May 30, 2022

Vancouver, BC – snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College is proud to welcome Dr. Joy Walcott-Francis to her new role as Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College.

Joy’s passion for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) comes from her experience navigating post-secondary spaces as a woman of colour and recognizing the need to develop and implement strategic and targeted approaches that address systems that perpetuate social inequity. With over a decade of local and global experience, she is skilled in leading, shaping, and effecting systemic change within post-secondary institutions.​​​​​​

While teaching in Langara’s Department of Kinesiology, Joy continues to be actively involved in committees and initiatives that allow her to collaborate with various departments in efforts to develop safer spaces, and to guide new College practices that engender a greater sense of belonging.

In her role as Social Planner with the City of Vancouver, Joy leads the strategic development of a long-term comprehensive action plan to address systemic barriers related to anti-Black racism, which exist in Vancouver. She regularly collaborates with internal and external stakeholders and provides direction on policies and programs to foster JEDI for Black and African Diaspora staff and communities in Vancouver.​​​​​

As the first Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College, we are excited to welcome Joy to the important work that she will lead.

About snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College 
Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. 

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Mark Dawson
Manager, Public Affairs