Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways
Established in 2012, our Arts & Science Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways welcomes First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to the College through academically-grounded programming that builds confidence, knowledge, and skills, while connecting students to one another and to our campus community.
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ISAP First-year Learning Communities (LCs) bring students with common academic goals together in popular 100-level courses, a weekly gathering with upper year peer mentors, and offer holistic academic advising and connection points with Indigenous faculty and alumni role models.
- ISAP First-year LCs include many courses that contribute to or are pre-requisites for Indigenous certificate and degree programs, including the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program, Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC, formerly ABJAC) , Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics, Certificate in the Study of Indigenous Storytelling, Bachelor of Indigenous Studies.
ISAP’s STEM Accelerator Courses are designed for students who want to pursue a degree in science or a related professional degree (e.g. health science, science education, kinesiology, engineering) but either lack high school pre-requisite courses or have been away from school for more than 3 years and would like to refresh their subject knowledge
- Chemistry 90; Biology 90; and Physics 90 can be taken individually, or together, and can be applied toward earning a STEM Accelerator Certificate recognizing a preparatory standard of excellence in scientific and mathematical literacy
- STEM Accelerator 90-level courses will stand in lieu of 30-level pre-requisites for STEM degree programs across the University of Saskatchewan
ISAP Learning Community activities are guided by upper year Indigenous student Peer Mentors
- Peer Mentors participate in professional development and leadership training; give back from their own academic experience to offer practical advice; and build community among students new to the College of Arts & Science by facilitating social and cultural events
- Arts and Science Indigenous Student Ambassadors are Peer Mentors who volunteer their time outside of Learning Community activities for special events in the College of Arts & Science
- Are you interested to learn more or volunteer as an ISAP Peer Mentor or Student Ambassador? Contact Michayla van de Velde, ISAP Programs Officer, to learn about upcoming opportunities! Email: email@example.com
ISAP programming is a collaborative initiative with contributions from 15 Academic Departments in the College of Arts & Science; Administrative Leadership from the Office of the Vice Dean Indigenous; and a dedicated interdisciplinary team.
Meet the Team!
ISAP Programs Office – ISAP outreach, program coordination, peer mentor initiatives and instructional support
- Michayla van de Velde, ISAP Programs Officer
- Kevin Sawatzky, ISAP Mathematics Proctor
- Dr. Sandy Bonny, Team Lead, ISAP and STEM Pathways
- ISAP Peer Mentors & Student Ambassadors!
Trish Monture Centre – degree planning, academic advising, holistic advising and financial advocacy
- Shanelle Labach, Indigenous Student Advisor
- Malaya Alexander, Indigenous Student Advisor (on leave)
- Jocelyn Ormerod, Indigenous Student Advisor
- Sheena Kaiser, Undergraduate Student Office Support Coordinator
- Renée Penney, Director of Student Advising and Academic Services
Office of the Vice Dean Indigenous – supporting excellence in College of Arts & Science Indigenous initiatives
Our students, staff and alumni are involved in dynamic activities – read highlights at ISAP Stories
ISAP Registration for 2021-22 opens April 1st