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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 23, 2014
 
 
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Kandice Baptiste

Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Retention Officer

Contact Information
Email: kbaptiste@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4312
Fax: 519-884-5805
Office Location: 165 Albert Street, room 1-04
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 or by appointment
Biography

Kandice is Mohawk, born and raised in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Laurier (2011). During her years as a Laurier student Kandice was a student-athlete playing on Laurierís Varsity Womenís basketball team from 2006-2010 and was the Founding President of the Aboriginal Studentsí Association in 2010-2011. She also served as the Waterloo campus student representative on the Aboriginal Education Council from 2009-2011.

In Kandiceís current role as Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Retention Officer she assists incoming students in the transition to university life, answers admissions questions, visits communities, and creates retention programming for current students. Kandice travels with the Aboriginal Post Secondary Information Program (APSIP) which works to inspire Aboriginal youth and communities to reach their educational goals. She recently accepted the position as Co-Chair for APSIP after serving one year as the Governance Chair. She also has become a strong public speaker. She creates Indigenous awareness presentations and workshops for both on and off campus organizations and groups. Overall, her mission is to ensure that current and prospective students feel supported and welcomed throughout their journey to University life.

Recently, Kandice was one of five Canadians selected to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program on Higher Education supported by the United States of America's Department of State. In 2013 she was recognized as the Young Alumna of the Year by Laurier Alumni at their annual Awards of Excellence banquet. Kandice is also an assistant coach with the KW Lightning girl's rep basketball club at the JUEL level.
Additional Information

LINKS:

First Nations Educator heads to DC

Baptiste receives Alumni Award

Globe & Mail Career Profile: Turning a student initiative into a full time job

GuelphMercury.com Article

Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Headline

Laurier Athletics Page

Laurier 100 Celebration (page 11)

Laurier's Stories of "Inspiring Lives"