Engaging BIPOC community members

Lasting change requires our work to be guided by the perspective, courage, knowledge, experience and expertise of BIPOC individuals, voices that have historically been marginalized here at Waterloo and beyond.

Throughout October and November we have held additional discussions with members of our Community Collaborative, for continued consultation on the initiation and structure of PART. 

With their guidance and input we have finalized the thematic areas that were shared with the entire campus community for feedback in October. Additionally, actions to be considered under each thematic area were developed.  These areas have become the foundation for the President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce, as well as its working groups and implementation teams. Members of the Community Collaborative, and other administrators across campus with specific areas of responsibility and expertise, have agreed to serve on the five working groups and four implementation teams. The chairs of the working groups will serve as members of the Taskforce. 

Feedback received throughout consultations over the summer and through the fall, have been shared widely with working group members, and have formed an initial set of deliverables for consideration by each group.  

Learn more about The President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce, its Working Groups and Implementation Teams.

Although our work and engagement are ongoing, the insights reflected below provides an unexhaustive snapshot of concerns and experiences gathered through our discussions with members of UWaterloo’s BIPOC communities.  

Read about what we’ve heard so far

Engaged members of our BIPOC communities we’ve spoken with so far, have courageously and generously shared their experience and identified some areas for change. There are six thematic areas to be considered by PART, that are emerging from discussions with our Community Collaborative members, including:  

  1. Campus representation (faculty, staff, students)
  2. Educational environment & the development of learners 
  3. Health and mental health strategy
  4. Professional & academic development & mentorship
  5. Race, culture & ethnicity awareness
  6. Race-Based Data Strategies
  7. Safety

We encourage continued feedback on the proposed thematic areas above, and on our entire anti-racism effort from everyone on campus. 

Included below, is an unexhaustive snapshot of the discussions and insights shared through our consultation in August.

How we hope to foster continued collaboration

As the work of the Taskforce, its working groups and implementation teams progresses, we are committed to sharing updates on recommendations and actions, and will continue to facilitate conversation and collaboration amongst not only members of BIPOC communities who are guiding us in this work, but the broader campus community as well. 

We continue to invite questions, comments or expressions of interest to be involved.
 

Last Updated: December 11, 2020