Events and community stories

The University of Waterloo boasts a rich and diverse range of cultures, experiences and backgrounds. Below you’ll find articles recognizing the excellence of Waterloo’s BIPOC members, as well as events that foster understanding on race, ethnicity, and awareness.

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Confronting Anti-Black Racism e-Learning Course

The Equity Office is excited to launch an e-learning course called Confronting Anti-Black Racism based on Dr. Christopher Taylor’s Arts130 course. This course is now available to all Waterloo students, faculty and staff and is an opportunity for (un)learning and gaining tools to better take anti-racist action in our own lives, at work, home and in our communities.


Indigenous business and leadership

Wednesday, June 16 | 2 p.m.

Join Alumni Tracy Primeau, BA ‘98, in a discussion about Indigenous Business and Leadership. This discussion will cover topics such as common misconceptions, the seven Grandfather teachings, Indigenous business and leadership opportunities, and why the time is now.

Register on Ticketfi

Lunchtime Performance: Deantha Edmunds, Canada's First and Only Inuk Professional Classical Singer

Monday, June 21 | 12 p.m.

Canada’s first and only Inuk professional classical singer, is a proud resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a two-time Dora Award Nominated performer and is much in demand as a singer, actor, and collaborator in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous projects. She is also a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Circle of Artists. 

Register on Ticketfi.  

The Truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder. Indigenous History Month Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, June 29 | 1 p.m.

In this keynote, The Honourable Murray Sinclair reminds 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. 

His Honour has served as chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), was the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, and recently retired from the Canadian Senate

Register on Ticketfi.

Celebrating community stories

mural of George Floyd

Read about the exceptional recipients of Waterloo Centre for German Studies’ Diversity and Inclusion Grants.

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Read the ConversAction Race Matters 2020 Anti-Racism SummitReport, from Renison University College.


Watch Dr. Christopher Taylor and Alliance co-founder Darrell Adams in one of a series of spotlights featuring Black students and student-athletes.

Watch alumnus Michael Robson talk about the Collective Movement award that supports students who volunteer in African, Caribbean and Black communities