Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Historic symbols of agreement displayed in the University's Board and Senate chambers

Dr. William Woodworth speaks to Senate members with the wampum belts behind him.

Dr. William Woodworth speaks to Senate members with the Wampum belts behind him.

By Tracelyn Cornelius.

Following the University of Waterloo’s historic commitment to truth and reconciliation, three Wampum belts, traditional symbols of agreement for some Indigenous communities, are now on display in the halls of the senate.  

On September 22, 2022, the Indigenous Peoples of the University of Waterloo asked Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor, for a commitment to reconciliation, Indigenization and decolonization at the institution. The president committed the University to fostering a better understanding of Indigenous history, developing an awareness of the damaging intergenerational effects of colonialism and the residential school system and taking responsibility for vital components of the reconciliation process. 

The three wampum belts installed in the Board and Senate Room.Speaking during Monday’s senate meeting, Elder Dr. William Woodworth, Elder in Residence in the Faculty of Engineering, explained that Wampum belts have been used for centuries by Indigenous peoples for ceremonial purposes to signify respect between peoples and cultures.  

“These two Wampum belts are very meaningful and represent the collective responsibilities to all people to work collaboratively together,” Elder Woodworth said. “We are mounting the Wampum belts in the senate so that as we do this business, we remember the agreement that we have made, and that it is valid forever.” (editor's note: a Wampum belt presented by Six Nations Polytechnic to the University of Waterloo in January 2015 to mark the partnership between the two institutions was installed along with the two belts received by President Goel in 2022.)

Indigenous Knowledge Keeper in the Faculty of Health, Myeengun Henry also addressed the senate. Henry, who is a former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, explained that the University of Waterloo has the opportunity to be a shining example to other institutions interested in following through on their commitments to truth and reconciliation in meaningful ways. 

“A certain consciousness of the need to develop relationships built on trust and respect with Indigenous Peoples has been awakened in Canada,” he said. “What we are about to do at the University is to develop practices for sustaining long-term and effective partnerships that support other ways of knowing as we foster mutual responsibility and respect.” 

What is the significance of the Wampum Belt? 

Wampum is created from clam shells. The beads are skilfully cut from the white and purple parts of the shell. Because of the effort that is needed to make a bead, wampum is highly valued. For some Indigenous peoples, the shell is thought to be a living record used to remember an initial agreement and the history that has happened to date. Wampum belts have also been used in the past in matters regarding treaties and agreements made between Indigenous peoples and settlers.  

The Two Row Wampum represents a living treaty established for people to live together in peace with the expectation that each party will respect the ways of the other as they meet to discuss solutions to the issues that come before them. 

Registering your international travel

A photo of an airplane's wing with pink clouds beneath it.

A message from Waterloo International in support of International Education Week.

Did you know that the University of Waterloo has over 1,000 students, faculty and staff currently travelling abroad? At any given time, large numbers of campus colleagues are on exchanges, internships, and field trips, going to conferences, and conducting research around the globe. 

Waterloo International supports campus members travelling internationally through our Safety Abroad team. They are here to help you prepare effectively for international travel and to assist you as you move around the world on university activities and business. To help support your international travel, there are three steps you are required to complete to meet the University’s travel safety requirements: 

  1. Obtain approval (students only)

Students are required to obtain approval from the appropriate International Travel Approving Authority before travelling internationally and completing the travel registration process. This approval must be documented on the International Travel Approval form.

  1. Register travel

Students, faculty and staff travelling to Level 1 or Level 2 destinations outside of Canada must register their travel with Safety Abroad by completing the International Travel Registration form.

If you are travelling as part of a group, you do not need to complete the form (group travel registration should be completed by the group leader using the International Travel Registration form). Similarly, if you are a faculty or staff member travelling within the United States you do not need to complete this form but can if you want to register your trip.  

Travel to Level 3 or Level 4 destinations is not permitted without high-risk travel approval from the Provost.

