An email sent to students detailed Laurier's comprehensive action plan to decrease 'whiteness' on campus and 'decolonize' the Ontario post-secondary school:
Laurier needs to centre decolonization and equity if it is going to be successful in its desire to create an inclusive community (one of the key elements of the university wide strategic plan).
Equity and decolonization must be central to the university’s mission.
We must move on from our tendency towards superficial, performative and tick-box approaches to equity.
It is imperative that we de-centre structures and cultures of colonization and “whiteness” if the university is to realize its ambitions.
The president of Wilfred Laurier University has not yet decolonized herself from her 300k per year job.
Deborah MacLatchy, a white woman, was appointed president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University on July 1, 2017.