STEP Forward Program

Re-Orientation Tutorials

Re-orientation tutorials will be held during the first weeks of classes for all students enrolled in a 200-level anthropology course(s). These supplementary tutorial sessions will introduce students to the Anthropology program, including experiential opportunities, Anthropology majors, minors, and specialists. Following the completion of the tutorials, a social event will be held so that you can learn more about your program in a more informal environment. Each tutorial will be tailored to the sub-discipline which you have chosen. So, for example, if you are doing a degree in Evolutionary Anthropology then we will focus on informing you about courses/opportunities that are available for you to learn about biological anthropology fieldwork methods during the tutorials.

Mentoring Program

Students who have recently chosen to pursue a specialist degree in Anthropology will have the opportunity to be a part of the STEP Forward Mentorship Program. The purpose of this initiative is to connect new Anthropology students with upper-year Anthropology students who have experience with the program. Through this mentor-ship initiative, mentees will have an informal way of receiving important advice, guidance, and information as you navigate your degree path. Together, you and your mentor will attend and participate in all experiential workshops sessions that should be a helpful guide and resource for you if you’re interested in gaining a hands-on experience in Anthropology. For Mentors, this is a great opportunity for you to give back to your community as you will be sharing invaluable information and experience with your mentees. It’s also another way for you to get involved on campus and your department. Mentor Training will take place early in the fall semester.

Mentors and mentees will meet both in facilitated sessions at the Experiential Workshops three times a year and in unstructured meetings in the other months of the school year. To apply for this program, please email the STEP Forward Program Coordinator with your name and contact information or see the Student Life Mentorship Resource Centre 

Experiential Learning

The Experiential Learning aspect of the STEP Forward program is designed for students that are already involved in experiential learning courses, independent research, or a work-study. There will be 3 sets of workshops:

1) Fall Workshop (Date: January 20, 2017)
2) Winter Workshop (Date: February 1, 2018)
3) Spring Workshop (Date: March 23, 2018)

Each workshop will highlight student research conducted the previous semester. This is a great opportunity for involved students to showcase their hard work and form a community with fellow peers and faculty.

As an anthropologist in the making, it is very important that you gain a complete understanding of the field. This includes not only a theoretical background, but a hands-on experience as well. That’s what the experiential learning component of STEP Forward will provide you. There are many opportunities on-campus that will allow you to get a taste of fieldwork and research while still in undergrad.

For more information on courses that offer field school refer to this page.