Inclusive Excellence Hiring Initiative
Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce the commencement of its Inclusive Excellence initiative to hire at least six Indigenous scholars into new full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty positions. We are truly passionate about this initiative and excited to attract more high-calibre, diverse talent to Laurier. As a multi-campus, multi-community university, Laurier is known for offering unique programs that make each campus its own, while retaining the essence of Laurier’s strong community culture that binds us together. As one of a series of policy changes and initiatives to address systemic racism outlined in Laurier’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigeneity Action Plan, aimed at addressing systemic racism, the available positions align with the inclusive community and Indigeneity themes in the Laurier Strategy, as well as the university’s broader efforts to advance strategic academic and research goals and enhance academic excellence and student experience.
WHY WORK AT LAURIER
We are a community – it’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here. Faculty and staff take pride in building meaningful relationships with students and co-workers, and supporting their individual paths to success.
As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity and graduate programming. Today, Laurier’s research environment consists of more than 500 researchers in nine faculties forming a highly interactive and interdisciplinary academic community. Laurier was recently named the most sustainable campus in Ontario, number one in research-growth and number one in student satisfaction.
Laurier is committed to creating a culture of inclusion where all members feel accepted and can experience the powerful sense of belonging. We strive to provide barrier-free, welcoming and affirming learning and working environments that enable all people to fully participate in every aspect of day-to-day life. By embracing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Laurier is better equipped to attract, retain and advance the kind of talented staff and faculty who move the university forward in new and exciting ways.
We are committed to:
- Building campus communities that foster engagement from the widest possible range of participants.
- Creating stronger relationships with the communities in which our campuses are situated and a richer culture of diversity and inclusivity.
- Ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve academic excellence and take part in a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose.
- Providing a barrier-free, equitable and inclusive workplace, focused on the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff.
PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
We are committed to promoting employment equity within the university community with:
- A workplace free from discrimination.
- Equitable employment and promotional opportunities to persons who identify as Indigenous, racialized, as having disabilities and members of minority sexual and gender identities.
- Employing a workforce that is reflective our community.
- Laurier was recently named the most sustainable campus in Ontario, number one in research-growth and number one in student satisfaction.
- Welcoming and affirming learning and work environments.
- Ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve success and take part in a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose.
Laurier is proud to foster a community that embraces Indigenous initiatives as part of our institutional identity. Led by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Laurier has been working toward the goal of Indigenization, a term that reflects the incorporation of Indigenous knowledges into the daily life of the university.
Members of the Laurier community are welcome to share their Indigenous practices with us as we journey through a wholistic wellness approach that encompass the mind, body, spirit, and heart through Ceremonies and Healing practices.
Today. Tomorrow. Together.
Laurier will excel at creating a thriving community where all members of our comprehensive university can reach their potential. From this foundation, we will develop future-ready people who will transform where they live, work, and continue to learn.
Our Waterloo and Brantford campuses are located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, about an hour from Toronto. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford both have large urban Indigenous populations – 10,000 and 8,000, respectively – and are within a 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities. The Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations are only a 15-minute drive from our Brantford campus. There are 12 Métis councils within a 3-hour radius in Ontario: Hamilton, Brampton, Kitchener, Midland, Owen Sound, Beaverton, Thorold, Oshawa, Peterborough, London, Toronto, and Windsor.
We would like to acknowledge that Wilfrid Laurier University and its campuses are located on the Haldimand tract, traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe (Anish-nah-bay) and Haudenosaunee (Hoe-den-no-show-nee) peoples. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe peoples and symbolizes the agreement to share, protect our resources and not to engage in conflict. From the Haldimand Treaty of Oct. 25, 1784 this territory is described as: “six miles deep from each side of the river (Grand River) beginning at Lake Erie and extending in the proportion to the Head of said river, which them and their posterity are to enjoy forever.” The treaty was signed by the British with their allies, the Six Nations, after the American Revolution. Despite being the largest reserve demographically in Canada, those nations now reside on less than five per cent of this original territory.
Commitment to Indigenous Education
Leading academic programs, support services and a sense of community help Indigenous students thrive at Laurier.
Visual Identity of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives
Based on the Haudenosaunee creation story, the Visual Identity of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives reminds us of how the first seeds of life on Earth were planted on the back of a turtle. The inner segments of the dome represent the Anishnaabe (Ojibway) Seven Grandfather Teachings: love, respect, wisdom, bravery, truth, honesty and humility. The golden rays of the sun symbolize enlightenment, learning and new beginnings. The Métis beaded purple flower represents the gifts of plant life from the Skyworld, which encourage and sustain life. The entire design rests on the waters of life.
OUR JOBS AND ATS (Applicant tracking System)
We encourage you to explore opportunities to join our Laurier community. The first time you apply for a position, you will need to create a profile. After you upload your resume, fields in your profile are automatically populated based on your resume details. You can update, remove or add to these fields as you wish. Once you fill out your profile, it remains in the system and you can update it as needed when you apply to future job postings.
If interested in working at Laurier yet you do not see a specific position of interest, we invite you to create a profile for future opportunities.