Darren Thomas has been appointed Laurier’s associate vice-president of Indigenous Initiatives. Thomas, an associate professor in Laurier’s Indigenous Studies program, will play a key leadership role in strengthening and expanding Laurier’s reputation for excellence in Indigeneity and advancing its priorities and goals.
“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to serve the Laurier community in this inaugural role,” said Thomas. “As a member of the Haudenosaunee along the Grand River, I look forward to representing and supporting Indigenous and allied students, staff and faculty in our collective efforts to ensure a safe, respectful and honourable environment for us all to work and learn together.”
As the most senior Indigenous leader at Laurier, Thomas will provide strategic advice, support and expertise to academic and administrative units across the institution to achieve goals related to Indigeneity, including creating an environment of cultural safety for Indigenous faculty, staff, students and visitors. He will also further engage and strengthen partnerships with Indigenous communities.
Thomas will formally begin in the role on July 1, 2021.