Equity, Diversity, Decolonization, and Inclusion

Our core mission is education. Not just in terms of chemistry as a science, but also in terms of training future professionals who respect each other and recognize the strength that diversity brings to furthering discovery.

This page aims to raise awareness about our diverse academic community, provide tools to make us better allies and mentors, empower our future graduates, and promote success across all groups studying chemistry at the University of Waterloo.

Our Territorial Acknowledgement

The University of Waterloo and the Department of Chemistry 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.

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President's Anti-Racism Taskforce releases report
Daily Bulletin, April 27, 2022

After more than a year of planning and consultations with the University community, the President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART) has developed eighty-eight recommendations aimed at rooting out and eliminating racism at the University.  


Training and FAQs

PART reading list: a list of 12 must-read books for all compiled by members of the President’s Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART)

Science Anti-Racism Taskforce (SART) Includes frequently asked questions about racism on campus and a survey.

UW Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-racism (EDI-R) training, events and workshops, plus UW policies related to equity.

Resources & Allyship | Office of Indigenous Relations, including a "Did you know?" learning section.

UW Black Faculty Collective resources, including academic resources, training and allyship links.

Beyond Waterloo

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): Equity, diversity and inclusion considerations at each stage of the research process. Interested in a virtual workshop on “How to develop an effective #EDI Action Plan”? Details and registration.

Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC): Canadians Working for Inclusivity in Chemical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Network promotes inclusivity, equity and diversity for women and minorities in the chemical sciences across Canada

Job postings, networks, directories, and scholarships

The University of Waterloo's Cluster Hiring Initiatives for Black and Indigenous faculty.

Articles of interest

Celebrate Black History Month by Learning About the Achievements of Black Chemists (ACS Axial, Feb 2022)

Adapting the periodic table into Kichwa: A team including native speakers created a periodic table in an Indigenous South American language (C&EN,  Nov 16, 2021)

Our ancestors were scientists: How an Anishnaabe chemist injects elder knowledge into STEM classes (CTV News,  June 15, 2021)

7 Indigenous People in STEM You Should Know (Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology  June 8, 2021)

Meet the Amazing Women of Chemistry (C&EN, 2021)

Nurturing Black chemists (C&EN, Sep 2020)

The leaky pipeline for Black academic chemists (C&EN, June 2020)

Upcoming events

Office of Research webinar: Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Contract Research and Commercialization at the University of Waterloo Thurs., April 28th 

President's Forum on PART's comprehensive report Thurs., May 19th

Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion 

Equitable Recruitment and Selection Training for Faculty: ONLINE MODULE

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence Mon., May 9th and Thurs., May 12th

See all HREI events

Office of Indigenous Relations

See all OIR Events & Workshops

Of note on campus

PART releases its comprehensive report with 88 recommendations to address racism at UW

PART publishes Issue 11 of The Catalyst Anti-racism Newsletter

Indigenous Collection now available at W Store!

Days of Significance this term

May 5th – National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Peoples

Month of June – National Indigenous History Month

June 21st National Indigenous People's Day

July 10th – Huron Tract Treaty of 1827 Anniversary

August 9th – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Learn more - Office of Indigenous Relations