Throughout the Spring, the world was angered and united in the wake of brutal acts of racism across North America. At the University of Waterloo, we are not standing on the sidelines. In June, we committed to take steps to engage our campus community and address racism at Waterloo.
As this commitment progresses and evolves, our objectives remain to address systemic racism in all its forms at the University of Waterloo, and to ensure this work is led by members of BIPOC communities.
We are dedicated to amplifying BIPOC voices and learning from their insight and experience. Engagement and transparency not only with these community members, but with everyone on campus, will also continue to be hallmarks of this work and everything we do here at the university.
President and vice-chancellor
Ending systemic racism at UWaterloo
Waterloo was built for change and is poised to create a sustainable and supportive environment for living, learning, working and discovery. This vision cannot be realized until anti-racism is engrained in the fabric of our society ― in our classrooms, boardrooms, and in every facet of university life.
There is a lot to do, to make this a reality. We have communities rich with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), individuals with diverse perspectives, experiences and identities. Many of these individuals have courageously spoken about their experiences and provided some early ideas about necessary action on campus. We have taken that feedback to heart.
Many of the proposed actions and insights heard to date are frequently evolving and require validation from engaged members of our BIPOC campus community. This page serves as a hub for regular updates on our vision for the future, community engagement, and our overall progress towards ending systemic racism at the University of Waterloo.
Last Updated: December 11, 2020