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Dr. Ghizlane Laghzaoui Receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 15, 2012

Dr. Ghizlane Laghzaoui is the first student to complete her thesis in the French EdD in Educational Leadership at SFU and her defense attracted a lot of academic and media attention.

Over 60 people attended her defense and Dr. Laghzaoui was immediately recruited as a faculty member of the Modern Language Institute of the University of the Fraser Valley.

Her exceptional thesis investigated the integration of immigrant Francophone teachers in urban Vancouver francophone schools and their identities construction through the ways they perceive their practice and their interactions with administration and colleagues. Her work is highly original, well received and a significant contribution to the field of diversity and leadership in French education in Canada.

Her colleagues praise not only Dr. Laghzaoui's abilities, but also her commitment to community service. While completing her degree, Dr. Laghzaoui was an active member of Réseau-Femmes, an association that advocate for francophone women rights and helps new comers adapt to their new environment. 

She was also elected to represent, at a national level, BC francophone women at the board of Alliance des femmes francophones du Canada and recently joined the Provincial Consultative Committee (Canadian Heritage and the Francophone community sector).

At UFV where she teaches French language and literature, she is actively involved in the design of new programs in French and in Immigration and served on the selection advisory committee of the Canadian Research Chair on Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee protection.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Ghizlane A. Laghzaoui on her outstanding achievements which are being recognized by her being awarded the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate student from the Faculty of Education.

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