  1. Complete pre-departure and travel risk mitigation activities

Once your travel is registered with Waterloo International, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days with instructions to complete the required pre-departure and travel risk mitigation activities. These may include, but not be limited to:

  • completing a LEARN pre-departure training module;
  • reviewing a pre-departure travel checklist;
  • signing an International Mobility Program (Non-Co-op) Acknowledgement;
  • registering with the government and obtaining visas;
  • updating your emergency contact information;
  • verifying your travel and health insurance; and
  • ensuring your travel vaccinations are up to date. 

In addition, travellers who register will receive a Travel Risk Brief provided by Anvil Group, the University’s third-party provider of worldwide medical, security, travel, and emergency assistance for university-related and personal travel. You are required to review the provided brief before travelling. Please note: Anvil Group is not a travel insurance company. Any costs associated with assistance you receive are the responsibility of you or your travel insurance provider. 

By completing these steps, you will have a knowledgeable and experienced team support you while travelling. Working together, the Safety Abroad team and Anvil Group will provide you with important incident alerts and advisories for your travel destination. Safety Abroad will also assist with personal safety measures should any risk arise. Your safety and security when going abroad is our mutual obligation and priority. 

For more information and to register your travel, go to the Safety Abroad website. In the event of an emergency while travelling, please visit Who to contact in an emergency.

Universal Design for Learning and Wellbeing Community of Practice event on Thursday

Cartoon depictions of wellness.

A message from Campus Wellness.

The Wellness Collaborative, Centre for Teaching Excellence, Centre for Extended Learning, Student Success Office, AccessAbility Services, Writing and Communication Centre, and fellow instructors have partnered up to critically look at how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can (and cannot) support holistic wellbeing in the learning environment. We invite you, instructors and others who support the learning environment, to join us in a Community of Practice (CoP).

We are excited to announce that our next Community of Practice meeting, UDL for Inclusive Pedagogy, takes place this week on Thursday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m.

In this session, Dr. Jay Dolmage and Dr. Trevor Holmes will share their histories with UDL in their teaching, and facilitate conversations about inclusive teaching practices and barriers to inclusion at Waterloo. 

For more details about each session, see our website. 

The CoP will be hosted virtually through Microsoft Teams and members can access resources and support asynchronously.  

To get involved in the CoP, please complete this brief Qualtrics survey.  

Please note that you do not need to attend all the sessions to join the CoP, as our aim is to make this CoP accessible for all who are interested. We look forward to connecting with you.

Register for a talk on social science research funding on December 8

Ted Hewitt.

Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

A message from the Office of Research.

Join Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), for his presentation Research Funding in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Past, Present and Future on Thursday, December 8 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. He served as the inaugural chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee from 2017 to 2019. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. He was also a public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A leading authority on Brazil, Ted has published in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals. In 2018, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco—one of the highest levels of merit—for the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada.

Ted’s current research focuses on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the roles of universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in Latin America and beyond. He is co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, and a member of the board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Ted holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.

Please register for either the in-person or virtual session. The in-person event will be held in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building (ML), University of Waterloo.

Douglas Wright Engineer-in-Residence showcases innovations from Peel Region to address the Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges

By Nadine Ibrahim.

The cover of the Peel Region case study.The Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges (CEGCs) are a call to action that recognize the critical role that engineers play as technological leaders and stewards, and focus the attention of the engineering profession to the pressing responsibility to address these challenges with urgency. Every year, the Douglas Wright Engineer-in-Residence showcases innovative projects from their municipality or region to address the Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges. This year, the Douglas Wright Engineer-in-Residence is Kealy Dedman, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. Throughout her tenure in 2022, Kealy has been very engaged with what we do in Civil & Environmental Engineering around the Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges and what we've been able to do with this powerful framework in terms of leadership, awareness and exposure to Canadian cities and communities, and the challenges as well as the opportunities for innovation. 

Together with her staff, Kealy led the compilation of Peel Region case studies that address the Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges. This publication serves to provide examples of engineering innovation as they address the following grand challenges: 1) Resilient Infrastructure; 2) Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy; 3) Access to safe water in all communities; 4) Inclusive, safe, and sustainable cities; 5) Inclusive and safe industrialization; and 6) Access to affordable and inclusive STEM education. The hope is that future Engineers-in-Residence that follow will do the same and produce a publication to showcase the CEGCs from their municipalities and regions. 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is home to the Douglas Wright Engineer-in-Residence who is invited by Nadine Ibrahim, Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering, for a 1-year term to our campus. “It has been a pleasure working alongside Kealy this past year, and it is what makes the role of the Turkstra Chair and the engagement with municipalities so worthwhile," says Dr. Ibrahim. "Students who take an interest in exploring sustainable cities and communities, and learning about infrastructure in Canadian municipalities find a lot of value from the Engineer-in-Residence program.”

