Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer appointed Executive Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

November 05, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre effective September 1, 2020. This position is cross-appointed with the School of Information, where Dr. Shaffer has been appointed an Assistant Professor.

The Executive Director of the Centre provides strategic leadership in the visioning, planning, development and implementation of systems, programs and services for the Centre. Dr. Shaffer's leadership is crucial to creating partnerships between UBC and external partners, Indigenous communities, and Survivors, and to meeting the Centre’s goals. She has served as the Centre’s Director of Digital, Strategic and Indigenous Partnerships since its opening in 2018. Through her work, the Centre established and strengthened relationships with local, provincial and national libraries, archives and museums.

Dr. Shaffer holds a Master of Archival Studies and a Ph.D. from UBC iSchool. She previously served as Director of Collections at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, overseeing initiatives focusing on the digitization, preservation, and pedagogical use of Holocaust survivor testimonies and the development of digital systems in support of anti-racism education and exhibition curation on issues of genocide.

Dr. Shaffer brings a wealth of experience to the role which is needed to continue establishing relationships both at UBC and beyond.

Please visit the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre's website to read the full announcement.

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