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Empowering Black Students

At Mount Saint Vincent University, we want you to always feel connected and comfortable. While our overall campus atmosphere is already welcoming, friendly and diverse, the aim of Black Student Support Office is to complement this atmosphere by connecting African Nova Scotian/Black students with individuals who share similar values, culture, background and experiences. 

Whether you are a Black Canadian, African Nova Scotian, or an international student, there will likely be times that you need support at the Mount. Our Black Student Support Coordinator is here to help.

Black Student Support Coordinator


"Welcome to the Mount! My name is DeRico Symonds and I am an African Nova Scotian male. I attended Mount Saint Vincent University from 2007-2012 and completed an undergraduate degree in Child & Youth Studies. I have also completed a master’s degree of Education in Counselling at Acadia University in 2018. While at MSVU I was a member of the men's varsity basketball team and was actively involved in the MSVU community.”

"I am always excited to meet new people and see when and where I can help. Come stop in and see me today!" - DeRico Symonds 


Black Student Support Assistant

“My name is Temilola Olowookere and I am the black student support assistant. I graduated from Afe Babalola University (Abuad), Nigeria with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and I am presently undertaking a Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition here at the Mount. While at Abuad, I volunteered for various programs.  I have had the opportunity to be involved in planning and facilitating several community-based events.

Contact me anytime for a meeting or a chat and ensure you drop by. I anticipate meeting with you”  


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