Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
Laurier's Office of Aboriginal Initatives welcomes Dr. Kim Anderson
Jean Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to have Dr. Kim Anderson as Laurier’s newest aboriginal faculty hire at the Brantford Campus. Dr. Anderson was hired into the role of associate professor, teaching Indigenous Studies courses, in the summer of 2011. An experienced researcher and noted author of many publications, including three books, Kim will be an invaluable addition to Indigenous Studies and to Laurier.
Kim notes that she was attracted to the opportunities that come with Laurier Brantford’s location next to the large and thriving Indigenous community of Six Nations. Coming from a career as an Aboriginal-based educator and researcher, Kim is excited by the flexibility and possibilities that she sees in the Brantford campus saying “it is so new, and it has an atmosphere of being flexible and open to innovation”.
Excited to begin her work at Laurier, Kim is beginning two new research projects: one on Indigenous masculinities, and another which involves setting up a longitudinal study of culture-based children’s programming in urban centres across Ontario. Laurier Brantford has given Kim the avenue and resources to pursue her interest in these Indigenous topics.
As a role model for Aboriginal youth, Kim emphasizes the need for partnerships with local Aboriginal community organizations to open the Laurier campus to the Aboriginal population. Not only does a partnership with local Aboriginal communities open the campus to potential students but it offers the campus community access to Aboriginal peoples and ways that will help facilitate healthy reciprocal relationships. As described clearly by Kim “It allows the university access to another piece of the universe that remains largely unknown to the mainstream population. There is much to learn from Aboriginal peoples, and if there is a place for them in a university, there is much to gain for everyone.”
As an Aboriginal faculty member at Laurier, Dr. Anderson is constantly finding ways to integrate her culture in her work “When people refer to culture, perhaps they think of regalia, drums, ceremony, and so on. But culture is part of the way we interact with people, how we teach, how we do research, and so on”. Kim will integrate Indigenous cultural perspectives in her work at Laurier including an Indigenous focus on kinship and the formation of relationships.
Throughout her university experience Kim has found the lack of Aboriginal peers to be a challenge. As an undergraduate student in the 1980s at the University of Toronto there were no resources for Kim to access and no connections with the few Aboriginal students that were on the campus. Kim commends the Laurier campus for providing a safe place for students to meet and get together at the Aboriginal Student Centres which are located at both campuses.
We welcome Dr. Anderson to Laurier and wish her much success and happiness as she brings her considerable experience and knowledge of Aboriginal peoples, history, cultures, and worldviews to enhance Laurier’s growing population and reputation as a significant contributor to post secondary education in Ontario.