Message from the President
Welcome, Aanii, Biindegek, Kwe-kwe, Boozhoo, Bienvenue
As President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury, I would like to welcome you to our website and our community!
It is a privilege and a blessing to serve this university community which, in many ways, is a microcosm of Canada itself, with our deep roots in the Francophone, Indigenous and Anglophone cultures.
As the longest-standing postsecondary institution in Northern Ontario, the University of Sudbury was founded in 1913 as the Collège du Sacré-Coeur by the Jesuits, who formed generations of leaders in a holistic approach emphasizing the liberal arts and the common good.
As for our Francophone roots, the very first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag occurred at the U of S on September 25th, 1975 – a day that has been known officially in Ontario since 2010 as the Journée des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes.
Our roots also run deep in the Indigenous community. Founded in 1975, our Indigenous Studies program – one of the first in Canada – puts special emphasis on Indigenous spirituality and ways of knowing. By so doing, it enhances our founding values of care of the whole person – mind, body, spirit and heart – as well as community engagement and social justice.
Building on this legacy, we are a safe, welcoming and inclusive community, inviting all to be transformed by diversity, seeing the beauty and truth of other traditions through encounter and dialogue. In a world that is increasingly divided and polarized, we promote reconciliation with Creator, with each other and with creation itself, inviting depth of experience, knowledge and compassion – and healing.
At the University of Sudbury, you are part of something bigger – a Laurentian Federation (which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2020) and a global network of some 200 Jesuit colleges and universities. Here, students develop not only their resumes but themselves, transforming the world through servant leadership and right relationships.
U of S students join the ranks of “people for others” who have made a difference locally, nationally and internationally. I invite you to browse through this site to read the testimonials and explore the great things we have to offer: our bilingual programming in the humanities; the close-knit community in our Residence; the sacred spaces of our chapel and our Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg Indigenous arbour; the stillness and beauty of our Garden of Peace and its trails; our own library filled with credible, pertinent and useful resources; the communications resources of our Labo médias; and our exciting community activities and events…
Keep in mind, though, that the University of Sudbury experience is best seen and discovered for yourself. I look forward to meeting you and personally welcoming you!
Dr. John Meehan, S.J.
President and Vice-Chancellor