Part 3 of 3
In our final post in this series we celebrate the success of the African Nova Scotian Health Sciences Summer Camp and highlight the impact of this opportunity.
It is important to recognize the role of mentors and those who have gone through or are going through the programs. A key piece to the week was meeting with mentors who shared their stories and provided motivation and encouragement to the students. The students spent time with Andrew Owusu – occupational therapy student, Cindy Ochieng and Imhokhai Ogah – undergraduate medical students, Josephine Muxlow – nurse and adjunct faculty member, and Crystal Watson – Masters of Arts in Leisure Studies graduate and therapeutic recreation instructor.
As the week began to wind down, students were led in a session of African music! Wayn Hamilton and Khalifa Jallo-Hamilton taught the group a number of beats as they tried a few different drums and percussions. They sounded like professional musicians! It was important to recognize and input cultural experiences for the students. Being with other students of African descent was important to the students and in an interview with Global TV one student stated,
I [am] surrounded by people that [are] like me and it’s empowering.
To end the week students learned more about opportunities available to them such as tutoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) from Imhotep’s Legacy Academy and later when they enter university with the student summer research programs in medicine, health professions, science and engineering. Students also learned about the services offered at Dalhousie such as the Black Student Advising Centre and Studying for Success.
At the closing ceremony, attended by the Honourable Minister Tony Ince of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Communities, Culture, and Heritage, students were able to share their successes and enjoy a slideshow of pictures from the week with their families and those present from the university. Pictures from the camp can be found on our Facebook page – PLANS.
A special thank you to the School of Nursing for sharing their vision and supporting the camp. A heartfelt thank you to those who planned and facilitated the activities around campus, to the camp counsellors, and to the families of the participants for supporting their students in achieving their goals!
Next year we plan to expand and invite students from across the province to have this experience! Stay tuned!
Official Group photo for 2014 (Photo credit: David Grandy Photography)