The Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE) program seeks to provide students who identify as Black with; a community, resources and support to help them fully maximize on their college experience. At its core, The BASE is committed to highlighting the successes and strategies employed by students in order to ensure greater outcomes for the community at Humber College and in the wider post-secondary space in Canada.
The BASE compliments existing academic services by providing students who identify as Black with additional resources. One example of this support is our Drop-in sessions where you can receive tutoring. We are always open to finding new ways of supporting the community’s academic pursuit. Consider offering your recommendation or your time as a tutor to help.
The BASE exits to create both a safe and strong space for students who identify as being Black. To that end, we host several workshops and key events geared towards enhancing your power! Two examples of such activities are; the Kings Gathering and the Queens Circle. Register and be empowered today and for the bright future that awaits you after college.
Calista was born and raised in Ottawa with Congolese and Zambian roots. Started working for the City of Ottawa at 17 and is now in her second year of the Paralegal Education at Humber. Her position at the BASE is Outreach and Engagement Leader, and she would like to pursue her career in Youth Violence Prevention in the City of Toronto.
Futuristic • Includer • Positivity • Restorative • Developer
Michallia Marks is a second-year student in the Digital Business Management program. She describes herself as an optimist, a visionary thinker, and storyteller, who immerses herself in books and writing, which are two of her hobbies. She is passionate about theater, travelling, leadership, and personal development. Her goal is to pursue a career as a Project Manager in the I.T./Digital Marketing field. She is the Special Projects and Events Assistant at The BASE
Futuristic • Inout • Responsibility • Relator • Focus
As an Outreach and Engagement Leader at The BASE, Kareem is responsible for spreading awareness for The BASE. A first-year student in the Financial Services program, Kareem has dreams of becoming accomplished and successful in the global financial industry. He is Nigerian, and he wears his culture and heritage on his sleeve. He loves meeting new people and having conversations. Kareem loves to laugh and he is passionate about sports, music, family, travel, nature and life in general.
Developer • Includer • Strategic • Positivity • Communication
Devon is a driven, results-oriented and self-motivated person who is embracing of challenges and change. With those traits, he has proven himself a strategic and innovative leader. Devon's commercial background inspired him to atten Humber. As an international student, Devon has distinguished himself through his engagement within the Humber community by winning the Launch Competition, being an Orientation Leader, a First Year Experience Mentor and now, the Marketing Assistant for the BASE at the North Campus.
Strategic • Learner • Arranger • Achiever • Intellection
After enrolling this past January, I made it a priority to submerge myself in the Humber community at the Lakeshore campus. I am in the Bachelor of Commerce Accounting program in the process of obtaining my CPA designation. In my spare time, I enjoy compiling music playlists, play Sudoku comptetitively, go on hikes and adventures around the city. See me around The BASE as administrative assistant!
Adaptability • Includer • Connectedness • Woo • Futuristic
Hailing from the beautiful island of Jamaica, Opal Nelly Nelson, a 3rd-year student, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance. Fueled by her passion to help others and make a difference, Nelly presently holds the post of Special Program and Events Assistant for The BASE program at the Lakeshore Campus. She enjoys bathroom karaoke, socializing with friends, nature walks, brushing up on her sign language skills, reading, learning new languages and listening to alternative rock and country music.
Restorative • Input • Responsibility • Learner • Deliberative
Student Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator
Black Academic Success & Engagement
416-675-6622 ext: 5377
Student Support Advisor
BASE Program & Diversity Initiatives
Lakeshore Campus A168
416-675-6622 ext: 4517