Our Steps Forward
- For each new cohort that we recruit, we aim to make room for at least 10% of new students to be Indigenous.
- Most Indigenous students earn entry into our program because of their high academic standing in previous educational settings.
1) Our Application Process
- Our application materials will invite all candidates to consider the following question as they pen their letter of intent: “SPPH values equity, diversity and inclusion, and strongly encourages Indigenous persons, as well as persons representing diverse racial and ethnic contexts, to apply to our graduate programs.
- All applicants, including those with unearned privilege, are invited here to tell the admissions committee through your Letter of Intent and other supporting documents, how you might contribute as a student, to our knowledge, understanding or experiences of equity, diversity and inclusion in the MPH program.
2) Financial Wellness
- Starting for our recruitment of the 2022 cohort, we will change our practice when it comes to allocating scholarship funding. The MPH program typically receives around $30,000 in scholarship funding to award to students.
- Going forward, we will reserve 50% of this funding for Indigenous applicants: Approximately $10,000 will be allocated to an Indigenous student to cover her/his/their two years of tuition.
- Approximately $5,000 will be allocated to a second Indigenous student to cover the first year of tuition.
- The remaining $15,000 will be allocated between the top three ranked non- Indigenous students to cover the first year of tuition.
Of note, when a Musqueam applicant is accepted into the MPH program, the $10,000 scholarship will be allocated to that applicant in recognition of the unique responsibilities that the SPPH has to advance reconciliation with the Nation on whose traditional, unceded, ancestral land our institution is located.
Many thanks to our colleagues Patricia Spittal and Melanie Rivers for helping our MPH program come to emphasize the specific obligations we have to advance reconciliation with the Musqueam Nation.