The panel discussion will highlight the importance of policy changes and governance transformations in addressing structural racism. The discussion will focus on gaps in policies, governance structures, and cultures that contribute to systemic racism; recommendations to include Indigenous, Black, and other racialized voices into governance, senior leadership, and other decision-making bodies; and ways to embed equity, diversity, inclusiveness, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and decolonization into University policies and procedures.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.