Access & Inclusion Peer Programs is a mentorship program for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. We offer academic, career, wellness and social supports that foster a sense of belonging and community. We also help students navigate barriers to access, inclusion and success at U of T.
Our mentor navigators are caring upper-year students who identify as being from underrepresented communities. This includes, but is not limited to, students who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), African/Black/Caribbean, racialized, LGBTTI2SQQ+, first generation (parents/guardians did not complete post-secondary in Canada), religious/spiritual, currently or formerly enrolled in the Transitional Year Programme, mature, and/or transfer students.
Students attend one-to-one appointments with a mentor navigator of their choice. We also offer a series of events and workshops to connect students to each other and the U of T community.
Access and Inclusion Peer Programs is for:
- Indigenous students
- African, Black, Caribbean students
- racialized students
- mature students
- LGBTTI2SQQ+ students
- Transitional Year Programme students
- first generation students
- religious and spiritual students
How The Program Works
1. Find a mentor navigator: Six mentor navigator positions are now open on CLNx under Jobs & Recruitment, On-Campus Jobs. Search for keywords “mentor navigator”.
2. Book an appointment with a mentor navigator. Mentor navigator appointments will resume in September. Until then, the Student Life Coordinator (staff) is available to meet online or over the phone during COVID-19.
3. Attend an event or workshop: Access and Inclusion Peer Programs hosts several events and workshops throughout the year for underrepresented students. Events are running virtually due to COVID-19.
Note: If you don’t want to attend our events by yourself, you can book an appointment with a mentor navigator to join you when in-person events resume.
4. Subscribe to our newsletter: The Access & Inclusion Peer Programs newsletter lists our upcoming events and opportunities for underrepresented students.
5. Join our Facebook group: Join the Access and Inclusion Peer Programs Facebook group!
Considerations & Exceptions
Past event titles for the 2019-2020 academic year included:
- Financial Aid & Financial Literacy for First Generation Students & Their Parents/Guardians/Supporters
- Indigenous Corn Husk Doll Making Workshop
- Black Students Talk with Black Profs!
- First Generation Students Get Ready for Midterms
- Accessibility Services Presents Hitting the Midterm Slump: Catching Up and Using Reading Week Productively
- Engaging in Research as Indigenous, Black & Racialized Students
- Students with Family Responsibilities Advocating for Themselves & Their Family Through Writing
- Navigating Faith & Career Decisions
- Indigenous, Black & Racialized Students Confront Imposter Syndrome
- Black Futures: Let’s Talk Careers in Tech
- First Generation Students & Families Talk About Choosing Programs & Academic Plans
- Indigenous, Black & Racialized Students Get Ready For Exams!