Monday, March 20, 2023

Register for the next Research Talks about sustainable urban environments

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A message from the Office of Research.

Join the next Research Talks on Tuesday, March 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where a panel of experts will discuss environmental sustainability and innovative sustainable design. The speakers are:

  • Mohamad T. Araji, Director of Architectural Engineering, Associate Director of Research, and Associate Professor in Architecture, University of Waterloo (High performance architecture: Towards a zero-carbon mandate for environmental sustainability)
  • Amelia Clarke, Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo (Reaching net-zero: Climate mitigation at the city scale)
  • Matthew Day, Community Energy Program Manager, WR Community Energy (Energy in the built environment)
  • Alex Tedesco, Partner and certified building scientist, LGA Architectural Partners (What is the future of “building” communities and where are we now?)

The event will take place at Four Fathers Brewing Co. in Cambridge and is open to Waterloo faculty, staff, students and the general public. Please register as seating is limited.

W Store's Annual Clearance Event runs this week

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A message from Print +Retail Solutions.

The Goose is Loose and they’ve marked down so many items at W Store! Starting Monday, March 20, be ready to shop in-store for items marked down to $20, $30 and $40!

Come shop the event from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in South Campus Hall across the hall from W Store. Don’t miss out on some great deals on select apparel, technology accessories, and stationery, while supplies last. Stop by to pose in our photobooth and on Thursday and Friday, spin the wheel for even more giveaways and discounts. But don’t wait – popular styles go quick.

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A candid discussion with Dr. Laura Mae Lindo

Dr. Laura Mae Lindo in discussion with Dr. Jasmin Habib.

By Tracelyn Cornelius. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

Women face significant barriers when it comes to achieving equity, particularly in politics. Dr. Laura Mae Lindo, the Kitchener Centre Member of Provincial Parliament, addressed these issues at a recent event, as part of an International Women's Day (IWD) series, hosted and organized by the University of Waterloo, in collaboration with the Women in Communications and Technology Waterloo Region Chapter (WCT WR).

Speaking at the March 1 discussion called Barriers to equity: Women, political representation & family, Lindo shared personal experiences of being a Black, single parent involved in politics.

She highlighted that identifying and addressing barriers to equity for women is particularly timely and relevant as Canada strives to create a more equitable society, not just for women, but for everyone.

“Women face various barriers when it comes to achieving equity,” she said. “There is a need for a deeper understanding of the barriers that prevent racialized women from advancing in the system. This involves collecting and analyzing data on why women fail to advance, recognizing the intersectional identities of women and having meaningful conversations about these issues.” 

Lindo recently announced that she was leaving politics in July to join the University of Waterloo as a faculty member in the department of Philosophy in Fall 2023. Addressing her reasons for resigning, Lindo revealed that while she did experience racism as Kitchener’s first Black MPP, a lack of childcare was the primary reason for her resignation.

Lindo emphasized that childcare is not just a problem for women or racialized women, but an every-person problem that needs to be addressed. She encouraged people to face barriers publicly, saying that the more they do so, the more likely change will happen. 

“While research shows that Black single women face significant barriers due to childcare, a lack of affordable childcare is a barrier to advancement for everyone,” she said. “I hope that by raising awareness about childcare as a barrier, real change can happen.”

Lindo also emphasized the need to transform education and pedagogy. She said that she will be bringing a deep equity lens to her new role as a philosophy professor at Waterloo. The incoming professor is a Black Cluster hire, an initiative created to increase the representation of Black faculty members to address the systemic underrepresentation of Black scholars at the University and to be more representative of the student body being served. 

Before entering politics in 2018, Lindo was a former director of Equity at Wilfrid Laurier University. She also holds a Masters and a PhD in Education from York University. 

In December 2021, the MPP tabled Bill 67, The Racial Equity in Education Systems Act, which would recognize the existence of systemic racism and discrimination in schools and post-secondary institutions and require educational institutions to create racial equity plans. Lindo re-tabled the Bill in August 2022 with co-sponsors MPP Lise Vaugeois and MPP Jill Andrew. 

Now called Bill 16, the Racial Equity in the Education System Act was scheduled to be debated in November 2022, but Lindo’s father passed away that same month and the Bill was rescheduled. Lindo, whose resignation as MPP comes into effect in July looks forward to the debate being rescheduled. 

The discussion on Barriers to equity: Women, political representation & family was moderated by Dr. Jasmin Habib, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Waterloo. 

Building on the collaboration established during the IWD 2021 and 2022 WCT WR is partnering with community organizations to present IWD events throughout the month of March 2023 that focus on the theme:& Embrace Equity.

To learn more about more and to register for other events, please visit the IWD Waterloo Region events page. 

Waterloo Centre for German Studies to host a talk on Einstein's Brain

Einstein's Brain banner featuring the cover of the book and the event details.

A message from the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

Join us on Friday, March 31, for an evening with the award-winning Austrian author and playwright Franzobel. The author will be reading from his new book Einsteins Hirn (Einstein's Brain), based on the true story of Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who removed Einstein's brain after the physicist's death in 1955. 

