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RISE is dedicated to supporting students from underrepresented groups in three main pillars:

  • Outreach: Empower students to realize that post-secondary education is a viable option for them. Work with equity/ community groups to create pathways for post-secondary.
  • Access and Transition: Promote successful academic and social transitions once students are enrolled in a program at Durham College. Provide service navigation to a multitude of student support services available on campus.
  • Retention: Once enrolled, RISE works to ensure students from underrepresented populations have the community and support they need to achieve their full potential and reach their education/ career-oriented goals.

Eligible participants include, but are not limited to:

  • Secondary school students with low credit accumulation and low achievement rates
  • Adults who have not completed their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Students in rural or remote communities with limited access to outreach/transition supports
  • Students with disabilities
  • First-generation students
  • Racialized students
  • Indigenous students
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Low-income students

Events / Important Dates



Please email to set up telephone or online appointments for:

  • Success coaching
  • Community referrals
  • Transition programming
  • Academic planning