Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Welcoming more Black and Indigenous excellence

Paul Ugor, Jay Havens, Laura Mae Lindo, Rowland Keshena Robinson.

This article was originally published by the Faculty of Arts.

The Dean of Arts, along with members of the departments of Communication Arts, English, Philosophy, and Political Science, are very pleased to welcome four new faculty members who join Waterloo as part of the Black Excellence and Indigenous Excellence hiring initiative.

“I’m so delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the Faculty of Arts,” says Sheila Ager, Dean of Arts. “The Indigenous Excellence and Black Excellence hiring initiative marked a significant step for the University of Waterloo in recognizing our responsibility to shape a more equitable and inclusive academic community. We still have a long way to go in our journey toward greater diversity in our Faculty and in our goal of institutional decolonization. But our four new colleagues, through the substantive contributions they have made and will continue to make in scholarship, practice, and teaching, already show how much richer our community becomes with diverse membership. So, a warm welcome to Jay, Laura Mae, Rowland, and Paul!”

Jay Havens

Jay Havens.

Professor Jay Havens, (BFA 2008 University of British Columbia, MFA 2016 Emily Carr University of Art and Design) joined the Department of Communication Arts as Assistant Professor on January 1, 2023. A member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and of Kanien’keha:ka and Scottish Canadian ancestry, Havens is a multi-media 2-Spirit artist-practitioner and scholar. Their research and teaching interests intersect Indigenous studies; historical, cultural, and linguistic identities; business and entrepreneurship; technology and design; as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Their artistic background is strongly rooted in critical design-practice, working in the world of professional theatre and contemporary art, paired with expertise in scenography and storytelling. More broadly, Havens is a communication scholar with interest in making critical and conceptual interventions, which are deeply rooted in their historical and cultural identities. Within the Department of Communication Arts, Havens will contribute to the programs of Theatre & Performance, Communication Arts and Design Practice, and Digital Arts Communication.

Laura Mae Lindo

Laura Mae Lindo

Dr. Laura Mae Lindo, (BA 1998 University of Toronto, MEd 2005 PhD 2011, York University), joins the Department of Philosophy on July 1, 2023. Lindo has extensive experience in post-secondary teaching, senior academic leadership, and high impact public service as a Member of Provincial Parliament and Official Opposition Critic for both Colleges and Universities and Anti-Racism and Equity, and was the inaugural Chair of the Ontario NDP's Black Caucus. In her previous work, she developed expertise in knowledge mobilization, public engagement, and conducting research with an applied and public-facing focus.

She has an exciting research plan, including a project on anti-racism in education, a proposed Critical Race Institute, and planned book project on being Black in politics. She has served as Director of Diversity and Equity at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she also taught courses in Women and Gender Studies and in the Faculty of Arts. Lindo’s forthcoming book has the working title, Unthinkable Laughter: (Re)Imagining Anti-Racist Education (University of Toronto Press). She brings to Philosophy programs, which include the Gender and Social Justice and the PhD in Applied Philosophy, scholarly, pedagogical, and practical expertise in philosophy of education, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of race.

Rowland Keshena Robinson

Rowland Keshena Robinson

Dr. Rowland Keshena Robinson, (BA 2010, MA 2011, PhD 2020 University of Waterloo), joined the Department of Political Science as Assistant Professor on August 1, 2022. Rowland is Menominee and was born and raised in Bermuda. Their research has concerned itself with issues Native identity and what it means to be “authentically” Native, as well as the conspicuous consumption of Native story-telling in the post-Truth and Reconciliation era and the role of Nativeness within settler-colonial ideological, narrative, and meaning-making systems.

In addition, Rowland has interests in critical and postmodern theory, contemporary decolonial thought, critical legal studies, race/racialization, continental/post-continental philosophy, sovereignty, political economy, and autoethnographic and decolonizing methodologies. Currently Rowland is working on multiple analyses of the form and origin of historical and contemporary fascism in North America and the meaning of such movements considering existing settler colonialism and white supremacy, as well as the intersections of such movements with postmodern meme culture and post-truth politics, and the possibility of such forces to violently rupture into the off-line world.

Paul Ugor

Paul Ugor.

Dr. Paul Ugor, (BA 1996 University of Calabar, Nigeria, MA 2002 University of Ibadan, Nigeria, PhD 2009 University of Alberta), joined the Department of English Language and Literature as full Professor on January 1, 2023. Ugor’s research and teaching interests are concerned with new social processes—in global politics, the economy, information and communication technologies, cultural/textual representations, and in everyday life—and the social responses which these social changes elicit, especially from marginal groups like youth and women in postcolonial settings.

Ugor specializes in 20th and 21st century postcolonial anglophone world literature; African literature and cinema; African popular culture; cultural theory; media cultures in the global south; and postcolonial theory. He is the author of Nollywood: Popular Culture and New Narratives of Marginalized Youth in Nigeria as well as nearly twenty articles and chapters, and three edited collections. Ugor is well positioned to teach numerous existing courses, including Global Literatures, Race and Literary Tradition, as well as contribute to the revision of survey courses on historical literatures around the world, and integrate Black rhetorical and literary traditions as part of needed curricular development.

