I am a fundamental believer that education is the root of progress at individual, community, and societal levels. Ironically, you need to be able to afford a post-secondary education, so it is difficult to break the cycle without external intervention.
– Tracey McGillivray (‘87/’15), Acadia Board of Governors and Campaign for Acadia cabinet member
Acadia is proud to be a diverse, inclusive and multi-national community, but when it comes to systemic racism, we know we must face it, define it, understand it, and take decisive action to eliminate it. It is imperative to work harder to make our community a safe and healthy place to live, work, and learn. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational values of Acadia University – when our founders encountered systemic religious discrimination, they did not hesitate to act.
Today, Acadia finds itself at a similar crossroads and the time for action is now.
Today we are asking for your financial support to help end systemic racism at Acadia. In solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Acadia is committed to increasing bursary funding directed to African Canadian and Indigenous students through the BLM/TRC Awards.
Both populations have been impacted by historic injustices still present in Canada today that are clearly recognizable by ethnicity. As education is the root of progress, these bursaries will accelerate progress and empower these communities by improving and encouraging access to post-secondary education.
All funds collected through this initiative will go directly towards funding The BLM/TRC Awards, with Terms of Reference as follows:
The BLM/TRC Awards are granted on an annual and renewable basis to domestic students of African or Indigenous descent with financial need in any year of study. All renewed recipients will have demonstrated involvement in campus initiatives and will have helped to foster a welcoming environment for fellow members of the Acadia community.