Friday, September 16, 2022

Join the conversation at the President's Forum and Waterloo at 100 consultations

President Goel and other University leaders sit on stage.

President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel wants to hear from you.

Throughout the fall term President Goel is holding a series of in-person and virtual consultations to hear ideas from the university community and our partners about how we continue to ensure Waterloo is an institution positioned for the future. 

Attend the President’s Forum

You are invited to join President Goel on Monday, October 3, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the President’s Forum.

Hosted live in the Theatre of the Arts (ML 135), and virtually on Microsoft Teams, the President’s Forum is your opportunity to hear from President Goel about the Waterloo at 100 initiative. The forum will also include an “any topic” Q&A session hosted by Sandra Banks, Vice-President, University Relations, where President Goel and other University leaders will answer questions from the audience in person and participating online.

Register today for the President's Forum on October 3

Have your say at the Waterloo at 100 consultation sessions

Since the first part of 2022, more than 1,000 people have participated in preliminary consultations as part of the Waterloo at 100 visioning exercise to develop a longer-term vision that will address: What do we as an institution aspire to become by our 100th anniversary in 2057?

As we embark on a second round of consultations this fall, all members of the University community are invited to read the latest discussion paper and continue sharing ideas for the long-term success of Waterloo, by attending one in a series of informal chats with President Goel.

In addition to the Forum, six Waterloo at 100 consultation sessions will be held both virtually and in-person between September 26, and October 14, 2022.

Sign up for a session that works for you and join the conversation.

Have your say: Waterloo at 100 consultation dates and times

Postdoc Appreciation Week starts on Monday

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A message from Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA).

We are thrilled to announce that this year the University of Waterloo is once again celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), which runs from Monday, September 19 to Friday, September 23. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs has organized events and giveaways taking place all throughout next week, with the full details on our NPAW 2022 page.  

Postdoctoral fellows are such an important part of the UWaterloo community, and we’re grateful for this chance to celebrate them and the important work that they do. To help the campus community learn more about postdocs, we will be posting information and facts about postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo each day during NPAW.

What can you do to celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week?

If you have postdocs working in your area, take some time next week to wish them a Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week and thank them for all they do!

You can also learn more about postdoctoral fellowship by follow along with our daily posts and exploring the National Postdoc Association or the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars.

Colleen Philips-Davis brings passion, experience to EDI-R role at CEE

By Matthew King.

Colleen Phillips-DavisColleen Phillips-Davis has spent almost 20 years making her mark at the University of Waterloo. Her experiences and passion to create change will be a major asset as she embarks on a new leadership role.

Phillips-Davis began her tenure at Waterloo as a co-op coordinator before moving into the role of account manager. She spent the last 10 years leveraging her relationships to foster successful connections between students and employers. In July, Phillips-Davis stepped into the newly created role of associate director, equity, diversity, inclusion & anti-racism.

Her role will focus on strengthening the approach within Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) to lead the department’s strategic direction in the critical areas of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism (EDI-R). Phillips-Davis will report to both the Associate Provost of CEE and the office of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism at Waterloo.

Colleen brings an extensive knowledge of CEE’s inner workings as well as a passion for making a difference in the EDI-R realm. In this role, Colleen can continue to deliver advocacy and devotion for EDI-R while impacting change within the department and institution,” says Norah McRae, associate provost, CEE.

Preparing for the future

Co-operative education is a key area of development in the EDI-R space at Waterloo, as the department helps to prepare the next generation of talent for the workforce. Waterloo’s current students, several of whom are part of Generation Z, will be the most diverse talent to ever hit the workforce. Dr. Christopher Taylor, associate vice-president, equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, believes Phillips-Davis' experience gives her a deep understanding of the changes that need to happen.

“CEE is a juggernaut, so to have someone who has been in that space for a long time and understands the nuances, understands the partners, understands the relationships across the institution, is really important,” says Dr. Christopher Taylor. “To have somebody like Colleen, who has that experience is top notch and fantastic. On top of that, she does have that experience in EDI-R. So, to be able to marry those two skill sets is essentially finding a unicorn.”

A crucial aspect of the position will involve building internal campus-wide relationships to align with Waterloo’s vision and strategic direction for EDI-R and accessibility.

“Waterloo is known for being the most innovative university and this is our opportunity to embed innovation from an EDI-R lens,” says Phillips-Davis. “It's our opportunity to disrupt some of the policies and procedures that are in place that create a barrier, but having diverse ways of seeing, knowing, and being will set us up for the next 100 years and beyond.”

In alignment with the CEE strategic plan, Phillips-Davis will focus largely on future-proofing our students and staff. She will deepen the understanding of the student experience with the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and anti-discrimination. With staff, Phillips-Davis will lead the development of staff awareness and engagement in these areas.

