The Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs plays a key role in the ties Laurentian University has with its community as well as the 12 French-language school boards in Ontario. Through the Office of Francophone Affairs (OFA), a number of collaborations and initiatives are carried through each year, striving to increase the Francophone space, maximize postsecondary student success and strengthen the sense of belonging to the Franco-Ontarian community.
SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS
Destination Réussite volet I (DRI) is a unique French-language education initiative launched by the Ontario Ministry of Education, within its Student Success strategy. The initiative supports partnerships between school boards and postsecondary institutions so they may offer diversified high quality learning opportunities in a Francophone setting.
Programs implemented through this initiative aim to encourage high school graduation and facilitate the transition to postsecondary studies and the workplace.
In Ontario, more than 3,000 Francophone youth benefit from this program each year strictly through initiatives developed by the Office of Francophone Affairs at Laurentian University.
Some of these initiatives are:
- “Destination Réussite” Orientation Workshops
- for Grade 11-12 students;
- ~20 workshops without assessment and ~20 training sessions with assessment and acknowledgement;
- representation from more than 30 schools in six school boards in northern Ontario and three in central and south-western Ontario;
- nearly 800 student participants.
- “Caravane des programmes”
- for grade 11-12 students;
- a tour of experts from different postsecondary institutions coordinated by Laurentian and tailored to meet the educational needs of the Specialist High Skills Major in schools of CSW Ontario;
- about 15 workshops are offered to participants throughout the day;
- three sites: Chatham, Burlington and Toronto, to cover as much territory as possible in central and south-western (CSW) Ontario;
- representation from some twenty schools in three CSW French-language school boards;
- more than 500 participants.
- “Jeunes Voyageurs” Camps
- for grade 7-8 students;
- four major themes (geography, sciences, health and culture) are covered through seven different workshops during two workshop days;
- promotion of model Francophone students from various academic programs at Laurentian through the hiring of 24 students as camp facilitators;
- some 250 student participants from the six French-language school boards in northern Ontario.
- Virtual Experts
- for grade 7-12 students;
- special access to nearly a dozen Laurentian experts in sciences, math, health and the arts;
- learning sessions offered by videoconference help to highlight course content and spark the interest of students for a particular discipline;
- Laurentian experts include:
- Fabrice Colin, professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Hélène Dallaire, professor, Department of Theatre
- Jacques Farine, professor, Department of Physics
- Éric Gauthier, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Youssou Gningue, professor and chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Paul-Émile Legault, professor, Department of Physics
- David Lesbarrères, professor, Department of Biology
- Mery Martinez Garcia, professor, Department of Biology
- Sabine Montaut, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Anne Watelet, professor, School of the Environment
The Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) is the spokesperson organization for 25,000 young Francophones attending one of the 97 French-language secondary schools in Ontario. Directed by a board of representatives – a provincial board of youth elected during its annual general meeting – the FESFO informs, raises awareness and mobilizes thousands of young people so that their voices are heard and their needs are met by various decision-makers. Through its Office of Francophone Affairs, the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs at Laurentian University regularly supports FESFO-organized events.
POSTSECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS
Université du troisième âge de Sudbury
|The Université du troisième âge de Sudbury (UTA) is a non-profit organization that presents intellectual activities geared to the aspirations and situations of older adults. These activities include educational brunches normally held on the first Sunday of every month during which invited lecturers from Laurentian University faculty often give talks.|
Alliance des établissements postsecondaires de la francophonie canadienne en immigration
|The ACUFC is the network of postsecondary institutions from Canada’s Francophonie that maintains collaborative ties among its members in terms of training and research in French, represents their common interests to government and stakeholders, and ensures their exposure in Canada and internationally. The ACUFC – which brings together 20 French-language and bilingual institutions – is a unifying national association that represents its members while drawing on their collaborations to improve synergies, access and compatible training and research in French across the country and around the world.|
CREDIT TRANSFER BETWEEN FRANCOPHONE COLLEGES AND LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY
In an effort to encourage and facilitate transitions between colleges and universities, Laurentian University and its partners at Collège Boréal and La Cité have developed a number of framework agreements for the transfer of credits. Not only do students save time and money by taking advantage of these agreements, they also receive a double college-university degree that is extremely valuable on the job market.
Frequently updated, a comprehensive list of Collège Boréal’s programs and their conditions for transfer of credits are available here.
Access detailed information on college
transfers to Laurentian University
INTERNAL STUDENT COLLABORATIONS
Through the Office of Francophone Affairs, the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs regularly supports exchanges, collaborations and events organized by two very important bodies of Laurentian University’s Francophonie: Association des étudiantes et des étudiants francophones and L’Orignal déchaîné student newspaper.