The Elders’ Circle project strives to connect students with elders from their local community and context. This project coordinated by MSVU’s Black Student Support Office (BSSO) will host a different elder each month. With a commitment to empowering Black MSVU students, the Elders’ Circle will also expose others to the shared knowledge and experiences of African diasporic communities worldwide. This proposed initiative coincides with our goals of providing holistic support for all Black students at MSVU while affirming that community matters at MSVU.

Through the Elders’ Circle, the BSSO aims to bridge the common intergenerational knowledge gap within the Black community by bringing the knowledge directly to the MSVU campus. All are welcome to attend the monthly sessions whether in-person or online.

The coordinators of this project are Randy Headley and Lilian Fernandes from the Black Student Support Office and Alexia Major from the Centre for Academic Advising & Student Success. This team aims to bridge the intergenerational knowledge gap commonly observed within the Black community by bringing the knowledge directly to the MSVU campus.

Please email blackstudentsupport@msvu.ca for more details or reach out with any questions you may have.

September Session | “Expanding Our Understanding of Learning through Personal Stories”

Join the Black Student Support Office (BSSO) on Thursday, September 22nd from 12:30 pm to 2 pm for the next Elders’ Circle session. For this September gathering, we welcome Samm Musoke to share on the topic, “Expanding Our Understanding of Learning through Personal Stories”. All are welcome to attend and participate— Join us in Seton 407 or online through Microsoft Teams. You can RSVP here.

The Elders’ Circle project will connect students of African descent with ANS (African Nova Scotian) Elders from their local community and context. The Black Student Support Office will host a different elder each month. All Elders possess specific skill sets and knowledge to further educate the MSVU community and build relationships with Black students at the Mount.

We look forward to your support and hope this initiative will help bridge the knowledge gap between our students and the African Nova Scotian communities while strengthening our community here at MSVU.

Please email blackstudentsupport@msvu.ca for more details about how to join online or reach out with any questions you may have.

Elders' Circle-September Session

August Session | 'The Importance of Youth Engagement in the Elders' Circle"

The Black Student Support Office (BSSO) launched the first Elders’ Circle meeting on Wednesday, August 31st from 12:30 to 1:30 PM for all faculty and staff members at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Moashella Shortte (Faculty at NSCC) was the first presenter and she discussed ‘The Importance of Youth Engagement in the Elders’ Circle.’

The BSSO wanted this meeting to motivate faculty and staff members to encourage students, especially Black students, to participate in future sessions. The BSSO will host a different elder each month.

Elders' Circle-August Session