Friday, March 31, 2023

Inclusive Excellence in Research through Leadership workshop on April 13

An illustration of standing human beings arranging themselves in an arrow shape with the sun overhead.

A message from the Office of Research.

Waterloo researchers are invited to register for Creating Inclusive Excellence in Research through Inclusive Leadership, taking place on Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Federation Hall. This workshop will be led by Imogen Coe, one of Canada’s leading advocates for organizational change towards inclusive excellence in research, and Ana Sofía Barrows, who has co-ordinated multiple initiatives focused on advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and has spoken publicly about the lack of diversity in STEM and academia, privilege, and allyship.

Interactive sessions will cover systemic barriers in research and how they limit innovation, creativity and diverse approaches to complex problems. Tools and strategies for identifying and removing barriers to inclusion, creating cultures of care to attract, retaining and promoting diverse talent will also be covered.

Please register to attend as seating is limited.

Inspiring the next generation of pharmacists

Two School of Pharmacy students speak to a classroom as part of an outreach workshop.

By Milana Madzarac. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

Every March since 2016, students from Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy have been volunteering and visiting Region of Waterloo schools to educate the younger generation on what pharmacists do during Pharmacy Appreciation Month (PAM).

This year during PAM, 30 pharmacy students volunteered and presented to more than 400 elementary students across nine schools in the region.

Educating elementary school children

Student volunteers Victoria Nguyen (PharmD ’25), Avery Brown (PharmD ’24) and Kia Moazzami (PharmD ’24) tailored each presentation to the specific grade level of the class they presented to.

The students are focused on imparting their knowledge of pharmacy and recognize this is an approachable way to interact with the children and educate them.

A kit including giant microbe plush toys and activity sheets designed by Waterloo Pharmacy students.

A kit including giant microbe plush toys and activity sheets designed by Waterloo Pharmacy students.

“We try to make the sessions as interactive and accessible as possible by using props and kits in our presentations to help children grasp the knowledge by interacting with the items,” says Brown. “Targeting everyone’s learning abilities through visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning is important to us.”

For younger children in kindergarten to grade two, the pharmacy students reviewed how even though antibiotics may not taste great, they do help them get better. The grades three to five presentations taught children about different types of allergies, how to spot reactions and how to administer epi-pens to someone in need.

“We hope that by teaching children the importance of pharmacy we are helping them make more informed choices in the future,” says Brown.

Inspiring high school students

Pharmacy students also visited local high schools to share information about the pharmacy profession and the conditional acceptance to pharmacy (CAP) program to those who may not know it exists.

Sharing information about the program is a great avenue for high school students to learn about the opportunities available, especially for those who are ambitious and eager to get into the pharmacy field.

Thank you letters elementary school students made for Waterloo Pharmacy students who presented.

Thank you letters elementary school students made for Waterloo Pharmacy students who presented.

“I went through the CAP program myself and answering their questions is my way of inspiring them to dream about a future in pharmacy,” says Moazzami. “I’m able to share my own experiences and the path I took. We’re closer to their age, more familiar and approachable, which helps our interaction with them.”

Service-learning in the community

While approaches for younger elementary students and high schoolers are different, both are an opportunity to share knowledge about pharmacy with the community.

In addition to providing education for the younger students, pharmacy students gain experience from these interactions. Through this volunteering opportunity, pharmacy students learn how to tailor their communication strategies to meet the needs of different populations.

“Hosting the school presentations is a great way to connect with our local community. We strive to advocate for the pharmacy profession, make health information more accessible and foster a safe and enjoyable environment for learning,” says Nguyen.

The Waterloo Pharmacy clubs involved in the elementary school visits include the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI), Pharmacy Peer Relief Network (RxPRN) and the Paediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).

March is Pharmacy Appreciation Month. This month, in the #PAM2023 series, the School of Pharmacy is celebrating the achievements of pharmacists and the future to come.

Sustainable innovations shine at the Velocity $5K finals

Velocity $5K winners with their oversized cheques stand with Velocity Director John Dick.

By Naomi Grosman. This is an excerpt of an article originally published on Waterloo News.

The University of Waterloo community came together to cheer on eight finalist teams as they pitched to a panel of judges and a chock-full room of attendees at the Velocity $5K finals on March 30th in the Black and Gold Room at the University’s Student Life Centre.

This flagship event is the culmination of students’ hard work — from ideation to laying the foundation of their startup.

Winning teams Trash Talk, Foodage Inc., Metacycler Bioinnovations, and Whale Safe each received $5K, in recognition of their high-quality business ideas and pitches.

The student startup teams had three minutes to pitch, and three minutes to answer questions from Judges Sarrah Lal, director of the Velocity Incubator in downtown Kitchener, Armen Bakirtzian, co-founder and CEO of Kitchener-based medical device company Intellijoint Surgical, and Lakshmi Khatri, student in the University’s Masters of Accounting program and Student Venture Fund analyst.

Four finalist teams, four unique paths to winning Velocity $5K

While their roads all led to being $5K finalists, the four teams became involved in the University’s entrepreneurship community in four different ways.

Metacycler Bioinnovations tackled their problem in the lab, with the vision of commercializing it.

