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FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2016 11:57 AM

Improving campus life: taking our responsibilities seriously


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Pearson offers an extraordinary educational experience to students from across Canada and around the world, and we want to ensure that Pearson remains a safe, healthy and vibrant community. In previous reports, you will have read about recent initiatives we have taken around student safety. I write to update you on our progress.

As I wrote in my December update, we have undertaken a review of our policies and how we apply those policies to ensure we continue to meet best practices. To carry out this review, the College engaged Cynthia Petersen, who is one of Canada’s top human rights and labour lawyers, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Discrimination and Harassment Counsel and a former professor of law. Ms. Petersen has already provided feedback on how we can strengthen some existing policies and more effectively communicate those policies to students, staff and faculty. We are working on implementing these for the benefit of our community.

Ms. Petersen is continuing her work over the coming weeks. As I noted earlier, if you have matters you wish to discuss with Ms. Petersen on a confidential basis, I invite you to contact her directly at cpetersen@goldblattpartners.com or by phone at 416-979-6440 or toll-free at 1-800-387-5422 (ext. 6440).

My reflection is that ensuring a safe and respectful campus for all will be a continuing conversation – in classes, in the houses, in the dining hall, and at Village Meetings. This conversation involves important, sometimes difficult questions about how we interact with one another, and I am proud of how our community is engaging in these discussions. We are committed to a safe and respectful campus for every individual – students, alumni, faculty, staff, residents and guests – associated with the College.

Best regards,



Désirée McGraw
President and Head of College
Pearson College UWC



 

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Améliorer la vie sur le campus : une responsabilité que nous prenons au sérieux


Le réseau Pearson permet aux étudiants du Canada et d’ailleurs dans le monde de vivre une expérience éducative hors du commun, et nous tenons à demeurer une communauté sécuritaire, saine et dynamique. Vous êtes déjà au courant des initiatives que nous avons prises récemment pour assurer la sécurité de nos étudiants. J’aimerais vous parler maintenant des progrès que nous avons faits sur ce plan.

Comme je le disais dans mon message de décembre, nous avons décidé de revoir nos politiques et la façon dont nous les appliquons afin de continuer à observer les meilleures pratiques. Le College a fait appel pour cela à Cynthia Petersen, une des meilleures avocates du Canada spécialisée dans les droits de la personne et en droit du travail, conseillère en discrimination et harcèlement auprès du Barreau du Haut-Canada, et ancienne professeure de droit. Mme Petersen nous a déjà indiqué comment nous pouvons renforcer certaines politiques, et les communiquer plus efficacement aux étudiants, aux employés et au corps professoral. Nous sommes en train de mettre ses conseils en application dans l’intérêt de notre communauté.

Mme Petersen va poursuivre son travail dans les semaines qui viennent. Comme je l’ai déjà dit, j’invite ceux et celles qui aimeraient avoir un entretien confidentiel avec Mme Petersen à communiquer directement avec elle en écrivant à cpetersen@goldblattpartners.com ou en appelant au 416-979-6440 ou sans frais au 1-800-387-5422 (poste 6440).  

Pour que le campus soit un endroit sécuritaire et respectueux pour tous, il faut selon moi maintenir en permanence le dialogue en classe, dans les résidences, dans la salle à manger et pendant les réunions du Village. Ce dialogue oblige à se poser des questions fondamentales, parfois difficiles, sur les rapports que nous entretenons les uns avec les autres, et je suis fière de la façon dont notre communauté aborde des discussions. Nous nous devons d’avoir un campus qui offre sécurité et respect à tous ceux et celles 
 étudiants, anciens, employés, résidents et invités  qui ont des liens avec le Collège.  

Cordialement,



Désirée McGraw
présidente et rectrice du Collège Pearson UWC 

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WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH 2016 12:44 PM

Pearson College welcomes Fellows from Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program

 

I am delighted that Pearson College hosted 12 Fellows of the 2015-17 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program, who visited Pearson from March 4th to March 20th. The mission of the Foundation is to connect, engage and empower a new generation of public leadership in Canada and around the world to address key global challenges. The current Fellows hail from Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, France, Israel, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania and the United Kingdom.

Although the Sauvé Fellows are about a decade older than Pearson students, there are many parallels between the two groups of young leaders and change makers. And not surprisingly, there are also some direct connections between Sauvé Fellows, Pearson and the UWC movement. In the summer of 2000, Public Leadership Fellows Jaspreet Khangura and Jon McPhedran Waitzer participated in the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership, while Brijlal Chaudhari attended United World College schools in Hong Kong and Norway as a teenager. Several of the 140 Sauvé Fellows from over 50 countries are UWC graduates.

See the profiles and information about the Fellows, or learn more about the Authentic Leadership program they brought to our Pearson students. 

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THURSDAY, 10 MARCH 2016 10:37 AM

Pearson seeks VP Operations

 

Pearson College is searching for an exceptional candidate to help redefine the strategy of the institution


Pearson College is seeking an exceptional individual to lead Pearson College’s non-academic operations. The Vice President Operations will have a unique opportunity to help redefine the strategy of the institution, develop the plan to realize the strategy, and then execute the plan. Together with the Board of Directors, College leadership is working to ensure the long-term sustainability of Pearson as a distinctive institution dedicated to educating young change-makers committed to the ideals of peace and international understanding. Working closely with the President, the incumbent will work to ensure that the College can thrive in delivering its mission, underpinned by a robust financial and human infrastructure.
See the full job profile here.

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