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As part of its commitment to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, RBC is proud to partner with the ACMP in its mission to fight systemic anti-Black racism and support the growth of Black communities in Ottawa and beyond.

Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) founder Warren Clarke is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Much of his academic career is focused on the social development of Black youth and helping students overcome different social barriers.

After holding a discussion with undergraduate students at Carleton about applying to grad school, he founded ACMP.

“I thought there was going to be like, 10 people to show up, and to my surprise, 80 people showed up,” he says. “It was telling to me that this is an initiative that should not be a one-and-done thing. It’s a need.”

The ACMP holds campus events, panel discussions, workshops and community-building activities for graduate and undergraduate students at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The program also works with high school students to support their transition into post-secondary education.

Over the past year, hundreds of students have participated in virtual events including workshops on financial literacy and getting into university, as well as panel discussions for Black History Month and Mental Health Month, among others. During its Black History Month Gala in March, ACMP and its partners including RBC awarded over $2400 in educational bursaries to members of the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community in recognition of their excellence.

Listen to this podcast about how the Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program continues to provide access and innovative learning opportunities to support students’ success in Ottawa and beyond.