WLUFA would like to congratulate Dr. Lianne Leddy, Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies at Laurier Brantford, on being awarded OCUFA’s prestigious Status of Women and Equity Award of Distinction.
The award was presented to Dr. Leddy this past weekend at an awards luncheon held in Toronto. Dr. Leddy, a citizen of Serpent River First Nation, was recognized for her ongoing work in helping to further the presence of Indigenous curriculum, content and consciousness in the academy and we, at Laurier, have been lucky enough to benefit from her seemingly indefatigable labour in these areas. The OCUFA media release notes:
“As a mentor to Indigenous students and an ally to other faculty and staff, Professor Leddy is widely respected for her knowledge and expertise. She served as the Indigenous Studies Program Coordinator for three years, was a member of the Indigenous Research Ethics Conference organizing committee, and actively supports other departments and programs in the university with their efforts to incorporate Indigenous curriculum. Dr. Leddy has been instrumental in the creation and administration of a program at Laurier called the Indigenous Knowledge Fund. This fund provides financial and logistical support for faculty to bring Indigenous knowledge holders to speak to their classes, which has greatly increased Indigenous content taught across the university.”
The OCUFA Status of Women and Equity Award of Distinction was developed in order to recognize “exceptional OCUFA members who have worked tirelessly, and frequently without recognition” in order to provide a model of leadership that “has improved the lives and working conditions of equity seeking university faculty and, by extension, their families, friends, and colleagues”.
Along with our congratulations, WLUFA wishes to express its gratitude for the ally-ship that Lianne has offered to so many of her colleagues, our members.