Learn about RASS Programs & Services
Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) provides a number of programs for First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Canadian Indigenous students (or those who identify by nation or community) at Ryerson.
As the university uses the fall as a transition semester in preparation for a broader return to campus in the winter semester, Aboriginal Student Services is continuing to work remotely. The team is available via phone, email and available for virtual/phone appointments as required. Find more COVID-19 information and updates.
Peer support for Indigenous students
The Peer Supporter Program aims to enhance the university experience of Aboriginal students at Ryersonby supporting their adjustment and transition to university life. The program helps facilitate academic success, as well as positive social and personal growth. Peer Supporters provide opportunities for Aboriginal students to access campus programs, networks and resources that enable them to benefit from a well-rounded university experience.
Peer Supporters will:
- Serve as a positive role models and support systems for Aboriginal students
- Professionally communicate with students to offer assistance and valuable academic and social guidance
- Facilitate the active involvement of students in events
- Foster strong links between students and Aboriginal Student Services
- Ensure confidentiality of students’ cases
- Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity
Peer supporters are not counselors or teachers, but are important resources, friendly guides, organizers and referral points. They act in a professional manner with students. Peer supporters will initiate and remain in contact with their students to offer valuable assistance and guidance both socially and academically. They are dynamic event organizers, which enrich the network and knowledge of the Aboriginal Student Community. In return, Peer Supporters will be provided with the opportunity for valuable hands-on work and leadership experiences, with formal leadership training. .
Get in touch and apply to be a Peer
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 556660
Tea n Talk: Connect with fellow Indigenous students
Writing workshops and support for Indigenous students
Laptop Loan Program
The Laptop Loan Program provides access to computers for Aboriginal students to ensure computer and program access, which is required to complete schoolwork off-campus. You can sign out computers for a short term loan Learn more about the Library’s Laptop Loan Program.