Black Student Advising


Serving the needs of our black students of African descent

Note: The Black Student Advising Centre will be moving to a new location on Wednesday, August 13. Our new Centre will be located at 1321 Edward Street, in the same building as the Dal Multifaith Centre.

The Black Student Advising Centre supports all black students of African descent in pursuit of post-secondary education at Dalhousie and the University of King's College. Drop by for information on employment, scholarships and bursaries, and events, both on campus and in the Halifax community.

Our services

  • Confidential Advising for individuals or groups
  • Mediation services
  • Resource room (student lounge, kitchenette, phone, wifi, meeting space)
  • Computer lab

Supports and Resources

Support Services

Advocacy & Advising

The Centre provides support for any student of African descent to help identify goals and pathways through your post-secondary career at Dalhousie University. We assist you in developing skills that will make you successful learners and outstanding individuals. Assistance is available if you're having difficulty navigating academic expectations, financial management, or the complexity of campus life. Resources are available for one-on-one advising and academic encouragement. We can also act as an advocate if you find yourself involved in the campus academic or non-academic discipline processes. 

Study Skills

Whether you're doing well and want to do better, or if you're experiencing academic difficulty, Study Skills can help you reach your academic potential during your time at Dalhousie.


The Dalhousie Writing Centre offers support in all subjects—from academic assignments to dissertations—for both undergraduate and graduate students. They meet with you individually to discuss your work and also offer events and seminars. A representative from the Writing Centre is available in our office every Wednesday from 1pm–3 p.m.

Mentorship Program

1. High school mentoring: Designed to help prepare grades 10-12 students of African descent for university. A Dalhousie student is paired with a high school student of similar interests with the intent to expose them to various disciplines and offer information on admission requirements, course selection and scholarship criteria.

2. Peer mentoring/tutoring program: Connect students who need help in a specific area with an upper year/grad student who is experienced in that field.

3. Professional mentorship: Designed to foster networking and a lasting relationship with established professionals and Faculty members who are of African descent.

Financial Aid

We know that financing a post-secondary education can sometimes be a challenge, but there are plenty of resources both on and off campus to help relieve the burden.

Please explore the following sources of financial aid:

For other Dalhousie scholarships and bursaries please vsit the Registrar's Office website.

Societies and Groups

The Centre supports all societies on campus and we encourage you to visit the Dalhousie Student Union's website for a full list of student societies. The following societies may be of particular interest to students from the African Diaspora:

  • African Students Association (DASA)
  • Black Canadian Students Association (BCSA)
  • Black United Students Association (BUSA)
  • Dalhousie Caribbean Connections / St. Mary's Caribbean Society
  • International Students Association (DISA)
  • Students Inspiring Change (Student Inc.)

Dalhousie Resources

Nova Scotia Resources

Africvoice Newsletter

We publish a newsletter aimed at informing, inspiring and emplowering black students at Dal.

Check out the February issue of the AfricVoice magazine [PDF-17MB]

Imhotep Legacy Academic Scholarships

The goal of the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) is to increase the number of African Nova Scotians pursuing
post-secondary education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Contact Us

1321 Edward Street, 2nd Floor
P.O.Box. 15000
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

Phone: (902) 494.6648
Fax: (902) 494.8013