Community Engagement


(photo by Nick Pearce)

Community connectors

Ryan McNutt

Dalhousie sits on unceded Mi’kmaq territory, and is surrounded by African Nova Scotian communities with hundreds of years of history. For decades, programs and initiatives like the Transition Year Program (TYP), the Schulich School of Law’s Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative (IB&M) and others have created pathways for young people from these communities into higher education. But gaps remain, and much work still needs to be done.

Recently, the university created two new community engagement roles: one focused on Indigenous communities, the other on African Nova Scotian communities. The individuals hired—Catherine Martin (BA’79) and Jalana Lewis (LLB’13)—are both Dalhousie alumni who have spent their lives dedicated to service, support and making a difference. We had the two of them sit down with Vice-Provost of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley for a conversation about their personal journeys and Dal’s responsibility to build connections with Nova Scotia’s historic communities.

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