Typical knowledge implies a sure sequence of situations in a person’s instructional existence: you graduate superior faculty, head to university or faculty, and then place the know-how you have acquired to operate in constructing a job.
As common as these types of a state of affairs may be, it is only not the fact for some — and that is all right.
“It is your journey, no one particular else’s, and it can appear like whichever it requires to search like for you,” claims Michelle Patrick, particular tasks manager in Dal’s Business office of Equity and Inclusion (shown appropriate). “If you’re a tiny bit more mature or lifestyle conditions didn’t allow for you to adhere to the ‘normal’ path of likely straight from significant faculty to college, there are other ways. The doors are even now open up.”
That’s the concept she and other individuals will supply as component of the future Local community Weekend of Lifelong Discovering, an party arranged by Dal’s African Nova Scotian Tactic Advisory Council, Vice-Provost Theresa Rajack-Talley’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, and other partners.
The occasion is open up to all African Nova Scotians and consists of an on-campus part held Saturday (Could 28) in the Mona Campbell Making and a distinctive assistance at Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC) in Hammonds Plains on Sunday (May possibly 29).
Conquering fears, building expertise
Saturday’s application is co-hosted by the Faculty of Open Studying & Profession Progress and starts with opening speakers, adopted by two breakout classes for attendees to decide on from: Obtain & Preparing for Post-Secondary Plans at Dal and further than or Profession and Qualified Enhancement Pathways.
Patrick, a member of the advisory council who will be speaking on the former subject, says anxiety and concern about conference admissions standards and beating other limitations are natural but that should not discourage folks from discovering their options.
“I’ll be conversing about some of those people fears and how Dal provides help to assistance alleviate some of them and dispel some of the myths,” she states. She’ll also emphasize some of the diverse sorts of degree programs at Dal.
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The other breakout session Saturday caters to associates of the African Nova Scotian group searching for approaches to develop added capabilities or credentials to advance their careers, with out automatically enrolling in a total diploma.
Jeff Myers, director of group partnerships and projects with Open Mastering, notes that the sessions aren’t so substantially about turning attendees on to Dal as they are receiving them considering about the selection of diverse varieties of opportunities in bigger education extra typically.
He claims Jalana Lewis (proven still left), Dal’s director of African Nova Scotian community engagement and lead organizer of the weekend event, observed a natural fit with the get the job done Open up Learning does in enabling lifelong studying — specifically in techniques that can match the wants of various communities these types of as the African Nova Scotian group, which “has typically felt marginalized from standard areas like Dalhousie.”
Dr. Myers claims the weekend celebration illustrates how Dal is partaking far more actively with the African Nova Scotian neighborhood, which is a crucial factor in the university’s up-to-date African Nova Scotian strategy.
“Gone are the times when we can sit back and expect communities to arrive to us. We have to attain out. This is particularly an work to get to out and provide individuals in to a comfortable, minimal-chance quick setting to study about their alternatives,” he states, noting that quite a few customers of his School are volunteering to aid out.
Developing house, connecting community
Sunday’s church company at EBC (10:30 am-12 pm) will construct on the weekend topic of lifelong discovering by highlighting some of the fantastic function remaining finished in the local community — which include at churches — to support learners at all levels of their instruction.
Patrick claims it’s the initial of quite a few attempts to come exactly where Dal is going out into the local community instantly to offer guidance.
“We generally set the invite out there for folks, occur to Dal to do this, come to Dal for an information and facts session. But to genuinely make all those interactions and link with individuals, we also require to take Dal on the highway and satisfy persons where by they are at,” she claims.
On the internet registration for the local community weekend is open up now. Discover additional.