February marks the observation of Black History month and Durham College (DC) is proud to showcase Canada’s multicultural heritage and history which includes several founding and pioneering experiences from Black Canadians.
“Black Canadian students need to feel affirmed; need to have role models and need to be aware of the contributions made by other Blacks in Canada,” said Allison Hector-Alexander, diversity officer at DC.
As part of the month-long celebration, DC’s Diversity office is set to host the fifth annual Professional and Mentorship event on Thursday, February 6 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event provides an opportunity for students to meet and connect with a diverse group of Black professionals from the community. Students will hear about education choices, career journeys and a typical day in the life of a professional.
When asked about the event, Hector-Alexander spoke of its ability to empower students and provide a dedicated experience.
“This is a chance to connect and create mentor relationships that can be invaluable throughout a student’s education journey,” she said.” This is our way of creating connections to continue to ensure that the student experience comes first.”