 When: Friday, March 31, 2023 

  • 6:30 p.m. - Light reception with finger foods and non-alcoholic drinks 
  • 7:00 p.m. - Reading in German and English 

Where: Multi-purpose Room 1-42 in the Balsillie School of International Affairs (67 Erb St. W., Waterloo, Ontario). Free parking is available.

This event is free and open to all. Please visit our website for more information and registration.

Nutrition Month: how to access Registered Dietitian services

March is Nutrition Month! This month is a time to celebrate the diverse field of nutrition and the many ways that Registered Dietitians (RDs) strive to help Canadians understand the connections between food, nutrition, and health. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Unlocking the potential of food: Find a Dietitian.”

So far this month, we have introduced what RDs are, what they do, and how they can help to support your nutrition and overall health. You can catch up by reviewing the previous posts, here and here. This week, let’s focus on how you can seek out RD services for yourself and/or your family.

RDs can be accessed in many ways:

  • Looking for general guidance about healthy eating? Ontario residents can access free RD support for general questions by calling 811. For more information, visit the Health Connect Ontario website
  • Family Health Teams (FHTs) – is your family doctor a member of a FHT? RDs are often members of the interdisciplinary team in this setting. Ask your doctor if there is an RD available on your health team and if a referral can be made.
  • Community Health Centres (CHCs) – is there a CHC in your region? RDs are often on CHC teams and may offer individual and/or group sessions near you (programs and services vary by region and eligibility criteria may be in place). A listing of CHCs in Ontario can be found here
  • If the above listed options are not available to you or if you have needs that would best be met by an RD with a specific area of expertise, a private practice RD may be the best fit for you
    • RDs working in private practice are often self-employed and will bill you for services provided
    • These services can be eligible for reimbursement under health insurance plans, including Green Shield Canada, depending on the terms of your plan
    • Take some time to review what is covered by your insurance plan (or collective plans) to determine if this would be of benefit to you!

Stay tuned for next week where we will share some tips for seeking out private practice support.

Spring has sprung but the grass is not yet riz

It's the first day of spring today, and the Persian community will mark Nowruz, the start of the Persian New Year. The Iranian Students Association celebrated with a party at St. George's Hall on Sunday night.

If you're looking for the exact time of the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, apparently it's set for 5:24 p.m. this evening.

While we're on the topic of things green and grassy, GreenHouse’s Social Impact Showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., UTD 201 – Alumni Hall at United College. Be there or be square.

The voting period has opened for the staff representative election to the University's Board of Governors. All full-time staff members are eligible to vote in this election, which will see a staff representative sit as a Governor for a term running from May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2026.

The voting period for regular full-time staff (non-union and OPSEU) runs from today until Friday, March 24 by electronic ballot. Each regular full-time staff member will receive an email with a direct link to the ballot. The voting period for CUPE full-time staff runs from today until Friday, March 31 by paper ballot. Each regular full-time union member will be sent a paper ballot through campus mail.

Visit the Board of Governors - Staff Election Guidelines page for information on nomination, campaigning, and voting.

Link of the day

20 years ago: the Iraq War begins

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.

Did you know that the Writing and Communication Centre offers many in-person and virtual services to support you with any writing or communication project? This term we've added The Write Spot: a new student space in South Campus hall, complete with bookable workspaces, drop-ins with our peer tutors, and free coffee and tea. We also have one-to-one appointments with our writing and communication advisors and peer tutors, email tutoring for grads and undergrads, drop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and even custom in-class workshops. For any communication project, the Writing and Communication Centre is here to support you.

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 spaces, computers/printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Visit the Library’s home page to access our online resources for anywhere, anytime learning and research.

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 Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism (EDI-R) works with students, faculty and staff across campus to advance equity and Anti-racism through evidence-based policies, practices and programs. If you have a concern related to Anti-racism and/or equity, please complete our intake form.

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 

Fitness and Personal Training - Registrations opened January 5 this winter with Personal Training and Small Group Training as well as a Free Warrior Workout Program.

Student Health Pharmacy in the basement of the Student Life Centre is now offering Covid booster shots (Pfizer and Moderna) and flu shots. Call 519-746-4500 or extension 33784 for an appointment. Walk-ins always welcome.

Portia's Julius Caesar, Wednesday, March 22 to March 25, Theatre of the Arts.

World Water Day 2023, Wednesday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Using AI to advance health care in Canada, Wednesday, March 22, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., online.

NEW - GreenHouse’s Social Impact Showcase, Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., UTD 201 – Alumni Hall.

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) Information Session, Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 p.m.

NEW - La Héroïque et La Pathétique: Orchestra@UWaterloo, Wednesday, March 22,, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. West Waterloo. Free admission.

Equitable Recruitment and Selection, Friday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, online.

Knowledge Integration Senior Honours Projects Symposium, Friday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EV3-1408.

NEW - University Senate meeting, Monday, March 27, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

NEW - Research Talks – “Sustainable Urban Environments,” Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Four Fathers Brewing Co., Cambridge. Please register as seating is limited.