Cultural Diversity Advisor

My name is Amilah Baksh and I am your Cultural Diversity Advisor. I look forward to getting to know you and joining you in your academic journey.

Here is a little bit about me: I was born in Toronto and raised in the good ol' Steel City (Hamilton). I am of Guyanese descent and identify as Muslim. I obtained my Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, and was teaching in their Bachelor of Social Work program pior to coming to the University of Guelph. Throughout my career as a social worker I have dedicated time to researching and understanding the experiences of racialized and minority students in the academic setting. During my own journey through various universities, first as a student, then as an instructor, I addressed numerous incidents of racism and marginalization, both inside and outside of the classroom. I have a keen understanding of how racial and ethnic identities can impact our lives and I look forward to engaging in open, honest and frank conversations about your experiences.

Your life as a student can be affected by the many different aspects of your identity as well as what is going on in your world, be it on campus, in Guelph, in your home community or internationally. If you would like someone to talk to or check in with, I'm here to listen and provide support.

As the Cultural Diversity Advisor, I can provide personal counselling and wellness support, as well as guidance regarding academic or financial concerns, housing or personal matters. I can also keep you up to date with the events and programming that are happening through Student Life and the rest of campus. I am always willing to connect you with community and campus resources as relevant.

Please feel free to drop by my office in Student Life at the University Centre (3rd Floor, close to the Student Life desk).

You can also email me at baksha@uoguelph.ca to set up an appointment that fits your schedule.

Please note: Amilah will be on leave for the fall 2017 semester and returning winter 2018.

What is an Advisor?

Wondering what the difference is between the Cultural Diversity Advisor and the Counsellors in Counselling Services?

An Advisor is a staff member that provides information about the many supports and resources available to students. The Advisor can guide students and assist in navigating the university system. This includes direct support as well as facilitating connections with other campus or community services, explaining and clarifying institutional policies, and describing overarching expectations of students.

The Cultural Diversity Advisor is also a Registered Social Worker, and therefore is qualified to provide counselling services and support to students experiencing difficulties such as personal struggles, transitional challenges and mental health concerns.

Counselling Services

Racially diverse students can access Counselling Services in the University Centre on the 3rd floor.

For fall 2017, support is available Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 in the CJ Munford Centre (MCKN 54-55).  Drop by for more information about how to sign up.