Meet the Faculty’s first Indigenous Student Engagement Specialist

The Faculty of Education is excited to introduce Corinne Riedel, the first Indigenous Student Engagement Specialist in our Faculty.

A poet and beader from the Métis Nation of Alberta (with extensive ancestry from Red River Métis people), Riedel describes the new role as being “an auntie” for all Faculty of Education Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, where her support is more on the human, social and relationship side, kinship, as opposed to just academic.

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I-STEAM opens environmental research pathways for Indigenous students

A new program with an unlikely genesis saw Indigenous UAlberta students serve as paid interns on environmental research projects this past summer. The goal of the I-STEAM Pathways program, conceived by an Education professor, is to facilitate First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth exploring potential career pathways while undertaking interdisciplinary research in fields such as biology, technology, environmental engineering, policy, and law.

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Best wishes for retirement, Elaine Simmt

Elaine Simmt built a one-of-a-kind career, not unlike the woman herself.

While the Faculty Education is grateful that she spent a significant portion of her working life with us, we understand that her retirement, which commences on July 1, 2020, is more than well-earned.

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