Culture is a vital part of a thriving economy and impacts the quality of life of a city's residents. The City of Waterloo recently sought to create a 10-year culture plan, which was approved by Council nearly a year ago. The City's plan is the culmination of a broad public consultation process and now depicts a collective vision for culture in our community.
The ultimate goal is to position Waterloo an even more vibrant and creative city in which to live, work, learn and play. Students, faculty and staff at the University of Waterloo contributed to the development of the Culture Plan and look forward to working with the City to implement many of the recommendations.
Our community identified one such recommendation - to work more closely with post-secondary institutions and stakeholders to break down barriers between campuses and the community.
One barrier identified is limited opportunities for post-secondary students to connect with their community and for the community to connect with students. By facilitating opportunities for connection between students and our community, we hope to foster a greater sense of belonging and community pride that would see larger numbers of post-secondary students choose to remain in Waterloo long after they graduate.
The Culture Plan also saw our broader community acknowledge a lack of opportunity to connect with the post-secondary institutions. By increasing community access to UWaterloo events and cultural assets, such as concerts, lectures, art galleries and museums, we hope begin to break down this perceived barrier between our campus and local residents.
With a goal of strengthening a sense of connectedness between our students and community, UWaterloo is working collaboratively with the City of Waterloo, community members and other stakeholders to improve opportunities for our broader community to access campus, and for our students to continue to become active participants in our vibrant and thriving city.