IACE leadership updates

On April 1, 2021, Dr. Robina Thomas moved into a new executive role as the university’s first Associate Vice-President Indigenous (AVPI) in the President’s office. As a result, there has been a transition in leadership for the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE).

In order to allow time to prepare for and undertake the process of selecting a new Executive Director, the IACE Associate Directors, Dr. Rob Hancock and Lalita Kines, will serve as Interim Co-Executive Directors until December 31, 2021. In addition, IACE will now report to the new AVPI role.

Rob is Cree-Metis from Treaty 8 territory on his mother’s side and English Canadian on his father’s. He was born and raised, and is grateful to be living and working, on lək̓ʷəŋən territory, and is a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria. Rob has worked at IACE in a number of roles since 2011 and will provide academic leadership for the office, including support for the ASP proposal development and implementation led by Dorothea Harris and the initiation of a process to renew the university’s Indigenous plan. He can be reached at iaceadac@uvic.ca.

Lalita is Coast Salish from the K'ómoks Nation on her father’s side and European descent on her mother’s. She has worked at the First Peoples House since it opened in 2009 in a variety of positions. She will oversee the strategic leadership of the First Peoples House, human resources and student programs and services aspects at IACE. She is passionate about Indigenous student success and improving educational experiences for Indigenous students and communities. She can be contacted at iaceassocdir@uvic.ca.

Rob, Lalita and Robina remain committed to the work of IACE and the partnerships that have been built with colleagues on campus and with Indigenous communities, nations and organizations, and look forward to working with you in the coming months.