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University of Lethbridge signs document to eliminate anti-Black racism

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The University of Lethbridge has signed on to the Scarborough Charter.

U of L President, Dr. Mike Mahon put pen to paper last week, joining more than 40 other universities from across Canada.

Mahon says the Scarborough Charter represents one of the ongoing commitments and a call to action from Canadian post-secondaries to do the hard work to repair and reconcile their role in historically excluding maginalized groups.

“By signing the Charter, the University is committed to doing our ethical part in addressing these social injustices and to creating safe, inclusive spaces for all,” says Mahon.

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The Scarborough Charter is built on four overarching principles to redress anti-Black racism and foster Black inclusion in the Canadian post-secondary sector. These principles include Black Flourishing, Inclusive Excellence, Mutuality and Accountability.

Mahon stresses the U of L is committed to continuing to advance equality, diversity, and inclusion as well as addressing all forms of systemic racism. We believe the Scarborough Charter is a useful resource and tool for our university as we work to advance a more diverse and equitable sector.”

You can read about the Scarborough Charter here: Scarborough Charter

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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