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Cultural Diversity Advisor

The Cultural Diversity Advisor provides one-on-one confidential advising relating to academic or financial concerns, housing, or personal matters including topics related to cultural identity. They can also let you know about upcoming programs, events, and opportunities and help you connect with your broader community resources. The Cultural Diversity Advisor can assist you with:

  • Personal Matters
  • Academics
  • Finances
  • Exploring and questioning your identity
  • Racism and exclusion
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Housing
  • Employment on or off-campus
  • Navigating the university system and culture
  • Graduate studies
  • Finding community and belonging
  • Getting connected with peers, resources, and supports

Get to know the Cultural Diversity Advisor

Tameera Mohamed
Tameera Mohamed, Cultural Diversity Advisor

Hi! My name is Tameera Mohamed (she/her) and I am the Cultural Diversity Advisor, supporting students who identify as racialized, Black, or as people of colour. 

I’m here to help you navigate how your identity connects with your experience as a student, so it’s important you know a bit about me too: I grew up in Brampton but pursued both my undergraduate and master’s degrees at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m mixed – my Dad is an immigrant to Canada from Tanzania and is of Indian descent. My mom was born in Canada and is a settler of Irish, British and Northwestern European descent. I also identify as queer. As a queer and mixed-race person, I struggled to find a sense of identity and belonging throughout my life and certainly during my time as a student. I know how meaningful it is to connect with others who can share in your experience and how important it is to find community on campus. If you are looking for support or someone to connect with, I’m here to listen and provide options and resources that make sense for you.

If you’d like to connect with me for one-on-one confidential support or advising, you can email me at tameera@uoguelph.ca. I can also let you know about programs and upcoming events for racially and ethnically diverse students and help you get connected to broader community.

What is an Advisor?

Wondering what the difference is between the Cultural Diversity Advisor and the Counsellors in Counselling Services?  

An Advisor is a staff member who provides information about the many supports and resources available to students. The Advisor can guide students and assist in navigating the university system. This includes direct support as well as facilitating connections with other campus or community services, explaining and clarifying institutional policies, and describing overarching expectations of students.  

Students can also access Counselling Services through Student Wellness.