Faculty of Arts

Shrisha’s peer advising experience with the Arts Student Assistance Program

By making annual gifts to the McGill Alma Mater Fund, you’re doing more than just providing students with a world-class education. Your generosity supplies students with the tools for a lifetime of continuous learning, the skills to be creative and solve problems, and the confidence to make powerful social contributions.

Take Shrisha Mohit, a third-year student who has been involved as a peer advisor with the Arts Student Assistance Program (ASAP), one of many valuable initiatives that are enhanced by gifts directed to the Dean of Arts Development Fund. In her role as an advisor, Shrisha provided her peers with important academic counsel and was essential in helping newly admitted and returning students transition into University life. She is also a member of the McGill Global AIDS Coalition, and volunteers for McGill’s Buddy Program, which helps newly arrived international students adjust to life in a new country, culture and school.

Please support McGill students like Shrisha by making your annual gift to the Alma Mater Fund today. By doing so, you will be making an immeasurable investment in a gamut of important academic programs, groundbreaking research, community outreach initiatives, scholarships and internship opportunities.

A message from Dean Manfredi

Dear Alumni, Friends and Loyal Supporters,

As the summer comes to an end and we ready ourselves to welcome the new and returning students, I am reminded of the important relationship between the Faculty and our alumni, parents, students and friends. It is also a time when I begin to receive requests to fund a variety of initiatives and at times to step in and help a student in financial need. I am able to respond to the majority of these requests because of support from alumni like you for my discretionary fund, the Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF).

A gift to the Alma Mater Fund has immediate impact and supports innovation in teaching and research programs. It promotes student involvement in public service activities and community outreach. It provides access to top-notch conferences that brings renowned speakers to campus. I would like to share a few of the initiatives from the past year;
  • Our  Women in House Program is a ground-breaking student initiative offering female McGill students a two-day trip to Ottawa, during which participants take a tour of Parliament, hear individual politicians speak, attend panel discussions and have the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a female MP or Senator.  
  • The student-led Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society which brings cutting-edge musical theatre to McGill. This past year’s production was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • Charles Taylor at 80: An International Conference, co-organized by the McGill Research Group on Constitution Studies, celebrated this prominent philosopher’s career and contributions to Canadian politics.
  • The Art and Politics of Irony, a bilingual event co-organized by the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, bringing together scholars from across the humanities to examine one of the central questions of both theory and practice in our understanding of art and politics, and their interrelationship.
These are a few among many achievements that our alumni help make possible with their gifts. I offer my sincere gratitude for the tremendous collective support that plays a vital role in ensuring the continuation of exciting programs and initiatives that enrich the student experience here at McGill.

Sincerely yours,

Christopher P. Manfredi
Dean of Arts

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