Seneca announces new senior position focusing on Indigenous and EDI initiatives
May 12, 2022
Mark Solomon has been appointed Senior Advisor to the President on Reconciliation and Inclusion, overseeing a new department dedicated to advancing the equitable Seneca.
Formerly the Dean of Students and Indigenous Education, Mr. Solomon will report directly to President David Agnew, and work with stakeholders across Seneca to advance the institution’s progress on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives. He will also maintain responsibility for [email protected], the new EDI office and continue to serve as chair of the EDI Committee.
Mr. Solomon, a member of the Henvey Inlet First Nation, is the first Indigenous president to lead the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS) and was the first Indigenous governor to serve on Seneca’s Board when he was elected by his peers as the administrative representative for two consecutive terms.
After earning two undergraduate degrees from Laurentian University – in music and Native Studies – he graduated from Brock University with a Masters in Arts, Social Justice and Equity Studies and later York University with a Masters in Education with a specialization in urban Aboriginal and postsecondary studies.
“In our teaching, learning and working environments, educational institutions have a unique role in creating a world that is equitable for all,” said President Agnew. “I am delighted that Mark has taken on this important responsibility and look forward to working more closely with him as we strive to build the equitable Seneca.”