The Mount Mentors

The Mount Mentors are here to help you. They know what it’s like to be a Mount student because they are Mount students. Think of them like a cross between a personal tour guide and an older sibling (even if they’re younger than you) who can answer your questions and provide you with advice on how to get the most out of the upcoming year. And they really mean it when they say: ask us anything.

The Mount Mentors work as a team to ensure that you have the best experience possible during your first year here. They’ll reach out to you throughout the year, but you can also contact the Mount Mentors in a number of ways:


Emily - a Chinese-Canadian woman wearing a floral print dress Name: Emily

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Bachelor of Arts Major in French, Minor in Political Studies

Favourite food: Ramen

Favourite movie: Crazy Rich Asians

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I’m excited to be a returning mentor and continue helping students with their transition by making it a positive experience like mine was!

Appointment Availability: Mondays, 12:30-1:00  pm


Lacey - a white woman sitting in car and smiling.  Name: Lacey

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology and Women’s Studies, with a Business Certificate in Community Leadership

Favourite food: Pulled pork poutine

Favourite movie: Shrek

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I want to help people transition into their first year at the Mount and connect with the Mount community.

Appointment Availability: Thursdays, 12:00-12:30 pm



Janhvi - a brown woman wearing a white half zip sweater and glassesName: Janhvi

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Accounting and Management

Favourite food: Waffles

Favourite movie: The Notebook

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor: I’m excited to help students enjoy their first year at the Mount. It’s hard to enter a new environment and make friends, so I am here to help guide new students and help them explore the fun parts of campus!

Appointment Availability: Tuesdays, 3:00-3:30 pm


Josh, a white man with blonde hair wearing an MSVU sweatshirt.

Name: Josh

Pronouns: he/him

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Women’s Studies

Favourite food: Oysters

Favourite movie: Secret Life of Pets 2

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? As someone who went through the difficulties of Academic Probation, I understand the academic struggles that may arise and am here to help in any way!

Appointment Availability: Fridays, 9:30-10:00 am


Nana - a Black woman wearing glasses and a blue hoodie smiling at cameraName: Nana Akua

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Major in Public Policy Studies

Favourite food: Fried plantains

Favourite movie: Titanic

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I’m excited by the opportunity to connect with students from different cultural backgrounds and learn along with them. I’m also looking forward to building a stronger connection with the Mount.

Appointment Availability: Thursdays, 10:30-11:00 am



Natalie - a white woman wearing striped shirtName: Natalie

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Major in French and English, Minor in History

Favourite food: Pasta

Favourite movie: The Princess Bride

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I love the Mount and can’t wait to share everything I love about this school with new students. MSVU has the perfect mix of an inclusive, welcoming environment and amazing people. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Appointment Availability: Wednesdays, 12:00-12:30 pm



Marisha Caswell, Transition and Retention Program Manager

Marisha Caswell sitting outside of Evaristus Hall at Mount Saint Vincent UniversityI’m originally from a small town in Ontario but came to Halifax for university (at one of the other schools in town). Although I returned to Ontario for graduate school, I missed Halifax so much that I decided to come back!

Before coming to MSVU I taught at Queen’s University and Algoma University. I work to ensure your first year at MSVU is a great year and oversee a number of transition and retention programs. I’m excited to be working with this year’s group of Mount Mentors to help support you during your first year at MSVU.

If you have any questions or concerns about Mount 101 or the Mount Mentors, please contact me. When I’m not at work, you can find me spending time outside with my family, reading, rowing, or baking. Contact Marisha at or book an appointment online.