About SAGE

SAGE – Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement – is a province-wide, inter-institutional, peer-support/faculty-mentoring educational program. SAGE supports Indigenous graduate students throughout their educational journey by providing social and networking opportunities, access to resources and knowledge, and by promoting Indigenous values and ways of being. Non-Indigenous graduate students engaged in Indigenous research are also encouraged to participate in SAGE.

SAGE Goals are to:
• Increase the numbers of PhD/EdD Indigenous students/graduates
• Assist all Indigenous students transitioning to master’s and doctoral programs
• Develop graduates with a cultural and community consciousness to positively affect change within Indigenous communities
• Support the academic success and cultural affirmation of students by linking their academic graduate research with culturally-informed mentors
• Establish and encourage mentorship pods and cohorts across the province in post-secondary institutions
• Create network opportunities and community- building for graduate students participating within and among pods/cohorts
• Collaborate with post-secondary institutions across Canada and beyond to foster new SAGE opportunities on national and international levels.

The SAGE program operates on the principles of respect, reciprocity, relationships and responsibility.

Join the SAGE listserv by emailing the SAGE Provincial Coordinator at grad.sage@ubc.ca


About the SAGE Logo

The SAGE logo was designed by artist and SAGE member Jocelyne Robinson. Please find her artist’s statement on her piece below.

The scale of the letter “S” emphasizes the importance of support shared in the SAGE graduate community. The smaller leaves at apex of the letter “A” represent the individual contribution while the larger leaves at the rims of the circle logo represent the reciprocal role of the graduate community as a whole gathering and sharing research, medicines for knowledge and well being. The water evokes the flow of knowledge shared amongst the community that is gathering. The circle four colors evoke the diversity of worldviews amongst the SAGE members who gather in the spirit of the hands forward and hands backward philosophy.”

–  Jocelyne Robinson

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