Queen’s Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Nest
Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.
SAGE is also a student-driven mentor/support program, designed to increase Indigenous graduate students’ comfort level and relative ease within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. We will have quarterly meetings where students can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.
Through quarterly meetings Queen’s SAGE hopes to:
- Connect Aboriginal graduate students and faculty across diverse academic programs for social and academic support.
- Provide a space for sharing resources.
- Create a safe, culturally relevant environment for students to share and discuss ideas, challenges and experiences.
We are inviting Queen’s Indigenous graduate students and those students considering graduate studies, as well as graduate students whose area of research involves First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities to our first SAGE nest meeting to learn about Queen’s SAGE initiatives and how to participate.
The SAGE program is based on the successful New Zealand program called ‘MAI’ (Maori And Indigenous Graduate Students Program). The MAI program aimed to develop (or have in process) 500 Maori PhDs in five years – this program is well on the way to achieving that target. The MAI program was designed to develop critical mass of Maori intellectual talent and change-makers that would also have a strong commitment and consciousness about being Maori and contributing to Maori development.
In Canada, the SAGE program originated in B.C and is a successful province-wide initiative. A Southern Ontario team was developed by Aboriginal faculty at the University of Toronto, and though independent of SAGE B.C. shares similar goals. Queen’s SAGE was created to provide support to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit graduate students