The University of Waterloo is proud to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black community members during Black History Month and throughout the year.
The well-being of youth is the well-being of society. This equation drives the career of Dean Barnes (BA ’93), who is now a superintendent of education for the Halton District School Board in Burlington, Ontario
Growing up as an African Canadian woman in Ottawa, Jocelyn Bonti-Ankomah didn’t see many people who looked like her working in health care roles
Nohemie Mawaka’s (BA ’13) venture employs women in her father’s community in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Meet 15 Black alumni impacting the world today, and the story behind their journeys
Tracelyn Cornelius (MEB ’21, PhD in progress) says equality for all is a fundamental component of sustainability
It might seem strange to talk about Tre Ford’s (BA ’22) talent, if only because the conclusion is so evident
Chekema Prince (PhD ’14) wants to see more Black women in the technology space
Nadia L. Hohn (BA ’01) is an award-winning author of books for children who took a leap of faith during the pandemic
Physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (PhD ’11) combats racism and sexism in science and society
Black youth have opportunities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a camp called STEMpowered
When Lannois Carroll-Woolery (BASc ’97) left Jamaica to come to the University of Waterloo, he spent his first year making friends in the Association of Caribbean Students – bonding over soccer, dominoes and calypso music
As the only female in her secondary school computer science class, Elin Liu felt the pressure of representing women in STEM. A scholarship provided by donors Yves and Cynthia Bled gave her a boost of confidence
Tracelyn Cornelius (MEB ’21, PhD in progress) researches the intersection and importance of sustainable development and equity, diversity and inclusion
Ola Idris (BA ’22) and Safyya Cissé (BSc ’22) sit down with a current student to talk about the exciting (and scary) transition to post-graduation life
Chris Wilson (BSc ’21) walks us through his process from biochemistry student to cultural designer, including what he had to let go
Children's book author Nadia Hohn (BA ’01) shares how she turned her creative outlet into a career, and the role she plays in diversifying our bookshelves
The co-founder and CEO of truLOCAL shares his entrepreneurial journey, including the successes and failures he found along the way
The founder of Four All Ice Cream talks about the need to be creative, and how sometimes, doing the safe thing can help you build your dream career
Black alumni and students can access resources including professional networks and financial awards.
University of Waterloo African Alumni Association (UWAAA)
Established in 2020 by a group of skilled and passionate Alumni and community members, UWAAA aims to celebrate and support the career trajectories of University of Waterloo Alumni of African descent.
Waterloo offers a range of financial awards for Black students. Many are funded by generous donors who promote equity and inclusion on our campuses.
Office of Advancement
We're proud to recognize the impact of Black community members on the University and the world. As we celebrate their achievements, we continue to work together to create a University where all feel they belong.
Clubs and activities
Waterloo hosts a range of clubs created for Black students, by Black students. Explore opportunities to engage in advocacy, outreach, performing arts and more through Black-led student clubs and activities.
Funds to support
There are many funds across the University that provide financial support for Black students. Donors created some of these funds, and we’re truly grateful for their generosity.
We invite you to consider a gift to one of the following donor-supported funds:
- Supports students who are involved with, or have positively impacted, African, Caribbean and Black communities.
- Black and Indigenous Students Engineering Outreach Program
- Supports racialized youth in Grades 1 to 12 through programs and activities, and provides bursaries and/or scholarships.
- Supports racialized students through programs and activities including outreach, research, collaboration and scholarships.
- Engineering Equity Fund
- Supports activities related to diversity initiatives, including programming, outreach, research and awards.
Advancement Anti-Racism Task Force
Black History Month is an opportunity for us to educate and recognize the past and present contributions that Black Canadians make in such areas as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics and human rights. These contributions have helped in our nation-building as we strive to root out systemic barriers and celebrate the accomplishments of Black Canadians.
We are also reminded that we still have much work to do. Recent examples of racial injustice toward Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities have again highlighted the need to confront racism in all its forms.