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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

We’re here to work with students, faculty and staff to advance anti-racism and equity through evidence-based policies, practices and programs.

Our goals based on the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Lead and facilitate culture change

Goal 2: Ensure EDI-R leadership is centralized, accessible and accountable

Goal 3: Increase the sustainability of the EDI-R Unit on and off campus

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News

On January 18, the Princess Twin Cinema became the stage for an interactive screening of Stephen King’s 'Carrie,' marking a unique approach to sparking conversations around menstruation and challenging societal taboos.The event was hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti Racism, the Women’s Centre and Changing the Flow, and was a captivating intersection of horror cinema and societal discourse.

Are you a Black graduate student registered full-time in a doctoral program at UWaterloo? The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism is accepting applications for the “Black Graduate Students EDI-RO Award” until January 15, 2024. To access the application and for details on eligibility please visit our web page

You can also forward your questions to  sankofa@uwaterloo.ca.

Monday, December 4, 2023

A Pan-African Literary Movement

From September 25, 2023, to November 24, 2023, the UWaterloo’s Sankofa Network for Transformative Community Research (SNTCR), in collaboration with the University of Waterloo Library, embarked on a mission to enrich the Sankara Pan-African Library. The resounding success of our Book Drive was made possible by the generous contributions and collective efforts of our vibrant community. We are thrilled to share that a total of 48 books were donated to this initiative.

The impact of these contributions extends far beyond the pages of a single book. By supporting the Sankara Pan-African Library, we are participating in a movement that strengthens communities and amplifies subaltern voices while pursing the decolonization of knowledge.

Events

On May 9th and 10th, 2024, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will be hosting the 2024 Inter-Institutional Forum of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. 

Monday, March 4, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Equitable Recruitment and Selection

This one-hour mandatory Equitable Recruitment and Selection training supports faculty in helping them design equity-centered recruitment and selection practices while discussing accountability frameworks for equitable recruitment, selection, and retention. 

Non-binary employees and jobseekers are often left out of narratives of gender inclusion in the workplace. This member workshop will address the unique experiences of non-binary employees and jobseekers and what needs to change for their full participation. Utilizing case studies, this practical workshop will provide solutions for cultivating belonging for your non-binary employees and non-binary jobseekers. We will also showcase data from our Transitioning Employers: A survey of policies and practices for trans inclusive workplaces regarding the solutions that employers could pursue to make a fully gender inclusive workplace.