Made a commitment to establish a task force that tackles systemic racism, anti-Black racism, and anti-Indigenous racism on campus.
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.
Committed to creating a Black cultural centre on campus.
- 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.
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.
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.
Committed to increasing Black and Indigenous faculty representation and dedicated funding for those positions.
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.
Provided initial training to university leadership on unconscious bias and systemic racism.
- 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.
Hosted the first official meeting of PART’s Community Collaborative.
Developed, sought widespread community feedback, and finalized six thematic areas that would structure the work of PART.
In consultation with the Community Collaborative, developed key responsibilities of the PART working groups and implementation teams.
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.
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.
Initiated working groups and implementation teams and the task force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Anti-racism Forum, held multiple times a year, is intended to provide updates and discuss various antiracism initiatives happening across campus.