The University of Waterloo strives to support an equitable environment where everyone in our community can learn, grow and thrive. In 2020, we formed the President’s Anti-racism Taskforce (PART) and made a public commitment to engage our community and address systemic racism across our campuses.

Consulting with groups across our community, members of the Taskforce have carefully and thoughtfully prepared a series of recommendations to advance this critical mission. I am pleased to receive PART’s comprehensive report with eighty-eight recommendations to address racism in all its forms at the University. 

Anti-racism is the shared responsibility of the entire community – not that of a specific leader or a campus unit. Everyone in the University community is being urged to take action to ensure that the PART recommendations are successfully implemented.

Faculty members, students and staff are encouraged to work together to assist and support those accountable for PART’s recommendations, and to look for ways to implement anti-racism into their daily work. This includes supporting ongoing initiatives happening across the university, including the great work coming out of the recently created Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism and Office of Indigenous Relations. 

Vivek Goel
President and vice-chancellor

Vivek Goel

Latest updates

In this issue:

  • President Goel reflects on the Indigenous Commitment Ceremony
  • Commitment Ceremony signals a new beginning for Indigenous Peoples and the University of Waterloo 
  • University Relations to launch Inclusive Communications guide
  • Meet Kevin George, Meet Kevin George, Indigenous Special Projects coordinator
  • Reconciliation through art 
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Waterloo 
  • Truth and Reconciliation in Higher Learning Institutions webinar 
  • Robin Stadelbauer appointed as associate director in the Office of Indigenous Relations 
  • The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism office’s Fall 2022 Competency and Capacity Building offerings

In this issue:

  • Recognizing Emancipation Day
  • President Goel meets with new Black faculty and staff
  • Athletics launches Black Apprenticeship Coaching Program
  • New Anti-racism unit added to EDI-RO
  • Meet Sharyn Gittens, International Student Experience assistant (co-op)
  • Q and A with the experts
  • Why Access Matters For Black Entrepreneurs

In this issue:

  • Re-introducing The Curve with Dr. Taylor 
  • St. Paul’s University College announces Michaëlle Jean Scholars in International Development 
  • Inspiring the next generation of Black STEM leaders 
  • Researchers and Indigenous students learn about Grand River 
  • IBET PhD Project 
  • Star quarterback shows why it takes more than talent to succeed  
  • The Black Alliance Internship Program
  • Black participants needed for OA-related research