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student champion?


An Indigenous student champion is a guide and a knowledgeable resource that assists fellow students (Indigenous mentee) in developing strategies to succeed in their post-secondary education.

A peer champion is a senior student (second semester and above) who is available to give their time and apply their skills to positively impact a new student’s post-secondary experience.

What is an Indigenous mentee?

An Indigenous mentee is a first semester or first-year student, who is matched with an Indigenous student champion in their program area. A peer champion will help mentees with organization, study skills, access to information about their program, and student life at BCIT.

Mentoring is becoming more popular in post-secondary institutions. Individuals who receive mentoring support from peers are more likely to adapt well to post-secondary life, succeed academically, and persist until graduation.

See also: Peer to Peer Mentorship Program Booklet [PDF]

Why become an Indigenous student champion?

  • Develops leadership and communication skills, transferable to future employment settings
  • Serves as an excellent experience to include on your resume
  • Mentors will receive an “Indigenous Initiative Certificate of Achievement” in mentoring
  • Opportunities to network and develop new friendships
  • Can make a difference in the life of a new student

Why become an Indigenous mentee?

  • Helps with your first-year transition at BCIT
  • Makes your BCIT experience successful
  • Easy access to answers about your program and life at BCIT
  • Opportunities to network and meet new people

Questions about the Indigenous Student Champion program? Contact us.

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