Celebrating Black History Month at U of G

Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

U of G organizations hosting and celebrating Black History Month virtually
Black History Month + Black Canadian History minor + Scholarship opportunities for Black and POC students

Despite the restrictive circumstances of a pandemic, U of G’s Black History Month event organizers are celebrating the stories and accomplishments of many of our Black campus community members.

The Black History Month virtual events have been hosted by the Guelph Black Students Association alongside the Cultural Diversity Office and continue to offer an important opportunity for campus community members to share and learn from each other.

From an Afro-Caribbean cooking class to 400 years of Black History in North America to a virtual dance workshop and  much more, this year’s Black History Month virtual events are informing and celebrating the dynamics of our Black heritage and culture. 

Beyond Black History Month  

U of G offers new minor in Black Canadian Studies

The new Black Canadian Studies minor is dedicated to promoting the unique histories, experiences, communities, and politics of Black Canadians. Our students engage with Black political and labour initiatives, as well as Black creative expression in the arts through literature, music, and narratives in popular media. By exploring contemporary and historical questions and examining the many ways Black Canadians have worked to shape our society, students will expand their understanding of the world and help to build a culture of inclusion.

Scholarship opportunities for Black and POC students entering undergraduate studies at U of G

Marilyn R. Entwistle Scholarship [E0945]

  • Black students, or students who identify as a Person of Colour, entering any undergraduate program in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. Preference will be given to students admitted to International Development Studies major.
  • The scholarship is intended to enhance student diversity in CSAHS and support Black students and students who identify as persons of colour as they pursue post-secondary education.
  • Submit an email by April 15th to awards@uoguelph.ca identifying as Black or a Person of Colour. Selection will be based on highest admission average.

Mary Anne Chambers Entrance Bursary [E3126]

  • Black students entering a program offered by the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences with demonstrated financial need
  • Apply by April 15 to Student Financial Services with a completed Financial Need Assessment Form for Entrance Awards (E.N.A.F.) 
  • Email a statement to awards@uougelph.ca identifying as a Black student.

Kevin & Leigh Golding and Family Bursary in Support of Black Student Scholars [E3133]

  • Black students entering any degree program with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Ontario.
  • The Golding Family created this bursary in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement to support black students as they pursue their post-secondary education.
  • Students apply with an email statement to Student Financial Services (awards@uoguelph.ca) identifying as a Black student and complete the online Financial Need Assessment Form for Entrance Awards (E.N.A.F.) as soon as they receive their Acknowledgment Package from Admission Services (this will come automatically after an application for admissions has been submitted by the student) or by April 15th.

SHIFT Diversity in Landscape Architecture Scholarship [E1182]

  • Students entering the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program. Preference will be given in the following order: students who are Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) persons; students who are racialized persons.
  • Apply to Student Financial Services by April 15th by sending an email to awards@uoguelph.ca with a declaration identifying one’s self as a racialized person and, if applicable, a Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) student.
  • Selection will be based on highest admission average.


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