CTLT Indigenous Initiatives is pleased to welcome Chloe Erlendson. Chloe will be taking on the role as an Educational Consultant, supporting professional development programming, educational resources, and strategic initiatives related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning.
We asked Chloe to share a few fun facts about herself.
Three Fun Facts about Chloe:
- I grew up in a rural Manitoba community with a population of less than 100 people
- I love camping and spend as many summer weekends in the wilderness as possible
- I decided I wanted to go to UBC when I was 10 years old and it was the only school I applied to (I did not realize how risky that was at the time!)
What are some of the things you have started working on in your new role? And what are some areas you are looking forward to exploring?
I have begun to familiarize myself with the good work that has been done on the IN/Relation Project, Classroom Climate Series, and TA Training. I am really looking forward to diving into this work in a good way, as I have admired the efforts and progress of Indigenous Initiatives from a distance for some time now.
I am especially excited about TA Training and the IN/Relation project. As an Indigenous alumna, former Aboriginal Student Recruiter and Enrolment Services Advisor, I am very aware of the unique barriers that my community can face in the pursuit of a post-secondary education. From the high school classroom to applying to universities, through to graduation, Indigenous students often face barriers and obstacles that their classmates do not. Facing ignorance around Indigenous topics in the classroom is exhausting and polarizing and can have a large impact on student experience and retention. I am very much looking forward to working on strong initiatives that can have a positive impact on classroom and campus climate for Indigenous students at UBC.
What excited you about joining this team/working on this project?
I am excited to work on projects and initiatives that I am deeply passionate about. Having been in student-facing and front line roles for years, I am looking forward to learning a very different side of the university that also has a big impact on student experience.