The Vice-Provost (Students) has senior leadership responsibility for units within Enrolment Services, the Registrar’s Office, Student Engagement and Success, and Student Support. The Vice-Provost (Students) coordinates and supports a University-wide focus and vision for enhancing student life and the student experience at the University of Manitoba both inside and outside the classroom. She has responsibility for all functions that impact the student experience and student success including, but not limited to, policies on student matters, student behaviour and communication with students. As well, she has direct responsibility for the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Enrolment Management Plan, that is, student recruitment and student retention and success.
Laurie Schnarr received an MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph in 2006. Laurie previously held the position of Director, Student Experience and Interim Director, Experimental Learning at the University of Guelph. During her almost thirty-year professional career at the University of Guelph, she progressed through various Student Affairs leadership roles, and was responsible for the establishment of units dedicated to supporting the student transition experience, civic engagement, leadership development, intercultural affairs, and Aboriginal initiatives. In 2017, Laurie was seconded by the Provost to serve as Special Advisor on Experiential Learning and assigned responsibility for advancing the University's Experiential Learning Strategy.
During her dedicated years of administrative leadership in Student Affairs, Laurie has been instrumental in guiding planning processes in support of the development of innovative programs and services that promote student retention, engagement, and success, and has led interdisciplinary teams in addressing emerging priorities. In addition to her collaborative work on implementing the Institution's experiential learning strategy, she co-authored a report that articulated a series of recommendations concerning the support needs of black students at the University of Gruelph, and served on the University of Guelph's Indigenous Initiatives Strategic Task Force, chairing a subcommittee on campus environment and cultural safety.
Laurie has been recognized for her service by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, received the President's Award for Exemplary Staff Service, the R.P. Gilmor Award for outstanding contributions to Student Life, and the Marilyn Langlois award for her work in supporting students, stafft, faculty, and community partners. Laurie and her team were also the recipients of the President's Award for outstanding achievement in United Way fundraising. In 2019, in recognition of Laurie's many contributions to fostering an inclusive campus environment, the University of Guelph established the Laurie Schnarr "I am a Gryphon" award in her honour.
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