Link of the day

The long and the short of it: a history of the Mullet

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 (

Faculty, staff, post-doc and graduate student instructors can find upcoming teaching and learning workshops, self-directed modules and recordings of previous events on Centre for Teaching Excellence Workshops and Events page.

Instructors can access the EdTech Hub to find support on Waterloo’s centrally supported EdTech tools. The Hub is supported by members of IST’s Instructional Technologies and Media ServicesCentre for Teaching ExcellenceCentre for Extended Learning and subject matter experts from other campus areas.

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.  

Research Ethics: Find yourself with an ethical question, unsure if your work requires an ethics review, or need advice about putting together a research ethics application? Reach out to one of our friendly staff by booking a consultation or email us with your questions.

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 United 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 

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.

Free Staff Workouts, Tuesdays and Thursdays until December 22, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Bootcamp-style classes in the CIF Field House and PAC. Open to all staff and supported by the Staff Excellence Fund. Find out more/register now.

Flu shots available at Student Health Pharmacy, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., dial ext. 33784 for info.

Theatre and Performance presents EVERYBODY, Tuesday, November 22 to Saturday, November 26, Theatre of the Arts.

CIHR Health Services Evaluation & Interventions Research virtual information session, Wednesday, November 23, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Zoom. Registration link.

Eco Summit, Wednesday, November 23, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Scholars at Risk membership meeting, Wednesday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Teams. Email Waterloo International for meeting link.

Orchestra@uwaterloo: Music from the Cold, Wednesday, November 23, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian, free admission.

Translating Policy into Practice: Sexual Violence and the University, Thursday, November 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., HH335 and HH373. 

NEW - Grad Information Session for math undergrad students, Thursday, November 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., M3 Atrium.

NEW - Knowledge Integration seminar: “Experiential Education and Innovation for Social Impact” featuring speaker Erin Hogan, BKI'20, Programs Manager, GreenHouse social impact incubator, Friday, November 25, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

NEW - Balinese Gamelan end of term concert, Friday, November 25, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian, free admission.

NEW - Warriors Basketball vs. Queen’s  Saturday, November 26, (W) 4:00 p.m. / (M) 6:00 p.m., Carl Totzke Court, PAC. Camps and Youth Day (free tickets for youth wearing their basketball jerseys) Donor Appreciation Day. Purchase Tickets.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2022-9540 - Undergraduate Advisor and Program Administrator - Geography and Environmental Management, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-9436 - Project Manager, New Student Transition - Student Success Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-8787 - Undergraduate Student Relations Officer - Math Undergraduate Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-9536 - Administrative Assistant – Biology, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2022-8653 - Administrative Manager, Indigenous Relations - Office of Indigenous Relations, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2022-9541 - Library Assistant, Facilities – Library, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2022-9434 - Associate Director, Research Partnerships - Office of Research, USG 15
  • Job ID# 2022-9437 - Faculty Financial Coordinator - Office of the Dean of Engineering, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2022-9532 - Financial Coordinator - Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, USG 7

Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities

  • Job ID# 2022-9229 - Communications Manager - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2022-9226 - Director, Strategic Research - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics, USG 14
  • Job ID# 2022-8856 - Associate Director, Equity & Strategy Initiatives - Campus Wellness, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2022-9311 - Communications Specialist, Multimedia Projects - Dean of Mathematics Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-9424 - Student Equity Specialist, Peer Mentorship - Student Success Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2022-9545 - Administrative Assistant - Physics & Astronomy, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2022-9525 - Departmental Support Specialist - Physics & Astronomy, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2022-9527 - Research Financial Analyst - Office of Research, USG 7 – 8
  • Job ID# 2022-9554 - Manager, Community and Engagement - Office of the Associate Vice-President, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism, USG 10

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities