Monday, October 3, 2022

Join the Conversation at the President's Forum today

The stage at the Theatre of the Arts set up for the president's forum.

The stage is set for this afternoon's President's Forum.

President Vivek Goel will be hosting the first in-person President's Forum in two years in the Theatre of the Arts this afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The forum will also be livestreamed via Microsoft Teams for those unable to make it in person.

Throughout the fall term President Vivek Goel is holding a series of in-person and virtual consultations to hear ideas from the University community and our partners about how we can accelerate Waterloo’s evolution to become an institution fit for the future.   

The President’s Forum is your opportunity to hear from President Goel about the Waterloo at 100 initiative, and will also include a 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.

There's still time to register for today's forum and submit a question to University leaders.

Watch the livestream beginning at 1:30 p.m. today

Today, Waterloo Goes Red for United Way

The Waterloo Sign wrapped in red for the United Way.

A message from the United Way Campaign.

It’s back: The United Way Workplace Campaign has started today – and campus has turned red for October. Even our iconic Waterloo sign has its traditional red wrapping.

What the campaign is all about

Every year we launch a month-long campaign to raise funds for the United Way Waterloo Region Communities. We encourage all staff and faculty to donate to the United Way Workplace Campaign. You can give a one-time donation, or you can set up an ongoing payroll deduction. Every little bit counts.

Money raised will fund charities across our Region that tens of thousands of our most vulnerable community members rely upon. With fewer donations coming in because of the pandemic, local charities are turning to the United Way more than ever to try to keep pace with the surge in demand for their services. The University of Waterloo has always stepped up to help our community. Let’s make this year the most successful yet.

New this year: Cause Areas

The United Way has organized their charities and funding into 10 targeted campaign areas, or cause areas. The University of Waterloo has decided to incorporate three of these cause areas into our Campaign. They are:

  • Advocating for Mental Health
  • Increasing Food Security
  • Advancing Equity

When you donate money on e-Pledge, the United Way’s donation portal, you’ll be asked if you wish to contribute specific funds to any of these cause areas. It’s a great way to ensure your donations match your values. Or you can keep your donation general and continue to support all of the local charities that the United Way funds.

How to get involved

This year, the United Way Committee has organized amazing events to bring the spirit of community and philanthropy to our campus, and to help us stay red throughout the month of October.

Houseplants 102 logoHouseplants 102: Join Bryan Dobson of Gold Leaf Botanicals for a lunch and learn on plant care and get answers to your questions about all things houseplants, as a follow up to last year’s incredible event, on October 13 at 12:00 p.m. Prior attendance is not needed. NOTE: This is a virtual event.

United Way yoga event logoYoga Class: Join host Sandra Gibson to relax your body and align your mind through a yoga session with Thrive on October 14 at 12:00 p.m. in PAC Studio 1.

United Way soup day logoSoup Day: We’ve been waiting for an in-person Soup Day for two years and it’s finally here! On October 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the Science Teaching Complex (STC) atrium, we’ll be dishing out some delicious, comforting soup (what’s better on an October Monday?), and you might even see some familiar faces working the ladles and pots. Prepared by UW Catering and Events Services, this event will warm everyone. A $5 donation is suggested.

As always, we encourage everyone to participate in any department-run events organized by our incredible ambassadors. Past events have included bake sales, recipe books, and pet calendars. It’s a great way to connect with your teams and provide much needed donations to a great charity.

If you have any questions about donations or events, please connect with us through We’re looking forward to another amazing campaign throughout October.

Check out W Store's new look

The revamped W Store in South Campus Hall.

A message from Print + Retail Solutions.

W Store is celebrating the newly renovated store located in South Campus Hall from 9 am to 4 pm on October 3 and 4 with a gift card giveaway, a visit from King Warrior and new product launches.

W Store will give the first 50 customers who make a purchase ($25 before taxes) each day a gift card to spend later. Gift card amounts range from $10, $15, $50 and $100 and will be randomly allocated. King Warrior will attend on Monday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to take pictures and shop the newest arrivals, including the latest Adidas collection.

For more information about the draw, check out the giveaway details at

Celebrating Latin American Heritage month

By Tracelyn Cornelius.

October is Latin American Heritage month. Latin American immigrants and their communities continue to play a key role in the social, economic, political, and cultural fabric of Canada. This is an occasion to honour the contributions and share the achievements of Latin Americans in Canada. 

Latin American Heritage month is also an opportunity to explore the shared legacy of colonialism in Canada and Latin America, reflect on the common challenges posed by coloniality today and foster productive Inter-American dialogues for reciprocal solidarity.   

The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies invites you to learn more about innovative forms of equity and inclusivity borne out of the pluricultural and multilingual experiences in the territory, often referred to as Latin America, but that many call Abya Yala.  

Dr. Madelaine Cahuas, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and a Latina feminist urban scholar is scheduled to facilitate a talk called "Unsettling Latinx Senses of Place: Stories from Tkaronto" on October 26 at 1p.m. on Teams, where she will discuss the fight for environmental justice undertaken by Latin American immigrant women in Toronto. Dr. Cahuas holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, where she focused on Latinx urban life and politics, specifically in Toronto.  

Please register.  

“This Latin American Heritage month, we hope to cultivate empathy, community, and solidarity, while celebrating the achievements of Latin Americans in Kitchener-Waterloo region and across the country,” said Monica Leoni, associate professor and chair of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. “We invite you to join us in showcasing and promoting the vibrant diversity of Latin American cultures and experiences on campus and to the broader community.” 

The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies also helps to promote interdisciplinary collaborations that recognize multiple ways of thinking, through partnerships with programs like the Annual Latin American Film Festival, organized in collaboration with Kitchener Public Library, and the Spanish Conversation Circle offered through the Waterloo Public Library (at the John M. Harper Branch). 

Last year’s celebration of Latin American Heritage Month included an event with sociologist Dolores Figueroa Romero and Indigenous activist Norma Don Juan Pérez, who shared their work on violence against Indigenous women in Mexico and Canada in a presentation titled “Binational Dialogues on the Challenges to Document Violence Against Indigenous Women in Mexico and Canada.”   

Fall Student Experience Survey opens October 17

A person types on a laptop, and its screen says Student Experience Survey

A message from the Survey Research Centre and Institutional Analysis & Planning Departments.

Are you a student in a course-based program? Your feedback matters. The Student Experience Survey (SES) is a short survey sent out once a term to help the University understand students' learning environment and experience, challenges, and successes.

The survey is opening on the 17 of October. Only 10,000 students receive the survey invitation each term. Keep an eye out for your invitation to participate in the SES. Invitations will be sent to your email and through LEARN on October 17. If you did not receive an invitation, don’t worry, you may receive one for future iterations of this survey.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and students who submit their survey will receive $5 added to their WATcard.

The survey will be open from October 17 to 31, 2022.

The SES is voluntary and confidential, and if you decide to participate, you can skip any question you do not feel comfortable answering.

The Student Experience Survey is administered by the University of Waterloo Survey Research Centre (SRC), in collaboration with Institutional Analysis & Planning, the Associate Vice President, Academic, the Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, the Keep Learning Team, and the Student Success Office. For more information on the survey, you can visit the FAQ page [hyperlink:] or email

Keeping Well At Work Daily Inspirations begin and other notes

Keeping Well at Work Daily Inspiration banner image.

Need a little inspiration this October? It’s busy, there’s less sunlight as the days are getting shorter, priorities are piling up - there’s just so much going on. But let’s not forget to carve out a little time to make sure we’re doing okay.

Today marks the start of Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada, where we recognize there is no health without mental health, and so it’s the perfect time to kick off the annual Keeping Well at Work Daily Inspirations challenge.

Every day in October, right here in the Daily Bulletin and on Twitter, take on the bite-sized wellness challenge-of-the-day for a fresh boost of well-being. Invite your colleagues, family and friends to join you. Tweet @OHDuwaterloo to inspire others.

Need an even bigger dose of inspiration for your wellness? Don’t miss the Keeping Well at Work conference on Thursday, October 13 brought to you by Organizational and Human Development in partnership with the Healthy Workplace Committee – register to join in-person at Fed Hall or online.

Are you ready for your first challenge?

Commit to a month of daily inspirations, focused on you

Record the daily inspirations in a place that makes sense for you…. Your notebook, Outlook calendar, OneNote, on individual post it notes - whatever works for you. Take 15 minutes today to set yourself up for success the rest of the month.

Games Institute Open House poster with video game controllers and VR headsets.Let the games begin: The Games Institute will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 5. "Come and discover the interactive and immersive technologies research conducted in the Games Institute's collaborative interdisciplinary environment," says a note from the Games Institute. "Anyone interested in the research happening at the Games Institute (GI) is more than welcome to come and explore our space during the Open House. We especially encourage anyone considering or currently pursuing graduate school or a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Waterloo to come and learn about the work conducted at the GI over the past ten years."

