Sociology Professor Luin Goldring has been appointed as York’s director for CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre, effective July 2012. Goldring is well known in the CERIS community as an active domain leader, longtime affiliate and immigration scholar. She moves into the position that was previously held by York geography Professor Valerie Preston.
CERIS is the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, which explores issues specific to Ontario. Housed at York University, it is tri-university partnership that also includes the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. CERIS also brings together both community organizations and different levels of government in all of its activities and direction through its governance board.
“Dr. Goldring brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the work CERIS does and the way it functions as an organization,” says York health professor and CERIS board chair Lillie Lum. “I know she will guide CERIS into the future and will continue to build on the work it has accomplished through past and current leadership.”
Preston completes her leadership on a high note, following the third phase of this Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded initiative that has effectively contributed to creating new knowledge in the field of immigration and settlement through annual research grants, graduate student awards and countless events. Together with Lillie Lum, Ryerson and University of Toronto directors, and other CERIS partners, she led the successful 14th Annual Metropolis Conference in Toronto earlier this year. The conference brought together more than 1,200 academics, policy-makers and community members to face challenges and explore opportunities of future immigration policy in Canada.
“We welcome Dr. Goldring as the York director,” says Preston. “I know her commitment and involvement in CERIS, both past and present, will be key to ensuring the future of immigration and settlement research in Ontario.”
“CERIS is an entity like no other,” says Goldring. “It is a research centre, a network and a community of people who all strive to improve the lives of newcomers to Ontario. I have had the pleasure of participating in its activities over many years and I look forward to working with everyone involved as we move ahead.”