We're inspired by the important work happening by our alumni to bring awareness to systemic racism in Nova Scotia and beyond. Like many of you, we want to be a part of the necessary change.
This summer, we engaged five alumni from the Black/African Nova Scotian and Indigenous/Mi’kmaw communities to share THEIR messages and calls for action in a special edition email shared across our alumni and staff networks. Learn more about the organizations and community efforts they have selected to highlight and join us in making a difference.
From August 25 – September 21 NSCC Alumni Relations and the NSCC Foundation will match donations made (up to $1000 per organization) by members of our alumni community to the organizations identified by our alumni contributors as shared below.
If you'd like to participate, simply donate to any of these worthy causes online. When you are making the donation, please put the phrase "NSCC alumni" in the notes section, so we know that you're donating as part of this initiative.
"It Starts With Us" is a community-led initiative dedicated to honouring the lives of MMIWG2S+ while shifting the narratives that often surround these tragedies. The project seeks to be independent of government and institutional funding, meaning your support is even more critical in making this possible.
Donations to It Starts With Us can be made here » or through the preferred method of direct eTransfer to
This organization helps to remove financial barriers and other obstacles for students. In pursuit of their mission, they have established the Black Lives Matter Legacy Foundation Scholarships in support of BLM Atlantic Canada. Beyond providing financial support to Black students in the province, the fundraiser aims to bring more awareness to the lack of opportunities and discrimination faced by Black communities in our society. Donations to the Atlantic Scholarship Organization can be made here »
NSCC Foundation is dedicated to helping students in financial need and improving access to education. NSCC Foundation and Alumni office have worked with alumni Chris Murdoch to establish a financial award for a Black/African Nova Scotian students. Beyond financial support, the award aims to help combat stereotypes Black men and women face in the Nova Scotia music industry. To contribute to the Chris Murdoch Pathways To Rock award, please click here »We Will Win Youth Association to bring young men together from rival communities to help stem community violence. The program has evolved to offer an outlet to both boys and girls and now brings youth and student-athletes together from all walks of life. Using sport as a means to teach valuable life lessons, 3WYA provides youth-at-risk with the opportunity to win at life. Find out more by contacting We Will Win here »
Alumni Lindell Smith has worked closely with A.C.C.E (Arts, Community, Culture, Economics), a self-funded network of young Black leaders from HRM – who individually – have roots from all of the historic black communities in HRM. Their recent #BuyBlackHalifax "Blackout Boxes" initiative highlighted seven Black-owned businesses in an effort to increase engagement within the Black Business community in Halifax.
In a gesture of support and to help build awareness for the incredible Black-owned businesses in our area, we will be giving away a $500 gift basket consisting of products from the seven businesses involved with A.C.C.E. Enter the contest here.