Rory Doucette (they/them)

Major: Archaeology

Certificate: Bioanthropology 

Post-secondary doesn't have to be a straight path.

Before transferring to SFU from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Rory travelled abroad to Spain and Morocco, where they saw the world and gained valuable cultural experience.  

After taking a forensic anthropology and archaeology course at KPU, Rory fell in love with the discipline, and the archaeology focus in biological anthropology at SFU aligned perfectly with their interests. 

At SFU, Rory gained career experience as a research assistant documenting archaeological remains and through volunteering at the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. They also joined the Archaeology Student Society and served as the president for two terms.

SFU students are diverse and fearless, and Rory is no exception. As a queer, non-binary, and neurodiverse individual, Rory’s experiences bring perspectives that help them critically assess the colonial past within archaeology, and advance reconciliation work. 

Rory contributed to this reconciliation during the 2018 Bioarchaeology Field School, a five-week program held in Southern Portugal where they had the opportunity to put their course theory into practice through excavation projects. Students got to explore the history and culture of the area, and helped excavate an archaeological cemetery. 

“I found the field school to be exceptionally rewarding. I had never experienced history to that extent. Being able to learn about the history of the region while excavating was an exceptional experience and I highly recommend any type of field school to undergraduate students.”


Rory graduated in 2022 with an honours degree in archaeology and a certificate in forensics. From getting ready at Kwantlen to growing within SFU, Rory hopes their journey inspires others.