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Supporting Black Student Success

"Going through The Bridge program made me want to ask more questions, it gave me confidence."

"The self-identity workshop helped me develop and understand who I am as an individual."

"The workshops helped me prepare for life beyond school. I now know how I want to present myself in a work setting."

Come, join the workshops, get to know yourself and your peers. Learn from the guest speakers, network, make connections. This is a good opportunity to get involved and belong.

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About "The Bridge "

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THE BRIDGE is about the transformation which is brought about by African/Black/Caribbean students who are exposed to experiences that empower them to change their self-perception and expand what they believe is possible.

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Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel
Program Coordinator

The Bridge is a student engagement and retention program spearheaded by Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, program coordinator for the Community and Justice Services program. The pilot project has been extended and opened up to all African/Black/Caribbean students enrolled in any of the programs within the School of Social and Community Services. The goal of The Bridge program is to foster and encourage the success of its students.

Student Resources

The School of Social and Community Services goes above & beyond education by supporting its students with various resources to help them achieve success. The Bridge is one of many successful programs developed to assist students at Humber. Check out the many resources available at MPOWER, and be sure to ask your program coordinator for resources related to your program area and your needs.

I believe in my own success.

I am here because it is my right to be here.

I will be fearless in the pursuit of my goals.

I am in control of my destiny.

I promise to empower others through my success.

Workshop One: 
Introduction and Current Self-identity

Current Self-Identity
Who are you? How are your conceptions of yourself framed? How does the invisibility of the contributions of Black people contribute to your belief about your future success?

This workshop encourages you to increase your awareness of the relationship between feelings of invisibility to the larger societal context in which you exist.

Workshop Two:
Motivation and Self-management

Self-motivation is the main key to success. In this workshop, you will develop a critical framework for goal achievement in spite of any difficulty you may face

What do you communicate with your presentation? What impression do you create and leave with others?

This workshop discusses the importance of understanding how the way in which you interact with others influences perception as well as examining how decisions are made about who you are as a person.

Workshop Three:

Can another person listening to you hear your thoughts and ideas?

Communication is the foundation of leadership. The way you speak influences how others hear your ideas.

Using practical activities, this workshop will build on a wide range of communication skills to enhance your ability to be heard the way you would like to be heard.

Workshop Four:
Leadership skill development and Identity

Identities of Success
What does that mean? How do you build, and maintain, one?

Leadership skill development
What are the characteristics of charismatic leaders? Can those skills be built?

This workshop guides you through the process of personal change aimed at developing and honing your leadership abilities, including the criticalness of self-care.

Workshop Five:
Community Resourcing

What’s going on in your community? How do decisions regarding programs and services get made and enacted?

This workshop will enable you to increase your understanding of the dynamics of the communities in which we will seek, and ultimately find, employment.

Workshop Six:
Academic Planning

Do you want an A? or 2? Or A’s in all of your courses? Success at school is achieved through a series of learned behaviours and skills which you may not have had the opportunity to gain in your elementary and secondary school years.

In this workshop, you will learn principles of time management, organizational skills, as well as group management and collaboration. Your learning will encompass study and writing strategies for exams in addition to the skills involved in writing academic papers, including the effective use of rubrics and preparing drafts. These are some of the skills that successful students utilize regularly to achieve high academic standings.

Workshop Seven:
Networking and Mentoring

What is networking? What is mentoring? How can networking and mentoring benefit you?

This workshop focuses on the value of developing Win/Win scenarios in building relationships which can enhance your ability to move forward to achieve your goals. It examines the ways in which our “connections” support our goals. Those with whom we forge relationships, shape who we will become. Through mentorship, up-and-coming leaders build their experiences of success in decision-making, networking, presentation and communication and come to recognize that “success” is a long-term process which takes time and requires perseverance.

Workshop Eight:
Career Development & Wrap-Up

How do you build a successful career?

This workshop focuses on the benefits of volunteering, useful job search strategies, accessing the “hidden” job market, effective resume preparation, interviewing skills and post-interview activities.

It also address the “soft” skills required to ensure effective on-the-job performance, a base criteria for moving forward.

Men's Group Fall Workshop

"A Time To Gather"

Date: Monday, November 30th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: L building (L3002/05)

Bring a Friend!

Light refreshments provided!

Transformation. Empowerment. Success. Join The Bridge, Reach Your Goals.

Contact: Afenyo Small

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During the 2012 academic year, Humber College faculty and community members, guided by Dr. Beverly Jean Daniel, Program Coordinator Community & Justice Services at Humber, met to discuss the challenges faced by African, Black, and Caribbean students attending Humber College related to academic success, retention and how to create a culture of empowerment for black students on campus.

Conversations were also held with students in April and May of 2013 to get their feedback about their specific needs. The students identified a need for leadership and mentorship to help them succeed academically, personally and professionally.

The overall vision of The Bridge program is to:

  • To foster empowerment and leadership for racialized students of African, Black and Caribbean descent who attend Humber College.
  • To assist students to solidify identities of success by empowering them to believe in themselves, their abilities and embolden them to pursue their dreams.

The mentorship program is committed to to providing a solid mentorship network of comprising of community members and Humber College faculty who have chosen to dedicate their time and effort in supporting students in an equitable manner. In doing so, the long-term sustainability of support for students is viable.

Mentorship programs, like The Bridge depend on the passion and commitment of the mentors that participate in the program. Mentoring is a mutual relationship between the mentor and the mentee that allows for an exchange of social experiences, advice and wisdom. Mentors volunteer their time to help the mentee make decisions or solve problems and can be a friend, teacher or fellow student.

As mentors, you are expected to:

  • Connect with the mentee at least 15-20 minutes per week either in person, via telephone, through email or another agreed upon method
  • Support the mentee in developing their academic and career plan and help them expand their network
  • Help students identify their personal and professional goals and pursue goals they are passionate about
  • Ensure open communication with the program coordinator to help identify any challenging issues in the mentor/mentee relationship

As a mentee students are expected to:

  • Be available for regular contact and during all scheduled meeting times
  • Work collaboratively with the mentor and the program facilitator to develop an academic and career plan
  • Be open to and willing to pursue options suggested by the mentor
  • Recognize and respect the value of mentorship
  • Ensure open communication with the program coordinator to help identify any challenging issues in the mentor/mentee relationship

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