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Cultural Diversity Advisor

Hi everyone! My name is Shelleanne Hardial, and I am the Cultural Diversity Advisor, supporting students who identify as Black, racialized, or as people of colour. I am here to connect you with resources as well as assist with navigating your student experience. As a Black Jamaican-Canadian woman, I know how important it is for students to be connected to meaningful support and be informed of viable options that help to propel student success. I have a BA (Hons) in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity, MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and a PhD in Education. If you are looking for support or someone to connect with, I am here to help you. 

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

If you’d like to connect with the Cultural Diversity Advisor for one-on-one confidential support or advising, you can book an appointment or email Shelleanne at shardial@uoguelph.ca. You can also phone 519-824-4120 ext. 54680 to set-up an appointment. The Cultural Diversity Advisor can also let you know about programs and upcoming events for Black and racialized 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.