The goal of IMPRESS is for Indigenous students to feel confident in making decisions about their education and career paths. Students who participate in the IMPRESS project will end the summer with valuable new qualifications and skills provided by workshops and experience. Participating students will also have been exposed to various fields of study. The hope is that students will be inspired to enter into a field of study or work that they may not have otherwise pursued. Students will finish the summer having established a network at McGill that will perhaps influence their decisions about post-secondary education both in which field of study and institution they choose to pursue.
We are grateful for the Professors who participate in the program and make IMPRESS possible. In terms of support, professors will be asked to identify themselves, a graduate, or an upper year undergraduate student to mentor the IMPRESS student throughout the summer. The mentor will be asked to undergo cultural sensitivity training and a mentorship training, if they have not already. Outside of the research setting and workshops, the First Peoples’ House has agreed to host a weekly lunch for the students and Indigenous staff on campus. In this space, Indigenous students will have the opportunity to share their experiences, the projects that they are working on, and build connections within the McGill Indigenous community.
There has been interest in hosting an IMPRESS student from professors across McGill in the following disciplines: Sociology, Linguistics, Engineering, Physics, Occupational Therapy, Geography, and Dentistry. However, we are looking to provide even more opportunities for the future! If you are interested in participating in the 2020 - 2021 cohort of Professors, please e-mail larissa.states [at] mcgill.ca (subject: IMPRESS%20Professor%20) (Larissa States).