Mohawk College’s Indigenous Student Services Centre provides a variety of resources for students from its location in room A114 on the Fennel Campus.
Kayla Jenkins is the student success and retention advisor at the centre, and her role is to guide students on their education journey.
“Resources that we have in the Indigenous Student Services Centre are access to elders, access to programs such as cultural activities or just fun activities for students to participate in,” Jenkins said. “We have crafternoons, we have a summer camp called Pathfinders, we have access to Indigenous-specific counselling and coaches, and basically anything that a student would need during their cycle as a student.”
The centre also provides a space with computers for students to work on school assignments, books by Indigenous authors, a bulletin board filled with postings for jobs and other resources, and a free lunch every Wednesday ranging from catering by the college to traditional foods.
“I’ve received help with awards submissions and an issue I had with the awards department,” Tina Swayze said. “We’ve had elders brought in and I had my first experience meeting with an elder here, they bring in lunches, it’s just such a sense of community.”
Students can use the centre during drop-in hours from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
To learn more about the Indigenous Student Services Centre, visit www.mohawkcollege.ca/indigenous-students.