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Opiyo Oloya accepts top equity, diversity, inclusion role at Western

University Councillor Opiyo Oloya will leave his roles on Queen’s University Council, its Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees, to accept a position as the first-ever Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AVP EDI) at Western University.

Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane and Chair of Queen’s Board of Trustees Mary Wilson Trider accepted his resignation last week, expressing their gratitude for his service.

Councillor Oloya was the subject of a December 2020 profile in the Queen’s Alumni Review magazine in which he discusses his life as a refugee from violence in Uganda who was eventually sponsored to come and study at Queen’s. He also discussed his career journey a teacher, school board superintendent, academic, and author.