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IGNITE is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that is free from discrimination and injustice in all its forms.

As part of our commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, IGNITE is committed to fostering an inclusive campus environment for students who identify as Black, African, and Caribbean. Through a range of valuable initiatives – and a collaborative partnership with Humber’s Black Student Support and Engagement (BSSE) – we are committed to helping Black-identifying students thrive in their academic, social, and professional lives.

Scholarships And Events

Launched in 2021, the Black Excellence Scholarship aims to recognize outstanding students selected based on their leadership and community.

In partnership with BSSE, IGNITE annually awards five Black-identifying students from the Humber College and University of Humber-Guelph community who showcase exceptional academic achievements, community leadership, and demonstrated financial need.

The applications for the 2024 scholarship will open from February 1st until February 29th.

Black North Initiative

On March 10, 2021, IGNITE’s Board of Directors signed the Black North Initiative, CEO Pledge.

By signing the pledge, IGNITE committed to a three-year action plan that committed to increase representation, remove barriers to advancement, and improve opportunities for Black students and staff within IGNITE. IGNITE’s commitment to the Black North Initiative is a step in the right direction toward creating a campus that is not only more inclusive and equitable, but also one that strives for increased representation free from anti-Black systemic barriers.

IGNITE Real Talks

Since 2015, IGNITE has hosted this speaker series aimed at providing real-world insights and advice on leadership, career success, and personal well-being from a diverse array of industry professionals, including:

Black Excellence Showcase

This annual event is all about celebrating the rich cultural backgrounds of African, American, and Caribbean communities with music, art, food, and lifestyle. Attendees are encouraged to come along on this journey to learn about cultural history and build connections within the community during this unique one-day experience.

Blaxpo

In 2023, IGNITE offered nearly 100 free passes to this full-day hybrid career expo and conference designed for students to expand their professional network, connect with influential speakers and participate in career-building workshops.

Resources

Mental & Emotional Support

TAIBU Community Health Centre (CHC)

Supports and focuses on Black mental health and wellbeing.

Black Health Alliance

A community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.

Jamaican Canadian Association

Delivers services such as scholarships and networking events to advocate for the well-being and equity of African Canadian communities in the GTA.

Black Youth Helpline

Provides social, psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health and community development.  

Gender Based Services

Black Women in Motion

A Toronto-based organization that empowers and supports the advancement of Black women, girls, non-binary and gender-non-conforming survivors of gender-based violence.

Canadian Centre for Men and Families

Provides program and services to men and families in the areas of mental health and wellness and more.  

Jean Tweed Centre

Provides support and a safe place for women looking to overcome challenges like substance use, gambling, and mental health. 

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

Specializes in the wellness of racialized women, prioritizing African, Caribbean, Latin American, and South Asian communities.

Financial, Educational & Career Services

CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals:

The CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals is a charity dedicated to addressing economic and social barriers affecting black youth ages 14 and over in the GTA. 

The Black Student Library Guide

The Library in partnership with Black Student Support and Engagement created this guide that brings together a wealth of resources, services, and information to support your learning around the Black experience both on and off campus. 

Tropicana Community Services

Tropicana Community Services Organization (Tropicana) offers culturally appropriate and supportive programs to those in need,

Afri-Can Food Basket ​

Addresses food insecurities faced by disadvantage, low income and undocumented members of Toronto’s ACB community. 

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