The Al and Bee Wagner Indigenous Student Transition Program

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Program Overview

Brandon University and the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre is proud to offer the second cohort of the Al and Bee Wagner Indigenous Student Transition Program in the fall of 2021. The program will focus on offering transitioning support to Indigenous students starting their education at Brandon University under four pillars; academic, social, personal and cultural.

Our transition program will unlock the potential of Indigenous students by developing their academic skills and by fostering social, community and cultural supports that will increase success rates at the university level.

“The program can be for any type of student, whether if you are C student or an A student. Just having support is so amazing and it is something I would recommend for anybody.”

The program is open to Indigenous students entering the Department of Business Administration, the Faculty of Health Studies or the Faculty of Science; or students who have expressed an interest in entering one of the aforementioned programs. Students from other faculties looking for support can contact Indigenous Student Success Officer, Michelle Bessette at the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre at BessetteM@BrandonU.ca.

Students will have support from committed staff and mentors, including traditional knowledge keepers and Elders, as well as strong peer-group support. There will be a wide range of culturally appropriate supports and resources; students can take part in ceremonies.

We will have a small cohort of students so that they can benefit from personalized attention that is Brandon University’s hallmark. The cohort will meet throughout the school year to get academic support through study groups, tutors, and the Academic Skills Centre.

The cohort will have access to personal supports from Student Services Counsellors and knowledge keepers. Students will have a weekly one on one check in with the Transition Program Coordinator. Monthly social events will be held throughout the school year to bring students together to build friendships and support each other.

Students who remain in the program can become peer mentors and tutors to other Indigenous students and graduates can become ambassadors of the program and BU in the future.

“It was really helpful for me and I found out about a lot of resources that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.”

Orientation

Students accepted into the Al and Bee Wagner Indigenous Student Transition Program will take part in an extended week long orientation at the end of August 2021. During orientation students will learn how to navigate the campus and city. We will focus on the essentials, some examples include; housing, medical, shopping, child care needs and using the online platforms. We will also look at: learning to learn, how to study, how to do research, and how to write a paper. Our orientation will help students build connections by experiencing a sense of belonging and inclusion. We will end the orientation with a social activity.

During the school year, the students will be supported by the transition coordinator with a weekly one on one check in, tutoring and study groups, and monthly social activities.

“I felt very welcome and it was nice to know someone had your back.”

Applying

Who can apply?

Canadian Indigenous Students that have been accepted to Brandon University’s Department of Business Administration, or the Faculties of Health Studies and Science; or students who are undecided but have expressed an interest in entering one of the aforementioned programs. There is no additional application fee for this transition program (students must still pay the application fee to the university).

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted from May 1st to July 9th, 2021. Students selected into the program will be notified by July 30th, 2021. The orientation will begin August 23rd, 2021.

How to apply

Applying is simple. Please complete and submit the following online form

Please note the following:

  • Please ensure that you have applied for admissions with Brandon University before applying to The Al and Bee Wagner Indigenous Student Transition Program. If you have not applied to Brandon University you can do so here
  • Applicants are encouraged to self-identify as a Canadian Indigenous person.
  • We ask all applicants to write a short letter answering the following questions as part of the completed application:
    1. Please tell us about yourself, where you come from and where you call home.
    2. Please tell us your educational goals.
    3. Why do you want to be in the Al and Bee Wagner Indigenous Student Transition Program?
    4. What are your plans after graduation?

    Indigenous Transition Program Coordinator

    Deidre Gregory
    GregoryD@BrandonU.ca
    Phone: 204-727-9623
    Cell: 204-724-4581