Advising for Students of African Descent

Office for Students of African Descent (OSAD)
The Office for Students of African Descent (OSAD) is open to all members of the St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) community. Any student, regardless of race, culture or creed is welcomed to participate in the activities and make use of advising services where appropriate.  Students are welcomed to study, read, relax, and connect with other students
Role of the Advisor for Students of African Descent
In it’s broadest sense, the role of the Advisor for Students of African Descent is to promote the diversified culture of African-Nova Scotian, African-Canadian, African-Caribbean and African students at StFX.  More specifically, he/she works in partnership with the university and community to ensure that students of African descent are supported, guided and encouraged in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of University life.  We also work to connect students with resources and services that help to facilitate their academic success while at StFX and into their careers.
Services in the OSAD
In addition to providing assistance with all aspects of their university life, the Advisor for Students of African Descent also works to:
  • Provide direction and advice on time management, organization, study skills, and other aspects of university life
  • Assist students with course content, assignments and tutoring services
  • Connect students with volunteering opportunities, peer mentors, career mentorship, and other services within the wider community
  • Provide financial information and assistance where possible
  • Work with other stakeholders to facilitate events that promote culture and diversity at StFX
  • Advocate, mediate and liaison on behalf of all students of African descent on culturally sensitive issues as well as academic issues
  • We also provide a lounge space where students can study, relax, read, or talk.
Resources available through the OSAD
  • Financial assistance
  • Employment information
  • Community Organizations Network
  • Graduate degrees information (Law, MEd, PhD, Sciences)
  • Connection to other student networks and society
  • Mentorship and coaching
  • Volunteering options
  • Newletters and much more

To stay up to date with the activities and update from the OSAD, like us on facebook and follow us on twitter (@StFXOSAD)

Contact the Advisor in the OSAD

Generally you can contact me anytime by email or phone. My official office hours are:

Rm 410 - Immaculata Hall - Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 - 4:30PM

Rm 210 - Nicholson Hall - Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:30PM and Fridays 9:00AM - 4:30PM

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Michael O. Fisher
Advisor for Students of African Descent
Room 410 – Immaculata Hall | P.O. Box 152
St. Francis Xavier University | P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish | Nova Scotia | B2G 2W5
P: 902.867.5455 | E: