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SNAPSHOT

LAWRENCE LAM
"I'm driven by learning, whether it be my own personal
learning or facilitating learning for students."
What's the biggest issue you see facing the profession right now?
In Canada, there have been several changes in legislation that have impacted our operations
and educational priorities for students. Needing to adapt to these changes has been a big
challenge to the work that we do. In October, the use of recreational cannabis was legalized
across the country, and housing departments have been working on policies for cannabis
possession/use in our residence halls. There has also been a lot of work to educate students
about safer substance use. Also, in Ontario the implementation of Bill 148 introduced an
increase to minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, scheduling stipulations, and on-call
compensation, amongst many other things. This has called for many in the profession to reexamine current operations and remuneration structures.

What makes your campus unique?
Trent is one of few Canadian institutions that operate on a collegiate system. For the duration
of their degree, students belong to one of five Colleges (it's similar to being in one of the four
houses in Harry Potter). Staying in residence is not mandatory; however, with our "first year
guarantee," we find that the majority of the incoming class will stay on campus with us. A
student will live in their college the first year and will move off campus for subsequent years, as
we are not able to accommodate many upper-year students with our current bed capacity. We
are fortunate that the college community continues with them throughout their time at Trent.

What are your favorite campus traditions?
Homecoming at Trent is rather unique in that it doesn't center around football, rather a rowing
regatta (Head of the Trent). The Otonabee River runs through the middle of our campus and
is part of the larger Trent-Severn Waterway. Alumni, students, staff, faculty, and community
gather along the banks to cheer on our athletes!

What is your favorite move-in story?
During move-in weekend, there was a minor fender-bender in the lineup of cars to enter
campus. A father had accidentally rear-ended the car in front of him. It turns out that the
car he hit was being driven by his daughter who he was helping to move in. The car also
belonged to his ex-wife! Thankfully everyone was in good spirits, had some funny banter, and
were able to laugh it off.

What motivates you the most in your job?
I'm driven by learning, whether it be my own personal learning or facilitating learning for
students. I find it incredibly rewarding to talk to students about their passions/goals and see it
translate into their community. Learning from each other's experiences builds strong, resilient,
and fulfilling communities. Having the privilege to be a part of communities where I feel
immense support is something I strive to help students be a part of as well.

What is the most challenging part of your work?
Students receive an immense amount of information nowadays, and their level of access
to it is unprecedented. A challenging part of my work is ensuring that students receive and
understand the messages we want them to (whether it be safer substance use or room
inspection notification) amongst all the other things vying for their attention. While we also
encourage students to make informed decisions, challenging them to think critically about the
information they receive is also difficult.
LAWRENCE LAM is the manager for residence life and education
at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

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Talking Stick - January/February 2019
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Academic Initiatives
Special Focus
Underlying Expectations
Private Matters
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Vision
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Snapshot
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