“It starts with staff, because staff are the ones who engage with the students, so you must give staff the capacity, that knowledge, to be able to work with students who come from very diverse experiences,” says Phillips-Davis. “Having that knowledge about how to triage if it is a mental health and wellness concern, or if there are other concerns, gives them the information to support the students appropriately. So, it is capacity building, it’s knowledge building. But staff is critical to ensure that students have that incredible experience that they should have.”

Further to ensuring that student and staff experience, Phillips-Davis will continue to work with co-op employers.

"Providing our industry partners with the tools to overlay EDI-R in the workplace is important as they play a critical role in providing an inclusive environment where students can thrive as they navigate their co-op work-integrated learning experience and beyond,” says Phillips-Davis.

The associate director will play a key role in the development and implementation of the 2022-2025 EDI-R strategic plan. Upcoming projects include:

  • AIWL: Advancing into Waterloo Leadership;
  • EDI-R Office Fellowship Program;
  • Anti-Racism Impact Assessment Black and Indigenous Faculty Mentorship Program;
  • Transitional Year Program;
  • Inclusive Washrooms;
  • Anti-Racism Policy and response guidelines;
  • Anti-Racism response case review system; and
  • Accessibility to menstrual products.

“When we look at the EDI-R office, when we look at our office, when we look at Colleen's role, it's not just about making people's lives easier, it's about making services more accessible,” says Dr. Taylor.

A Late Arrival Welcome for international students

Three students sit at a picnic table on campus.

A message from the Student Success Office.

Due to study permit processing delays, cancelled flights and other challenges related to COVID-19, we know many first-year international students missed important Orientation events and sessions. To help these students adjust to life in Canada and transition successfully to Waterloo, we’ve extended programming for this population throughout September. 

Late Arrival Welcome will offer opportunities for students to learn about the local and campus communities, build their networks, and complete essential tasks like setting up bank accounts, all with support from knowledgeable upper-year volunteers and staff. Programming begins on Saturday, September 17 with an introductory session that explores Canadian classroom expectations, and concludes with an evening bonfire on Thursday, September 29.  

For a full list of events and activities, visit the Student Success Office website.  

Sustainability Action Fund open for applications

Sustainability Action Fund banner featuring a woman sitting in front of Environment 3's living wall working on a laptop

A message from the Sustainability Office.

Have a project idea to advance sustainability on campus?

The Sustainability Action Fund is now accepting applications for projects that will work towards the University’s Environmental SustainabilityStrategy. Projects can include infrastructure improvements, campaigns, or activities to increase awareness of sustainability issues on campus, and programs to support sustainable behaviours.

Applicants can request between $2,000 and $30,000 in funding this term, and can be led by staff, students, or faculty members.

Some examples of past projects that have successfully received funding include:

  • SDG youth training conference;
  • Secure bike cage;
  • Standardized waste receptacles;
  • Arts/Environment gardens signage; and
  • Biology Growth Chamber retrofit.

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 14. Full details and instructions are available on the Sustainability Action Fund webpage.

The Centre for Career Action wants your feedback

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A message from the Centre for Career Action.

The Centre for Career Action is looking for valuable feedback from students at Waterloo. We are inviting all undergraduate and graduate students to share their feedback on our services, resources, and programming and how we can improve to become a safer and more inviting space for you to reach out to regarding work- or career-related support.

Participants who submit a response by September 30 will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card – details of how to enter contact information are included in the survey.

Click here to submit a response.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 138

 Beyond the Bulletin banner featuring two vintage microphones

The latest episode of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now live. Ghazal Geshnizjani, professor and chair of Women in Math, appears with performance artist Gioia De Cari to discuss the latter’s experience in what she’s described as the male math maze at MIT and the show it inspired. Jacinda Reitsma is the new vice-president, administration and finance. The Royal Society of Canada has honoured several UWaterloo researchers as fellows, college members, and award winners. And the University will make a formal commitment to Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation with a special ceremony.

Link of the day

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

When and Where to get support

Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, immigration consulting, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

Instructors looking for targeted support for developing online components for blended learning courses, transitioning remote to fully online courses, revising current online courses, and more please visit Agile Development | Centre for Extended Learning | University of Waterloo (

Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment.

Course templates are available within your course in LEARN to help you build and edit your content and assignment pages quickly.

The following workshops, webinars, and events are offered by the KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB):

Supports are available for employees returning to campus. Visit IST’s Hybrid Work and Technology guidelines and workplace protocols to assist with the transition.

