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.
Training and FAQs
Inclusive Research Resource Hub: An online, searchable document repository of training materials, guidelines, and resources related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous research.
Science Indigenous Initiatives: The Faculty of Science is the first faculty at the University of Waterloo to have an embedded Indigenous Initiatives Office. Learn more about current initiatives and resources on campus.
Science Anti-Racism Taskforce (SART): Includes frequently asked questions about racism on campus and a survey.
University of Waterloo Inclusive Communications Guide: Developed by more than 30 dedicated and caring communicators, this guide serves to provide advice on ways to make professional communications at UW more inclusive.
HART Book Club: The History Anti-Racism Taskforce (HART) launched its book club in February 2022. The HART Book Club is a student-focused space to discuss books related to and written by racialized people. It meets 2-3 times per term.
UW Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism (EDI-R):
Resources & Allyship, Office of Indigenous Relations: Includes "Did you know?" learning section.
UW Black Faculty Collective: Includes academic resources, training, and allyship links.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): Equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations at each stage of the research process.
Canadians Working for Inclusivity in Chemical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology Network (CWIC): Promotes inclusivity, equity, and diversity for women and minorities in the chemical sciences across Canada.
Job postings, networks, directories, and scholarships
Bursaries, Awards & Scholarships, Office of Indigenous Relations: A comprehensive list of bursaries, awards, and scholarships for Black and Indigenous students. Graduate and undergraduate awards listed.
Of note on campus
- PART publishes latest issue of The Catalyst Anti-Racism Newsletter.
- Sign-up for the Office of Indigenous Relations Newsletter, Indigenous Connections.
- University Relations publishes the UW Inclusive Communications Guide.
Days of significance this term
- September 19th: Powley Day
- September 30th: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- September 30th: National Orange Shirt Day
- October 25th: Haldimand Treaty of 1784 Anniversary
- November 7th: International Inuit Day
- November 16th: Louis Riel Day
Learn more: Office of Indigenous Relations