on campus.
  • Identify external organizations and contacts that would be relevant supports and contacts for Indigenous students including, but not limited to, the Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre in Halifax and other similar offices throughout the Maritimes, Band Councils, Provincial Committees focusing on Indigenous students, Provincial and National, and International Scholarship and Awards Programs and Elders.
  • Present at local, provincial, national and international conferences and events on topics relevant to the position.
  • Develop and coordinate an Indigenous Student Services Advisory committee consisting of Indigenous student representation, faculty, staff and administration representatives, as well as external representative connected to Indigenous culture, organizations, and relevant provincial bodies, as appropriate.
  • Represent Indigenous student needs and experiences on various committees and working groups such as Black and Indigenous Student Success Working Team, President's Committee on Anti-Racism, Welcome Weeks Planning Committee, etc.

For more information, see here.

Atlantic Association of College & University Student Services

C/O Jaclyn Borden
UPEI (Dalton Hall 113)
550 University Ave.
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 4P3

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