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University of Lethbridge joins National Dialogues series on equity and inclusion

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The University of Lethbridge is joining a National Dialogues series on equity and inclusion.

The aim is to facilitate a conversation to develop concrete actions for change in higher education and in the communities in which these colleges and universities are in.

U of L President, Dr. Mike Mahon says the University of Lethbridge is a diverse campus community with students, faculty and staff from around the world, noting diversity is one of the institution’s strengths.

“We take the responsibility of providing a welcoming environment to all very seriously and embrace the opportunity to further participate in a dialogue that demands greater diversity and inclusivity throughout the post-secondary system and in our communities as a whole,” says Mahon

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The first event in the National Dialogues series will focus on anti-Black racism and Black inclusion in higher education, and that’ll take place on Thursday and Friday next week October 1st and 2nd (from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Alberta time).

The outcome of the deliberations will inform the creation of a charter of principles and commitments, which will support the implementation of the actions identified, and help to sustain an enduring culture against anti-black racism and in support of black inclusion.

“These are extremely important conversations for the post-secondary sector and in our communities as a whole,” adds Mahon. “By taking part in these National Dialogues, we are committed to enacting meaningful change that will enhance diversity and inclusion at all levels of post-secondary education. We also see this as an opportunity to then bring this conversation forward, into our communities, as leaders of change for the betterment of all.”

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to participate. Registration is free and available at utsc.livecast.ca.

(Files from University of Lethbridge news release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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