Gifts of caring – Native Studies U of A

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Gifts of caring – Native Studies U of A

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 2015457 Views

October 13, 2015

Sometimes, it just takes a small gesture of caring to help a student in need. As part of the University of Alberta’s Giving Day in support of student mental health, we’re sharing our story of how Native Studies has found a simple way to help.

When students come into academic adviser Freda Cardinal’s office, they’re often looking for more than just a hand with registering for a course. Although her official role is to look after the enrolment processes and help students navigate their way through their degree programs, students also come looking for someone to help them navigate a more complex path—how to survive student life and deal with the stresses of balancing academics with other challenges.

Similarly, Jodi Stonehouse, who does recruitment and community outreach, sees a lot of the students as they pass by her office downstairs next to the Gathering Place, the lounge where students gather to study and socialize. A well-known public figure and host of the popular Acimowin radio program on CJSR, Jodi is a familiar and friendly face for many students. Jodi also knows their stresses on a personal level—she’s also completing her master’s degree while juggling her job, community work and personal commitments to her family.

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