On July 1, 2018, Lisa Ostiguy assumed the new position of special advisor to the provost on Campus Life at Concordia.
This role was created within the Office of the Provost and VP, Academic, to strengthen the delivery of services and programs, and improve policies and processes to foster a safe, accessible, diverse, inclusive and respectful campus.
She has held the positions of interim provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs, and interim vice-provost of Teaching and Learning. She also served as chair of the Department of Applied Human Sciences.
As special advisor to the provost on Campus Life at Concordia, Ostiguy leads the development and implementation of a number of initiatives designed to align campus life with such values, which are integral to Concordia’s vision for a next-generation university.
Her mandate includes leading campus-wide consultations and proposing recommendations to improve inclusion, diversity and equity on campus. Part of this work will involve a review of the needs of, and support for, students on the Loyola Campus.
To enhance accessibility, she will lead a campus-wide audit of accessibility and a planning process with the community to improve university policies, procedures and services.
Ostiguy also monitors the implementation of recommendations outlined in the report of the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Violence, and be responsible for ensuring the university’s compliance with Bills 151 (An Act to prevent and fight sexual violence in higher education institutions) and 62 (An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality).
Since 1992, Ostiguy has been a full-time faculty member at Concordia. While completing her doctorate degree in planning, policy and leadership at the University of Iowa, she was an instructor in the Department of Physical Education Skills and in the Department of Sport, Health, Leisure and Physical Education. Prior to starting her doctoral degree, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Activity Studies at the University of Regina.
Before her academic life began in 1988, Ostiguy worked in municipal leisure service administration, special events planning and therapeutic recreation in both clinical and community settings. Ostiguy has worked with a variety of different populations, including older adults, adults with mental illness, children with physical disabilities and adults with cognitive disabilities.
In spring of 2000, she received the Tommy Wilson Award for significant contributions to the recreations profession for people with disabilities, awarded by the American Association of Leisure and Recreation. Ostiguy is the co-author of a text titled, Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation: US and Canadian Perspectives, and has been invited to speak at numerous international, national and provincial conferences for therapeutic recreation.