Our campus is made up of incredible cultural diversity. Our students, faculty and staff come from all across the globe to learn, teach, research and contribute to the University of Waterloo and to our community.
In 2013, the University of Waterloo became a member of the community’s Immigration Partnership Council. Facilitated by the Region of Waterloo, the Immigration Partnership brings together organizations representing settlement, health, community, social services, business, employment and education partners. The work is founded on the belief that, by working together, we enhance our collective potential for positive impact to support the successful settlement and integration of immigrants locally. By sitting on the Council, the University demonstrates that, as a community leader, we are part of understanding and responding to a significant social issue for our region.
Through this partnership, the University contributed to the development of the Community Action Plan. The plan highlights three key areas: settle, work and belong; each area has important implications for our campus.
There are over 100 organizations and community members engaged in the Immigration Partnership. Alongside Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College, Waterloo contributes significantly to dialogue on how international students can be welcomed into the Waterloo community during their time as students. We also explore ways that the community at large can appreciate the diversity that our international students brings to Waterloo Region. Finally, we seek to make better connections between the services and resources that are available to Waterloo students, faculty, and staff who are settling not just to our campus but to their new home in Waterloo Region. For more information about cultural diversity in Waterloo Region, including events and resources, visit http://www.immigrationwaterlooregion.ca/.