The Games Institute is a 9000-square-foot interdisciplinary research centre with multiple interdisciplinary lab spaces, a maker space with two 3D printers, a 30-person presentation space, and a large collaboration area. The institute is led by Executive Director Dr. Neil Randall (Faculty of Arts) and Associate Director Mark Hancock (Engineering) and has members from every faculty and most departments on campus.

The open house will feature an array of research projects from multiple Virtual Reality experiences (with demos), restorative justice technologies, feminist archiving and social media activism, table-top role playing games, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) exhibits, gamification and more.

The event takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Games Institute space in East Campus 1.

The Office of the Associate Vice-President Education, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism and the Graduate Student Association of the University of Waterloo (GSA-UW) are offering a new workshop series entitled Managing Workplace Conflict, part of a Maintaining Effective Relations with your Supervisor for Graduate Students microlearning series, which is always available online.

"Graduate Student TAs, RAs and Sessional Instructors are critical agents in the research and educational services of the University of Waterloo," says an explanatory note. "While there are many opportunities for work experience and professional development through such roles, it is important to review resources for support when met with interpersonal disagreements or challenges relating to divisions of labour, time or responsibilities."

"Recognizing the inherent power imbalance between graduate students and the supervisory role, it is important to establish healthy and effective working relationships to ensure everyone’s time, abilities and energy are being respected. This allows all parties involved to manage the demands of the work assignment while also balancing the many other competing priorities of academia."

Check out the full list of learning modules

Link of the day

German Unity Day

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 KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB) offers workshops, webinars and events.

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.

President’s Forum: Waterloo at 100, Monday October 3, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in-person and online.

NEW - Writing Café (online), Tuesday, October 4, 9:00 a.m.

NEW - Identifying and Uprooting Internalized Racism, Tuesday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Research Horizons: Dialogue with Leaders, Wednesday, October 5, 12 oon to 1:00 p.m., please register to attend in person (Enterprise Theatre in EC5) or virtually.

Games Institute Open House, Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Farm Market, Thursday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lower Atrium SLC.

NEW - Introduction to Equity, Thursday, October 6, 9:00 a.m.

Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium - Virtual Grad Studies Fair, Thursday, October 6, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, Online.

Department of Chemical Engineering and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology joint event, “Sustainable Future Perspectives Series: Recycling Electronic Components: Reducing Global Waste,” Thursday, October 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., E7  2nd , Floor Conrad Hub.

NEW - Warrior Football vs LaurierThursday, October 6, 6:00 p.m., Warrior Field, Battle of Waterloo, Senior Day, Think Pink. Purchase Tickets. 

NEW - Fall Reading Break, Saturday, October 8 to Sunday, October 16.

METU x UW Erasmus+ Mobility 2022-2023 application deadline, Monday, October 10. Visit Waterloo International’s opportunities page for staff, students, and faculty international mobility opportunities.

NEW - Thanksgiving holiday, Monday, October 10, most University operations closed.

NEW - Geological Society of America (GSA) Conference Reception, Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention. 

NEW - Thank You Day, Tuesday, October 11, most University operations closed.

PhD oral defences

Psychology. Rochelle Evans, "The Idea of a Follower: An Investigation of Implicit Followership Theories and Their Correlates." Supervisors, Douglas Brown, Winny Shen. Available upon request from the Faculty of Arts, Graduate Studies and Research Officer. Oral defence Friday, November 4, 1:00 p.m., remote participation.

Recreation and Leisure Studies. Jaylyn Leighton, "Opportunities for Redress: Re-imagining Relations, Restoration, and Leisure for Uniformed Bodies serving as First Responders." Supervisor, Kim Lopez. Email Health Graduate Administration for a copy. Oral defence Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m., BMH 3119.

Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Richard Giles, “Under the Skin: Assessing the Ideological Underpinnings and Material Reality of Cultured Meat”. Supervisor, Jennifer Clapp. Available upon request from the Faculty of Environment, Administrator, Graduate Studies. Oral defence Monday, November 7, 9:00 a.m.

English Language and Literature. Tommy Mayberry, "Queen of the Academy: Academic Drag as Pedagogy and Praxis." Supervisor, Frances Condon. Available upon request from the Faculty of Arts, Graduate Studies and Research Officer. Oral defence Wednesday, November 9, 1:15 p.m., PAS 2434 and online.