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Patsy Orkar

Equity, Diversity, and Community Programs Coordinator

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Calvin University; Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership – Azusa Pacific University
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3279

Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for the integration, implementation, and evaluation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies in the Student Experience Office.

Professional Experience:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist – Graybridge Malkam, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Strategic Learning Lead – CARE USA in Niamey, Niger
  • Grant, Program, & Community Manager for various non-profit organizations in Canada, Senegal, Mali, Zambia, DRC, Rwanda, & Haiti

More About Patsy


I call many spaces home in Canada and abroad including Winnipeg – MB; Halifax – NS, Kitchener – ON, Jos – Nigeria, & Bamako-Mali

Length of Time on Campus:

First Year on Campus

Hobbies Outside Work:

Travel, Reading, Watching Movies, Hiking, Trying new foods from various ethnic cuisines

Best Part of Being in Ottawa:

Lots of green space, water ways, & options for fun outdoor activities

New Student Advice:

Be curious! Look for spaces where you can learn about and from different cultures and intersectional realities in authentic ways. Regardless of your discipline, seek out EDI volunteer opportunities, events, & discussions so you can learn more about cultures and communities different than your own enabling you to develop inclusive leadership skills that will help you to succeed in the increasing cross-cultural world we navigate.