The University of Windsor is committed to student success. And that is something that certainly resonates in the spring edition of VIEW.
A great example is the University of Windsor’s Co-op, Career and Employment Services Office, which is on the front line when it comes to helping both students and alumni prepare for a satisfying and rewarding career, or upgrade their skills for a new career.
In a rapidly changing work world, there is growing demand from both graduates and employers for career guidance and development. The important work of Co-op, Career and Employment Services is complemented at the university through the Odette School of
Business Career Resource Centre, the Faculty of Law Career Resource Centre, as well as continuing education programs at the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.
As Chris Busch, the acting executive director of Co-op, Career and Employment Services, told VIEW: “The workplace is dynamic and ever-changing. If we can provide the help our students and alumni require to make the most of that, whether through our office or academic programs, that’s what we want to do … knowledge gaining is what a university is all about.”
In this issue, you will also find the compelling alumni profile of Andrea Landry, MA ’13.
Andrea, who is Anishinaabe, talks about redefining “my own version of success” through her heritage.
“I was successful in the realm of academia at the time (master’s degree in communications and social justice at UWindsor), however, how could I make myself successful with myself as an Indigenous person?”
Andrea has achieved that goal. Today, she teaches Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan. And she remains dedicated to “building a better future for my daughter, and my future children.” Andrea’s determination is a great inspiration to all of us.
You will also meet Myla Picco, now in third year Law, and an avowed “people person and advocate.” She backs that up with incredible commitment. Myla recently received the prestigious ATHENA Award for community involvement, leadership potential and academic excellence. She is also the co-ordinator of the Family Law Project, which gives our students the opportunity to work alongside lawyers to assist unrepresented litigants in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.
In closing, some of you may also be aware of my decision to conclude my time as President and Vice-Chancellor in June of 2018. It will be a decade that I will have served in this role at this remarkable institution.
The stories in this issue of VIEW are but a tiny fraction of the incredible University of Windsor successes I’ve witnessed during that decade.
President and Vice-Chancellor