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Kaylena Ryan

SFU Indigenous Student Center
Associate Director
Position Title

Get to know the ISC staff! This introduction was originally posted on the ISC Instagram page on Feb 21, 2021.

Kaylena comes from the Secwepemc, Gitxsan and Tsimshian nations. She is also an SFU alumnus. During her undergrad she spent a lot of time in the ISC, calling it a home away from home. She joined the ISC team in Oct 2020 as the Coordinator, Indigenous Student Life. Since joining the ISC, Kaylena has worked alongside the ISC team to develop student support programs, services, events and workshops. One such program was the Elders Program that Kaylena led virtually, re-vamping the Elders Payment Protocol to recognize the added energy it took for our Elders to join virtual events and record videos. She also created and led the virtual ISC Wellness Program for the Spring 2021 semester, maintaining holistic well-being support for our Indigenous students. Kaylena also sits on the First Peoples Gathering House Building Committee and the Co-Chair for the First Peoples Gathering House Stakeholders Committee in response to the FNSA’s Calls to Action. Her goal is to support Indigenous student success by ensuring they feel comfortable, safe and supported in their journey.