Registrar honoured with National Inclusive Education Award

Wendy Taylor was honoured with a 2019 Inclusive Education Award for her contributions to inclusive education. UVic’s Acting Registrar embodies the Division of Student Affairs values of collaboration, community and diversity.
 
The Inclusive Education Award is presented to recognize unique opportunities that enrich inclusive educational experiences and to highlight the teamwork and innovation that are key to supporting success for diverse learners across Canada.

Working as the UVic liaison with STEPS Forward, Wendy plays a key role in ensuring that students with developmental disabilities are able to continue their education after leaving high school. STEPS Forward students are supported to enroll at UVic to pursue studies and to engage in student life in the same classes and places as any other student.

Throughout the school year, Taylor connects with STEPS Forward inclusion facilitators to support these young adults to engage in an authentic student experience, enriched by their participation in all aspects of campus life, while auditing courses over a 4-5 year period.

Wendy’s willingness to support differences and model inclusivity means connecting throughout the school year with the inclusion facilitators to discuss the students currently on campus, incoming students, as well as to reflect on the quality of each student’s unique journey on campus. UVic recognises the STEPS Forward graduates with a Certificate of Completion that is awarded at Convocation alongside students earning degrees or diplomas in the same field of studies.

Wendy’s collaborative stewardship is seen in the number of offices from across the campus community that are involved in initiatives to further enhance STEPS Forward students’ experience both in and out of the classroom. These include new initiatives with the ONECard Office to fast-track ONECards so these students are seamlessly able to access student services; with the Student Awards and Financial Aid office to provide opportunities to participate in the Work-Study Program; and, for those students who have completed their studies, to become involved as UVic Alumni.

“I was surprised and honoured to find out that I was nominated and chosen for this award. I feel like this award represents the great work of so many UVic team members who participate in ensuring the STEPS Forward students have an inclusive educational experience, and the opportunity to participate in both curricular and non-curricular activities. The work I do is one small part of a much larger team effort.”
 
Taylor received her award at the Inclusion BC 2019 conference in Victoria.