How might we increase access to post-secondary education for students who could not normally afford to attend university?

Challenge Summary

There are many areas of underrepresentation: economic, racial, rural-urban divide, sexuality, gender etc. (examples of underrepresentation: woman in engineering, men in nursing, poor people in universities, indigenous people in universities, etc.)

Identify the effects of underrepresentation on people’s lives & the relation of education to improve people’s livelihoods

Ask why people are underrepresented and the systems which enforce underrepresentation

What benefits will there by once we can solve underrepresentation?

How can we understand underrepresentation as a dynamic model which may never reach static equilibrium (i.e. there will always be underrepresented peoples)?

Why do so many people seek to go to university to improve their livelihood? Does it work?

Many people’s post-secondary ambitions framed by their upbringing (baby → pre-k → kindergarten → elementary → secondary)

Sustainable Development Goals


The Nursing Student Tutoring, Ambassadorship & Mentorship Programs (NSTAMP) is a student-led association that collaborates with Stong College and the School of Nursing to assist incoming and current nursing students transition into the three nursing programs offered at York University: (1) Collaborative, (2) Second-Entry, and (3) IEN – Internationally Educated Nurses.

We provide different types of services that will assist students in their university experience including tutoring, mentorship, and lab sessions. Events held by our ambassador committee helps support students, increase student engagement as well as provides students with a sense of community on campus through engagement with qualified and enthusiastic Peer Leaders.

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