Timeline of Action

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Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2020
Headline: 
Taskforce
Content: 

Made a commitment to establish a task force that tackles systemic racism, anti-Black racism, and anti-Indigenous racism on campus.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Executive Designate, Charmaine Dean
Content: 

Appointed an executive designate, Charmaine Dean, to steward the ongoing process, the formation, and the work of the President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce. Dr. Dean will ensure engagement, planning, and action are representative of the diverse voices and lived experiences of Waterloo’s BIPOC communities.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Pedagogy & Learning
Content: 

Committed to creating a Black cultural centre on campus.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Support Funnel for BIPOC High Secondary Students
Content: 
  • Committed funds to explore a Transitional Year Program for BIPOC high school students.
  • Committed to establishing Black Studies and Indigenous Studies programs.
  • Committed to developing a non-credit anti-racism module and make it available to all students.
     
Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Ethical conduct
Content: 

Committed to directing students to the University’s policy on ethical behaviour and equity in the boilerplate of every syllabus. This will define acceptable behaviour and consequences if the policy is violated.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Human resources and faculty
Content: 

Committed to beginning a new system to diversify applicant pools for staff positions and to address barriers in the recruitment and hiring processes for members of BIPOC Communities.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Black & Indigenous faculty
Content: 

Committed to increasing Black and Indigenous faculty representation and dedicated funding for those positions.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Headline: 
Faculty Development & Diversity
Content: 

Became a member of the National Centre for Faculty Development and Diversity, an independent centre providing tools, mentoring, and support for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Headline: 
Training for leaders
Content: 

Provided initial training to university leadership on unconscious bias and systemic racism.

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Headline: 
Community support and engagement
Content: 
  • Held over 100 discussions with BIPOC faculty, students, staff, administrative leaders from Canada and representatives from campus associations about their lived experience and approaches towards campus equity.
  • Facilitated the formation of PART’s Community Collaborative, a forum of over 40 BIPOC volunteers brought together for broad consultation on the initiation and development of PART.
Date: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Headline: 
Community Collaborative
Content: 

Hosted the first official meeting of PART’s Community Collaborative.

Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Headline: 
Thematic areas for action on anti-racism
Content: 

Developed, sought widespread community feedback, and finalized six thematic areas that would structure the work of PART.

Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Headline: 
Key responsibilities
Content: 

In consultation with the Community Collaborative, developed key responsibilities of the PART working groups and implementation teams. 

Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
Headline: 
Working groups
Content: 

Organized five working groups, with representation from students, staff, faculty,and other administrators based on their areas of expertise, to generate recommendations for the university’s consideration in each thematic area. 

Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
Headline: 
Implementation teams
Content: 

Established four teams to begin work immediately on campus in the areas of Campus Representation; BIPOC Related Programming; Race, Culture & Ethnicity Awareness; and Race-Based Data Strategies. 

Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Headline: 
Taskforce
Content: 

Initiated working groups and implementation teams and the task force.

Date: 
Friday, January 15, 2021
Headline: 
Waterloo announces membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
Headline: 
Held a community-wide Black History Month Celebration
Content: 

Rooted in History: A Celebration of Black History as Canadian History.” The event featured a panel around Blackness, performances from a local KW Black artist, and a keynote from MPP Laura Mae Lindo.

Date: 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Headline: 
PART implementation team publishes report on Black Studies program, Black Studies Diplomas
Content: 

The President's Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART) Black Studies Implementation Team has published a report on the development of a Black Studies program at the University of Waterloo. In addition, two Black Studies Diplomas are making their way through the approvals process with the plan that they will be offered at Waterloo beginning Fall Term 2022.

Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Headline: 
Indigenous History Month Keynote Speaker: Murray Sinclair
Content: 

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, a past chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and recently retired from the Canadian Senate, reminded us that reconciliation is not an act of forgiving past wrongs. It is a process of dismantling the ongoing colonial relationship that treats Indigenous people as less than human. It is not a matter of benevolence or charity. It is a matter of respect and rights.

Date: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Headline: 
Launch of Anti-racism book club series
Content: 

The goal of the anti-racism book club is to help promote education, awareness, and a deeper understanding of race, culture, and ethnicity across campus. The series, which runs from July, 2021 to June, 2022 allows participants to engage on the complexities of several relevant and important subjects such as white fragility, anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in Canada, the Indian Act, and the equity myth.

Date: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Headline: 
Asian Heritage Month: Explorations of identity, perceptions and belonging
Content: 

This event featured a moderated panel discussion that explores Asian-Canadian identity and anti-Asian racism, particularly considering the rise in hate crimes over the past year. Panelists presented various perspectives from human rights law, private-sector diversity, equity and inclusion work, critical race studies, Asian diasporic literature, and their lived experiences.

Date: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Headline: 
Launch of the Catalyst Newsletter
Content: 

This newsletter provides regular updates on the intricate and long-term work of the President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART). It is also an opportunity to showcase the many staff, faculty and students who are engaged in anti-racism work each day on campus. 

Date: 
Friday, April 16, 2021
Headline: 
First Anti-racism Forum
Content: 

The Anti-racism Forum, held multiple times a year, is intended to provide updates and discuss various antiracism initiatives happening across campus.