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Queen's University

Student Affairs Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Aboriginal Student Success Strategist

Reporting to the Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC), the Aboriginal Student Success Strategist (Strategist) is responsible for:

  • developing, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating student support programs and services both independently, and in conjunction with other colleagues and departments. This role entails making and implementing recommendations for program improvement as well as other administrative duties as related to program execution.
  • The Strategist will provide information, advice, guidance and academic, personal and career assistance to Aboriginal students.
  • An additional area of responsibility is to act as a liaison between the University and Aboriginal communities and agencies on behalf of students, as well as for the purposes of successful recruitment, retention, and graduation of Aboriginal students.
  • The Strategist will facilitate access to University and community resources and maintain a student-centered community at the Centre.
  • Working effectively as a member of a team, the Strategist will also support the key goals and objectives identified in the FDASC strategic plan and the wider University strategic plan.

Our Aboriginal Student Success Strategist is Laura Maracle

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I am a mixed-race woman who has made the conscious decision to live my life according to Haudenosaunee tradition.  My biological father was an Anishinabe man and my mother is of French/Irish descent.  The father who raised me is Mohawk and that is how I know Tyendinaga as my home today.   I was born and raised in Toronto, where I spent the first twenty-two years of my life.  Thereafter, I claimed my identity, language and culture (to the best of my ability) and have been sitting (with the Bear Clan) and learning in the longhouse with the traditional Haudenosaunee people of Tyendinaga.  My work experience is diverse and covers the fields of administration, legal secretary (corporate and criminal law), Aboriginal employment and Aboriginal education.  My passion, heart and soul lies in the field of Aboriginal education. Having taught from early childhood right up to Adult Education, the biggest life lessons I have gained came from teaching at-risk youth at the high-school level.  Currently, my path has taken me back to the world of Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education, while raising two beautiful daughters.  I currently work at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (Queen’s University) as the Aboriginal Student Success Strategist.  My objective is to assist our Aboriginal youth in any way possible, to accept, acknowledge and honour who they are and to help bridge the gaps as a result of colonialism, through resource sharing, supporting, advocating, liaison, listening, story-telling, teaching,  and most importantly, by role-modelling.

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