Tuesday, June 22, 2021

PART implementation team publishes report on Black Studies program, Black Studies Diplomas

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.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Catalyst Anti-Racism Newsletter - Issue 2

In this issue:

  • Welcome to Issue 2
  • Anti-racism across campus
  • Staff feature
  • Working group updates
  • Upcoming events
  • Past events
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Catalyst Anti-Racism Newsletter - Issue 1

In this issue:

  • Amplifying the work of Waterloo’s change-agents
  • Anti-racism across campus
  • Staff feature
  • Working group updates
  • Upcoming events
  • Past events
Monday, March 29, 2021

Update on Anti-Racism Work

Last August, President Hamdullahpur made a number of commitments to address racism on campus, all of which have been embedded into the work of PART.

The work of anti-racism on campus involves everyone, and we remain proud of the work many staff, faculty and students have already done to create tangible change. Among many other actions, work has begun related to the hiring of Black and Indigenous faculty, set in motion a plan for race-based data collection, hired a full-time counsellor dedicated to the needs of BIPOC students, begun work towards a Black Studies Program and developed a proposal for Indigenous spaces. See more about our action on anti-racism here.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Waterloo’s membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

A message from James W.E. Rush, vice-president, academic and provost

I am pleased to announce that the University of Waterloo has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). This membership fulfills one of the anti-racism commitments Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor, made in 2020.

Friday, December 11, 2020

UWaterloo announces membership of The President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce

Widespread community feedback collected between August and October have led to the finalization of several thematic areas for action. These areas have become the foundation of The President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART), and the establishment of five PART working groups, that will make recommendations to address systemic racism on campus. 

Engagement with community members have also highlighted areas where immediate action can begin and led to the establishment of four PART implementation teams to take immediate steps in the areas of BIPOC Related Programming; Campus Representation; Race, Culture & Ethnicity Awareness; and Race-Based Data Strategies.

Details of the Taskforce, Working Groups and Implementation Teams are now available here. We invite the entire campus community to review and provide feedback on our ongoing anti-racism work

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

First official meeting of our Community Collaborative

On September 29, we held the first official meeting of our newly formed PART Community Collaborative. The Community Collaborative is a group of more than 40 BIPOC individuals who have been brought together to create a forum for broad consultation on the initiation and development of PART. This community continues to grow and welcomes additional voices.

We have updated our website to list the six thematic areas being considered for PART action and our next steps. These thematic areas are emerging from ongoing discussions with our Community Collaborative members. Everyone on campus is encouraged to review and provide feedback on these six themes and on our anti-racism work ongoing. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Update on our anti-racism work

Message for employees

Preparations for the new academic term and the changes from the ongoing public health crisis have been front of mind for all of us in recent weeks. Even with these pressures, our work to address systemic, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of racism is still very much top of mind and is ongoing.

Today, we have launched a webpage to help you stay up-to-date on the commitments we’ve made to address systemic racism as well as the evolution and progress of our work.

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