Have your say in the Inclusive Physical Space Framework Survey

An illustration of a woman operating a high-tech machine.

The University of Waterloo is conducting a survey of our physical campus environment – grounds, buildings, infrastructure, and experiences of the Waterloo community.

We would like to understand your views on how you experience the UWaterloo campus and how we might improve its physical accessibility, how it can be designed to promote health and well-being, and how sustainable development continues on campus.

Your feedback will help to develop an Inclusive Physical Space Design Framework, a performance-based, open-resource document used to guide and empower post-secondary institutions to plan and build physical spaces on campus, address accessibility needs, environmental sustainability, and well-being.

Have your say in the Inclusive Physical Space Framework Survey. You also have the opportunity to be included in a draw for $50.00 on a WatCard.

This survey will be collecting responses until midnight on April 21, 2023.

Participation is voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. Public reports will include only summarized results, ensuring that no individual can be identified.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact us at

Schedule now available for Teaching and Learning Conference

Teaching and Learning with Kindness and Care banner.

A message from the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE).

The 14th annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference is set to take place on Thursday, May 4 in the Science Teaching Complex and Federation Hall.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has announced that the 2023 Conference Schedule is now available. The schedule for the day of pre-conference workshops, taking place on Wednesday, May 3, is also now available.

To register, please visit the Conference Registration webpage.

The 2023 conference theme is Teaching and Learning with Kindness and Care. We are excited to welcome Barbara Moktthewenkwe Wall, Professor in the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, and Director, PhD Studies, in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, at Trent University, as our keynote speaker, as well as Sanjeev Bedi (Professor and Director, IDEAs Clinic) and Tamara Maciel (Program Director in the School of Anatomy), who will each recreate a successful instructional approach in our Igniting Our Practice plenary session, which showcases some of the excellent teaching being done on our campus.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 19.

W Store launches Nesting Season Collection

2023 Nesting Season Collection banner featuring articles of clothing and objects.

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Each year, W Store releases a goose-inspired collection to celebrate the return of the University’s iconic geese during the beginning of nesting season starting in April. A campus-wide design contest was held for students, faculty, staff and alumni to submit an original design to represent the geese at Waterloo.

The top submissions were featured on an Instagram poll for voting and the winning design was done by Roni Wu, a third-year computer science student, who enjoys digital art as a hobby.

The Nesting Season collection allows University students, staff and faculty to take home a piece of campus life – goose included. The collection includes a tee shirt, tote bag, pin, mug, and postcard, alongside other goose-inspired campus favourites. The full collection is now available in-store and online.

I Don't Know It Lights Up Or Something and other illuminating info

The banner for the exhibit "IDK It Lights Up Or Something"

The final show for the interdisciplinary Tech Art course is happening in the coming week in East Campus Hall. 

The Tech Art course has been running on and off for almost 20 years now, with various different instructors over the years, and has been offered to a mixed group of undergraduates completing their 3rd and 4th years across Engineering, Fine Art, and (occasionally) Knowledge Integration. The course has been offered as a technical elective for Engineering students and was recently revamped with the help of the team at the Pearl Sullivan Engineering Ideas Clinic.

"The final show has been hosted in a variety of locations across KW, including at the Artery gallery when it was downtown, at Communitech, in the SLC Multipurpose Room, the DC fishbowl, and now (for the first time) in the Fine Arts area of ECH," writes Dr. Brandon DeHart, who co-teaches the course. "Over the years, the groups have been made up of anywhere from 3 to 8 students for the final projects and have ranged from a wall-sized Etch-A-Sketch to a zen garden inside an arcade machine to a steampunk garden to entire rooms of lights, sounds, and smells that transport the audience to other places, times, and embodied emotions."

The exhibition features work by students Aashan Meiyappan, Abby Chan, Ali Zaidi, Audicy Giroux, Behnaz Fatemi, Bennet J Pincus, Bonnie Li, Courtney Loui, David Nguyen, Diana Zhang, Elizabeth Drew, Erin Ly, Haochen Shen, Hari Selvarasa, Jakob Zerbs, Jason He, Jennifer He, Johyeon Lee, Kaaru Selvarasa, Kate Leung, Kayley Ting, Leah Veldhuis, Lucas Dondertman, Lyn Michelle Cruz, Mai Nguyen, Martin Naud, Natalie Szwec, Nathan Allen, Noah Luyt, Quinn Hodges, Rock Benjamins-Laniyi, Rosemarie Miles, Saif Hafeez, Samantha Tu, Steven Wang, Thomas Zerbs, Thompson Nguyen, Tristan Gervais, Vanessa Noia, Wen Li and Yuyao Cheng.

Opening night is Thursday, April 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the exhibition is available for public viewing from April 10 to April 12, 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. in the Flex Studio (Room 1237) of East Campus Hall.

