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Black Student Advising

Serving the needs of our Black students of African descent

Note: The Black Student Advising Centre has moved to our new location at 1321 Edward Street (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.

Join us Monday January 18th 2016, for our Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event titled; The Justice System as a Weapon and a Shield. This topic will aim to engage not only the Dalhousie community but the broader Nova Scotian and Canadian community, to explore the concepts of justice in relation to the African Canadian racial identity. This event will be moderated by Dr. Chike Jeffers and features the panelists; Shawna Hoyte, Robert Wright, Amanda Reddick and Rodney Small. It will be held in the Student Union Building in room 307 from 6:00-8:00 pm. 


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.

Click to download the Holiday issue of Africvoice [PDF- 3.2MB]


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
Email: bsac2@dal.ca