Campus Life

Black Student Advisor

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

The Black Student Advisor is 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 BSA 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!


Who Am I?


Black Student Advisor

The first step to my future began here at Saint Mary’s. From  the campus, classes offered, professors to societies, services and the student body, SMU definitely has a place for any student. I have grown to love SMU, and starting school every September has become the highlight of my year. I am a 4th year  student pursuing a duel degree in biology and geography . My journey at SMU began at the young age of 16, when I moved from Toronto to Halifax. I spent my first two years living on campus in both Rice and Loyola residence, in which I have become equipped with the knowledge and the colorful variety of experiences. Over the past four years I have grown, and matured into the young adult I am today. I am currently a  student mentor for students enrolled in the LEAP program. I also serve as the Vice President of Academic affairs for the biology society. Throughout my academic career I have volunteered at the Nova Scotia Cancer clinic, held research positions investigating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and data analysis for the LMC Diabetes and Endocrinology center.  I am dedicated to making a difference in the Black community, and have also volunteered with the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project. Which seeks to better understand, implement  and tackle various determinants of  African Nova Scotians, and Mi'kmaq health. I am also a volunteer student for the “Ask a SMUdent” program for which students of all walks of life  and countries may ask any questions  regarding their current or future concerns about joining SMU and living in Nova Scotia.  I hope to pursue a career in medicine upon completion of my degree. I am  committed to exploring the multitude of opportunities for Black students, to ensure a positive experience of the warmth, comfort and opportunity SMU has to offer.

Please feel free to drop by during office hours (September through April):

Monday at 10am -1:00 pm / Tuesday at 11:30 am -1:00 pm / Friday at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ashley Sebastian
Student Centre, 4th Floor - Room 407
(902)-496-8172 (office) / blackstudentadvisor@smu.ca

Please find the current edition of the ‌our Black Student Advising Handbook 2013-2014.


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

If you have any suggestions, or ideas on particular events, please email us at blackstudentadvisor@smu.ca