Students with permanent, temporary and suspected disabilities and disabling conditions (medical conditions, injuries, or trauma from discrimination, violence, or oppression) can register with AccessAbility Services for academic accommodations (classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, milestone accommodations).

Instructors can visit AccessAbility Services' Faculty and Staff web page for information about the Instructor/Faculty role in the accommodation process. Instructors/ Faculty members are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is here to help you understand your obligations, and to offer services and resources to help you facilitate accommodations.

The Writing and Communication Centre has in-person and virtual services to support grad and undergrad students, postdocs and faculty with any writing or communication project. Services include one-to-one appointmentsdrop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and custom in-class workshops.  

Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

The Centre for Career Action (CCA) has services and programs to support undergrads, grad students, postdocs, alumni, and employees in figuring out what they value, what they’re good at, and how to access meaningful work, co-op, volunteer, or graduate/professional school opportunities. Questions about CCA's services? Live chat, call 519-888-4047, or stop by our front desk in the Tatham Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Drop-in to in-person Warrior Study Halls on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DC and DP. Join a Peer Success Coach to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

Renison's English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

The Library is here to help, both in person and online. Our spaces are open for access to book stacks, study space, computers and printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Access our resources online for anywhere, anytime learning and research. Full details on current services and hours are available on the Library’s COVID-19 Update webpage.

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: or visit the SVPRO website.

The Office of Indigenous Relations is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the University's Indigenization strategy.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at St. Paul’s University College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

WUSA supports for students:

Peer support - MATESGlow CentreRAISEWomen’s Centre - Click on one of the links to book an appointment either in person or online for the term.

Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk 24/7 in the Student Life Centre. Drop-off locations are also open again in SLC, DC, DP, SCH, and all residences.

Co-op Connection all available online. 

Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at

WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

GSA-UW supports for graduate students: 

The Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW) supports students’ academic and social experience and promotes their well-being.

Advising and Support - The GSA advises graduate students experiencing challenges and can help with navigating university policies & filing a grievance, appeal, or petition.

Mental Health covered by the Health Plan - The GSA Health Plan now has an 80 per cent coverage rate (up to $800/year) for Mental Health Practitioners. Your plan includes coverage for psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and clinical counselors.

Dental Care - The GSA Dental Plan covers 60 to 70 per cent of your dental costs and by visiting dental professionals who are members of the Studentcare Networks, you can receive an additional 20 to 30 per cent coverage.

Student Legal Protection Program - Your GSA fees give you access to unlimited legal advice, accessible via a toll-free helpline: +1-833-202-4571. This advice covers topics including housing disputes, employment disputes, and disputes with an academic institution.

The Graduate House: Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’re open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Graduate House is a community space run by the GSA-UW. We’re adding new items to the menu. Graduate students who paid their fees can get discounts and free coffee.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join our “Waterloo Warriors” team on the website or app. #ItsInYouToGive

Warriors Game Day Tickets and Season Passes, on sale now. Cheer on your Warriors W/M Basketball, Football W/M Hockey and W/M Volleyball teams at home during the 2022-23 season. Purchase today.

Warrior Rec Instructional Registration Deadline, Friday, September 16, 1:00 p.m. Find out more.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Connecting the Dots”, featuring speaker Mary Stewart, Visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Emerita, Friday, September 16, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

NEW - Warriors Football vs McMaster– Saturday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., Warrior Field, Employee Day (free Staff and Faculty tickets sponsored by Homewood Suites; email for coupon code). Free tickets for youth wearing their football jerseys. Purchase tickets. 

2SLGBTQ+ Fundamentals, Monday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., online.

University senate meeting, Monday, September 19, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Organ Donor Awareness with Eric Celentano (BSc ’79), drop by to hear from a lung transplant recipient and how you can register to give the gift of life, Tuesday, September 20, 12 noon to 4:0 p.m., Health Expansion (EXP) foyer.

The Next 100 Symposium, Wednesday, September 21 to Friday, September 23. Find out more.

WaterLeadership: Evolution of Science Communications, presented by David Janzen, Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304.

NEW - Applied and Computational Mathematics Distinguished Lecture, “High Order Numerical Methods for Hyperbolic Equations,” Dr. Chi-Wang Shu, Theodore B. Stowell Professor, Brown University, Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 a.m., MC 5501.

NEW - Safeguarding Science workshop, Wednesday, September 21, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Public Safety Canada invites Faculty, staff and students to attend this virtual event via MS Teams. Register to receive a link.

Welcome Back Lunch Friday, Friday, September 23, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the BMH Green. Free for the campus community. RSVP not required but let us know if you plan to attend.

University of Graz x University of Waterloo Erasmus+ Staff Mobilities 2022 application deadline, September 30.