Academic Year 22/ 23
from Jessica Valle
As your Chair of the Board of Directors for the 2022–2023 academic year, it’s my pleasure to present this year’s Impact Report. With your continued support and participation, we were able to deliver essential student support. Our dedicated team worked hard to ensure that IGNITE remained a valuable resource for students, and we are excited to showcase our efforts in the following pages. We are committed to building on the work we did this year to continue bringing you the best in student support, services, and events through our advocacy. Thank you for your continued trust and support!
IGNITE AT GLANCE
IGNITE’s mission is to create an unforgettable student experience through a range of innovative and meaningful resources and events.
with career success
through Well-being &
and engaged throughout
SOCIAL MEDIA NUMBERS
At IGNITE, students and their representation are crucial. Our Student Advocates bridge the gap between students and the student union, ensuring that their needs are met. The Board of Directors, elected annually by students, makes a real difference by advocating for positive change.
Chair, Board Member
Vice-Chair, Board Member
LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY
Need or Greed Campaign
The Need or Greed campaign was an advocacy movement aimed at addressing the high cost of tuition for international students. IGNITE, along with other Ontario college student unions, organized a peaceful protest at Queen’s Park on Nov. 17, 2022. The campaign was aimed at challenging government officials and post-secondary institutions to mend their actions toward international students. IGNITE is committed to helping international students by advocating for a tuition freeze. The campaign highlighted the importance of affordable education and the need to support international students in their pursuit of higher education.
IGNITE hosted Clubs Day on Oct. 18, 2022, to connect students with various clubs on campus and inspire them to join or start their own. Clubs Day offered the opportunity to explore different clubs and learn how to establish a new one.
Black Excellence Conference
The Black Excellence Conference, held in partnership with Humber’s BSSE, was a two-day in-person event on Oct. 20 – 21, 2022. The event focused on the Black community in the corporate world, featuring networking opportunities, an intellectual panel discussion with successful professionals, and a vendor marketplace supporting Black-owned businesses.
Women's History Month
During the month of March, we celebrated the contributions of the incredible leaders we have had at IGNITE for Women’s History Month. To further the celebration, students participated in a giant mural of all IGNITE Women in History by use of their selfies.
Black Excellence Scholarship
“Leadership is how you live, your choices, and believing in who you are and could be.”
IGNITE Pride Scholarship
“Winning the pride scholarship means I can have peace of mind.”
IGNITE Indigenous Scholarship
“I know that if I need it, will
be there to support me over the next four years.”
In the interests of staying accountable to our students and to ourselves, we have created action plans to provide a framework and timeline for the work we do to benefit the students we represent. These action plans cover our efforts to advance advocacy, equity and sustainability at Humber College, the University of Guelph-Humber and beyond. You can find details on what we have accomplished this year by clicking the link below:
The IGNITE Glow Scholarship annually rewards 13 students who engage in work-integrated learning programs that benefit community development and outreach. Successful candidates receive a $2000 scholarship based on their financial need and dedication to making a difference in the community.
IGNITE’s Skills Bundle is a program that offers students free or discounted personal and professional development trainings. Current and recent full-time students at Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber can develop essential skills for their career through the program.
Learning Essentials Support
IGNITE partnered up with Humber Advancement and Alumni and the University of Guelph-Humber to offer up to $500 per academic year for learning essential items, including equipment, software, training, and more, to help students with additional costs.
The Tax Clinic is a program that offers on-campus help with tax return preparation by a team of trained student volunteers. This service is designed to make tax filing stress-free for students and help them learn how to do it themselves.
REAL TALKS WITH JESSIE REYEZ
WELL-BEING & FINANCIAL SECURITY
IGNITE has provided critical financial aid to international students from Ukraine and Russia who were facing emotional and financial hardships following the invasion of Ukraine. Through discussions with other organizations, IGNITE has dedicated $370,000 to cover the costs of rent, food, and other miscellaneous expenses for 95 students. As a student union, IGNITE is committed to advocating for academic and socio-psychological needs, offering various resources to provide support for international students in all possible ways.
Health & Dental Opt-in
Financial Relief Program
REAL TALKS WITH ALEK MANOAH AND JOHNATHAN OSORIO
SLEEP LOUNGE LAUNCH PARTY
After shutting IGNITE Sleep Lounge doors due to COVID-19, IGNITE was thrilled to re-launch the service at Lakeshore and North campuses.
IGNITE understands the importance of having fun, which is why we strive to host a variety of engaging events throughout the year. From Frosh and Speed Friending to Hype Hall, IGNITE offers students opportunities to de-stress, make new friends and create lasting memories.
2022 - 2023 BUDGET
UNTIL NEXT YEAR
We’re proud of IGNITE’s achievements this academic year, from exciting events to useful resources, all designed to create meaningful experiences for Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students. With the support of our student community, we’re driven to always do better. While this year has been filled with accomplishments, our efforts don’t end here. We’ll continue to improve to make the next academic year even better. Stay connected with us and see you next year!
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*Numbers as of April 10, 2023