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LGBTQ2IA+ Student Advising

Hi! My name is Tameera Mohamed (she/her) and I am the Cultural Diversity Advisor, supporting students who identify as racialized, Black, Indigenous or as people of colour. I am also currently supporting students who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ or questioning, as the interim Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisor.  

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.

Here are some of the ways I can assist you:

  • Personal matters
  • Academics
  • Finances
  • Culture and identity
  • Racism and exclusion
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Homophobia and Transphobia
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Mental health supports
  • 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 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 BIPOC and LGBTQ2IA+ students and help you get connected to broader community.

What is an Advisor? 

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

An Advisor is a staff member that 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 in the Vaccarino Centre for Student Wellness.