Campus Life

African Descent Student Advisor

Welcome, both new and returning Saint Mary's University students!

Who Am I?

Black Student Advisor

My name is Jenna Sheppard and I am in my 4th year of studying International Studies minoring in Japanese and English! I come from Whitney Pier, which is located within Sydney, Cape Breton.

I am not only passionate about my studies but also passionate about helping people out as well. I am here to help you to the best of my ability. So please, don’t be shy to come by and say hello! I look forward to meeting you, and creating a strong student community!

I am here to assist you throughout your University career in as many ways as possible. All students are welcome to visit us for information on employment, scholarships, bursaries, housing, events, and black culture. Services of the Advisor are available to students of ALL ethnic backgrounds who are associated with Saint Mary's University.

What is the role of the African Descent Student Advisor you ask?

My role is to provide education around support services to all students of African descent studying at Saint Mary’s. I can provide you with information packages on scholarships, awards, bursaries and employment opportunities specifically for students of African descent! Sounds exciting doesn’t it?

I am here to provide all students with a wide variety of services and opportunities available on campus, within the community and across Canada. If you’re looking for money for tuition, exciting job and volunteering opportunities and a place to learn, promote and express your African Canadian culture and heritage come and visit me! I have tonnes of information for you so come on up to Student Services and access everything you need to flourish while studying at Saint Mary’s as a student of African descent!

Office hours for academic year (October - April):

Tuesday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00-2:00 pm

Jenna Sheppard
Student Centre, 4th Floor - Room 407
(902)-496-8172 (office) /

Please find the current edition of the ‌our African Descent Student Advisor Handbook ‌.

Community Organizations

Another way to gain some experience and information is to make contact with some of the organizations in the community that promote personal development. The following is a list of some of these organizations:

Important Dates

Comments and Suggestions

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