The team, Nicole LeBlanc, Aranksha Thakor and Eugenia Dadzie, biology PhD students in Faculty of Science, Shirley Wong, post doc in Faculty of Science, and Jonathan Parkes, has created a strain of bacteria that can transform food waste into biodegradable plastics.

“I came to the University of Waterloo specifically for this research project, I was passionate about it and always thought about it through a commercial lens, as a tangible product to sell,” LeBlanc says, who is a PhD candidate in microbiology.

Eugenia Dadzie pitching for Metacycler Bioinnovations

Eugenia Dadzie pitching for Metacycler Bioinnovations.

Whale Safe Fishing Gear teammates Collin Bolt, Ben Beazley, Jake Chateauneuf and Syl Yoston, mechanical engineering undergraduate students are all fourth-year mechanical engineering undergrads, graduating this spring. They pitched a business based on Yoston’s own experience as a fisherman.

Their solution is a whale safe fishing device for lobster and crab fishers.

“We are engineers by training and having the business help from Velocity was a great opportunity,” team member Ben Beazly says. “Having a great team and having found this success with Velocity $5K and now a process going forward, it’s hard to measure that value.”

Read the rest of the article on Waterloo News.

Innovate and transform through Process Mapping

A fuzzy caterpillar casts the long shadow of a butterfly.

A message from the Continuous Improvement and Change Management Community of Practice. 

The Continuous Improvement and Change Management Community of Practice is hosting a Process Mapping Session on Wednesday April 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This informative session will provide an overview on a powerful tool to enable continuous improvement. The goal of this tool is to identify and eliminate inefficiencies in a process to obtain improvement results with the involvement/input of the individuals performing the process. The tool helps to provide clarity on what is currently occurring and where there are opportunities for improvement. Topics that will be covered include:

  1. Process Mapping Benefits
  2. Current State Process Mapping and what should be included
  3. Identification of inefficiencies/challenges in a process
  4. Future State Process Mapping
  5. PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) – how to make the improvement happen!

We look forward to welcoming you to the session. To register for the event, please email

Friday's notes

The EDI-R Office Education and Outreach Unit has a number of learning opportunities available for students, faculty and staff coming up in April and May. Workshops and webinars include:

Several of these webinars are offered in partnership with Pride at Work and are externally facilitated.

End-of-term concerts for the Music department's ensembles continue this weekend and beyond. First is the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Concert on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m., in the Humanities Theatre. The twenty-member Balinese Gamelan Ensemble and the Community Gamelan will perform a mix of traditional pieces and modern compositions. 

The Balinese Gamelan ensemble performs on stage.

"To get a taste of this amazing music, check out this Youtube video," says the Music department. The Gamelan Ensemble Artistic Director is Dewa Suparta, who is known across Canada for his compositions and performances. There will be a chance for the audience to try out the instruments after the free concert.

On Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m., the UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble will present Prime Time Jazz in Conrad Grebel University College's Great Hall (Room 1111).

The jazz ensemble performs.

"Join us for a highlight of the Winter term, the 22 member jazz ensemble concert," says a note from the Music department. "Directed by Michael Wood, the Jazz Ensemble plays a wide range of jazz standards and newer compositions. This term the ensemble is featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael and Gordon Goodwin."

Tickets are $5 students/$10 general and are available at the door, with a reception to follow.

On Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., Instrumental Chamber Ensembles will perform in the Conrad Grebel University College chapel for a free concert with a reception to follow.

A trio consisting of violinist, cellist, and pianist perform.

"This concert is a highlight of every term," says the Music department. "Please join us for some beautiful classical music, performed by seven different student groups playing a diverse range of instruments. This Winter term features a 2 pianos, 4 hands group as well. The Chamber Ensembles are directed by Ben Bolt-Martin.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 151

Beyond the Bulletin logo featuring two vintage microphones.

The latest episode of the Beyond the Bulletin podcast is now live. Darrell Adams, associate head coach in the Warriors football program, discusses his anti-racism work and what motivates him on and off the field. The University welcomed an Eagle Staff to our institution, marking an important step in the journey toward reconciliation. Waterloo now has an open call for honorary degree nominations. And the upcoming President’s Forum will formally launch the Waterloo at 100 vision document.

Link of the day

International Transgender Day of Visibility

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.

Waterloo Warriors Youth Camps. Spring and Summer camps available for Boys and Girls ages 5-18. Baseball, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Hockey and Multi-Sport and Games. Register today.

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.

NEW - Conrad Grebel presents Something Rotten!, Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages. Tickets available online. 

Balinese Gamelan Ensemble ConcertSaturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Free admission.

Prime Time Jazz: UWaterloo Jazz EnsembleSunday, April 2, 2:00 p.m., Great Hall (room 1111) at Conrad Grebel University College. $5 students/$10 general, tickets available at the door, reception to follow.

NEW - Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College chapel. Free admission, reception to follow. 

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presentation by Dr. Klaus Rümmele, Tuesday, April 4, 10:00 a.m., EC5 – GEDI Boardroom.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

NEW - Getting out of the garage, Tuesday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NEW - Continuous Improvement and Change Management Community of Practice Process Mapping Session, Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

NEW - UW A Cappella Club End of Term Concert Winter 2023, Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.