While we're on the topic of all things artistic, the Fine Arts program is showcasing the Fine Arts MFA thesis work of two graduate students next week: Christine De Vuono and Sarah Martin.

Christine De Vuono

An art installation with a poem stitched into blue fabric.

Care Packages

Care Packages is a series of textile installations that focus on elements of caregiving: caring for the sick and elderly; caring for those growing into new identities or life situations; and caring for each other in times of distress or loneliness. Sourcing materials from local thrift stores, I repurpose scrubs worn by caregivers, tablecloths and lace decorations, bedsheets, and pillowcases, to symbolize our universal need for care, safety, and intimacy. As cultural signifiers these second-hand textiles are meant to evoke the feminine, since the act of caregiving has been traditionally performed by women. Through my artwork I celebrate women of the past and the present, inviting all, regardless of gender, to embrace the labours that lead to a healthy and resilient society.

Christine De Vuono is a multimedia artist working with drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, and photography. The materials of each project are chosen specifically to engage viewers in new ways to examine societal norms and values. Her work utilises antiquated practices and mindful labour, emphasising the disparity between past traditions and present efficiencies. Often focusing on the transitions we face in life, her work celebrates the needs of the psyche for beloved care and lived beauty.

Sarah Martin

Something to soften the blow

An unsettling image of a kitschy living room with a body's legs sticking out from behind an easy chair.Something to soften the blow is an installation incorporating textile, photography, and video to challenge the horror genre and the concept of the Final Girl. The research leading to this body of work critically explores tropes and traditions of slasher films, specifically looking at the first victim, to consider notions of consumption and disposability, and how this relates to narratives concerning gender, sexism, and race.

Sarah Martin works in a photo-based practice to investigate pop culture and media through a critical feminist lens. Themes of her current work consider the vernacular of the horror genre through manipulating archives of film footage and performing death in staged photographs. Alongside her studio work is an active interest in curatorial practices, most recently curating work at the Homer Watson House and Gallery, Marilyn I. Walker Gallery, and Rodman Hall Art Centre.

The exhibition runs from April 13 to 29. The opening reception will take place at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery on Thursday, April 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Finally, tonight marks the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian captivity as told in scriptures. Passover is celebrated with seder meals, candle-lighting, songs, and the eating of matzah. This year, Passover is observed from April 5 to April 13.

Link of the day

International Day of Conscience

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 - Share how you experience the UWaterloo campus in the Inclusive Physical Space Framework survey for a chance to win a $50.00 on a WatCard. Survey closes midnight on Friday, April 21.

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

NEW - Raise’s Vibes Night: Recess Games, Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Feridun Hamdullahpur Field House.

NEW - 2023 Desmarais Family Summit, Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., United College Alumni Hall.

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

NEW - I Don't Know It Lights Up Or Something opening night reception, Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Flex Studio, East Campus Hall.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, April 7, most University buildings and operations closed.

Lectures and classes end, Monday, April 10. Please note: The loss of Friday classes on April 7 will be made up by following a Friday schedule on Monday, April 10.

Waterloo Staff Conference, Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12.

President’s Forum: Waterloo at 100, Tuesday, April 11, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Staff registration. Faculty registration.

NEW - Webinar: Disability Justice for 2SLGBTQIA+ Employees, Wednesday, April 12, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2023-10060 - Events and Strategic Marketing Manager - Environment Dean's Office (Advancement), USG 9
  • Job ID# 2023-10138 - Specialist, Communications - Campus Housing, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2023-10199 - IT Specialist – Windows - Mapping, Analysis & Design, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2023-10178 - Director, Strategic Communications - Dean of Mathematics Office, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2023-10182 - Faculty Events Manager - Dean of Mathematics Office, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2023-9979 - Science and Business Program Manager - Dean of Science office, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2023-10019 - Research Equity Advisor - Office of the Vice President Research and International, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2023-9833 - Academic Integrity Coordinator - Associate Vice-President, Academic, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2023-10162 - Administrative Coordinator and Advisor, Undergraduate Studies - School of Accounting and Finance, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2023-10146 - Senior Systems Administrator – Library, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2023-10025 - Academic Services Coordinator - Systems Design Engineering, USG 6 – 8
  • Job ID# 2023-10143 - Laboratory Instructor/ Hardware Specialist - Electrical and Computer Engineering, USG 9 – 10
  • Job ID# 2023-10021 - Administrator, Faculty Graduate Studies - Dean's office, Faculty of Health, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2022-8918 - Lead, Work Integrated Learning Designer – Curricular Integration - CEE - Work Integrated Learning Programs, USG 12

Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities

  • Job ID# 2023-10161 - Customer Service Representative - Plant Operations (Parking Services), USG 4
  • Job ID# 2022-9671 - New Student Transition Specialist, Special Projects - Student Success Office, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2023-10164 - Manager, Admissions Pathways - Office of the Registrar, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2023-10167 - EDGE Program Assistant - CEE - Centre for Work-Integrated Learning, USG 5

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities