VCC Announces New Dean of Indigenous Initiatives
After a national search, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to welcome Clayton Munro as the college’s new Dean of Indigenous Initiatives as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. This position was newly created to advance Indigenization of VCC’s academy, space, people, and culture.
Clayton came to us from Langara College where he served as the Dean of Student Services for the past nine years. He is a recognized Indigenous leader of Métis background with a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, and brings nearly two decades of direct expertise in student and Indigenous services, as well as a personal commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.
This experience uniquely positions Clayton to realize meaningful and achievable advancements in Indigenization at VCC. As a Leadership Award-winning administrator, Clayton is well-respected and celebrated in post-secondary education for his collaborative initiatives including the development of the Indigenous Education and Services Centre and Gathering Space at Langara College, an Elder-in-Residence program, the UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Partnership and Scholarship, the “VOLT” Student Volunteer Program, and “The Hub” Student Engagement Centre.
Clayton joins VCC at a critical and encouraging time, as British Columbia has recently committed to being the first province in Canada to legislate the implementation the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), and VCC continues to pursue the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action through its 2018-2021 Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP). Clayton’s vision and leadership will be integral to the expansion of this work.
A welcome ceremony will take place at VCC in January 2020.