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President's Message November 2011 As part ofthe University of Regina's strategic plan, mmawohkamtowin: Our Work, Our
 

Summary: President's Message ­ November 2011
As part ofthe University of Regina's strategic plan, mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our
People, Our Communities, we have together made a commitment to building long-term
relationships with First Nations and Métis communities, addressing the needs of First Nations
and Métis learners, and reflecting their cultures across program areas and campus life.
As the 2011-2012 academic year progresses, I am proud that we are making significant advances
toward achieving these goals and improving the campus experience for all of our students and
staff ­ both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike. This fall, for example, we established an
Aboriginal Advisory Circle. This group, which is comprised of Aboriginal employees, has been
formed to identify and provide recommendations to help address challenges faced by Aboriginal
students pursuing post-secondary education at the University of Regina. Having met for the first
time on October 20, the Advisory Circle is already taking an active role in ensuring that our
campus remains dedicated to meeting the needs of our Aboriginal staff and students. The
members will be consulting the campus community and providing recommendations to the
President's Office, including the University Executive Team, in the coming months.
We are also making progress in attracting more Aboriginal students than ever. This fall, we had
our highest year-over-year increase of first-term enrolment for self-declared Aboriginal students
­ an increase of 48 per cent over last year. As a result, students of Aboriginal descent now
represent close to 10 per cent of the University's total undergraduate enrolment. This is a
positive development, but we must work to maintain this momentum by providing a welcoming

  

Source: Argerami, Martin - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Regina

 

Collections: Mathematics