Spotlight on Community Partnership
Imhotep's Legacy Academy (ILA) is inspiring young African Canadian learners to imagine themselves thriving in STEM careers. In addition to creating a diverse workforce of future professionals, ILA is developing role models for other African Canadian learners.Sidney Idemudia, ILA Executive Director

Each year, more than 700 elementary, junior high and high school students from across Nova Scotia are served by Imhotep's Legacy Academy (ILA), a university-community partnership that helps encourage youth of African heritage to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through engaging activities and meaningful mentorship.

The Honourable Tony Ince, MLA and minister responsible for African Nova Scotian Affairs, credits ILA with helping African Nova Scotian youth build the skills and confidence necessary for future academic success, “bridging the educational achievement gap, which unfortunately is a reality in many communities.”

This past year, ILA moved into a great new space on Sexton Campus. The move will give them more flexibility over scheduling, and will enable bigger, better and more engaging programs. The new 725-square foot makerspace features a designated 3D printing room, soldering stations, wet lab, and collaboration workstations.

"Every aspect of this space is designed to inspire,” explains Pemberton Cyrus, president of Imhotep’s Legacy Academy and Dal’s (acting) associate vice-president academic. 

“I’m so happy to have access to this new incredible space that will provide more tools to support my love and learning of STEM even more,” says Eve Wedderburn, Grade 8 student at Oxford Junior High.


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