President Feridun Hamdullahpur announces President's Anti-racism Taskforce (PART)
In a memo to campus this morning, President Feridun Hamdullahpur announced the formation of the President’s Anti-racism Taskforce (PART).
"The University of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan defines our commitment to fostering inclusivity, belonging and a culture of involvement on our campus and within our community," Hamdullahpur writes. "We have made a start on this work already – including in our Indigenous initiatives and in the on-going work of the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Office.
"It is clear to me now, after spending time engaging with the issues of anti-racism, particularly anti-Black racism, over the last two weeks, that we must build further on what we’ve been doing as a University to advance equity for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) on our campus.
"The President’s Anti-racism Taskforce is the next step in our commitment to strengthening diverse communities, with a specific focus on anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and other issues of racism on our campus."
Members of the campus community who would like to share their experience at the University of Waterloo with PART are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Taskforce members will be informed about expressions of interest to participate and someone will be in touch when the group is formed.
Read the full announcement on Waterloo Stories.
New resource page provides tools for engaging in anti-racism work
A message from Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.
As part of our commitments made last week, we are happy to share an anti-racism resource page. It is designed to be a non-exhaustive list of resources intended to help students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo develop a deeper understanding of anti-Black racism, along with racism toward other members of the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour).
Reviewing resources and attending trainings are a great first step in working toward anti-racism and equity, but they should be the tools we use to inform our commitments—not the end goals themselves.
Anti-Black racism, colonization and all other forms of racism are ongoing, oppressive and violent, and impact people on our campus directly. Please see Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion's Statement of Action on Anti-Black Racism to learn more about what we are doing to address anti-Black racism specifically. We recognize that our work must be and will be more expansive than just those commitments but wanted to share our immediate response. We look forward to hearing from other departments and teams about their plans to embed anti-racism in their spaces in the coming days, weeks and months.
We look forward to building this list, continuing important conversations and actions, and remaining accountable.
Graduating Waterloo warriors share a few words of wisdom
This is an excerpt from an article on Waterloo Stories
Sports have always played an integral role in bringing a community together. From standing in the crowd and cheering on our varsity teams to celebrating athletic milestones, Waterloo strives to find a space for everyone — all students, faculties, staff and the wider Waterloo community.
Although we cannot be together to celebrate in-person in June with students and their family members, we will hold convocation ceremonies once it is safe to do so. They can choose to come and celebrate with us then. Waterloo strives to maintain that sense of belonging and showing our pride in celebrating our graduands.
We invited three graduating Waterloo Warriors to share a few words of wisdom to incoming students who will be joining us for the first time in the upcoming fall term. Each of these students have been competing in different Varsity teams across campus. Where they showed a lot of integrity, perseverance, and passion for both in their athletic career and their undergraduate studies. Graduands can expect to reflect back on their own experiences as well.
Waterloo Varsity Figure Skating
For the last five years, Victoria Tough has been part of the Waterloo Varsity Figure Skating team here at the University.
“It’s important to remember that your university experience is about the accumulation of things that you learn, and that won’t always be inside the classroom,” Tough says.
Tough recommends every student to broaden their experience by participating in extra-curricular activities that can bring joy to a person. Tough adds, “That is the key in making your university experience the best it can be.”
“Try new things or old things, or things [that] you’re already good at,” Tough says. She explains that any activity that can make you feel happy and strong — is an activity worth trying. “The lessons and connections that you gain from these experiences will always be worth it.”
Tough is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology.
Read the full article on Waterloo Stories.
Employee email migration beginning
A message from Information Systems & Technology.
As communicated on February 12, the Office 365 employee email investigation recommendation to proceed with a staged migration of the majority of employee email to the Microsoft Office 365 cloud environment was approved. Working closely with our Microsoft partners, Information Systems & Technology (IST) has carefully assessed the requirements for the O365 deployment and is prepared to begin this work.
In the coming weeks, Academic Support units will be contacted by their IST Account Rep to coordinate a migration plan. The migration of Academic Support client email accounts will take place between mid-June and the end of August 2020.
Faculty groups interested in migrating to Office 365 during the spring term may submit a request ticket to email@example.com.
More information on the migration process – what to expect, migration schedule, and support resources – will be added to the Office 365 Employee Email Migration website as this work gets underway.