Carleton University is pleased to announce that three highly-respected Carleton leaders have accepted new roles that will strengthen our capacity to make important progress, across the university in equity, diversity and inclusion and Indigenous initiatives.

“We are fortunate that Carleton is a diverse and inclusive community, but we must continue to take significant steps, in the spirit of continuous improvement, to ensure that all members of our communities feel safe, welcome and supported,” said President Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

“We are grateful that Kahente Horn-Miller, Michael Charles and Benny Michaud have agreed to take on these new responsibilities, and we look forward to working with them towards meaningful, positive change at Carleton.”

The new structure, effective July 1, 2020, follows the establishment of the new Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC) Advisory Group and the recent release of the Kinàmàgawin Report of the Carleton University Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee (CUSIIC). All three new roles will report operationally to the Provost and will advise the President and senior leadership on strategic matters.

Assistant Vice-President, Indigenous Initiatives

Dr Kahente Horn-Miller (Kanien:keha’ka/Mohawk) has been appointed as the inaugural Assistant Vice-President, Indigenous Initiatives. The new role will oversee strategic Indigenous initiatives and build partnerships on research and funding to work towards advancing conciliation with Indigenous communities. Horn-Miller is an Associate Professor in Carleton’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities

Michael Charles has been promoted to the role of Assistant Vice-President and University Advisor, Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC) to reflect the growing capacity of the portfolio. Charles is currently the Director of EIC, where his collaborative leadership further raised the engagement and visibility of human rights and EDI across campus and beyond.

Director, Centre for Indigenous Initiatives

Benny Michaud (Michif) has been appointed to the new role of Director, Centre for Indigenous Initiatives. This new role will fulfill the twenty-third Call to Action outlined in Kinàmàgawin, which calls for structural changes aimed at consolidating all Indigenous initiatives. Michaud is currently the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusive Communities, responsible for the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives.

For more details see the full Carleton Newsroom Article on this announcement.