Student Supports

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The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) offers many support programs for Indigenous Students to thrive personally and academically while at Western and beyond.

ISC staff and Elders look forward to meeting you! Visit us on the second floor of Western Student Services Building, Room 2100.

Self-Identify as an Indigenous Student

All Indigenous Students at Western are encouraged to complete the Indigenous Student Self-ID Survey as one of the first steps to accessing programs and services. Completing the survey is not mandatory but extremely valuable for us in building a complete picture of the students we support.

INDIGENOUS SELF-ID SURVEY

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Indigenous Student Transition Program

The Indigenous Student Transition Program (formerly ATO) is designed to assist Indigenous students in undergraduate programs at Western University. As an ISTP student, you will be given academic, cultural and personal supports during your first two years of study and thereafter. The goal of the ISTP is ensure successful transition and completion of your degree. 

Learn more on the Indigenous Student Transition Program webpage or contact:

Paul Porter
Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator
pporter@uwo.ca
519-661-4095
 

The Indigenous Circles of Support and Leadership Program (ICSLP)

The Indigenous Circles of Support and Leadership Program (ICSLP) brings together students across all years of study, to eat, socialize and engage with community leaders and guest speakers. Each session will either have a guest speaker, activity or work shop from with the Indigenous Student Centre or from the Indigenous Community. The two hour sessions are split, one hour facilitated by the Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator, Donna Noah and one hour for a guest speaker, workshop or activity

The ICSL Program also aims to engage students in extra-curricular activities to help them develop leadership skills. Students are to complete a total of 40 hours of extracurricular activities from five different categories: Indigenous Knowledge, Health and Well-Being, Academic, Career and Leadership Engagement. 

Upon completion of the ICSL Program student are able to add it to their Western University Official Co-Curricular Record.

Program Objectives:

  • Promote Indigenous Knowledge
  • Support identity development for Indigenous students
  • Support student success
  • Assist in student transition
  • Provide opportunities for cultural awareness
  • Create a sense of community among students
  • Introduce students to Westerns and London, ON local Indigenous communities and leaders
  • Enhance student engagement and sense of belonging
  • Create networks of supports
  • Build Indigenous specific leadership skills and values
  • Create Indigenous specific leadership models through ICSLP sessions
  • Enhance student leadership knowledge, skills and experience

Program Goals:

  • Model positive relationships
  • Build communication skills
  • Enhance conflict resolution skills
  • Help students become involved and connected with Western
  • Provide positive leadership
  • Develop and practice healthy relationship skills
  • Provide student opportunities to build new friendships
  • Shape Indigenous leaders within Western

Past Session Topics/Workshops:

  • Holistic Wellness
  • Essential Oils and their benefits to students
  • Traditional Medicines and Medicinal Teas
  • Self care and Stress Management
  • Cultural Teachings and Workshops
  • Cork Husk Doll Making
  • Dream Catcher Making
  • Cooking Classes
  • Haudenosaunee Social Dancing and Music
  • Game Nights
  • Learning about Indigenous Leadership
  • Art activities/therapy sessions

Other Supports

Indigenous Undergraduate Students

Indigenous Graduate Students