Collaborating with you,
the students, to make your
student life the best it can be!

What is a student advocate?

We’re students like you, and our focus is on bridging the gap between the student community and your institution, whether it be Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber.

We participate in conversations with staff and faculty, ensuring that your voices are not just heard but truly valued. We actively advocate for your best interests by engaging in meetings and sitting on committees that make important decisions that directly impact you and your student experience. We create connections with both students and staff, establishing open avenues for communication and trust, with the goal of amplifying your voices and delivering practical solutions to your problems.

We actively attend committees on various topics, including:

  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Pride
  • Being a Good Neighbour
  • Sustainability
  • Food Vendor Selection

Additionally, we represent students and their interests at numerous events throughout the academic year.

Your concerns matter to us, and we’re here to make your voice heard! Need assistance? Reach out to us with any concerns or problems you may have. If we can’t directly solve your problem, we’ll guide you to the right resources and people who can.

Our mission is to help you confidently navigate your post-secondary journey. Think of us as your support system, here to back you up every step of the way.

Want to learn more about IGNITE’s advocacy initiatives? 

Meet your Student Advocates


Student Advocate, University of Guelph-Humber

Melany Palacios-Naranjo recently graduated from the Justice Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber. While she was a student, she actively participated in various school clubs such as ALPHA PHI SIGMA, the UofGH Pre-Law Society and was a member of the IGNITE Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term. During her five years of being part of IGNITE, Melany developed a passion for advocating for mental health resources and awareness. She was also involved in research studies and defended those who faced injustice. In November of 2023, Melany played an instrumental role in leading the Need or Greed advocacy campaign, which was aimed at freezing international student tuition. Melany intends to continue her journey by pursuing further education in the legal field and representing those who feel like they do not have a voice. She looks forward to serving as the student advocate for UofGH. 


Student Advocate,
Humber College

Jessica Carrera is a student in the Hotel and Restaurant Operations Management program and a Culinary Management Alumni at Humber College. She is enthusiastic about being involved in campus life and has worked with IGNITE, Student Life and Humber Global. She also volunteers her time in the hospitality sector, teaching kids to cook and helping in food banks. Jessica is a big foodie and loves to try new foods, but tacos always have a special place in her heart. She has always been passionate about speaking up for what is right and amplifying the voices of people who usually don’t get heard. She loves meeting new people, so if you see her in the hallway, don’t be shy to say hello. Jessica proudly advocates for students at Humber College. 

Interested in becoming a Student Advocate?

If leadership and advocacy are your thing, any student can apply to become a Student Advocate through the IGNITE job portal. The position is a one-year contract with an option to renew for a second year.

What are the requirements?

These requirements are the foundation for your success as a Student Advocate:

  • Be a current Humber or UofGH student
  • Be an IGNITE fee-paying student at the time of the application
  • Have at least 35 hours (full-time) available to work through the week
  • Good leadership skills
  • Passion for advocacy
  • Active presence in your community
  • Value empathy, good communication and time management
  • Good project management skills
  • Able to work in a high-pressure environment

Does this sound like you? Fill out an application today

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